Saturday, September 9, 2017

MAB Is the New MAD - By Brian Wilson

At the daily press briefing,  Sarah Huckaby Sanders responded to a reporter’s assertion President Trump’s decision to end DACA was “cold hearted”. Ms. Sanders responded, “It’s not cold hearted for the president to uphold the law. We’re a nation of law and order. And the day that we start to ignore the fact that we are that, then we throw away everything that gives these people a reason to come to our country….”
With respect to Ms. Sanders, that car has left the showroom. America has long ceased to be a “nation of law and order”, morphing into a nation of selectively applied laws with enforcement depending on class, income, race, sexual orientation, political agenda or special interest group.One look at  Clinton, Clapper, Comey, Koskinen, Lerner, Lynch, Holder, Abedin, Brazille, Podesta, Rice, Waters, Sharpton, the Clinton Foundation – all roaming the country freely, some getting new, high-paying jobs and the continued adoration of the MSM. A “nation of law and order” or a nation of Special Rules for Special People? That’s a tough one.
With the Constitution, a judiciary and countless laws still in tact, how could this be? How do otherwise sentient beings with a knowledge of the law, some having taken an oath to uphold and defend it, publicly exhibit on-the-job apathy, ignorance, and dereliction of duty every day? MSM anchors and pundits, newspaper columnists and Editorial writers squander countless broadcast hours and ink parsing, dissecting, musing, trying to read the tea leaves.
Meanwhile, the answer has been hiding in plain sight.
Even poor students of International Strategy and other insanities of the 20th century will fondly remember the quasi-brilliant “Mutually Assured Destruction” that conveniently came with the perfect acronym: MAD. How comforting it was back then, knowing one false move by some sociopathic President, Premier or Tyrant with a Funny Hat could turn us all into crispy critters. Conversely, it was mildly reassuring to know even crackpot dictators preferred Life over the alternative.
What if the same MAD principle in practice now explains the confounding insanity that has consumed every action emanating from the Great Dismal Swamp for decades?
Thanks to the heavy lifting of some in various parts of the established, alternative and social media, it is an irrefutable fact NSA has every phone call, email, post and Tweet made by every American. From a recent LRC piece, friend and colleague, FOX News Senior Judicial analyst, Judge Andrew Napolitano:
“So beginning in 2005, then-President George W. Bush permitted the NSA to interpret President Ronald Reagan’s executive order 12333 so as to allow all spying on everyone in the U.S., all the time. …Where does all this leave us? It leaves us with a public recognition that we are the most spied-upon people in world history and that the president himself has been a victim.”
I suggest it leaves us in a worse spot.  20th century MAD has been replaced with 21st Century MAB – Mutually Assured Blackmail.  As Judge Napolitano noted: “… we are the most spied-upon people in world history and that the president himself has been a victim.” Considering the players and the stakes, is it not logical to conclude the Vice President,  Attorney General, Cabinet, SCOTUS and the entire Congressional contingent have all been similarly surveilled by the so-called Intelligence  Community to control with blackmail and extortion all aspects of what was formerly known as Constitutionally limited representative governance? How better to manipulate the Deep State’s policies and programs that advance their vision and purpose for America?
Doesn’t MAB quite simply explain the lack of prosecution of the Protected Class of Government “Celebrities”?  Wouldn’t MAB point to the remarkable failure of Congress to repeal Obamacare? Stall tax reform? Or the monumentally stupid “agreement” to continue sacrificing American blood and treasure in a sandbox that doesn’t threaten National Security? How easy would it be to finesse at least a stalemate between both Parties? Different Departments? Warring Agencies? Personality Wars?
Yet many continue to channel their inner Alexander the Great confronting the Gordian knot trying to find the loophole that explains the absence of reason, the application of the Rule of Law, or even basic Common Sense inside the Logic Free Zone.
Chief Justice John Roberts’ tortured Obamacare Supreme Court ruling: “…he invented out of whole cloth a new definition of taxation that contravenes long-standing precedent… Chief Justice John Roberts initially sided with the Supreme Court’s four conservative justices… but later changed his position and formed an alliance with liberals to uphold the bulk of the law, according to two sources with specific knowledge of the deliberations.” (Emphasis added) (Forbes Magazine)
But why the change? The Forbes piece throws a lot of theories against the wall, but it takes serious naiveté to make any stick. Rumors of “irregularities” in the adoption of Roberts’ two children requiring their return were promptly poo-pooed by the MSM. What a surprise.
At the time (2014/2015) few seriously considered it even a possibility. Like 9/11, cognitive dissonance among the Slightly Informed and Barely Educated has been the Deep State’s BFF. But today, after months of blazing headlines, frothing network anchors reveling over White House “wire taps”, trying desperately to make a Trump-Russia Love Connection or pounce on anyone considered a threat to the Regime, is it still so hard to believe?
“The present war in Washington isn’t for the faint of heart, or the nice people who want everybody to get along, or the suburbanites who want all participants to be awarded trophies. Washington is Crime Central and the knives are out in full view. It’s a fashion parade in the devil’s cave. To paraphrase Harry Truman,  both the CIA and NSA have been spying on officials in Washington and other prominent Americans for a long time. These agencies hold secrets as well. If you can’t stand the overflowing toilets, get out of the bathroom…
Blackmail, extortion. It’s not the only game in town, but it’s the big one. It lurks around every corner, it sits in every conference room, it weaves its way through legislation, policy, and judicial decision.
MAB – Mutually Assured Blackmail – makes everything crystal clear. And quite ugly.
Brian Wilson [send him mail], nationally ignored talk show host and occasional LRC un-indicted co-contributor, is currently taking a break from his daily annoyance of miniscule audiences and concentrating his efforts on the Libertas Media Project, a multi-media Internet news distribution and discussion center from his technically challenged studios on the shores of Smith Mountan Lake, Virginia.

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