It Takes Two to Riot

The latest news reports state that the Democrats in Congress are proposing a bill to censure President Trump for criticizing AntiFa and Black Lives Matters in the same breath as Unite the Right, the KKK, and the Neo-Nazis. They’ve told Republican representatives to “put their money where their mouths are.”

 

Forty-eight hours after the event, we learn that Charlottesville, after granting Unite the Right to rally at Emancipation/Lee Park in protest over the proposed removal of the statue of the Civil War general, rescinded the permit when they were already gathered at the park and surrounded by the violent elements of the Left.

 

President Trump censured both groups for participating in the riot and now the Democrats want to censure him. We need to call our Congressional representatives and demand that they not participate in this latest example of quashing free speech.

 

Meanwhile, Conservative voters continue to state that they’re opposed to seeing Confederates statues removed.

 

What?! That’s like going around wearing a tee shirt that says “I Y Slavery”.  Conservatives have certainly been pushed to the edge by Marxist cultural appropriation.  Accused of “white privilege” we’ve watched our history erased from schoolbooks, rewritten on television and in the movies, and betrayed by our own representatives.

 

As a consequence, Conservatives have over-reacted to the seriously over-heated rhetoric about Charlottesville to the point that we’ve been completely turned around and don’t realize what we’re saying anymore or what we’re defending.

 

Which is exactly what the Marxists want – to make fools of us.

 

To be fair, the Marxists have had plenty of help from Unite the Right, a white supremacist movement that pretends to be the shoulder for us to cry on. The Left wants them to be completely censored, forbidden from ever expressing another idiotic view.  Once they’re out of the way, we’ll be easy prey for the Left.

 

That’s what worries Conservatives. Yes, today it’s General Lee and it’s hard to make a case for preserving his statues, as well those of other Confederates such as Jefferson Davis.  Tomorrow, it could be George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, Founding Fathers whom Leftists such as Al Sharpton have publicly admitted to targeting.  They want to see the Jefferson Memorial removed in Washington, D.C.

 

The Alt Left claims that Washington and Jefferson are discredited because they owned slaves. Back in the mid-18th Century, it would have been difficult to find someone who didn’t own slaves.  Jefferson originally wrote about freeing the slaves in the Declaration of Independence but it was edited out.  The South would refuse to sign on if deprived of their slaves.

 

As for Sally Hemings, she was Jefferson’s sister-in-law – Martha Jefferson’s half-sister. Docents at Monticello believe that her relationship was with Thomas’s brother, Randall.  In any case, she was a relation first and foremost.

 

The laws regarding slavery in those days were strict. A slave owner couldn’t simply set his slaves free; it was against the law.  It was against the law to pay them (obviously), educate them, or free them.

 

One of the many Marxist/Black Liberation Theology misinformation memes was that the British had abolished slavery. England abolished slavery in 1833, long after the United States of America had declared its own independence.  In fact, the first slave ship, The White Lion, was a British-owned ship under a Dutch flag.  In 1619, it sold the first Africans as indentured servants to farmers in Jamestown, Va.  But the practice didn’t last long; the slaves soon ran off and servitude turned into slavery.

 

The United States Congress and antebellum presidents tried compromise after compromise with the South, especially after the Louisiana Purchase. Another meme is that Texas declared its independence from Mexico because Santa Anna, the dictator, had banned slavery.  In actuality, American colonists, began with Stephen Austin in 1821, began to overwhelm the territory and in 1830, Mexico halted immigration from America (isn’t that a laugh)?

 

The relations between Mexico and the American settlers grew worse, even though Mexicans themselves didn’t want to settle the area because it was too far from Mexico City and it was inhabited by Indians. In 1834, Santa Anna overthrew Mexico’s constitutional government and made himself dictator.  The next year, the American colonists revolted.

 

Their first attack, on San Antonio, in November 1835, was successful. The Mexicans surrendered.  Santa Anna gathered a large army and converged upon San Antonio.  The few Texans left took refuge in the old Spanish mission, the Alamo.  All the defenders were killed.

 

The Texas leaders then issued a Declaration of Independence from Mexico. Then on April 21, 1836, the Texans launched a surprise attack on Santa Anna, capturing him in the Battle of San Jacinto.  The victory ended the war, in which the United States went all the way to Mexico City, resulting in independence for Texas.  Later on the United States restored the original border between the countries at the Rio Grande and paid Mexico for the Texas territory.

 

It was Democrats who erected the Confederate statues. It was Southern Democrats who instituted the Jim Crow laws.  It’s the Democrats who then turned the tables on the Republicans and blamed Richard Nixon for having doubts about the Civil Rights legislation then before Pres. Dwight David Eisenhower.

 

The language of the Civil Rights Act was a serious overreach, crossing the line from guaranteeing blacks and other minorities to right to work, own a home, and vote to the right to be offended if someone said they didn’t like them. The language put the First Amendment in a stranglehold, one worthy of the Marxist Communists who sponsored it.

 

That was why Nixon disapproved of it.

 

There is not a civil law that can be written, at least not in a free nation, that can make one person like another person. There are laws against physical violence and some discriminatory acts.  But no law can or should protect any adult from criticism (barring libel or slander) by another.

 

A statue’s historical worth depends upon the actions of the person depicted. If Conservatives were as extreme right-wing as Leftists claim, there would be statues of Adolf Hitler in every suburban park.  Yet there are none.  It would be an insult to all the soldiers and sailors who died in World War II, as well as the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust.

 

Yet you can find a statue of noted Communist Che Guevara in New York City. A statue of Vladimir Lenin in Atlantic City, and even a statue of Karl Marx in his hometown of Tiers, Germany.

 

Why any sensible person would defend a statue of Robert E. Lee (it’s reported that Lee himself was opposed to any Confederate statues as they would prolong the antagonism) or Jefferson Davis is just beyond all reason. They led the Southern states in a treasonous and bloody war to secede from the Union.  Let us have no specious arguments about the reason for the Civil War being about states’ rights.  The right for which the South was fighting was to own slaves as property.

 

Leftists point to the society of that time and castigate the commonplace, institutionalized act of slavery as one of a depraved society giving itself license to commit a wrong. Well, it’s not much different from pot-smokers, who are now legion, the right to smoke a dangerous drug and force the drug in that form upon a helpless, general public.

 

The Kansas Territory presented probably the most curious case during the Civil War. In seeking eventual statehood, Kansas outlawed slavery but also banned black people from living there.  New Jersey, meanwhile, was the last state of the original colonies to ban slavery, in 1839.

 

And, the South had just as many black slaveholders as white slave owners.

 

So can we stop playing the Marxists’ game now?

 

Statues are mute. They’re erected as heroic monuments, always.  No one has ever erected a statue to someone whom they thought was a villain (although statues to villains like Lenin have certainly been built).

 

Some Southern city fathers have already begun, quietly, removing these statues to a lost cause.

 

As for Congress and their proposed censure, I’d gladly donate money to a future statue of Donald J. Trump. He showed great courage in denouncing the violence of both groups of rioters in Charlottesville.  I wish we could say the same for the Republican representatives tucking their tails behind them and the activist investors withdrawing from the President’s business council.

They deserve the Saul Alinsky Award for Anarchy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Published in: on August 17, 2017 at 4:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Chucking History Out the Window in Charlottesville

The Saturday before last, I decided to join my fellow Conservatives in a Roadside Rally for Trump in New Jersey’s Sussex County. This was a new Tea Party that sprung up; it’s organizer, Suzanne decided that Saturday, with the Sussex County Fair going on just up the highway  (Route 15) in Augusta and President Trump in residence in Bedminster, about 40 miles down the other highway, Route 206, in Bedminster, would be the perfect day for a road rally.

 

The weather was mostly sunny and Sussex County, with its wide open spaces, is one fine place to hold a road rally. Trump never came by, of course, but still, we had a good time.  One rallier brought his 40-foot American flag.  We waved our signs (“Honk for Trump”; “Honk If You Love Freedom”’; and my favorite, “The Russians Made Me Do it”).

 

We got a lot of honks. Many, many thumbs up and enthusiastic cheers.  Almost as many thumbs downs and middle fingers.  The state police were supportive.  They were nearby as they had to guard the road to Bedminster as well as the road to the fair.

 

A couple of ralliers were talking. One said he wished that the opposition was there.  I remarked that I didn’t.  I was glad they weren’t there; it meant we could have a truly peaceful rally.  Suzanne and all the tea party groups through northern New Jersey had done an excellent job of keeping the rally a secret from the enemy.

 

Counter-protests are staged for only one reason – to keep the original “protestors” or ralliers from expressing their message. Instead of getting our message out about supporting the president and protecting our freedom, we would have been in a three-hour shouting match with the other side.

 

This was our rally. Why should we have allowed them to steal our thunder, interfere with our message, and, in general, intimidate us?

 

There is no debating with the Left. They’ve drunk the Communist Kool-Aid.  In fact, it’s in their genetic code by now.  They’re indoctrinated from early kindergarten on through college graduation.  Kiss the Communist professor’s butt and you’ll get a good grade.  College campuses are so rife with Communist intolerance of real freedom of speech that students with differing opinions about anything from climate change to transgenderism must skulk through college with their heads down.

 

According to some student reports published in the New York Times, the counter-protestors admitted that they’d gone there looking for trouble:

 

On Friday night, I was locked in a church full of people, who were singing loudly to overpower the hate-filled chants of alt-right protesters carrying torches right outside the chapel doors.

 

Still, I got up early on Saturday morning. Some friends and I had promised to be in downtown Charlottesville by 7 a.m. to help set up the counterprotest camp. We ate some fast food, moved tables, wrote the phone numbers of legal aid agencies on our arms in surgical marker in case we were arrested, and hung up “Black Lives Matter” signs. There were helicopters hovering overhead.

 

Counter-protest signs at the certain of the conflict read “Make Racists Afraid Again” and “Black Lives Matter.” But other signs protested President Trump, his stance on the tensions with North Korea, and other assorted matters unrelated to the supposedly “real” issue at hand in Charlottesville:  the removal of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from Charlottesville’s formerly named “Lee Park” but renamed in June, “Emancipation Park.”

 

The Unite the Right rally, run by a white supremacist group, took place in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville on Saturday. The statue was erected in 1924, some 58 years after the Civil War ended.  Confederate statues were built all over the South, some in Civil War cemeteries (which might be understandable) and others in public parks.

 

Northern Whites, be they Liberal or Conservative, have always shared a rather dim view of Southerners. White Southerners – Democrats, incidentally, or Dixiecrats, as they were sometimes called – held the same view of Northerners, or Dirty Yankees.  White Southerners never got over losing the war.

 

Building statues to Confederate leaders seemed to Northerners to verge on something like treason. But Northerners were complacent; let them wave their Rebel flags.  It didn’t matter.  They lost the War and they’re part of the United States of America.

 

You would think the protestors – mostly Liberals, but many sympathetic Moderates as well – would have caught on to this obvious problem with Confederate statues. But then, Liberals have never been concerned with the laws of the United States or freedom.  A statue of Che Guevera stands in Columbus Circle, placed there by Communist Manhattanites.  Che is a popular tee shirt figure among college students.

 

The South argued that states’ rights were at issue during the Civil War. The federal government of the United States, under Abraham Lincoln, declared that they could not legalize immoral acts like slavery.

 

But – uh-oh – there’s a big problem for the Left because they endorse a whole host of acts which they’re clamoring to legalize, or have legalized, such as abortion. Gay marriage.  Illegal immigration.  Sanctuary cities.  Burning the flag.  Praying to God in school (which they determined was illegal, with the blessing of Pres. John F. Kennedy).  Hallucinogenic drugs.

 

Right this minute, they’re agitating for California to secede from the union, just as South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union in December 1860. Washington and Oregon are certain to follow California, putting our entire Pacific Coast in danger of invasion by China (which is extending its naval reach across the Pacific).  We fear North Korea and its maniacal leader.  But make no mistake.   Despite China’s apparent mediation, North Korea is a Communist Chinese puppet state.

 

Ask about Taiwan’s independence and the Chinese become enraged. But in North Korea, according to Susan Rice, we must “tolerate” North Korea’s membership in the Nuclear Club and overlook repeated threats.

 

But this is about a statue. Whites – especially Conservative whites – are very defensive about the statute being removed.  They want it preserved as an historical artifact.  A generation or two ago, we wouldn’t have thought any such thing.  We would have approved the dismantling of Confederate hero worship.  A statue is a celebratory piece of artwork, to honor an historical figure.

 

In Iraq, the Iraqis torn down the statue of Saddam Hussein with great glee. The Communists tore down the statues of local heroes in Eastern Europe, or defaced them.  Later, anti-Communist groups tore down statues of Lenin.

 

Over 140,000 Northern soldiers died to free the slaves (excuse me, but yes, they did; the soldiers may have resented fighting to free black slaves, but they did it, nevertheless).  Another 224,097 died of other war-related causes, and 281,881 suffered wounds, often horrible and debilitating.

 

Slavery was, and is, immoral, no matter what you might think of the slaves personally. If you modern-day citizens harbor ill-will towards black people, just remember – their ancestors didn’t volunteer to board those slave ships.  One idiot in Congress prevented a better resolution of the problem.

 

If Charlottesville, an almost minority-white city, wants to remove the statue of Lee, why should we object?  Why would we?  We’re educated people.  We know the history of the Civil War.  Some of us have been to Gettysburg, or other Civil War cemeteries and seen the graves.  If you haven’t, you should visit.  Autumn is a fine season to see Gettysburg.  I went there with my mother in the autumn.  In the autumn, the grass on the main field turns a curious shade of blood red.

 

The white supremacist group “Unite the Right” is an appendage of a reprehensible minority of white people. Their about the undermining of white society may be correct.  But their violent solution is completely unacceptable.

 

Charlottesville’s mayor correctly allowed them to protest the removal of Lee’s statue. The Black Lives Matter group was wrong to stage a counter protest.  Unite the Right could howl all they wanted.  But that statue was coming down and nothing they could do, not even threaten and intimidate with violence, was going to change the outcome in the long run.

 

History long ago wrote the outcome for Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and his slave-holding South. Making money on the backs of slaves just doesn’t work out.  That’s not the same as paying labor to work a factory or a farm, even though the owner makes the most money.  In either case, the Industrial Age put paid to both.  You can’t enslave labor and you can’t hold business owners hostage.

