The U.S.-led attack on Syria was reckless, unnecessary, and self-defeating, but most of all it is clear testimony to the fact that the republic and its Constitution are nearly dead. Simply put, President Trump acted in the same matter as his four immediate predecessors; that is, as an elected dictator defying the Constitution and knowing that the supine Congress will do nothing to recover its sole and non-delegable constitutional prerogative to authorize the United States to go to war.
I am by nature, upbringing, education, and professional experience a law-and-order guy. In this space, I have often said that the rule of law and equality before the law are the sine qua non of American liberty and the republic’s social cohesion. I still believe this, but am beginning to think that to save both, we can no longer tolerate a Department of Justice and FBI that are clearly engaged in a lawless attempt to overthrow a legitimately elected U.S. president.
No blessing ever seems to arrive in a manner that allows it to be appreciated and lingered over. In the case of President Trump’s stated intention to soon withdraw all U.S. forces from Syria, the beauty of that announcement is marred by the dangerous and ongoing insanity of the aggression of the Trump administration and NATO against Russia for defending itself against unwarranted, Western interventionist, regime-change operations in the Ukraine.
I hope you will forgive my damning you, but, sadly, you fully merit the condemnation, not only from me, but from the tens of millions who voted for you because you championed an America First policy that would stop the killing and maiming of their soldier-children in unnecessary, interventionist, and bankrupting wars. John Bolton, Mr. President, has been an advocate and architect of many of those always lost wars, he has supported them all, he will kill as many of our kids and spend as many of our dollars as are necessary to serve Israeli interests, he will leak our most classified information to the Israelis, and he will favor unnecessary wars over non-intervention in every situation he confronts. Plainly, Mr. President, Bolton is an anti-American shit-bird.
“To find pleasure in the calamities of other nations would be criminal; but to benefit ourselves by opening an asylum to those who suffer in consequence of them is as justifiable as it is politic.” — Alexander Hamilton, Report on the Subject of Manufactures, 5 December 1791
I have not previously chosen to write about school shootings in this space except to excoriate Obama and other politicians in both parties who regularly built their plans for eradicating the 2nd Amendment on the back of school attacks and dead students. I do that again here to the same politicians, journalists, and businessmen who are trying to capitalize on young corpses to further their plans to disarm Americans. I also will add my view that President Trump is playing into the hands of these anti-republican bastards with his irrelevant, nonsense talk about banning bump-stocks and pegging the age qualification at twenty-one years before an individual can purchase a rifle. Mr. President, do not deal with this gang of authoritarians by setting precedents that can be used to further undercut the 2nd Amendment in the future. A few other points.
I had foolishly thought that all the syrupy calls for blessed bipartisanship in 2018 would peter out and return to storage closet labeled “nonsense.” That burnout has not occurred, and many pundits and journalists still demand bipartisanship, hands-across-the aisle, and the joining of forces in efforts for the betterment of the “American people.” It is much too late for all of that, and that really should be plain to everyone.
Well done on releasing the Nunes memo, Sir. But for our republic, it is, sadly, only the first step, and multiple tougher ones are to come. The mainstream media are already saying that the memo is fraud, or that it there is nothing illegal in it. That mad sack of shit McCain has said the memo is irrelevant and has urged on the Mueller investigation. Your own CIA Director and FBI Director tried to stop the memo’s publication. (NB: Those two must go, Mr. President, they are disloyal, disgraces to their organizations, and liars when it comes to their oaths of office.) You have a big, arduous, and troubling task ahead, Mr. President, but you must, as President Reagan — peace be upon him — once said stay the course, and be perfectly and enduringly bloody minded.
The elected and appointed members of the United States national government seem to be incapable of recognizing that there is a radically and perhaps permanently disaffecting impact on the citizenry’s affection and loyalty for it when that government’s does nothing to end — or at least confront — the problems that endanger the republic’s survival. This failure to act and resolve easily resolvable problems is best seen at the moment in the prolonged period that it is taking to publish the memo written by Representative Nunez.
When I last wrote to you and asked whether you had any idea of what the term “America First” means, I focused on the single issue of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. I chose that issue because it seemed to me to betray your lack of knowledge about how many billions of dollars, thousands of lives, and the broad and steadily deepening international hatred that move and our overall relationship with Israel have cost the republic. You also seemed just as ignorant of what the yield on our investment in supporting Israel has been. Well, just FYI, it has yielded nothing but a reliably disloyal, domestic Jewish-American fifth column; a sophisticated Israeli intelligence network that suborns Americans to steal or sell secret U.S. military, industrial, and technological data for Israel’s use or for it to sell to our enemies; and a suborned Congress that really is overwhelmingly more responsive to Israel’s monetary and political demands than it is to the needs of, say, U.S. veterans, the nation’s infrastructure, or our malnourished children. There has never been a more historically accurate analysis of the always dreadful results of American interventionism — the polar opposite of America First — than that written about our unquestioning support for Israel by America’s second greatest diplomat, George F. Kennan. On 25 April 1978, Kennan wrote in his diary that the United States had built “a fateful tie to the Israelis from which we have, in contradistinction to the Israelis, everything to lose and nothing to gain.” (1)