Saturday, 20 July 2019
America is the greatest nation on earth.
Such a statement wasn’t controversial that many years ago.
But these are different days. The left has abandoned a fundamental premise that America’s greatness can bring us together. Instead, in an effort to insult and degrade any words that could be associated with Donald Trump, the president’s detractors now proudly wear the badge of deniers of American greatness.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated last year that America was “never that great.”
Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg claimed that America “was never as great as advertised.”
Eric Holder, former President Barack Obama’s Attorney General, questioned the notion of American greatness when he rhetorically asked, “Exactly when did you think America was great?”
“It takes us back to what I think, an American past that never in fact really existed. This notion of greatness,” Holder continued.
And right before the 4th of July, The New York Times ran a piece entitled “Please Stop Telling Me America is Great.”
So it is that on the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, a day to reflect on American ingenuity, creativity and courage, The New York Times tweeted an article with the caption, “America may have put the first man on the moon, but the Soviet Union sent the first woman, the first Asian man, and the first black man into orbit — all years before the U.S. would follow suit.”
It’s almost as if the left and its favorite rag, The New York Times, doesn’t want people to celebrate the greatness and goodness of America.
I know your kid isn’t perfect, but I don’t show up at his birthday party and talk about how he pulled little Suzie’s hair. That would make me a jerk and deserving of a punch in the mouth.
Yet that’s exactly what patriots across the country are feeling when they see America insulted, maligned, undercut, “fundamentally transformed,” shamed and apologized for.
Few understand the greatness of America better than Rep. Dan Crenshaw.
The Texas lawmaker took notice of The Times’ tweet and responded perfectly.
“Why is it that every time something has the potential to bring us together — in this case the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 — leftists media outlets do their best to undermine the notion that Americans should be proud of their country?” Crenshaw asked.
This is leadership at its core. Crenshaw acknowledged the Apollo anniversary is a time, an event, that can bring us together. But the Gray Lady takes the opportunity to throw a shadow on an epic win for our nation.
If you think Crenshaw’s message was well-received by America-loving patriots, you would be right. In barely over an hour, his tweet had been liked nearly 10,000 times.
When the left’s strategy to get attention is to downplay the greatness of the country, one has to wonder what their hopes are for our future.
Wall Street financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has shaken America’s elitist class to the core: they don’t want to be remotely close to the nuclear explosion of names and dates that will inevitably be released.
According to Vanity Fair, the U.S. Court of Appeals is set to release nearly 2,000 documents related to Epstein, which may uncover rampant sexual abuse by the disgraced financier and his many associates.
The judges stated that “numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known prime minister, and other world leaders” may be on the incriminating documents.
David Boies, a lawyer for Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Guiffre, said, “Nobody who was around Epstein a lot is going to have an easy time now. It’s all going to come out.”
Another individual involved in the litigation against Epstein, who opted to remain anonymous, told Vanity Fair, “It’s going to be staggering, the amount of names. It’s going to be contagion numbers.”
Even after Epstein became a registered sex offender in 2008, he still remained popular among his colleagues and friends.
Vanity Fair reported that Epstein was a guest at an event that honored Massachusetts Institute of Technology neuroscientist Ed Boyden, which was hosted by LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg were also present.
While some report that Musk introduced Epstein to Zuckerberg, the Tesla founder denies that ever happened.
“I don’t recall introducing Epstein to anyone, as I don’t know the guy well enough to do so, Epstein is obviously a creep and Zuckerberg is not a friend of mine,” Musk wrote in an email to Vanity Fair.
“Several years ago, I was at his house in Manhattan for about 30 minutes in the middle of the afternoon with Talulah [Riley], as she was curious about meeting this strange person for a novel she was writing. We did not see anything inappropriate at all, apart from weird art. He tried repeatedly to get me to visit his island. I declined,” Musk continued.
The island Musk referred to is called Little Saint James, Epstein’s private residence in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where countless elites escaped from the public view.
It has been dubbed the “Island of Sin.”