 

White supremacists – the KKK, even the Neo-Nazis, cite Genesis 9:27 as God’s curse upon black people. But it was not God who cursed, Canaan, the son of Ham (who dishonored his father, Noah) – it was Noah himself who cursed Ham’s son for what his father did.  True, Ham was the troubled son.  Some historians say Ham’s name meant, “Immature.”

 

Canaan and his son, Nimrod, were said to be black. If all people after The Flood came from these sons, one of the wives must have been black.  If God hadn’t meant for Black people to survive, He wouldn’t not have sent at least one of them aboard the Ark.

 

But God has something more to say about Black people, which white supremacists tend to ignore, indeed, if they even know about it. Hollywood certainly glossed over it in the making of The Ten Commandments in 1956.

 

Moses’ wife, Sephora, Zipporah, was Black. In the film, she simply had a very dark “tan.”

 

In the story at Numbers 12, “Miriam and Aaron began to speak against Moses because of the Cushite [black] wife he had married, for he had taken a Cushite wife.”  They questioned whether it was only through Moses that Jehovah spoke.  God became angry and struck Miriam with leprosy.  Her skin turned white as snow (and eventually fell off completely, killing her).  Moses and Aaron were cursed for quarreling at the Crag of Meribah which of them had brought the water forth, rather than giving credit where it was due – to God.

 

None of the siblings made it into the Promised Land. But it was Miriam who was punished for her bigotry against her sister-in-law and questioning Jehovah’s choices.  As for the Cushites, they were cursed not for the color of the skin but for their decided lack of character.  Nimrod, the Hunter, who was unquestionably black, would become notorious for rebelling against God in the Tower of Babel and of leading mankind back down the path of paganism, for which he has executed by his Uncle Seth.

 

As for rioting, perhaps municipalities might revisit their rules regarding rallies. The original applicant for the public demonstration should have first rights to free speech and, in the interest of public safety, any other applications for public demonstrations on that day should be denied.

 

There is no question of the guilty of the driver of the Dodge Challenger in plowing into a crowd and killing one and injuring others. While the white supremacists could clearly take care of themselves, the Charlottesville Police were complicit in standing aside and allowing the riot to happen.  The counter-protestors, while they had a legitimate grievance against Unite the Right, were wrong to stage such a counter demonstration knowing the inevitable result would be violence and injury.  In fact, they marched with the expectation of meeting violence with violence.

 

Meanwhile, history was completely ignored. It’s rather disingenuous to say that these statues are part of history that should be preserved.  We Conservatives tend to be a little too defensive in these matters.  It’s okay to say, “Yeah, if Charlottesville wants to remove that statue, it’s their business” without betraying any of our values.

 

Those who ignore history are condemned to repeat it.

 

Published in: on August 14, 2017 at 7:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Dems Seeking Watergate Sequel

 

Former FBI Director and Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced yesterday that he is impaneling a jury to “investigate” the involvement of the Russians in the 2016 Presidential election. The investigation is honing in on Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian lawyer and others, according to Fox News.

 

“Grand juries allow prosecutors to subpoena documents and get witness testimony on the record. They also can seek indictments.

 

“Ty Cobb, special counsel to the president, told Fox News on Thursday he wasn’t aware that Mueller had impaneled a new grand jury but said, “We favor anything that brings this investigation to a swift conclusion.”

 

Forty-five years ago, another Republican President suspected the Democrat opposition of accepting foreign donations in the 1972 Presidential Election. The Republican was favored to win, but all the same, accepting foreign money was against the law.

 

Those facts were buried in the story published by the Washington Post that year. The “burglars” who broke into the Watergate Hotel (hence the scandal name, “Watergate”) used duct tape to hold open the locked doors until they could get out again.  A security guard found the duct taped doors and, of course, notified the police.

 

The rest, as they say, was history.

 

The suspected CIA operatives (mostly Free Cuba activists) never got the dirt on the Democrats. Instead, the Republican president was brought down in a circus trial that held the promise of an impeachment for the Democrats and everlasting shame for the Republicans.  Although the President’s worst crime was lying, Nixon resigned rather than subject the American public – and his party – to an even longer political nightmare.

 

Today, the Democrats are hoping for a sequel to the 1974 drama. They’ve been beating the drums since before the Republicans even held their convention.  Various shady figures were named.  But now the culprit is Donald Trump – Junior.

 

Trump advisers urge Conservatives not to worry.

 

However, Fox News reports that, “Mueller, who now has a team of 16 attorneys, was brought on as special counsel in May. Prior to his involvement, federal prosecutors reportedly had been using another grand jury, in Alexandria, Va., to help with their criminal investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The Flynn case focuses on his work in the private sector on behalf of foreign interests.

 

“Trump and his allies have in recent weeks openly criticized Mueller, with one Republican lawmaker even calling for him to step aside.

 

Other lawmakers have responded with proposals that could serve to shield Mueller from being fired.

 

“Trump also has fumed about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the Russia case, which cleared the way for Mueller’s eventual appointment — though Sessions has recently been told by the White House his job is considered safe.

 

“Thomas Zeno, a former federal prosecutor, told the Journal that impaneling a grand jury is ‘confirmation that this is a very vigorous investigation going on.’”

 

Undoubtedly, there is a vigorous investigation going on by the Democrats. Trump is moving forward on undoing much of the Obama administrations handiwork.  They also need to give Trump a black eye before the public realizes that the charges against Hillary Clinton are much more serious.  That was the information which his son obtained from the Russians.

 

The Democrat bureaucracy is hard at work building unscalable legal walls around their favorite Black Panther cheerleader and hurling accusations at Trump. They have the bureaucracy, the Media, and the “Minorities” on their side, which will support no matter what their candidate has done.

 

Trump has the American people on his side. What did his son do but what the Democrats do all the time – dig up the dirt on their opponents?  If it were a criminal act, all politicians, beginning with Barack Hussein Obama, would be in prison.

 

What Hillary did was nothing short of treasonable – selling American uranium to the Russians. Nuclear fuel which they can sell to the highest bidder:  Iran, North Korea, Syria.  Yet, Donald Trump, Senior, decided to lay low on the charges.  Or perhaps it was Jeff Sessions, his attorney general, who urged him not to pursue the charges.

 

The Fake News Networks are not going to publish Trump’s side of the story, any more than the Washington Post took the trouble to inform readers of what it was the Watergate “plumbers” were after. Thanks to their cover, the Democrats demurred, ‘Why we don’t know what in the world they were after.  George McGovern was losing at the time of the election and he lost to Nixon in a landslide.’

 

Mr. President, and fellow Conservatives, we should know better by now than to depend upon the Fake News Networks to publish the real story. They’ll defer to the Democrat party line and claim that Hillary never contacted the Russians at all – but Trump Junior did.

 

That’s what they do – deny, deny, deny, until everyone believes the lie. The FNN has taken every opportunity to discredit Trump so that his approval numbers would go down.  The Liberal Republicans are playing along, opposing his repeal of Obamacare, among other matters.  They took his excellent Boy Scout speech and left in tatters in the public mind (it was an excellent speech, just like all his others).

 

For Conservatives who were young at the time of Watergate, we’re a little older and a little wiser now. We’re not taking any Democrat’s word for anything.  Our economy is roaring, with the Dow Jones reaching a record 22,000 in short order.  Amazon is becoming a monster.  They couldn’t find enough people to fill their Robbinsville, N.J., distribution center, and they’re building another one in Mahwah, N.J., at the junctions of Rt. 287, Rt. 17 and Rt. 87 (the New York State Thruway) on the site of the old Ford motor works, and more recently the Sharp Electronics facility.

 

Maybe Trump does need to more careful in his choice of friends. He wants to be seen as a deal maker and a peacemaker.  To that end, he went back on a campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in order not to offend the Palestinians.  If he read the Bible, he’d find that the Palestinians were immigrants, possibly from Phoenicia. They were no more “native” to the area that is now Israel than the Jews were, led by God Himself (a pillar of dust by day and a pillar of fire by night) to settle there.

 

No deal will ever satisfy the Muslims, whose leaders want to see the Jews exterminated, any more than Democrats will ever be satisfied with anything less than a Communist government, disguised Socialist labels, with themselves running the show.

 

That’s not democracy. That’s not freedom.  That’s not what the real American people want.  Trump may be finding it more difficult than he supposed to drain the sticky, smelly, compromised swamp we call our nation’s capital.  Obviously, he can’t do it alone.

 

We Conservatives are willing to roll up our sleeves and dig in to support him. We New Jersey Tea Partiers will be out in force for him on Saturday – never mind where.  If you’re a Garden State Conservative, you already know where or you’ve only to check Facebook to find out.

 

Most movie sequels suck. Some have done all right – Back to the Future, for one.  But we’re not going to go back to the past for a second round of Watergate – not without a public outcry.  We’re not our father’s Conservatives.  We’re not the Silent Majority.

 

We’re loud. We’re organized.  We’ve got signs.  We’ve got courage.  We’ve got Twitter and Facebook.

 

And most of all – we know we’re Right.

Published in: on August 4, 2017 at 10:58 am  Leave a Comment  

Ann Coulter and the Crusade Against Pot

The State of New Jersey recently introduced legislation that would legalize marijuana use in the Garden State. Our U.S. Senator Corey Booker went the New Jersey Legislature one better and vowed to personally introduce a bill into Congress that would legalize pot.  Even sadder, one of the leading N.J. state legislators who advocates for legalization is Republican Assemblyman Michael Carroll (25th District-Morris Plains).

 

Oh boy. Just what we need, in addition to our local heroin crisis, thanks to the presence of MS-13 gangs here.  Reporters have identified the gang locations in Brentwood, N.Y., on Long Island.  Come over to New Jersey.  You reporters can film them pedaling their wares on their bicycles.

 

After Booker made his announcement, our favorite Conservative heroine, Ann Coulter, took to the airwaves to denounce Booker and the legalization of this dangerous drug. The crack-“pots” immediately responded with their well-versed propaganda – that pot isn’t a “gateway” drug; that it isn’t addictive; that no one has ever been hurt smoking pot; that it’s no more damaging than alcohol or cigarettes.

 

The first thing pot does is affect the judgment center of the brain – at lightning speed. Where alcohol takes time to do its work (depending on how accustomed you are to consuming alcohol), pot’s affect is immediate.  The first puff and you’re convinced there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the stuff.  In fact, you feel really, really good, mellowed out.  The building could fall on top of you and you wouldn’t care.

 

Plenty of facts are out there, provided by numerous organizations against the legalization of pot: CALM (Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana); POP (Parents Opposed to Pot);  SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana); The International Faith Based Coalition; The California-based Take Back America Campaign; Safe Launch; Coalition for a Drug Free California; Community Alliance for Drug-Free Youth; Foundation for a Drug-Free World; National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Families in Action; Drug-Free America Foundation; Educating Forces; Powerful Parenting; Drug-Endangered Children Training and Advocacy Center; TheyGotItWrongAgain.org; and CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America).

 

Marijuana and Other Drugs: A Link We Can’t Ignore

by SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana)   Smart Approaches to Marijuana’s 2017 publication references academic studies which suggest that marijuana primes the brain for other types of drug usage.  Here’s the summary on that subject from page 4, Marijuana and Other Drugs: A Link We Can’t Ignore :

 

MORE THAN FOUR in 10 people who ever use marijuana will go on to use other illicit drugs, per a large, nationally representative sample of U.S. adults.(1) The CDC also says that marijuana users are three times more likely to become addicted to heroin.(2)

 

And according to the seminal 2017 National Academy of Sciences report, “There is moderate evidence of a statistical association between cannabis use and the development of substance dependence and/or a substance abuse disorder for substances including alcohol, tobacco, and other illicit drugs.”(3)

 

RECENT STUDIES WITH animals also indicate that marijuana use is connected to use and abuse of other drugs. A 2007 Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology study found that rats given THC later self administered heroin as adults, and increased their heroin usage, while those rats that had not been treated with THC maintained a steady level of heroin intake.(4) Another 2014 study found that adolescent THC exposure in rats seemed to change the rodents’ brains, as they subsequently displayed “heroin-seeking” behavior. Youth marijuana use could thus lead to “increased vulnerability to drug relapse in adulthood.”(5)

 

National Institutes of Health Report

 

The National Institutes of Health says that research in this area is “consistent with animal experiments showing THC’s ability to ‘prime’ the brain for enhanced responses to other drugs. For example, rats previously administered THC show heightened behavioral response not only when further exposed to THC, but also when exposed to other drugs such as morphine—a phenomenon called cross-sensitization.”(6)

 

In an article on another website, POP, a link is shown between adolescent suicides and marijuana, seven of the ten incidents occurring in Colorado.

 

“Four of these victims — Warsame, Thamba, Juarez, Clark — had experienced pot-induced psychosis during the period leading to their deaths.  Juarez was an outstanding soccer player who got very high with a friend the night he stabbed himself 20 times.   The suicide report showed he had 38.2 ng of marijuana in his blood, eight times the limit for Colorado drivers. Toxicologists tested him for methamphetamine and other substances, but the results turned out to be negative. Although the death occurred in 2012, CBS News obtained the police report in 2015 and made it public at that time.  Juarez´s sister claims he would not have killed himself had he not gotten stoned that night.

 

“Suicidal thoughts can come on very quickly while under the influence in individuals who were not previously suicidal. The suddenness of suicidal ideation means that intervention may be impossible.”

 

Another article from the POP website addresses the mental health effects of marijuana:

 

“Marijuana is Connected to Psychosis and Schizophrenia”

 

11717A study from the University of Pittsburgh which denies the mental health hazards of marijuana is surprising, since there are many other scientific studies pointing to a causal or trigger relationship between marijuana use and psychosis potentially developing into schizophrenia. The Pittsburgh study is limited by its small size; reliance on self-reporting and lack of diversity.  In fact, the sample size of 408 was 55% African American and included virtually no Hispanics or Asians.  It began in 1987, when the THC in marijuana was lower.  Read Dr. Christine Miller’s article on Marijuana Myths.

 

Research in the UK[i] reveals than one in four serious mental disorders are a result of “skunk” (i.e. high THC pot) including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Another study of youth in Australia and New Zealand showed teens who used cannabis 7x more likely to attempt suicide, a serious concern which should alarm anyone.

