Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Steele on the Malacast

Last week I was invited to join Adam Mala for an episode of his The Malacast podcast, discussing the economic record of President Trump and other things.  It's now online.  I hemmed, hawed, ummed, my cheap iphone muddied my voice, and I was generally brilliant!  Hah!

It was great deal of fun.  Here's the link. Enjoy!

Friday, June 15, 2018

FBI: enforcement wing of the DNC?

Is the FBI supposed to be a branch of the Democrat Party?  Some of the material in the IG report makes it appear that this is what it's becoming.  The two following articles quote the IG report quoting FBI officials.  The quotes make it clear the FBI officials have nothing but contempt for those who voted for Trump, they see themselves as working for the Democrats' political agenda, and that they are strongly in favor of a resistance movement against Mr. Trump's presidency.

A sampling:

1) Here's what FBI agents are saying to each other in official communications the day after the 2016 election (from Matt Vespa's Townhall piece).

FBI employee: Trump’s supporters are all poor to middle class, uneducated, lazy POS that think he will magically grant them jobs for doing nothing. They probably didn’t watch the debates, aren’t fully educated on his policies, and are stupidly wrapped up in his unmerited enthusiasm.

FBI attorney: I just can’t imagine the systematic disassembly of the progress we made over the last 8 years. ACA is gone.Who knows if the rhetoric about deporting people, walls, and crap is true. I honestly feel like there is going to be a lot more gun issues, too, the crazies won finally. This is the tea party on steroids. And the GOP is going to be lost, they have to deal with an incumbent in 4 years. We have to fight this again. Also Pence is stupid. ... Plus, my god damned name is all over the legal documents investigating his staff.

That's quite a conversation.  No political bias here, just a willingness to obey their oaths to the Constitution and to serve all the American people, right?  I highlighted the part in which they lament they'll have to fight against Trump's candidacy all over again in four years.

2) Katie Pavlich's Townhall piece notes that on November 22, in an official communication an FBI attorney in referring to a coming Trump administration said "Viva le resistance."  (Unforeseen Contingencies note: that's not even grammatical French!)  The scoundrel who said this subsequently became part of Mueller's coup plot investigative team.

Is this stuff tolerated at all within the FBI?  Is the FBI working as an agency of the Democrat Party?  It appears so, and if so, abolish it now!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Flag Day

My favorite version.

C. N. Steele's 12 Rules for the FBI

Professor Jordan Peterson's "12 Rules for Life" seem to be all the rage these days; either people like them, or are enraged by them.  It all seems to be a bit esoteric to me -- so far as I can tell, Peterson's wisdom boils down to "be honest and pet cats, always maintaining good posture."  Apparently everyone else finds this to be cutting analysis of modern society and remarkably controversial.  I have nearly zero awareness of current culture, so I suppose I'm missing much.

But "we" at Unforeseen Contingencies never let ignorance stop us -- we always strive to be on the cutting edge, whether we know what that is or not.

Today the FBI IG released his report on FBI interference with the presidential election of 2016.  I've not yet read the 600+ page document, but I do know enough to be able to offer these

12 Rules for the FBI:

1. Stand up straight with your shoulders straight.  Quit slouching left.

2. Treat American citizens as if they were someone you were responsible for helping.

3. Befriend honest American citizens.  They actually love people who uphold the rule of law.  (You do uphold the rule of law, right?)

4. Compare yourself to Efrem Zimbalist Jr., not the useless person you are today, and strive to achieve his level of integrity and professionalism.

5. Stop committing your own crimes before you set out after others' crimes.

6. Do not do anything that makes honest citizens dislike you.

7. Pursue criminals, not political opponents.  Yes, I know you're Democrats, but that's no excuse.

8.  Tell the truth.  Or at least don't leak lies.

9. Don't assume every small inconsistency is a felony.

10. Quit lying.

11. Bother children when they are planning school shootings.

12.  Some cats should be shot, or at least arrested.

This is all somewhat humorous, given the appropriate definition of humor, but what has happened in Washington D.C. is not funny at all.

The FBI is a garbage organization, full of garbage people, so far as I can tell.  The FBI knew in advance of Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hassan,  they knew of Orlando murderer Omar Mateen well before his terrorist attack, they were twice warned aboter for actoanut [update 15/06: I think by this phrase I either meant "about" or "covfefe"] the Parkland shooter (Rule 11), they were warned that the brothers Tsarnaev were terrorists (Rule 12), they were warned about Al Qaeda operatives studying in American flight schools... and did nothing.  Thanks to such dereliction and incompetence, thousands of American citizens were murdered.  But at least they rescued Hilliary from prosecution, nearly tipped an American election in her favor, badgered General Flynn into confessing to having said things nearly as false as things McCabe and Comey have said, and almost pulled off a post-election coup.