According to the New York Post, Steve Scully — Epstein’s IT guy who set up a communications network on the island in the early 2000s — said he was forced to quit after concerns about dozens of nude, underage girls present on the island.
Scully also noted that there were “photos of topless women everywhere,” adding that he saw them in Epstein’s office, on his desk, and in his bedroom.
The Bible says that “your sin will find you out.” And Epstein’s sin has been finding him out for decades.
If Epstein genuinely believed he could get away with sexual abuse of minors for years, he’s got another thing coming.
The talk of the town in recent weeks has been the unbelievable amount of infighting among Democrats, between progressive and moderate factions.
According to Washington Examiner, a new interview between CBS anchor Gayle King and members of “the squad” highlights a potentially serious dysfunction from those on the more radical edge of the party, as Rep. Rashida Tlaib constantly interrupted and spoke over her closest political allies.
Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley were treated like children throughout the interview. At one point in the interview, King and Tlaib went back and forth about the other interviewees as if they weren’t even present.
The display was embarrassing and was made even worse given that Tlaib is the only one in the group who happens to not possess the most pleasant speaking voice in politics.
You can watch the cringe-worthy interview in the video below.
Tlaib’s initial interruption came after King asked Pressley, “What message does it send … that very few Republicans have spoken out to condemn the president’s words?”
Before the Massachusetts representative could give her thoughts, Tlaib jumped in and blurted out, “The normalization of it! The fact that it’s against our core American values. … Choosing [President Trump] over Americans–“
However, King clearly wasn’t pleased with the interruption. She directed the question back to her intended recipient and asked, “Ayanna, what message does it send?”
Later in the interview, King specifically asked Omar what her progressive crew meant when they said that President Donald Trump’s Twitter comments were a “distraction” to the nation.
That’s when the second interruption occurred.
As Omar began to respond, Tlaib interjected, “I’ll tell you what we bring.” And despite the Minnesota representative continuing to speak to King, Tlaib loudly said, “We’re an extension of a movement in our country that wants ‘Medicare for all’…”
“Right,” Omar said in defeat as Tlaib continued her diatribe.
Minutes later, King and Tlaib argued over if Ocasio-Cortez would have a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — despite Ocasio-Cortez being merely two feet away during their conversation.
Initially, the New York lawmaker said her staff and Pelosi’s staff have been in contact. However, King pushed the issue even further, “But shouldn’t it be a face-to-face with you and the speaker, as opposed to your people and her people. Shouldn’t it be a face-to-face?”
“But we are new members of Congress,” Tlaib interjected, adding that she is “very protective” of Ocasio-Cortez.
“[S]he does not need protecting,” King responded. “This woman knows how to handle herself … [W]ith all due respect, she doesn’t need protection.”
“She’s the new member, not the speaker,” Tlaib said, despite the fact that Ocasio-Cortez seems to have as much clout as Pelosi does in the public eye, if not more given her growing celebrity status.
Finally, King got around to asking Pressley if she was offended when Pelosi shot down “the squad” for having just four members.
But to nobody’s surprise, Tlaib interjected once more, saying, “I’ll tell you what I’m more offended about–”
The CBS anchor seemed to be done with the constant interruptions and called Tlaib out on her tendency to speak out of turn. “I’m going to get to you in a second. I can see you’re very chatty,” she responded.
While all four lawmakers in the far-left squad appear to be united in their aggression against Trump, when they’re all in the same room, Tlaib seems to be the alpha of the pack.
And if you’re not an alpha, you’re a beta and that’s what Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, and Pressley all looked like in the very awkward 30-minute interview.
If you were watching mainstream media over the last month, you’re probably under the impression that the top-selling nonfiction book that wades into the political and social spheres would have been E. Jean Carroll’s “What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal.”
That, of course, is the book where she accuses Donald Trump of having sexually assaulted her in the mid-1990s.