 

Cannabis Cup competitions sponsored by High Times magazine have pot growers competing to see how high they can increase THC content in their product. These events over the last three decades have made “skunk” pot the norm here in the U.S. In the last 30 years the psychoactive ingredient THC in marijuana has increased six-fold according to Smart Approaches to Marijuana.[ii]

 

Old-fashioned marijuana, or hash, which contained the component  CBD, also called cannabidiol, did not have as many adverse effects. Or, at least the adverse effects didn’t come on so quickly as they can with today’s highly potent pot.  CBD has been largely bred out of the marijuana grown in California, while the THC content has climbed from about 4-6% in 1996 to today’s “skunk” which averages 16%. Concentrated hash oil can be as high as 96% THC, and is being packaged and sold in quantities that are potentially lethal.  California’s Emerald Triangle provides 60% of the U.S. marijuana market, according to some of the state legislators.

 

An oft heard claim is that marijuana is safer than alcohol. A Finnish study of 18,478 psychosis patients found the highest risk of schizophrenia (46%) was among those with cannabis-induced psychosis, as compared to amphetamines (30%) and alcohol (5%). [iii]

 

An Australian study [iv] revealed that 4 out of 5 people with schizophrenia were heavy cannabis users during adolescence.  Dr. Campbell, who conducted the studies, said that “….. many people used cannabis for years before succumbing to schizophrenia.  The psych wards are full of these people.”

 

The British Medical Journal article of 23 November 2002 — the best long-term study  of marijuana and schizophrenia — proves that the mental illness susceptibility is not only a problem with the high-THC marijuana and “dabs” used today. It involved more than 50,000 Swedish men ages 18-20 and followed them 26 years. It factored in variables such as socio-economic status, low IQ, other drug usage, cigarette smoking and existing personality traits. 

“Cannabis use is associated with an increased risk of developing schizophrenia consistent with causal relationship. This association is not explained by use of other psychoactive drugs or personality traits.” 

 

The study involved the low-THC cannabis of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.   With the old-fashioned marijuana of that time, it was determined that the risk for developing schizophrenia increased once a person used pot 50 times.  For those who never used pot at all, there was zero chance of developing schizophrenia.

 

 A Danish study of 7,075 individuals followed from 1994-2005 showed that not having a familial link to mental illness is not protection against cannabis-induced psychosis.   “The risk of schizophrenia and cannabis-induced psychosis and timing of onset were unrelated to familial disposition” is a conclusion from “Familial Disposition for Psychiatric Disorder,” by Mikkel Arendt et. al.  See the Archives of General Psychiatry as published by the American Medical Association in 2008.  In short, the health hazards and brain damage for marijuana users under age 25 are well documented. One California mom, Jody Belsher, made a documentary film, The Other Side of Cannabis, which explores the marijuana-psychosis connection.   It is surprising that academic journals would spend time refuting what the medical professionals from all over the world admit.  Another article, 10 Marijuana Myths, has an extensive, detailed section of footnotes.

 

[i] http://dailymail.co.uk/news/article – 2953915/Scientists-cannabis-TRIPLES-psychosis-ris-Groundbreaking-research-blames-skunk-1-4 new mental disorders.  14 February 2015.

[ii] https://learnaboutsam.org/the-issues/big-marijuana-claims-vs-the-science/#_edn16

[iii] http://www.psychiatrist.com/JCP/article/Pages/2013/v74n01/v74n0115.aspx

[iv] Dr. Andrew Campbell of the NW Mental Health Review Tribunal, Daily Mail (UK), The Australian. Nov 22, 2005

 

There’s plenty more information where all that came from. All you need to do is read.  But if you’re a confirmed pot-head, you’re not going to do that.  You know everything you need to know, you already figure:  it’s harmless; no problem!  Everybody should get high!

 

Make no mistake – drugs are Big Business. Gazillionaire George Soros is one of the leading-advocates for legalization and he’s poured his billions into the legalization effort.  As for the dealers, once they’ve hooked their victim, it’s easy money and Millennials have money to burn, literally.

 

Big Pot, with its hands in politicians’ pockets and with millions of willing customers, figure the road to legalization of marijuana is an easy road paved with gold. Plenty of entrepreneurs and politicians want in on the action.  Selling to addicts is the easiest money ever.

 

Except for those pesky, modern-day Carrie Nations who want to go around and dig up every pot farm, legalization would have already been accomplished. Hollywood and the Media do their job of propagandizing to the converted, the vulnerable, and the stupid.  Who are you going to believe?  Ann Coulter, any one of the above-named organizations or Hollywood stars like Miley Cyrus (well maybe she isn’t such a great example), country music star and long-time user Willie Nelson, Bill Maher, Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg, Alanis Morissette, Danny Glover, Jack Nicholson, and Jack Black.

 

Other week whackers are Elijah Wood, Lisa Ling, Ellen Page, Montel Williams, Jon Stewart, Al Sharpton, David Duchovny, Seth Rogen, Morgan Freeman, and Oliver Stone, just to drop a few celebrity names.

 

Others, like Robin Williams and Carrie Fisher are dead. Fisher outted fellow Star Wars star Harrison Ford as a heavy weed user back when they were filming the movies.  Ford, as far as we can tell, hasn’t made any public statements about legalizing pot.  Maybe he’s taken his own son’s noted drug abuse as a sign that maybe it’s not so great after all.

 

Some celebrities tried it but didn’t like it much. Still others, while not regular users like Johnny Depp, follow the pot-head creed:  “It’s much, much less dangerous than alcohol.”

 

Tell that to my former neighbor, the Tattooed Lady. Well, you can’t unless you have a direct line to Heaven.  She died of lung cancer shortly after she moved away.  She didn’t smoke weed, although maybe it would have helped her with all the pain she suffered when she broke 32 bones in her body after being hit by a 16 year-old driver high on pot.  Sent her flying up in the air and down again.  She had a metal plate in her skull.

 

But weed whackers tell us no one gets hurt.

 

Then there was the group of potheads Mom drove on a skiing trip years ago. That was in the days when weed was weak, the old-fashioned, “Your Dad’s” weed.  After several miles, my mother had to stop the bus and tell them to knock it off because the smoke was affecting her driving.

 

No one got hurt because Mom said, “Stop it! NOW!”

 

Here in the 21st Century, as smoking pot becomes more common, it becomes more apparent that the problem isn’t just a matter of individual choice.  A former co-worker, now in a new location, says that someone living in a house near the building where he works tokes up every afternoon, and by the end of the work day, the co-worker is as high as a kite and has to take care while driving home.

 

Back in the 20th Century, when I was working in Mid-Town Manhattan, I’d occasionally trot over to Bryant Park and what was then the New York Public Library.  Pickpockets are common in New York, but they must have a field day in the World of Weed.  That strip of 42nd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues was a haze of pot smoke – then.  I had to cover my face getting past the park before I could breathe normally again.  I can only imagine what it’s like now.

 

I’ve been fortunate in my cast of next-door neighbors since the Tattooed Lady left. However, they’ve all smoked – cigarettes, that is.  The smoke so permeates my apartment that I hardly even notice.  But family members do.  They tell me to complain to management.  But I’d already gotten the bad news when the TL was there, smoking like a chimney.  “We can’t control what residents or renters do in their own units.”

 

What if the next new neighbor, who just moved in last week, turns out to be a pot puffer? I don’t know what I’m going to do if he is, comes January, when the bill might be passed if the Democrat gubernatorial candidate wins and takes office.  My options aren’t good, since I’m unemployed, or maybe they are.  Move in with my 93 year-old mother, who’s increasingly in need of care anyway.  Or move in with my guy friend who has a big house that’s filled from basement to attic with three generations’ worth of stuff.  The front bedroom is his parlor (it used to be his childhood bedroom) and the enclosed patio is his music room.  There’s a hammock in the cellar, though.  I might be able to hook it up.

 

If cigarette smoke permeates, weed chokes like a cloud of dense sulfur – you can’t get far enough away from it. Because it’s heavy, it drifts farther without dissipating.  So what are we normal people who live communally, in these condos and townhouses that are cropping up everywhere – future slums – supposed to do?  Grin and bear it?

 

Weed whackers would “giggle” at such a notion. I don’t drink.  I don’t smoke (or gamble) and I certainly don’t want to breathe in anyone’s second-hand psycho-smoke.  I resent tremendously this intrusion on my own privacy.  If it’s a difference between my privacy and yours, pothead, I’m going to advocate and vote in my own best interest, not yours.

 

No better example of why we shouldn’t legalize this stuff and why no one, especially teenagers and young adults, should be doing this stuff than the late Carrie Fisher. At 19, she landed the role of Princess Leia in “Star Wars.”  It was the Seventies, she was a child of Hollywood, both parents famous stars in their day (singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, who died the day after her daughter was declared dead), and everybody did it – the kids in Butler Park and the kids on Rodeo Drive.

 

In her autobiography, “The Princess Diaries,” Fisher admitted she was already an experienced pot user when she hooked up with co-star Harrison Ford, who used such a strong brand of marijuana that it made her sick. She vowed never to use pot again.

 

But she used every other drug in the pharmaceutical universe. Her mother tried to get her into rehab.  The result was that Fisher didn’t speak to her mother for about ten years.  Fisher finally went into rehab.  Apparently, it didn’t work.  She admitted to her drug abuse and mental illness (bi-polar disorder).  Then went on with her life as usual.  It was her mother who did the “accepting” not Fisher.  On her Twitter post on her 60th birthday, two months before she died, she posted that she was going to “party” all night long with some close friends, using all her favorite recreational drugs.

 

Those same drugs were in her system when she died, according to the coroner’s report, released a few months after she died. They needed no autopsy report – all they needed to do was read her Twitter account to know what was inside her.

 

Thank you, Ann Coulter, for being the spokeswoman for normal people. Even most normal people don’t understand, like Glenn Beck, who favors legalization on Libertarian grounds  – having tried it and believing they weren’t affected and that no one else was, either – the short- and long-term effects of marijuana.

 

They suffer from Puff the Magic Dragon syndrome. As long as it “feels good” it can’t hurt.

 

Published in: on August 3, 2017 at 3:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

Independence Day 2017 – O, Say Can You Tweet?

“He’s pointing at me!” I wailed.

 

My older brother, who was about nine at the time, had discovered a way of getting under my skin by constantly pointing at me. He’d point and I’d cry.  He never even had to touch me.

 

How many times did my long-suffering mother have to put up with this point-and-shout routine? Teasing came with the territory of having kids.  He was a boy and he was doing what big brothers did. – making their little sisters cry.

 

Whenever I hear a media pundit complain about Trump’s tweeting, I want to roll my eyes the way my mother must have all those years ago. “Just ignore him,” she’d sigh.  I didn’t.  He continued to plague me and I allowed myself to be plagued.

 

One day, Mom finally had enough. We were in the living room.  In mid-point, she dragged him into the kitchen and held his pointing finger over the stove until he hollered.  He never pointed at me again.

 

The aggrieved Snowflake Class and Lamestream Media have been whining since the campaign about Trump’s tweets. They’ve tried everything to get him to stop:  threats of impeachment, scolding by the Republican Elders, hanging him in effigy, even decapitating him.

 

Pres. Trump just laughs and goes on tweeting.

 

We don’t much care about the tweeting. The incessant whining is what’s annoying.  The Liberals hope sooner or later we’ll roll our eyes in Fake Fatigue and tell Trump to stop tweeting.  Manipulative whiners know exactly what they’re doing.

 

On this Fourth of July, we’d like nothing better than freedom from the Fake Media. As it happens, there is no off-switch for children.  But we do have remote controls for the Fake Media.  As long as they persist in whining about Trump’s Tweets, we’ll just change the channel and find something more entertaining (you’d have to find on On-Demand with Optimum but there’s a fascinating documentary about the little-know but very real fire that was burning on the RMS Titanic from three weeks before she left Belfast until she struck that iceberg just south of Newfoundland).

 

Liberals cry “Foul!” over Trump’s Tweets. Robot Republicans intone that is just not “presidential” for a United States president to tweet.  Obama did it.  But that was different.  JFK would have loved it, if the technology had existed at the time.  He didn’t need Twitter anyway because the infatuated press of the day covered him – and his wife and children – 24/7, ad nauseum.

 

Since his assassination, the musical Camelot has been permanently mothballed in his honor. Too bad movie producers don’t do a reset.  The 1967 version of the musical, starring Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave as a non-singing Guinevere, was just terrible.  Harris was good but that’s all you can say about it.

 

Donald Trump is our first stream-of-consciousness president. He’s good at it.  Tweeting is as American as apple pie, I-phones, and drone-racing.  Using Twitter he reaches right out to the American people.  No middlemen, no editors, no censors.

 

Fidgety Republicans worry that he’s doing himself political damage. They still haven’t gotten the message from us that we don’t care anymore what the Lamestream Media thinks or says.  We stopped listening to them decades ago.  But it’s no wonder the R-Party hasn’t gotten the message because they’ve never, ever listened to us.

 

We could send up skyrockets over the Capitol Building, spelling it out in red, white and blue and they still wouldn’t get it. We’re the hoi-polloi and what we think doesn’t matter.  If it’s any comfort, they don’t care what the Founding Fathers thought, either.

 

The other day, while waiting for my mother at a doctor’s appointment, I flipped open my little pocketbook Constitution. I found these Founding Father gems:

 

“I am committed against everything which, in my judgment, may weaken, endanger, or destroy [the Constitution]…and especially against all extension of Executive power; and I am committed against any attempt to rule the free people of this country by the power and the patronage of the government itself…” – Daniel Webster

 

More by Webster:   “It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions.  There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern.  They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”

 

“In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” – Thomas Jefferson

 

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” – Benjamin Franklin

 

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams

 

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” – Thomas Jefferson

 

“Say…whether peace is best preserved by giving energy to the government, or information to the people. This last is the most certain and the most legitimate engine of government.  Educate and inform the whole mass of the people.  Enable them to see that it is in their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them.  And it requires no very high degree of education to convince them of this.  They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”  –

Thomas Jefferson

“A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people.” – James Madison

 

“A primary object…should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important?  And what duty more pressing…than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”  – George Washington

 

“The power under the Constitution will always be in the people. It is entrusted for a certain defined purposes, and for a certain limited period, to representatives of their own choosing; and whenever it is executed contrary to their interest, or not agreeable to their wishes, their servants can, and undoubtedly will, be recalled.”   – George Washington

 

“If, to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair.  The event is in the hands of God.”   – George Washington

 

And finally [New Jersey Legislature, please take note]:

 

“To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt…I am for a government rigorously frugal and simple.” – Thomas Jefferson

 

Let us who are weary of a bureaucratic government and a propagandist media salute our current president in his tweeting. While not a Jeffersonian wordsmith, President Trump gets his message out all the same and to the average American, it is good news.  It is not for Limousine Liberals, late-night comedians posing as news anchors, elitist Republicans, or Fake News reporters to shape the man or his message into something resembling their policies.