Whether the FBI was ever the paragon of honest and just law enforcement that many of us imagined is beside the point; it's now obviously a corrupt and political bureaucracy.  There are very likely honest and courageous people in the FBI, but starting at the top and moving down, it's a swamp.  Draining the swamp should include abolishing it.  The U.S. needs a civilian counter-intelligence agency to track down foreign enemies, and perhaps a national crime lab and repository for crime statistics, but that's enough.  Criminal law enforcement is a matter for states.  Sheriffs have the entire country covered.  If we need LEOs who can cross state lines, we have U.S. Marshals and the Border Patrol.  We have Federal prosecutors.  That's enough.  The FBI is turning into KGB lite.  Abolish it.  Fire them.  (Rule 13.)

Monday, June 11, 2018

Trump, Twitter, and Trade

Victor Davis Hanson just published in National Review a particularly perceptive analysis of President Trump and how he's regarded.  It's worth reading, but for those who don't, the gist is that the MSM and the American intelligentisia greatly prefer a polished, well-spoken man who lied as a matter of policy and regularly violated the Constitution and the law (Barack Obama), to an uncouth boor who actually follows the Constitution and the law and who keeps his word (Donald Trump).  Hanson's careful documentation and analysis deserves your attention.

If I disagree with anything, I'm not so sure that Donald Trump is really an uncouth boor.  Hanson observes:

"The news, both fake and real, is now all Trump, all the time. And because Trump can enjoy baiting his opponents by deliberately being uncouth and coarse, and since he has little respect for past presidential protocol, almost everything is now transparent and nothing is off-limits."

Note the part about Trump baiting his opponents.  I don't think this is simple enjoyment.  One way to undermine one's opponents is to disrupt their equanimity, to make them lose their cool.  I think this is what Trump does, intentionally.  Whether he enjoys it or not is beside the point.  I think this accounts for much of his Twitter feed.  His American opponents in particular seem obsessed by his Twitter feed; the actual actions of his administration receive much less attention, if my WaPo feed is any indicator.  This may well be an effective defense.  And Trump also seems capable of being a gentleman and giving highly principled analyses, e.g. his uplifting inauguration address and his defense of Western Civilization in Warsaw.

Having said all this, what to make of Donald Trump on free trade?  Trump has spouted all sorts of Mercantilist bunk on international trade, in particular comparing trade surpluses and deficits to profits and losses, a classic fallacy.  However, it's clear he's not an anti-trade proponent of self-sufficiency (I think his erstwhile supporter, Pat Buchanan, falls into this category).  And in fact, Trump might possibly be the greatest proponent of free trade of any American president.  At least he's apparently floated the greatest free trade deal in history.

According to WaPo, at the G-7,  "He said he pushed them to consider removing every single tariff or trade barrier on American goods, and that in return he would do the same."  The most radical of us free traders have frequently argued that a REAL free trade pact reads "All tariffs and barriers are hereby abolished." Apparently Donald Trump proposed this, and found no takers.

Let that sink in.  Donald Trump proposed a regime of genuine, unadulterated free trade -- very possibly the first time in history a world leader has proposed such as actual policy -- and the rest of  the world refused to say "yes."  Even if one didn't believe Trump meant it, the thing to do would be to say yes... unless, of course, one is actually opposed to free trade.

Let it sink in again.  Donald Trump proposed the libertarian free market gold standard in free trade: abolish all trade barriers.  He was rejected, and perhaps,  à la my observations on his Twitter feed, he didn't really mean it anyway, but clearly the "world order" he's supposedly dismantling certainly doesn't want it -- they were offered an opportunity for true free trade, and preferred to engage in Trump-bashing and threats of trade wars.

I'm simply astounded by how much Donald Trump has refuted my evaluations and expectations of him.  Hanson is correct that Trump can be a crass boor, but Trump is also running the risk of being the most libertarian president in my lifetime.  Trump proposing free trade!  Good grief, what next?  I suppose he'll propose peacefully denuclearizing Korea or something.

Photo: President Donald Trump confronting Rosa Klebb.

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