Well, according to Amazon, on Friday morning, that volume sat at 21,346 among paid bestsellers. Meanwhile, “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court” by Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino was No. 93 at the same time. It was a No. 1 hit on Amazon even before its July 9 release date and, as of Friday morning, was at No. 3 on The New York Times non-fiction bestseller list.
And yet, almost nobody is covering the book about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the attendant controversies around his confirmation to the high court.
“Despite breakout success and its thorough coverage of the Kavanaugh confirmation, CNN, MSNBC, AP, Washington Post, NYT and CBS have all turned a blind eye to the book,” The Daily Caller reported Thursday.
“The New York Times’ first mention of our exhaustively reported and heavily researched book about the most important thing that happened to the country last year was when they had to place us on their best seller list,” Hemingway told the outlet.
“It is a sad reminder that many in the media are not interested in journalism but progressive advocacy.”
The problem, in case you hadn’t guessed, stems from the fact that Hemingway is best known as a contributor to The Federalist, a conservative publication, and Severino is with the conservative Judicial Crisis Network.
The book’s revelations are also uncomfortable for certain corners of the media. For instance, classmates described Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford as a heavy drinker during her high school years, accounts that seem at odds with her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“Female classmates and friends at area schools recalled a heavy drinker who was much more aggressive with boys than they were,” Hemingway and Severino wrote in the book.
“‘If she only had one beer’ on the night of the alleged assault, a high school friend said, ‘then it must have been early in the evening.’ Her contemporaries all reported the same nickname for Ford, a riff on her maiden name and a sexual act.”
“They also debated whether her behavior in high school could be attributed to the trauma of a sexual assault,” the authors noted. “If it could, one of them said, then the assault must have happened in seventh grade.”
The book also revealed that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, whom Kavanaugh replaced, had been consulted about possible Supreme Court nominations by the Trump campaign back in 2016.
“The team talked to judges for whom candidates had clerked and to those who had clerked with them. [Don] McGahn was particularly interested in what candidates had been like in their mid-twenties, the stage of life when he believed most people’s views solidified,” they wrote.
“Justice Kennedy was eager to help, offering the names of at least six former clerks who were in his ‘top five.’ Kavanaugh was one of them.
“While Kennedy called his other clerks good or excellent, he tended to describe Kavanaugh as brilliant.”
In an interview with RealClearPolitics, Hemingway described how the authors discovered, during the research for the book, that “the White House actually was prepared” for a late-game attack on Kavanaugh, and “that was reflected from the way they handled the process going well back.”
“They actually had heard rumors from some more liberal political activists — or judicial activists — here in town that there might be a roll-out of a strategy of some kind,” Hemingway told the outlet. “They didn’t have the particulars, but they weren’t totally surprised. So when it comes out at the last minute, people who know their Supreme Court nomination history, or who are kind of aware of politics, they weren’t that surprised. We didn’t know what it would be, but we knew it would be something.
“That’s one thing — nobody realized how absolutely intense and excruciating the next few weeks would be. And that was more because it just seemed like up was down and reality was turned on its head,” Hemingway continued.
“You had facts, you had things that seemed like there’s nothing here to support these allegations, but the media would present it as if there was a ton of stuff to support it. And you would have exculpatory evidence, and they would ignore it.”
Perhaps you can guess why the book has been blacklisted by the media.
“We are thrilled that the book is not just a bestseller, but already making an impact,” Severino told The Daily Caller. “There is still a real hunger out there to understand what happened during the national circus that was the Kavanaugh confirmation and how to prevent it in the future.”
Before I say this, let me assure you I’m not getting paid to advertise this book. But from extensive excerpts, it’s clear that “Justice on Trial” is a thorough account of how the Kavanaugh hearings devolved into a Kafkaesque nightmare — and how the media played a role in that process.
I suppose it’s little wonder that the media doesn’t want to acknowledge their role in this whole mess, even as the book has become the surprise hit of the summer.
Enjoy another round of E. Jean Carroll interviews, then, as her book slips through the 50,000s on the Amazon rankings. You can rest assured that what America is actually reading right now is going to go unreported in the media.