 

Really, it’s amazing how he does it. He meets with foreign dignitaries, Congressional representatives, military commanders, and everyday Americans, and still he manages to tweet.  He must have the Fastest Thumbs in the West.

 

Trump is proof against that old saw that you can’t teach an old president new tricks. In fact, he’s teaching us a thing or two about what it means to stand up for yourself and the country you love.  He brooks no quarter with anyone who makes themselves an enemy of American freedom, foreign or domestic.

 

Hail to the chief and enjoy your Fourth of July!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on July 4, 2017 at 1:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Shakespeare in the Park and the “Eye That Sees Not Itself”

“Alas, thou hast misconstrued everything!”

 

Those are the words of the servant Titinius after finding his master, Cassius, one of the conspirators in the assassination of Julius Caesar, dead in Shakespeare’s play, “Julius Caesar.”

 

Ever the dadist modernists, Manhattanites flocked tpo The Public Theater Shakespeare in the Park 2017 production of Julius Caesar, which places the ambitious, would-be dictator in the middle of New York City’s Central Park, casting an actor who resembles President Donald Trump in the eponymous role.

 

The audiences have cheered and laughed at the assassination scene. Indeed, the Trumpized Roman emperor did not go gently into that good night in this production, which is said to have closed since advertisers pulled their support from the controversial play.  He body slams one assailant and manhandles others before he’s murdered in a gory re-enactment of Caesar’s murder.

 

The play ends with the new emperor, Octavianus and Marc Antony doing honor to the ringleader of the conspirators, Brutus.

 

Upon finding him dead, Antony says, “This was the noblest Roman of them all. All the conspirators save only he did that they did in envy of great Caesar; He, only in a general honest thought and common good to all, made one of them.”

 

Octavius: According to his virtue let us use him, with all respect and rite of burial.  Within my tent his bones tonight shall lie, most like a soldier, ordered honorably.  Call the field [the army] to rest:  and let’s away, to part the glories of this happy day.

 

Brutus meant well, did he? No ancient Roman ever gloried more in the bloody, savage entertainment of the Roman Colosseum than did the noble residents of Manhattan witnessing this modernized, blood-soaked rendition of “Julius Caesar.”

 

Nor do they hold the common man in any more high esteem than did the Establishment of Rome. A seat in the Roman Senate was a highly sought position, bought with money and fraught with power.  The Roman Assembly was no match for it.

 

The first thing to understand about any Shakespeare drama is the first line: it sets the tone for the entire play.

 

Flavius [opening line]: Hence! Home, you idle creatures, get you home!  [An officer in Senator Brutus’ army, he later goes on to warn them that it’s not a holiday and that it’s illegal for them to walk in public without wearing a sign of their trade]

 

The senators and assemblyman are supposed to represent the citizens of Rome. However, the Roman Senate had become so corrupt that they believed themselves to be above the citizens whom they represented. Caesar was ambitious, indeed, but he also knew that that body was blocking legislation meant for the benefit of the citizens.

 

Flavius asks the man what trade he is. The man answers that he is a “cobbler.”  In true Shakespearean fashion, this is a play on words, for in English of the times, “cobbler” meant “a mender of shoes” but also “a bungler.”

 

Marullus: But what trade art thou, sir.  Answer me directly.

 

Cobbler: A trade sir, that I hope I may use with a safe conscience, which is indeed sir, a mender of bad soles [with a pun on the word “souls”]

 

Flavius and Marsullus, Brutus’ officers are ordered to take down the decorations from Caesar’s statues and to “drive away the vulgar from the streets.” Supporters of the now-dead Pompey, for whose death they blame Caesar, although he was actually murdered by the Egyptians, they scorn the vacillating citizens who once cried for Pompey and now cheer for the conqueror they believed murdered him.

 

History (according to Wikipedia, at least) tells us that Caesar was, indeed, an ambitious if frustrated ruler. As a military tactician, he was brilliant, conquering half the known world in the name of Rome.  As a member of the First Triumvirate (60 B.C.), Caesar proposed a law for redistributing public lands to the poor—by force of arms, if need be—a proposal supported by Pompey and by Crassus, making the triumvirate public. Pompey filled the city with soldiers, a move which intimidated the triumvirate’s opponents.  Bibulus attempted to declare the omens unfavourable and thus void the new law, but he was driven from the forum by Caesar’s armed supporters.

 

Bibulus’ (a consul and opponent of Caesar’s) bodyguards had their ceremonial axes (fasces) broken, two high magistrates accompanying him were wounded, and he had a bucket of excrement thrown over him. In fear of his life, he retired to his house for the rest of the year, issuing occasional proclamations of bad omens. These attempts proved ineffective in obstructing Caesar’s legislation. Roman satirists ever after referred to the year as “the consulship of Julius and Caesar.”

 

When Caesar was first elected, the aristocracy tried to limit his future power by allotting to him the woods and pastures of Italy, rather than the governorship of a province, as his military command duty after his year in office was over. With the help of political allies, Caesar later overturned this, and was instead appointed to govern Cisalpine Gaul (northern Italy) and Illyricum (southeastern Europe), with Transalpine Gault (southern France) later added, giving him command of four legions. The term of his governorship, and thus his immunity from prosecution, was set at five years, rather than the usual one. When his consulship ended, Caesar narrowly avoided prosecution for the irregularities of his year in office, and quickly left for his province.

 

While Caesar was in Britain his daughter Julia, Pompey’s wife, had died in childbirth. Caesar tried to re-secure Pompey’s support by offering him his great-niece in marriage, but Pompey declined. In 53 B.C. Crassus was killed leading a failed invasion of the east. Rome was on the brink of civil war.  Pompey was appointed sole consul as an emergency measure, and married the daughter of a political opponent of Caesar. The Triumvirate was dead.

 

In 50 B.C., the Senate, led by Pompey, ordered Caesar to disband his army and return to Rome because his term as governor had finished. Pompey accused Caesar of insubordination and treason, Caesar feared he would be prosecuted if he entered Rome without the immunity enjoyed by a magistrate.  On Jan. 10, 49 B.C., Caesar crossed the Rubicon River (the frontier boundary of Italy) with only a single legion, the Legio XIII Gemina, and ignited civil war. Upon crossing the Rubicon, Caesar, according to Plutarch and Suetonius, is supposed to have quoted the Athenian playwright, Menander, in Greek, “the die is cast” or “let the die be cast.”

 

Pompey and many of the Senate fled to the south, having little confidence in Pompey’s newly-raised troops. Pompey, despite greatly outnumbering Caesar, who only had his Thirteenth Legion with him, did not intend to fight.  Caesar pursued Pompey, hoping to capture [not kill] Pompey before his legions could escape.

 

Pompey managed to escape before Caesar could capture him. Heading for Spain, Caesar left Italy under the control of Mark Antony. After an astonishing 27-day route-march, Caesar defeated Pompey’s lieutenants, then returned east, to challenge Pompey in Illyria, where, in July 48 B.C. in the Battle of Dyrrhacium, Caesar barely avoided a catastrophic defeat. In an exceedingly short engagement later that year, he decisively defeated Pompey at Pharsalus, in Greece.

 

In Rome, Caesar was appointed dictator with Mark Antony as his Master of the Horse (second in command). Caesar presided over his own election to a second consulship and then, after 11 days, resigned this dictatorship.  Caesar then pursued Pompey to Egypt, arriving soon after the murder of the general. There, Caesar was presented with Pompey’s severed head and seal-ring, receiving these with tears.  He then had Pompey’s assassins put to death.

 

Caesar then became involved with an Egyptian civil war between the child pharaoh and his sister, wife, and co-regent queen, Cleopatra. Perhaps as a result of the pharaoh’s role in Pompey’s murder, Caesar sided with Cleopatra. He withstood the Siege of Alexandria and later he defeated the pharaoh’s forces at the Battle of the Nile in 47 B.C. and installed Cleopatra as ruler. Caesar and Cleopatra celebrated their victory with a triumphal procession on the Nile in the spring of 47 B.C. The royal barge was accompanied by 400 additional ships, and Caesar was introduced to the luxurious lifestyle of the Egyptian pharaohs.

 

Caesar and Cleopatra were not married. Caesar continued his relationship with Cleopatra throughout his last marriage—in the eyes of pagan Roman, this did not constitute adultery—and probably fathered a son called Caesarion. Cleopatra visited Rome on more than one occasion, residing in Caesar’s villa just outside Rome across the Tiber.

 

Late in 48 B.C., Caesar was again appointed dictator, with a term of one year. After spending the first months of 47 B.C. in Egypt, Caesar went to the Middle East, where he annihilated the king of Pontus [the Black Sea region of Turkey]; his victory was so swift and complete that he mocked Pompey’s previous victories over such poor enemies. On his way to Pontus, Caesar visited Tarsus from 27 to 29 May 47 B.C. (where he met enthusiastic support, but where, according to Cicero, Cassius was planning to kill him at this point.)  He then proceeded to Africa to deal with the remnants of Pompey’s senatorial supporters. He quickly gained a significant victory in 46 B.C. over Cato, who then committed suicide.

 

After this victory, he was appointed dictator for 10 years. Pompey’s sons escaped to Spain; Caesar gave chase and defeated the last remnants of opposition in the Battle of Munda in March 45 B.C. During this time, Caesar was elected to his third and fourth terms as consul in 46 B.C. and 45 B.C. (this last time without a colleague).

 

While he was still campaigning in Spain, the Senate began bestowing honors on Caesar. Caesar had not proscribed his enemies, instead pardoning almost all, and there was no serious public opposition to him. Great games and celebrations were held in April to honor Caesar’s victory at Munda. Plutarch writes that many Romans found the triumph held following Caesar’s victory to be in poor taste, as those defeated in the civil war had not been foreigners, but instead fellow Romans.

 

On Caesar’s return to Italy in September 45 B.C., he filed his will, naming his grandnephew Gaius Octavius (Octavian, later known as Augustus Caesar) as his principal heir, leaving Octavian his vast estate and property including his name. Caesar also wrote that if Octavian died before Caesar did, Decimus Junius Brutus would be the next heir in succession. In his will, he also left a substantial gift to the citizens of Rome.

 

During his early career, Caesar had seen how chaotic and dysfunctional the Roman Republic had become. The republican machinery had broken down under the weight of imperialism, such a vast amount of territory being virtually ungovernable from Rome, the central government had become powerless, the provinces had been transformed into independent principalities under the absolute control of their governors, and the army had replaced the constitution as the means of accomplishing political goals. With a weak central government, political corruption had spiraled out of control, and the status quo had been maintained by a corrupt aristocracy, which saw no need to change a system that had made its members rich.

 

Does that sound familiar to modern-day readers?

 

Between his crossing of the Rubicon in 49 B.C., and his assassination in 44 B.C., Caesar established a new constitution, which was intended to accomplish three separate goals. First, he wanted to suppress all armed resistance out in the provinces, and thus bring order back to the Republic. Second, he wanted to create a stronger central government in Rome.  Finally, he wanted to knit together all of the provinces into a single, cohesive unit.

 

The first goal was accomplished when Caesar defeated Pompey and his supporters. To accomplish the other two goals, he needed to ensure that his control over the government was undisputed, so he assumed these powers by increasing his own authority, and by decreasing the authority of Rome’s other political institutions. Finally, he enacted a series of reforms that were meant to address several long-neglected issues, the most important of which was his reform of the calendar.

 

When Caesar returned to Rome, the Senate granted him triumphs for his victories, ostensibly those over Gaul, Egypt, Pontus, and Juba (the Sudan), rather than over his Roman opponents. Not everything went Caesar’s way. When Arsinoe IV, Egypt’s former queen, was paraded in chains, the spectators admired her dignified bearing and were moved to pity. Triumphal games were held, with beast-hunts involving 400 lions, and gladiator contests. A naval battle was held on a flooded basin at the Field of Mars. At the Circus Maximus, two armies of war captives, each of 2,000 people, 200 horses, and 20 elephants, fought to the death. Again, some bystanders complained, this time at Caesar’s wasteful extravagance. A riot broke out, and only stopped when Caesar had two rioters sacrificed by the priests on the Field of Mars.

 

After the triumph, Caesar set out to pass an ambitious legislative agenda. He ordered a census be taken, which forced a reduction in the grain dole, and decreed that jurors could only come from the Senate or the Equestrian (military) ranks.

 

This probably palliated the elites, whom he needed to court in order to pass his policies. The decree did little to bring justice and equality to the common man, however, leaving them out of the important business of governing their lives.  Yet the common man was probably as unconcerned then as he is today, content to leave government to representatives and relieving them of the time-consuming burden.  If politics and corruption did not enter into governing, this would be the right and proper way to rule.  Left unchecked by the common people, profligacy will prevail.

 

That’s why it’s important to study Shakespeare and all those other hi-falutin’ Greeks – and do your research and vote in the primaries.

 

Caesar passed a sumptuary law that restricted the purchase of certain luxuries. After this, he passed a law that rewarded families for having many children, to speed up the repopulation of Italy. Then, he outlawed professional guilds, except those of ancient foundation, since many of these were subversive political clubs. He then passed a term-limit law applicable to governors. He passed a debt-restructuring law, which ultimately eliminated about a fourth of all debts owed.

 

The Forum of Caesar, with its Temple of Venus Genetrix, was then built, among many other public works. Caesar also tightly regulated the purchase of state-subsidized grain and reduced the number of recipients to a fixed number, all of whom were entered into a special register. From 47 to 44 B.C., he made plans for the distribution of land to about 15,000 of his veterans.

 

The most important change, however, was his reform of the calendar. The calendar was then regulated by the movement of the moon, and this had left it in a mess. Caesar replaced this calendar with the Egyptian calendar, which was regulated by the sun. He set the length of the year to 365.25 days by adding an intercalary/leap day at the end of February every fourth year.

 

To bring the calendar into alignment with the seasons, he decreed that three extra months be inserted into 46 B.C. (the ordinary intercalary month at the end of February, and two extra months after November). Thus, the Julian calendar opened on 1 January 45 B.C. This calendar is almost identical to the current Western Calendar.

 

Shortly before his assassination, he passed a few more reforms. He established a police force, appointed officials to carry out his land reforms, and ordered the rebuilding of Carthage and Corinth. He also extended Latin rights throughout the Roman world, and then abolished the tax system and reverted to the earlier version that allowed cities to collect tribute however they wanted, rather than needing Roman intermediaries. His assassination prevented further and larger schemes, which included the construction of an unprecedented temple to Mars, a huge theater, and a library on the scale of the Library of Alexandria.

 

He also wanted to convert Ostia to a major port, and cut a canal through the Isthmus of Corinth. Militarily, he wanted to conquer the Dacians and Parthians, and avenge the loss at Carrhae. Thus, he instituted a massive mobilization. Shortly before his assassination, the Senate named him censor for life and Father of the Fatherland, and the month of Quintilis was renamed July in his honor.

 

He was granted further honors, which were later used to justify his assassination as a would-be divine monarch: coins were issued bearing his image and his statue was placed next to those of the kings. He was granted a golden chair in the Senate, was allowed to wear triumphal dress whenever he chose, and was offered a form of semi-official or popular cult, with Mark Antony as his high priest.  Not content with being dictator-for-life, Caesar also wanted to be a deity.  Throughout the play “Julius Caesar,” Shakespeare points out the dictators many human foibles which made him unsuitable to be a god.

 

The history of Caesar’s political appointments is complex and uncertain. Caesar held both the dictatorship and the tribunate, but alternated between the consulship and the proconsulship. His powers within the state seem to have rested upon these magistracies. He was first appointed dictator in 49 B.C., possibly to preside over elections, but resigned his dictatorship within 11 days.  In 48 B.C., he was reappointed dictator, only this time for an indefinite period, and in 46 B.C., he was appointed dictator for 10 years.

 

In 48 B.C., Caesar was given permanent tribunician powers which made his person sacrosanct and allowed him to veto the Senate, although on at least one occasion, tribunes did attempt to obstruct him. The offending tribunes in this case were brought before the Senate and divested of their office. This was not the first time Caesar had violated a tribune’s sacrosanctity.

 

Caesar had crossed yet another “rubicon,” helping to seal his fate.

 

After he had first marched on Rome in 49 BC, he forcibly opened the treasury, although a tribune had the seal placed on it. After the impeachment of the two obstructive tribunes, Caesar, perhaps unsurprisingly, faced no further opposition from other members of the Tribunician College.

 

When Caesar returned to Rome in 47 B.C., the ranks of the Senate had been severely depleted, so he used his censorial powers to appoint many new senators, which eventually raised the Senate’s membership to 900. All the appointments were of his own partisans, which robbed the senatorial aristocracy of its prestige, and made the Senate increasingly subservient to him.  To minimize the risk that another general might attempt to challenge him, Caesar passed a law that subjected governors to term limits.

 

Barack Obama and the Democrats, not the Conservatives and Donald Trump, packed both Congress and the Judicial branch with partisans both on the Democrat and the Republican side. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is good friends with Open Society founder George Soros, as was his opponent in the 2008 election, Barack Obama.

 

In 46 B.C., Caesar gave himself the title of “Prefect of the Morals,” which was an office that was new only in name, as its powers were identical to those of the censors. Thus, he could hold censorial powers, while technically not subjecting himself to the same checks to which the ordinary censors were subject, and he used these powers to fill the Senate with his own partisans. He also set the precedent, which his imperial successors followed, of requiring the Senate to bestow various titles and honors upon him. He was, for example, given the title of “Father of the Fatherland” and “imperator.”

 

Coins bore his likeness, and he was given the right to speak first during Senate meetings. Caesar then increased the number of magistrates who were elected each year, which created a large pool of experienced magistrates, and allowed Caesar to reward his supporters.

 

This is what the Liberals fear; that Donald Trump will upset the “balance” of the court, by nominating Conservative justices to the Supreme Court. Their charge is hypocritical since the court has swung to the Left for at least a decade, allowing illegal immigrants to swarm our borders, unconstitutionally mandating Obamacare, and eventually, legalizing marijuana.

 

Caesar even took steps to transform Italy into a province, and to link more tightly the other provinces of the empire into a single cohesive unit. This addressed the underlying problem that had caused the Social War decades earlier, where individuals outside Rome and Italy were not considered “Roman,” and thus were not given full citizenship rights. This process, of fusing the entire Roman Empire into a single unit, rather than maintaining it as a network of unequal principalities, would ultimately be completed by Caesar’s successor, the emperor Augustus.

 

In February 44 B.C., one month before his assassination, he was appointed Dictator for Life. Under Caesar, a significant amount of authority was vested in his lieutenants, mostly because Caesar was frequently out of Italy. In October 45 B.C., Caesar resigned his position as sole consul, and facilitated the election of two successors for the remainder of the year, which theoretically restored the ordinary consulship, since the constitution did not recognize a single consul without a colleague.

 

Near the end of his life, Caesar began to prepare for a war against the Parthian Empire (Iran and Iraq). Since his absence from Rome might limit his ability to install his own consuls, he passed a law which allowed him to appoint all magistrates in 43 B.C., and all consuls and tribunes in 42 B.C. This, in effect, transformed the magistrates from being representatives of the people to being representatives of the dictator.

 

Uh-oh.

 

On the Ides of March (March 15) of 44 B.C., Caesar was due to appear at a session of the Senate. Several Senators had conspired to assassinate Caesar. Mark Antony, having vaguely learned of the plot the night before from a terrified liberator named Servilius Casca, and fearing the worst, went to head Caesar off. The plotters, however, had anticipated this and, fearing that Antony would come to Caesar’s aid, had arranged for Trebonius to intercept him just as he approached the portico of the Theatre of Pompey, where the session was to be held, and detain him outside. (Plutarch, however, assigns this action to delay Antony to Brutus Albinus.) When he heard the commotion from the Senate chamber, Antony fled.

 

The Theatre of Pompey was a structure in Ancient Rome built during the later part of the Roman Republican era. It was completed in 55 BC.  Enclosed by large columned porticos was an expansive garden complex of fountains and statues. Along the stretch of covered arcade were rooms dedicated to the exposition of art and other works collected by Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (English: “Pompey the Great”) during his campaigns.

 

On the opposite end of the garden complex was a curia (an assembly room) for political meetings. The senate would often use this building along with a number of temples and halls that satisfied the requirements for their formal meetings. The curia in the theatre is infamous as the place where Juliua Caesar murdered by the Liberatores of the Roman Senate and elite.

 

According to Plutarch, as Caesar arrived at the Senate, Tillius Cimber presented him with a petition to recall his exiled brother. The other conspirators crowded round to offer support. Both Plutarch and Suetonius say that Caesar waved him away, but Cimber grabbed his shoulders and pulled down Caesar’s tunic. Caesar then cried to Cimber, “Why, this is violence!” (“Ista quidem vis est!”), which was against the rules of the Roman Senate.

 

At the same time, Casca produced his dagger and made a glancing thrust at the dictator’s neck. Caesar turned around quickly and caught Casca by the arm. According to Plutarch, he said in Latin, “Casca, you villain, what are you doing?” Casca, frightened, shouted, “Help, brother!” in Greek (“ἀδελφέ, βοήθει”, “Adelphe, boethei“). Within moments, the entire group, including Brutus, was striking out at the dictator.  Caesar attempted to get away, but, blinded by blood, he tripped and fell; the men continued stabbing him as he lay defenseless on the lower steps of the portico. According to Eutropius, around 60 men participated in the assassination. He was stabbed 23 times.

 

According to Suetonius, a physician later established that only one wound, the second one to his chest, had been lethal. The dictator’s last words are not known with certainty, and are a contested subject among scholars and historians alike. Suetonius reports that others have said Caesar’s last words were the Greek phrase “καὶ σύ, τέκνον;”\ (transliterated as “Kai su, teknon?”: “You too, child?” in English). However, for himself, Suetonius says Caesar said nothing.

 

Plutarch also reports that Caesar said nothing, pulling his toga over his head when he saw Brutus among the conspirators. The version best known in the English-speaking world is the Latin phrase “Et tu, Brute?” (“And you, Brutus?” This derives from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, where it actually forms the first half of a macaronic (composed of or characterized by Latin words mixed with vernacular words or non-Latin words given Latin endings)  line: “Et tu, Brute? Then fall, Caesar.”

 

According to Plutarch, after the assassination, Brutus stepped forward as if to say something to his fellow senators; they, however, fled the building. Brutus and his companions then marched to the Capitol while crying out to their beloved city: “People of Rome, we are once again free!” They were met with silence, as the citizens of Rome had locked themselves inside their houses as soon as the rumor of what had taken place had begun to spread. Caesar’s dead body lay where it fell on the Senate floor for nearly three hours before other officials arrived to remove it.

 

Caesar’s body was cremated, and on the site of his cremation, the Temple of Caesar was erected a few years later (at the east side of the main square of the Roman Forum). Only its altar now remains. A life-size wax statue of Caesar was later erected in the forum displaying the 23 stab wounds. A crowd who had gathered there started a fire, which badly damaged the forum and neighboring buildings. In the ensuing chaos, Mark Antony, Octavian (later Augustus Caesar), and others fought a series of five civil wars, which would end in the formation of the Roman Empire.

 

To return to the play, the soothsayer warns Caesar to “Beware the idea of March.” But Caesar dismisses him as “a dreamer” and he and his party, except Brutus and Cassius, continue on to watch the race of the Festival of Lupercal, originally set in February, honoring the birth of Romulus and Remus to a female wolf who supposedly nursed them. Februa was the actual ritual of purification.

 

After the sacrificial feast, the Luperci (“the brothers of the wolf”) cut and wore thongs of newly-flayed goatskin, in imitation of Lupercus, and ran near-naked along the old Palatine boundary, which was marked out by stones. In Plutarch‘s description of the Lupercalia, written during the early Empire:

 

many of the noble youths and of the magistrates run up and down through the city naked, for sport and laughter striking those they meet with shaggy thongs. And many women of rank also purposely get in their way, and like children at school, present their hands to be struck, believing that the pregnant will thus be helped in delivery and the barren to pregnancy.

 

How Shakespeare came to include a pagan rite of February (meaning “spring cleaning” or “spring purge”) in the month of March is uncertain. How the company that produces Central Park’s Shakespeare in the Park came to confuse Trump with Caesar is equally uncertain.  To note, Barack Obama behaved more like Caesar – “he doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus” – in his case, using the judiciary to bypass the legislature to enact his will.

 

To be sure, our modern Congress is decidedly corrupt, as corrupt as ever the Rome Senate was. The Roman Assembly had long since been stripped of its power.  Caesar was not actually the first emperor of Rome – perhaps he wanted to be an emperor, but he never lived to have the title.

 

To accuse Trump of obstructing or going around the courts as Caesar did is ludicrous, as the courts were previously filled by a much more ambitious, tyrannical president claiming to be a man of the people while casting scorn upon them, especially middle class workers and homeowners. Obama has not left his own estates to the poor; he’s left our modest homes and properties to the vulgar herd.

 

In the wake of the civil war following Caesar’s assassination, his great nephew and adopted heir, Octavian, became the first de facto emperor as a result of the ‘first settlement’ between himself and the Roman Senate.

 

He, Mark Antony, and Marcus Lepidus formed the Second Triumvirate to defeat the assassins of Caesar. All the principle conspirators committed suicide.  Does Shakespeare in the Park show that part of the play?

 

Following their victory at the Battle of Philippi, the Triumvirate divided the Roman Republic among themselves and ruled as military dictators. The Triumvirate was eventually torn apart by the competing ambitions of its members. Lepidus was driven into exile and stripped of his position, and Antony committed suicide following his defeat at the Battle of Actium by Octavian in 31 BC.

 

After the demise of the Second Triumvirate, Augustus restored the outward façade of the free Republic, with governmental power vested in the Roman Senate, the executive magistrates, and the legislative assemblies. In reality, however, he retained his autocratic power over the Republic as a military dictator. By law, Augustus held a collection of powers granted to him for life by the Senate, including supreme military command, and those of tribune and censor.

 

It took several years for Augustus to develop the framework within which a formally republican state could be led under his sole rule. He rejected monarchical titles, and instead called himself Princeps Civitatis (“First Citizen of the State”). The resulting constitutional framework became known as the Principate, the first phase of the Roman Empire.

 

The reign of Augustus initiated an era of relative peace known as the Pax Romana (The Roman Peace). The Roman world was largely free from large-scale conflict for more than two centuries, despite continuous wars of imperial expansion on the Empire’s frontiers and the year-long civil war known as the “Year of the Four Emperors” over the imperial succession. Augustus dramatically enlarged the Empire, annexing Egypt, Dalmatia, Pannonia, Noricum, and Raetia; expanding possessions in Africa; expanding into Germania; and completing the conquest of Hispania. Beyond the frontiers, he secured the Empire with a buffer region of client state and made peace with the Parthian Empire through diplomacy.

 

He reformed the Roman system of taxation, developed networks of roads with an official courier system, established a standing army, established the Praetorian Guard (a sort of Secret Service for the Emperor and some high officials), created official police and fire-fighting services and for Rome, and rebuilt much of the city during his reign.

 

But to return to the play, for that is the thing, Cassius, whom our Shakespearean Caesar regards cautiously as a man having “a lean and hungry look” knows that Brutus opposes Caesar’s ambitions but does not want to act against the man or his conscience.

 

Cassius has no problem where conscience is concerned. Privately, to Brutus, he berates Caesar as a flawed poser, much as Establishment Republicans derided Trump.  After challenging the aging Caesar to swim the Tiber, Cassius rescued the would-be god from drowning.

 

“Ay, as Aeneas, our great ancestor, did from the flames of Troy upon his shoulder the old Anchises bear, so from the waves of Tiber did I the tired Caesar. And this man is now become a god, and Cassius is a wretched creature and must bend his body if Caesar carelessly but on him.  He had a fever when he was in Spain, and when the fit was on him, I did mark how he did shake.  ‘Tis true, this god did shake.  His coward lips did from their color fly, and that same eye whose bend doth awe the world did lose his luster.  I did hear him groan.  Ay, and that tongue of his that bad the Romans mark him and write his speeches in their books, “Alas!” it cried, “Give me some drink, Titinius.”  As a sick girl.  Ye gods, it doth amaze me a man of such a feeble temper should so get the start of the majestic world and bear the palm [of victory] alone [as opposed to sharing it with a co-ruler].”

 

Cassius isn’t through berating Caesar though.

 

“Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus, and we petty men walk under his huge legs and peep about to find ourselves dishonorable graves. Men at some time are masters of their fates.  The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves, that we are underlings.  Brutus and Caesar.  What should be in that ‘Caesar’?  Why should that name be sounded more than yours?  Write them together, yours is as fair a name; sound them, it doth become the mouth as well…When went there by an age, since the Great Flood, but it was fam’d with more than with one man?  [Cassius speaks of Deucalion, the son of Prometheus, and Deucalion’s wife, Pyrrha, who, in Greek mythology, built the first cities – in Biblical terms, the couple was Nimrod and his wife, Semiramis].”

 

After this conversation, the pair learn from Casca that the shouts they heard were the people of Rome three times offering Caesar a crown, as king, which he refused each time. But then Caesar fell down in a fit of epilepsy, during which the adoring crowds mocked him.  Still, they learn that the Roman Senate means to establish Caesar as their king.  The conspirators meet to plan the assassination, in the Theater of Pompey, not in the actual Senate itself, as some have believed.

 

Brutus is uneasy about this action.

 

Brutus [in soliloquy]: Since Cassius did first whet me against Caesar, I have not slept.  Between the acting of a dreadful thing and the first motion, all the interim is like a phantasma, or a hideous dream.  Genius and the mortal instruments are then in council; and the state of man, like to a little kingdom, suffers then the nature of an insurrection.”

 

Defendants of the Shakespeare-in-the-Park production protest that it’s merely a play – which is based on an historical event. We poor mortals who can scarcely afford to cross into Manhattan, much less attend a play in Central Park, where we would have to park our cars in an expensive garage, saw no more of the play than the assassination scene.  “Hideous?”  Yes.  “A dream?”  Maybe.  But whose dream?  Who dreams of such monstrous violence?

 

The conspirators agree to the plan, but Brutus refuses to swear an oath to carry it out.

 

Brutus: No, not an oath.  If not the fame of men, the sufferance of our souls, the time’s abuse- [they’re wasting their time].  If these be motives weak, break off betimes, and every man hence to his idle bed; so let high-sighted tyranny range on, till each man drop off by lottery.  But if these, as I am sure they do, bear fire enough to kindle cowards and to steel with valor the melting spirits of women, then, countrymen, what need we any spur but our own cause to prick us to redress?  What other bond than secret Romans, that have spoke the word and will not palter?

 

The conspirators take the law into their own hands, as they believe their cause is just enough to commit murder, the taking of a life. Cassius suggests also severing Caesar’s right hand – Mark Antony.

 

Brutus: Our course will seem too bloody, Caius Cassius, the head cut off and then hack the limbs, like wrath in death and envy afterwards;  for Antony is but a limb of Caesar [in pagan rituals, the “limb” – a tree branch – represented the priest or priestess carrying out the will of the gods].  Let’s be sacrificers, but not butchers, Caius.  We stand up against the spirit of Caesar and in the spirit of men there is no blood.  O, that we then could come by Caesar’s spirit, and not dismember Caesar!  But, alas, Caesar must blood for it.  And, gentle friends, let’s kill him boldly but not wrathfully; Let’s carve him as a dish fort for the gods, not hew him as a carcass for hounds.  And let our hearts, as subtle masters do, stir up their servants to an act of rage and after seem to chide ‘em.  This shall make our purpose necessary, and not envious; which so appearing to the common eyes, we shall be call’d purgers, not murderers.”

 

How often have Liberal agitators done this very thing, working their followers up into a rage with violent rhetoric and then unleashing them onto the streets to do their dirty work? When did you last hear of Conservatives resorting to such tactics?  When did Donald Trump ever sanction such tactics?  He may have sounded tough during the campaign, but generally he’s a fellow hail and well met.  Maybe too hail.  He is a businessman after all.  What did the character in the movie Die Hard say, “You negotiate with a gun, I negotiate with a fountain pen.  What’s the difference?”

 

Although the night is filled with strange and evil portents, Caesar determines to go to the Senate hearing where Decius assures him he will receive the title he craves.

 

Caesar [to the soothsayer]: The ides of March are come.

 

Soothsayer: Ay, Caesar, but not gone.

 

It is Casca who declares the fatal words:  “Speak, hands, for me!”  Violent action over civil discourse.

 

The conspirators deliver 23 wounds to Caesar (Shakespeare declares the number is 33). As we read in the history, some sixty Roman senators were thought to have participated in the assassination.

 

After the deed is done, the murderers crow like cocks:

 

Cinna: Liberty! Freedom!  Tyranny is dead!  Run hence, proclaim, cry it about the streets!

 

Cassius: Some to the common pulpits, and cry out:  “Liberty, freedom, and enfranchisement!”

 

Brutus: People and senators, be not affrighted.  Fly not; stand still.  Ambition’s debt is paid.

 

Casca: Go to the pulpit, Brutus.

 

Decius: And Casca, too.

 

Brutus: Where’s Publius?

 

Cinna: Here, quite confounded with this mutiny [Publius was an elderly senator].

 

Metellus: Stand fast together, lest some friend of Caesar’s should chance-

 

Brutus: Talk not of standing.  Publius, good cheer.  There is no harm intended to your person, nor to no Roman else.  So tell them, Publius.

 

Cassius: And leave us, Publius, lest that the people, rushing on us, should do your age some mischief.

 

Brutus: Do so, and let no man abide this deed but we the doers.  [Exeunt all but the Conpirators]

 

Enter Trebonius.

 

Cassius: Where is Antony?

 

Trebonius: Fled to his house, amaz’d.  Men, wives, and children stare, cry out, and run as it were Doomsday.

 

Brutus: Fates, we will know your pleasures.  That we shall die, we know; ‘tis but the time, and drawings days out, that men stand upon.

 

Casca: Why, he that cuts off twenty years of life cuts off so many years of fearing death.

 

Brutus: Grant that, and then is death a benefit.  So are we Caesar’s friends, that have abridg’d his time of fearing death.  Stoop, Romans, stoop, and let us bathe our hands in Caesar’s blood up to the elbows, and besmear our swords then walk we forth, even to the market-place, and, waving our red weapons o’er our heads, let’s all cry, “Peace, freedom, and liberty!

 

Cassius: Stoop then and wash.  [They bathe their hands and weapons.]  How many ages hence shall this our lofty scene be acted over in states unborn and accents yet unknown?

 

How many generations in the future will reenact the “Lefty” scene in Central Park in states ceded and accents melded?

 

Brutus: How many times shall Caesar bleed in sport, that now on Pompey’s base lies along no worthier than the dust?

 

Cassius: So oft as that shall be, so often shall the knot of us be call’d the men that gave their country liberty.

 

So often shall the knot of Manhattanite Liberals be called the men and women that robbed their country of their liberty?

 

The mutineers go off into the center of Rome to explain their actions to a wary public.

 

“Not that I lov’d Caesar less,” Brutus says, “but that I lov’d Rome more. Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caser were dead, to live all free men.  As Caesar lov’d me, I weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it, as he was valiant, I honor him; but, as he was ambitious, I slew him.  There are tears for his love; joy for his fortune; honor for his valor; and death for his ambition.”

 

But then Marc Antony, given permission by Brutus and the other senators to eulogize Caesar, reads his will, which left some considerable money to every Roman citizen and all his estates to their public trust. Antony then shows those closest the torn and bloodied mantle, and then the body itself.

 

With the public opinion turned against the conspirators, Antony and Octavius, the new emperor, execute some seventy senators, then take their armies to hunt down the conspirators.

 

At Philippi, they meet in battle. But the conspirators’ armies soon desert them.

 

Cassius: O, look, Titinius, the villains fly!  Myself have to mine own turn’d enemy.  This ensign here of mine was turning back; I slew the coward and did take it from him.

 

Titinius flies off into battle. Pindarus, Cassisus’ slave, incorrectly reports that Titinius is captured and Cassius has him run him through, promising that with the deed, he will be freed from slavery.  Finding Cassius dead, Tintinius stabs himself with Cassius’ sword, the same sword that killed Caesar.

 

Cornered, Brutus asks the remainder of the band to lend him one of their swords so that he might die an honorable death. Finally, one of his slaves, Strato, agrees.  At Brutus’ bidding he turns his head away as Brutus runs himself on the sword and dies.

 

Brutus: Caesar, now be still.  I kill’d thee not with half so good a will.

 

Upon finding him dead, Antony says, “This was the noblest Roman of them all. All the conspirators save only he did that they did in envy of great Caesar; He, only in a general honest thought and common good to all, made one of them.”

 

The play ends with the new emperor, Octavian, honoring Brutus:

“According to his virtue, let us use him,

With all respect and rites of burial

Within my tent his bones tonight shall lie,

Most like a soldier, ordered honorably.

So call the field [the army] to rest; and let’s away,

To part [share] the glories of this happy day.”

 

We are not far from the bloodthirsty citizens of Rome if we revisit Shakespeare’s play in this sort of spirit, cheering for the assassins and calling for the blood of an elected leader.

 

Brutus: Good gentlemen, look fresh and merrily;

Let not our looks put on our purposes,

But bear it as our Roman actors do,

With untir’d spits and formal constancy.

 

When Antony returns to the scene of the crime, he asks the conspirators:

“I know not, gentleman, what you intend,

Who else must let blood, who else is rank?”

 

What sort of world, what sort of society have we become that we not only welcome such spectacles as entertainment, but place ourselves, and more particularly, our political adversaries in their roles, and transfer their violence to our modern times?

 

Conservatives do not and never have advocated violence. We wish for a peaceful society.  Liberals, on the other hand, crave centralized government, an uncontrollable bureaucracy to stamp upon the people, and a corrupt judiciary to do its will while the Legislature lies glutted at its banquet of corruption.  They encourage every form of licentiousness, rage, and criminality and call it “resistance.”  It is the resistance of Nimrod.

 

Heed well the words of your hero (did you know that the word “hero” was originally ascribed to Nimrod?), “the lean and hungry” Cassius, you Liberals:

 

“Show yourselves [to be] true Romans.”

 

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Sustainable Democrat Districts

Mayors and public officials from around Northern New Jersey attended a public hearing on court-mandated affordable housing obligations in Paramus on Thursday evening. They had gathered to register their complaints about the burdensome regulations that could lead to the destruction of their suburban communities.

 

Republican N.J. Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi, of River Vale in Bergen County, led the meeting along with other state officials. Representatives of the Cherry Hill-based Fair Share Housing Center, the group that created the obligations and led in the original Mount Laurel housing lawsuit, were not present at the meeting.

 

According to the Bergen Record, Upper Saddle River Mayor Joanne Minichetti stated that the analysis (by Fair Share Housing) leading to the obligations were “stupid” and “ridiculous.”

 

“It is long past time for the Legislature to act, and block, Fair Share Housing from their objective of destroying our suburban communities,” Minichetti said. Upper Saddle River has an 827-unit obligation.  The obligations are structured so that the emphasis is on market-rate units with a minimum of Affordable Housing units.  With each development, a community’s general population increases and with it the exponential obligation for even more affordable housing.

 

“We really need action. Nobody has done what they need to,” she added.

 

“Many [mayors] represent towns still struggling to fulfill their obligations,” the Bergen Record reported. “Others spoke for municipalities locked in judicial review of their housing plans due to a 2015 State Supreme Court ruling that put judges in charge of providing guidance on how much affordable housing they [the municipalities] must accommodate.”

 

Schepisi called the hearing because the state legislature leadership (all Democrat) has refused to review the issue. Schepisi had vowed that if the legislature won’t hold meetings, she will.

 

“At the hearing,” The Record continues, “Schepisi ticked down a list of the obligations facing municipalities, and asked how towns were expected to cope. Where were the thousands of units supposed to go, she asked, in built-out Bergenfield or tiny Dumont?”

 

Schepisi invited the Fair Share Housing Center to the meeting. They responded with a letter stating that they declined to appear because they regarded the meeting as a “political stunt” designed to “create hysteria” and “encourage discrimination.”

 

“Schepisi has sponsored legislation,” the newspaper reported, “aimed at slowing the implementation of affordable housing rules. This includes a pair of recently-introduced bills that would impose a moratorium on affordable housing litigation through the end of the year and establish a commission to generate new guidelines.

 

“Assemblyman Kevin Rooney, who sat alongside Schepisi on the dais, said the state should ‘take a deep breath, slow down the process, put it back into the Legislature and take it out of the hands of the courts.’”

 

Interestingly, the Bergen Record literally “buried” the story on page 5L (the Local section of the paper) in the Obituaries section.

 

The next day, the Fair Share Housing Center assailed Schepisi, claiming she “misrepresented” several facets of the affordable housing issue in order to “stoke fear” and “encourage xenophobia.” They charged her with making false claims about the manner in which affordable housing is built, how settlement agreements establishing municipal obligations are being reached, and the total number of units the “housing center” wishes to see constructed across New Jersey.

 

However, Schepisi noted that her numbers came directly from the Fair Share Housing Center itself and “asked why housing center representatives declined to attend if they had qualms with her statements.

 

The Left is masterful at side-stepping conflicts in its ideology. They decry “man-made” climate change.  Yet, as the towns of Bloomingdale and Riverdale proceed to decimate the landscape, blowing up hills that quarry rock for roads and highways to make driving by the hated automobile easier, dislocating wildlife, destroying their habit, to make way for more human pollution, they are silent.

 

In this case, Man is no longer the reviled enemy; not if means kickbacks for mayors, town planners, developers and quarry owners in exchange for an inequitable brand of Affordable Housing that changes not only the physical, but the political, landscape, so much the better.

 

Federal Hill will be completely wiped out. Already, wild animals driven from the Federal Hill site are seeking refuge in the empty spaces of the Riverdale quarry as well as vagrants.  What was green and good in Bloomingdale will be no more.  Housing prices are falling in Bloomingdale.

 

Infernal towers are being planned for the town of Pompton Lakes. Driving along Wanaque Avenue through the main business district, it’s hard to imagine these five-story behemoths towering over that narrow street.  The street already only sees daylight for about half the day.  With the new developments, no daylight will ever reach Wanaque Avenue again.

 

Curiously, in the same edition of The Bergen Record, in the main section, was a story about the University of Virginia student, Otto Warmbier, who was arrested in North Korea for removing a communist propaganda poster. Warmbier has been returned to his family, suffering severe nerve trauma and other injuries.  Warmbier lives in Wyoming, Ohio.

 

The Cincinnati Enquirer originally reported the story, and the Bergen Record reprinted. The reporters, Jason Williams and Hannah Sparling, saw fit to end their story with the following information about Wyoming, Ohio.  What this information had to do with Warmbier’s arrest bears inquiry:

 

“Wyoming is a small, affluent community of about 8,400 people just north of Cincinnati. The poverty rate is only 2.2 percent [Editor’s note:  So what?].  The schools are among the best in the state.

 

“Warmbier [the father], a small business owner, spoke to reporters at Wyoming High School, Otto’s alma mater. Otto graduated in 2013 as a salutatorian.”

 

What does the town’s population, its poverty rate, or its school ranking have to do with the fact that the North Korean’s imprisoned Warmbier and sent him back physically debilitated, possibly for life.

 

Do the reporters regard his imprisonment and torture just punishment for his “white privilege”? That’s what Fair Share Housing feels about the defoliation of the “white” suburbs.  For them, this is social justice against the white people who fled urban blight decades ago and whose hard work and achievements have allowed them to live in better, safer neighborhoods.

 

To Fair Share, this is “racism” and they’ll blow up every green hillside in northern New Jersey and across the United States, destruction of wildlife habitat and the incursion of more people-polluters notwithstanding, in order to achieve their goal of destroying civilization as we know it.

 

Their white, liberal Democrat supporters couldn’t care less about the suburbs. They actually prefer living in condos and townhouses where they don’t have to rake leaves, shovel snow, or paint the house – or pay illegal immigrants to do the work for them.  They love birds and wild animals that are in the wild.  That doesn’t mean they want to live anywhere near them.  In fact, it is these very same New York Democrats, who have jobs in the city, who make up the majority of the residents of these warehouse developments.

 

The residents of Bloomingdale and Pompton Lakes either slept through the bombing of Federal Hill or were outright ignored by corrupt town councils. Voter participation in the recent primaries was disconcertingly low.  They toe to the old saw that you can’t fight city hall and that their votes don’t count.

 

A preponderance of Democrat, Liberal propaganda does nothing to disabuse them of that notion. There are more of us than we realize, if we would just come out of shells.  Right now, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi is something of a lone ranger.  She’s under threat not just from Fair Share but the N.J. Legislature as well.

 

If we don’t do something, the next time you happen by the Obituary section of the newspaper, you may find an encomium for your own town, with some pablum about the “blessings” of diversity and multiculturalism.

 

 

 

Published in: on June 17, 2017 at 1:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Dems Play Hardball in Anti-Trump Campaign

If you had a dog as vicious as the Democrat Party, its propagandist Mainstream Media Machine, and its Campus Cohorts, you’d have had it euthanized. In just the last two weeks or so, Trump has been beheaded by D-class comedian Kathy Griffin, stabbed in absentia in Central Park’s Shakespeare-in-the-Park summer production of Julius Caesar, and denounced in a dead assassin wannabe’s final Facebook Post:  “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.,” James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill., wrote in a March 22 post.

 

But because we’re Conservatives, we don’t resort to violent tactics or rhetoric. We believe in the First Amendment.  If the Democrats want to hang by their own petard (politically-speaking), so be it.  If they think they stand any chance of winning in 2018 after this week, they’ve been smoking too much of their legal marijuana.

 

Hodgkinson, a Bernie Sanders supporter who had previously been arrested for assault (the charges were later dropped), decided to take it to the next level: unable, apparently, to penetrate the President’s Secret Service ring, he targeted the Republicans at a practice for the annual Republican-Democrat baseball game in Alexandria, Va.

 

Was he just a lone gunman, a nut who went off the reservation? Was he just a lunatic who was hearing voices?  Voices, such as the following?

 

Not quite a month ago, Democratic National Party Chairman and former Labor Secretary under Obama Tom Perez called President Trump “the most dangerous president in U.S. history” and declared that he “has to go.”

 

New York City Mayor DeBlasio, not to be outdone, histrionically cried, “Children will die (!)” under Trump’s budget.

According to an article in the U.K. Independent, “Women and children will die after the Trump administration instituted a new “global gag rule” that blocks aid groups from providing information about abortions if they receive US funding, it has been claimed.

“The restriction now applies to groups receiving US funds to fight HIV/Aids or even malaria and covers nearly $9 billion (£7 billion) in aid, rather than the $600m (£465 million) restricted by the original Mexico City Policy.

“The Mexico City rules, brought in by President Ronald Reagan, force NGOs to agree to ‘neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations’ if they want to apply for federal funds.

“Suzanne Ehlers, president of the PAI reproductive health NGO, said the move would ‘cause unspeakable damage to integrated care efforts across all health sectors.’ She added: ‘It will cost many around the world their lives, especially women.’”

Hodgkinson had been in the Alexandria, Va., vicinity for some time, so it’s doubtful that he saw the Shakespeare in the Park production, where an actor who looks like Trump is murdered on a nightly basis. Alec Baldwin was there, though, to support the troupe’s assassination of someone they consider a modern-day Caesar.  Who do they think they’re kidding?

 

Remember, they believe that people who voted for Trump have never read or seen Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. If they had, they would  have said that Barack Obama fit the character much better than Trump or any other United States president, except perhaps Franklin D. Roosevelt (“Grace [FDR’s secretary], I want to dictate a bill!”).

 

Surely, Hodgkinson had seen Kathy Griffins’ gruesome Trump beheading video.

 

Six days ago, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she was “worried about Trump’s fitness for office” and that she thought he needs more sleep. So said the Wax Lady of Capitol Hill.

In April, a Democrat from Arizona claims he “wanted to punch” a female Republican Senator who sponsored a bill to give more school choice to families in the state.

Jesus Rubalcava, a Democratic Representative, said on social media that he wanted to commit violence against Republican Sen. Debbie Lesko because she celebrated and was “prancing around” after her school choice bill got passed, the Arizona Central reported.

The main victim of Hogdkinson’s anti-Republican attack was the third-ranking Republican in the House, Steve Scalise. The Media did its usual job of underreporting Scalise’s injuries; initially it was reported that he was struck in the hip.  However, it seems the bullet penetrated some vital organs and the Congressman is far from being out of danger.  He could still – God forbid – die.

 

Law enforcement, on the first reports of the attack, refused to identify the attacker (who was already dead) or give any definitive motive for the shooting. This despite the fact that a witness reported that the shooter asked whether Republicans or Democrats were on the field.  When he was told they were Republicans, the shooter opened fire.

 

On being asked by the New Orleans Times-Picayune to assign Barack Obama a letter grade for his first 100 days as President, Scalise awarded him an L (for “Liberal”).

 

Let us ask a question Liberal Hollywood is always fond of asking: “Where does all this hatred come from?”

 

Are they born with it? Or are they taught to hate so violently and with such vitriol?  Rarely, if ever, do we hear reports of Conservatives shooting, or attempting to shoot, Democrats.  Despite this obvious misconception, the Liberals are desperate to totally remove guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens.

 

It’s Hollywood that produces the violent movies and music. The shootings overwhelmingly happen in urban, gun-free, Democrat strongholds by criminals who use illegally-obtained weapons that obviously aren’t registered.  The greatest number of deaths by legally-owned firearms are suicides.

 

Pelosi piously prayed with other Democrats and Republicans on the House floor in the wake of the shootings for all the victims. Sen. Paul Ryan declared that it was time for all members of Congress to unite in non-partisan unity and to put an end to the divisiveness dividing the country.

Surely, they cry, we can live with our differences, they pander, without resorting to violence? Really?  Has the Shakespeare-in-the-Park shut down its production of Julius Caesar and taken up, say, As You Like It (the original climate change/LBQRSTUVWXYZ play) instead?

 

Nervous ninnies are pleading with Trump not to tweet anymore, that he’s sounding more like Candidate Trump instead of President Trump. They’re calling on whoever has “influence” with The Donald to advise him not to tweet.  Why?  Because (I believe) he called Obamacare “Mean.”

 

Do the Ninnies understand nothing? “Mean” is the favorite word of the Lefty Liberal Propaganda Korps.  If I were his adviser, I would have told Mr. Trump long before he even took office to fire FBI Director James Comey immediately, on Day One; that Comey is trouble and that the longer Trump kept this snake at his side, the more likely it would be that this Obama serpent would bite him.

 

Personally, I would never advise the President not to Tweet. He wouldn’t take such advice, even if offered by the “wisest” person in his Cabinet or his Press Office.  Those are career people looking to a future when some Moderate Republican or Liberal Democrat is in office and they have to “explain” themselves.

 

The word “Mean” has five syllabic categories:

 

“Contemptible”

“Stingy”

“Shabby”

“Ignoble”

“Selfish”

 

Undoubtedly, the Lefties, in their Marxist fervor, define “Mean” as “Selfish”.

 

But here are the others.

 

Contemptible – paltry, poor, contemptible, puerile, sorry, meager, shabby, miserable, wretched, vile, scurvy, beggarly, worthless, cheap, trashy.

 

Stingy – parsimonious, stingy, miserly, shabby, close, sparing, grudging, illiberal, ungenerous, churlish, sordid, mercenary, venal, covetous, avaricious, greedy, grasping, extortionate, rapacious.

 

Shabby – beggarly, pitiful, petty, shabby.

 

Ignoble – common, mean, low, base, vile, sorry scrubby, beggarly, vulgar, low-minded, snobbish, parvenu, low-bred, menial, servile (you’d have to ask Roget, in a séance or something, how you could be snobbish and beggarly at the same time).

 

Selfish – illiberal, mean, ungenerous, narrow-minded, mercenary, venal, covetous.

 

That’s what the Left thinks of Trump when it says he’s “mean.”

 

Fortunately for us, the Thesaurus is a reference book of both opposites and similarities. If one were Trump’s Twitter advisor, one would advise him to look towards the categories of Economy versus Prodigality.

 

Economy – economical, frugal, careful, thrifty, chary, spare

 

as opposed to

 

Prodigality – profuse, lavish, wasteful, thriftless, improvident, extravagant, lavish, dissipated.

 

The President of the United States is charged with leading the American economy, although Congress controls the actual purse-strings. Democrat and Republican Deep Staters are horrified at the thought that Trump might actually succeed in bringing the country under-budget.  His budget-cutting will cost thousands of bureaucratic, government jobs.  They’ll do anything, including drawing up Articles of Impeachment to stop him in his progress.

 

Some say the Democrats are looking to a second Trump term to prevent him from winning by smearing him mercilessly. Ronald Reagan was smeared just as relentlessly but still won.  They know that every win for Trump is a loss for the Obama legacy.  By ginning up conspiracy theories about some collusion with Russia against Trump before the Republican Convention had taken place, they hoped to hamstring Trump into keeping Comey on.

 

Fire Comey, and they could bring charges of Obstruction of Justice against Trump. Now he has fired Comey and the Democrats feel justified in bringing impeachment charges against him, even though there is no evidence that Trump was ever involved in any collusion with Russia or had anything to do with influencing the election (other than to be the better candidate).

 

Meanwhile, the Establishment Republicans, who could shut down this whole convoluted business in a heart-beat, sit there twiddling their thumbs instead and talk about “unifying” Congress, even though that was never the mandate of the election. The violence of the shooting, unmistakably instigated by Democrat palaver, vitriol, and propaganda, ought to have shown the Republicans that some divides simply cannot and should not be bridged.

 

You reap what you sow. The Democrats have consistently, since the Sixties, have sown violence, discord, and strife.  They will not get away with casting their harvest upon the Republicans, particularly not the peace-loving suburban and rural Conservatives.

 

If I were Trump’s communications adviser, what would I advise him to tweet?

 

“Habeas corpus.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on June 15, 2017 at 5:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Senate to Comey: May We Ask You Some Leading Questions?

Sounding more like a disgruntled employee whose boss had fired him than a highly-placed official testifying for the public good, James Comey admitted in yesterday’s Senate hearings that he’d leaked a memo through a friend to the New York Times because he was “afraid” Pres. Trump may not have recorded their private conversation behind closed doors regarding the investigation into fired NSA head James Flynn.

 

Comey admitted Trump never asked him to stop the Flynn investigation.

 

Comey admitted there was no evidence of collusion with Russia.

 

And in response, Comey gave them some leading responses: ‘I started taking notes during our meetings because “I was concerned” he “might lie” about what we discussed.”

 

Comey also called the president a “liar” for claiming that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was in a shambles under Comey’s leadership, even though he dropped the ball on every accusation against Hillary Clinton, including her Uranium deal and the leaked e-mails which revealed nefarious dealings in the Clinton Foundation.

 

The Democrats persistently believe that someone cost Hillary the 2016 election. Aside from Hillary herself, the prime suspect is none other than James Comey himself.

 

On his radio program yesterday, Rush Limbaugh pointed out that:

 

The Russians tried to hack the RNC and DNC networks. They were unable to hack the RNC but were able to penetrate the DNC.

 

DNC turned to CrowdStrike a domestic computer forensic service. CrowdStrike’s founder is an anti-Putin Ukrainian.  He’s anti-Putin.  The founder despises Putin.  The DNC accepted what CrowdStrike said.  Then Comey reported to the Democrats in his own voice what they wanted to hear.

 

“Mr. Comey, you never had access to the DNC server’s investigators?”

 

Comey called them a high-class operation even though CrowdStrike was caught lying about a Russian hack. It all turned out to be a lie.  There was no Russian hacking.  There’s no evidence for any underlying “crimes.”

 

The basis is a fake Russian “dossier.” He said he believed that the “dossier” was created by the Russian using MI6.  The Washington Post ran a story that the dubious Russian document led Dems to launch an investigation.  They reported that this dossier was unreliable, possibly a fake.   Comey said he didn’t want to “hamper” the investigation.

 

“My gut feeling was that I was alone.”

 

Comey admitted he was insulted that “Trump chose to defame me and the FBI by saying that the FBI was in disarray and poorly organized.”

 

The FBI director, Rush noted, is not an independent agent; he reports to the president.

 

Yet, Comey declared, “He had no business forcing me to be alone with him in a room.”

 

Former FBI executives and agents whom Limbaugh say they are not at all on the same page with Comey. Many are disturbed at how Comey has politicized this issue.  Serious legal minds cannot believe that “it” happened – exonerating Hillary.  That’s never, ever done.

 

He admitted he let Loretta Lynch shape the language in the Hillary Clinton investigation and that Lynch pressured him and that he orchestrated a memo leak. Comey only started writing memos after he met Trump.  He thought Trump was “mean” and that he was “uncomfortable with him.”

 

Comey then asked a friend at Columbia University to “share” his memos, which ended up an s news stories. He admitted to leaking documents that were his.  He admitted leaking them because he wanted a special prosecutor, a special investigator appointed.  He also admitted that there hadn’t been a criminal investigation of Trump previously, but there is now.

 

He wanted a special prosecutor because he claims Trump said, “I hope you can let this Flynn thing go…because Flynn is a good guy”

 

Why didn’t he report it? “I guess I just wasn’t courageous enough.”

 

Jim Shudo said on the Anderson Cooper program on CNN, “You know, Anderson, this Russian dossier, I’m told there might be something to it and that Comey would answer questions abou tit.”

 

But it was fully discredited and manufactured like a novel. Total fiction.

 

Breitbart.com reported:

 

) Trump was not under investigation by the FBI

When questioned by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Comey answered that President Donald Trump was not under investigation by the FBI. It was also revealed that congressional leaders had previously been briefed on this fact.

This morning Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton joined Breitbart News Daily and predicted this fact. Fitton called allegations against Trump “gossip” and “a nothing burger.”

2) James Comey leaked documents to the media

Comey admitted to orchestrating leaks from the investigation to the media using a network of friends. Reponse was swift on social media:

3) The obstruction of justice case against Trump just went up in smoke

Senator James Risch (R-ID) questioned Comey early in the hearing about the possibility of obstruction of justice regarding the investigation of General Michael Flynn. Risch repeatedly questioned Comey about the exact wording used by President Trump to him in private, which Comey recorded in his much-discussed memo.

The exchange leaves  Democrat’s hopes of impeachment for obstruction of justice considerably dimmed:

Comey: I mean, it’s the President of the United States with me alone, saying, “I hope this.” I took it as this is what he wants me to do. I didn’t obey that, but that’s the way I took it.

Risch: You may have taken it as a direction, but that’s not what he said.

Comey: Correct.

Risch: He said, “I hope.”

Comey: Those are exact words, correct.

Risch: You don’t know of anyone that’s been charged for hoping something?

Comey: I don’t, as I sit here.

Risch: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

4) Comey says the New York Times published fake news

James Comey had a few things to say about the reporting of the New York Times which reported on collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Senator Risch questioned Comey about the Times, asking “So the American people can understand this, that report by the New York Times was not true, is that a fair statement

5) Loretta Lynch meddled in the Clinton investigation

Comey discussed the involvement of President Obama’s Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, in the investigation of Hillary Clinton. He stated that Lynch made an odd request for how the FBI investigation should be described.

“At one point the attorney general had directed me not to call it investigation, but instead to call it a matter, which concerned and confused me,” Comey said.

Comey added that Lynch’s infamous tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton during the campaign was the reason he decided to make a statement when the decision was made not to prosecute Hillary Clinton.

“In an ultimately conclusive way, that was the thing that capped it for me, that I had to do something separately to protect the credibility of the investigation, which meant both the FBI and the Justice Department,” Comey said.

6) James Comey sounds like every disgruntled former employee ever

Comey had quite a bit to say about his firing, which leaves him looking like a disgruntled former employee.

Comey accused President Trump and his administration of lying about him, and “defaming him and more importantly the FBI.”

Comey also explained that his discomfort with the President and the belief that Trump would lie about him led to the creation of his memo on the meeting.

“I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, so I thought it really important to document,” Comey said. “I knew there might come a day when I might need a record of what happened not only to defend myself but to protect the FBI.”

Comey did not comment on how his leaking of the memo through his personal network helped the FBI.

Breitbart News will continue to pursue the many stories emerging from Comey’s testimony. Read through our livewire of the testimony for interesting commentary on the Comey hearing as it occurred.

Does Comey’s memo represent circumstantial evidence? Trump said he hoped there was a recording of what had been said. The memo is still only Comey’s word against the president’s. There were no witnesses and Comey’s own written memo could hardly constitute solid evidence. Comey’s object, and that of the Democrat inquisitors, seemed to be defamation rather than an inquiry for truth.

Meanwhile, Trump’s twitter machine remained silent. His response to Comey’s testimony came through his capable attorney, who denied all of Comey’s charges.

There is no evidence that Trump committed any crimes. He was perfectly within his rights as President to fire his FBI director without cause. Expressing an opinion about the state and moral of the FBI is not a crime, either. Comey may have felt insulted, but that’s just too bad. There’s plenty of evidence in that regard that Comey is guilty as charged and that Trump used sound judgment in firing him. He should have fired him on Inauguration Day as a matter of course.

Comey refused to answer any questions that might have shown Trump in a favorable light. Time and again, he responded that he could not answer this or that question in an open forum; he would only answer in a closed-door, private session. Why?

Criticizing the FBI is hardly an impeachable offense. In fact, there is no evidence that Trump has done anything that meets the Constitutional grounds for impeachment. The Democrats seemed to be backing away from the Russian collusion charges, no doubt because the allegations sound absurd to a public that is well aware of the Democrats’ Marxist tendencies.

They have not proven motive in that case. Why would Vladimir Putin, a former head of the KGB and a staunch Communist who wants to see the return of the Soviet Union, want to rig the American elections in favor of a patriotic, Capitalist businessman? In fact, as Rush Limbaugh pointed out, the Russians successfully hacked the DNC, but not the RNC.

If the Democrats have a problem with being hacked, perhaps they should investigate their own internal security. Hillary herself had an unsecured personal computer which she used for government business as Secretary of State. She made a deal with Rosatom for 20 percent of the United States’ uranium.

The Democrats and their Media, along with their Liberal Conservative Congressional cohorts have been shaking the trees for a year now with unsubstantiated rumors that somehow Trump and his cohorts were making deals with the Russians. The narrative has been out there long enough to give them the semblance of credibility without the proof. What did Goebbels say? Tell the public a lie long enough and they’ll believe it?

Congress and the Washington bureaucracy on both sides of the aisle are shaking in fear that Trump will make good on his promise to clean the swamp. They would lose their jobs. Trump’s tweeting is putting the Media in danger of losing their jobs. Why bother holding White House Press Conferences when Trump can use Twitter to speak for himself?

Trump’s tweets make Republicans extremely nervous. He’s undermining their alliance with their Democrat counterparts. Desperately, they’re trying to smear him and vilify his messages. He criticized, via Twitter, the Muslim mayor of London, Sidiq Khan, who’s had ties in the past with defending suspected Muslim terrorists.

He removed the United States from the Paris Climate Accords, vowing to negotiate a better deal that doesn’t involve the redistribution of American wealth, while other nations pay nothing. He’s fighting with the U.S. District courts to reapply his travel ban, especially in the wake of the London bombings. Trump was right here in New York City when 9/11 happened.

Republican donors and lobbyists are not happy. They see millions and maybe billions of dollars in deals going down the swamp drain if Trump is successful. Trump may represent us, the American people, but Congress represents the guys with the wallets.

By the way, this “witch hunt” is also a message to us, the American people. Congress, the activist courts, the lobbyists, and the Republican Party want us to get the message: make no mistake – they are in charge and we’re just sheeple pipsqueaks who should remember we each only represent one vote.

Trump is the only guy who’s represented us since Ronald Reagan. The Deep State is determined to destroy him at all costs. Even Conservative pundits like Stuart Varney cry, “Don’t tweet!!” The President didn’t tweet yesterday; he allowed his lawyers to speak for him, out of an abundance of caution, not guilt. That’s the way the MSM will portray it.

“He wasn’t under investigation,” Comey intoned, “but he is now.”

Says who? Why shouldn’t President Trump tweet? Varney accused him of not being funny. No rules exist on the content of Tweets, other than against profanity, libel and so forth. His messages are serious. His speeches have been tremendous. Have you noticed? The Media certainly has given him no credit for his excellent Paris Climate Accord speech.

We should contact our Senators – if they’re approachable; they’re not here in New Jersey – and let them know that we’ve had enough of this ridiculous witch hunt trial. Those of us in the business of blogging should slam this investigation for all it’s worth.   The Democrats are unwittingly at their worst and their obsequious, partisan performance should prove useful fodder in the 2018 Congressional elections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on June 9, 2017 at 11:24 am  Leave a Comment  

“Got Our Backs” Jack Ciattarelli for Governor – And Other N.J. Primary Matters

Tomorrow, June 6, is Primary Day in New Jersey (it’s also D-Day).

 

A recent poll indicates 31 percent of likely New Jersey Republican voters are undecided about who they will vote for in the NJ GOP gubernatorial primary.

 

Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno is running for her boss’ former position as governor. I’ve met Ms. Guadagno – I’ve photographed her. She’s a very nice lady. There’s a big but, however. Her favorite color is purple. Nice as she is, she still falls somewhere in the middling gap between Liberal and Moderate.

 

Guadagno supports sanctuary cities, opposes Trump’s immigration ban, and supports a cap-and-trade energy tax. She also is in favor of decriminalizing marijuana. But then, so do all the other candidates for the governorship in New Jersey. Just what we need – a haze of eau de weed permanently settling over our congested, driver-challenged state.

 

Jack Ciattarelli is the underdog in the race for governor. A self-made successful businessman who cut taxes in Somerset county as freeholder, Ciattarelli also voted against tax hikes as assemblyman – in particular against the extremely unpopular gas tax hike.

 

As candidate for governor, he has published a workable plan to cut state taxes. His opponent has circulated false stories (nothing new in politics). Don’t believe the rumors. Ciattarelli embraces – and has publicly defended – many of the same principles we hold dear: fiscal responsibility, the correct role of government, individual liberty.

 

Seth Grossman of Liberty and Prosperity, who is himself a former gubernatorial candidate, also recommends Jack Ciattarelli as the best choice for governor. Here’s what he wrote to his local paper:

 

“In the sick and twisted world of NJ politics, political insider Kim Guagdano is winning votes by calling her Republican Primary opponent for Governor “High-Tax Jack Ciattarelli”.

 

“I know Ciattarelli as a brilliant and honest CPA.    He succeeded in his small business without government contracts or political favors.  He cut spending and debt in both his private business and as Somerset County freeholder director.  As an Assemblyman, Ciattarelli proposed detailed, workable plans to cut spending, debt, and taxes in State Government.

 

“Eight years ago, Steve Lonegan also challenged the Republican Establishment by running for Governor against Chris Christie in the Primary. Lonegan, also a successful private business owner, had kept taxes low  as mayor of Bogota.  Chris Christie defeated Lonegan by blatantly lying about him, and falsely accusing Lonegan of wanting to raise taxes.  Guadagno is now making up those same lies about Ciattarelli, almost word for word.

 

“The candidate most likely to really cut taxes is the candidate most feared by the insiders.  He is the candidate they lie about the most and spend the most money to defeat.   In the twisted world of New Jersey politics, the only serious tax-cutting candidate on the June 6 ballot is “Got Our Backs Jack Ciattarelli”!   “When Establishment Republicans lie and depend on support from low-information voters to win, they damage our whole political system.   They discourage good people from wanting to run for public office – or even get involved in politics.   They also help Democrats by dumbing down voters, making it impossible to fix complicated problems by getting support for real solutions.

“Because of Kim Guadagno’s campaign of lies, Jack is behind in the polls.  With your help, he can easily catch up by Primary Day.   These last 8 days are when most voters are paying attention to the election on June 6.   Because very few people vote in primaries, a small group of dedicated volunteers can change everything. If you are energized and persuade ten people who normally don’t vote in primary elections to vote for Jack, we can turn those polls on their heads.

On the local level, all eyes (at least in Passaic County) are on the mayoral election in Wayne and on the Passaic County Ballot Scandal, a confusing controversy in which the county clerk is accused of playing tic-tac-toe with the county Republican ballot

 

Passaic County Chairman John M. Traier mailed out the following flyer:

 

“The Passaic County Ballot Scandal has caused voter confusion on another front. Last week, I told you about the manipulation of the Wayne Republican Primary ballot.  It was part of a conspiracy that involved Tim Troast of Pompton Lakes, the man designated as the person responsible for bracketing our county candidates on the ballot with state and local candidates.

 

“Instead of bracketing our candidates with the officially-chosen organization candidates for Mayor and Council in Wayne, Troast bracketed our candidates with those supported by Kristin Corrado, the County Clerk who is running for State Senate. The Office of the County Clerk then placed Ms. Corrado’s preferred municipal candidates on Line A and banished the officially-chosen candidates to the lower right-hand corner of the ballot on Line F.

 

“Needless to say, this illegal bracketing was challenged in court and the judge overturned it, saying that it violated the clear language of the Election Law and principles of ‘fundamental fairness.’

 

“Part of the course case involved the use of the ‘Passaic County Regular Republican Organization, Inc.’ slogan on the ballot. Evidently, earlier this year, some folks got together and started a new corporation called ‘Passaic County Regular Republican Organization Inc.’ [Note the absence of a comma in the new corporation’s name.)

 

‘Three principles of the new corporation are listed as Afzal (‘Al’) Barlas (the Essex County Republican Chairman), Kevin O’Toole (a Cedar Grove lawyer and outgoing senator from Essex County), and Robert Corrado (a Totowa lawyer and father of Kristin Corrado, the County Clerk and candidate for State Senate).

 

“In court papers, the lawyer for the office of County Clerk Kristin Corrado argued that the official Republican Organization could not object to the use of the official slogan. The judge took a look at the state’s corporation records and swept aside this argument.  The judge wondered aloud why an Essex County Republican Chairman would have anything to do with Passaic County’s organization.

 

“I am writing to let you know that this new corporation is not the official Passaic County Republican Organization. It was only started a few months ago.  I will leave it to you to decide whether the new corporation was started as part of the conspiracy to manipulate the Passaic County primary election ballot.  Such dirty tricks should be rejected.”

 

Corrado is on board for eliminating affordable housing mandates. But Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano and company were all in favor of introducing even more affordable housing into Wayne until hundreds of opponents showed up at a town hall meeting to express their displeasure.

 

(A certain news photographer who frequently encountered Vergano also gave him a friendly warning about the downside of affordable housing – the pressure on municipal services, crime, traffic, etc. – and suggested he speak to other mayors about their experiences with affordable housing before committing to it. The town of Wanaque just demolished a small development that went sour in 2013 and had become the abode of human vermin).

 

We tend to get distracted by the major headlines, like Saturday’s London Bridge attack. We mustn’t forget that our local politics are the most important of all – the politics we have the most control over.  If we abrogate the responsibility, then we have no right to complain later about the consequences when we find ourselves driving through a “Manhattanized” Wayne or Pompton Lakes.

 

 

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