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HK_Vol

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The right faces two potent opponents
« on: June 10, 2021, 06:58:50 PM »
Both Democrats and the Bureaucracy.....which explains the hostility towards President Trump...

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-partisan-bureaucracy-11623362896?mod=opinion_lead_pos8

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The lesson of this week’s leak of billionaires’ tax returns isn’t that taxes are too low, the rich should pay more or any of the other claims the leak was designed to support. The lesson is that Republicans must realize that Democrats are no longer their only political foe. They face an equally potent and dangerous federal bureaucracy—committed to destroying GOP officials and propelling a liberal agenda.

The politicization of the federal bureaucracy is nothing new. Recall Anne Gorsuch, ejected from Washington in 1983 by a vengeful Environmental Protection Agency career staff furious that a woman nominated by an elected president and confirmed by an elected Senate would dare give it orders. For decades, the GOP has understood that the term “federal government employee” is increasingly interchangeable with “registered Democrat.”

Yet this cadre of civil servants are increasingly unsatisfied with merely causing trouble for department or agency heads under GOP administrations. They have realized they can also use their powers in ways that aid the political goals of Democrats.


Think of Lois Lerner, the IRS functionary who for several years managed to deprive conservative nonprofits of their free-speech rights. Think of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who vowed in secret texts to “stop” Donald Trump and nearly did so with their hoax of a Russia-collusion investigation. Think of the anonymous “whistleblower” and the likes of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, at the center of the nonscandal over Mr. Trump’s call to the Ukrainian president. Think of the 1,000 preening State Department employees who signed a cable protesting Mr. Trump’s travel ban. Think of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of career Justice Department prosecutors, Hillary Clinton boosters all, who spent years laboring to nail former national security adviser Mike Flynn to the wall.

The career bureaucrat’s tool of choice has become the leak. A congressional look at Mr. Trump’s first 18 weeks in office found 125 leaks—nearly one a day. The Trump administration referred a record number of classified leaks for criminal investigation, at least 334 in all, according to documents obtained by the Intercept. But even with Mr. Trump gone, anonymous “officials” continue to leak news designed to harm Republicans.


The leaks are becoming bigger and bolder because the leakers know there are few if any consequences.

So what’s to be done? In the long term, the GOP will to need to make a campaign of far-reaching civil service reforms aimed at breaking up the liberal monopoly over federal agencies and returning power to politically accountable elected officials. For now, Republicans must internalize the threat of this faceless, nameless bureaucracy and understand that it has become as real a political opponent as any Nancy Pelosi.




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Re: The right faces two potent opponents
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2021, 07:28:24 PM »
I saw arguments that those leaks supported Biden's tax proposals, when in  fact, Biden's "proposals" would not change them one iota.


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Re: The right faces two potent opponents
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2021, 08:34:20 PM »
One viable solution is to move some of these federal agencies away from DC, like what Sonny Perdue did under Trump by relocating USDA offices to Kansas City.  Imagine the IRS moved to Idaho, the FBI moved to Oklahoma, the FDA moved to Wyoming, etc.

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Re: The right faces two potent opponents
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2021, 08:45:36 PM »
Those unstudied and fond of hurling insults at opposition such as "conspiracy theorist" fail to realize: the established, especially in appointed and often life long positions, ARE the deep state... the shadow govt... the dark state.  They are the ones who've been in charge a long dang time. 

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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2021, 10:00:36 PM »
The real problem is that Congress passes a law and then delegates all the regulations of the law to bureaucrats, who then manipulate the laws to benefit them, rather than the American people.  Our legislators need to spend much more time specifying what is in the bill and not allowing changes from bureaucrats.  

A tall order, I know.

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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2021, 11:27:47 PM »
Those unstudied and fond of hurling insults at opposition such as "conspiracy theorist" fail to realize: the established, especially in appointed and often life long positions, ARE the deep state... the shadow govt... the dark state.  They are the ones who've been in charge a long dang time.

If you work for a large federal bureaucracy with a huge budget, who are you gonna vote for?   Who will you actively work to destroy?   The ones that reward you with ever bigger budgets, or the ones that want limited government?   That's why the Dept of the Interior paid good money to rent temporary barrier fences to block WWII veterans from visiting the outdoor, unmanned, unguarded, open-24x7 WWII memorial during one of the government shutdowns.   

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Re: The right faces two potent opponents
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2021, 12:08:06 AM »
The right faces four opponents today.  In addition to democrats and the bureaucracy, there is the corporate media and the big tech oligarchs.


https://twitter.com/MZHemingway/status/1403056110488231937


https://twitter.com/BuckForColorado/status/1403174916606894081

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Re: The right faces two potent opponents
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2021, 04:20:00 AM »
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Re: The right faces two potent opponents
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2021, 09:12:30 AM »


The biggest problem is both houses of congress has become a full time job and a lifetime career which was never it's intent. They are supposed to be a citizen legislature who meets to do the country's business then goes home to their JOBS and family.

Next problem created we allowed senators to be elected instead of appointed who were supposed to represent the state from which they were appointed thus creating that life long career for them. 

Those same deadbeats who occupy the halls of congress living like royalty on our dime created agencies to do what congress is supposed to.   Now they control our entire lives through regulations they come up with instead of the country being governed by law.

So what we have are 535 people that are completely useless who's only job all day long is to hurl insults at the other side, have a press conference showing us how inept and stupid they really are or have lunch with a lobbyist who bribes them to get the legislation the lobbyist wrote brought to the floor for a vote.

Yet people are stupid enough to continue to send those same morons back to Washington year in and year out.

The problem isn't with the house or senate the problem is stupid people are allowed to vote.
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Re: The right faces two potent opponents
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2021, 09:24:10 AM »
There are lots of problems with our government, many innumerated here.  I'd guess they continue, or get worse.

And the country will muddle along somehow, as it has done in the past.  The corruption in our government in the 19th century was epic at times, and obvious, but government was a small piece of our economy.  Now it isn't.

The only solution is much smaller government, which is not a possibility.

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Re: The right faces two potent opponents
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2021, 12:09:56 PM »
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The folks who surround themselves with concrete and high-rises.  Ironic, isn't it.

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Re: The right faces two potent opponents
« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2021, 12:14:42 PM »
As often noted, the sacrifices to be made are for  thee and not for me.


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Re: The right faces two potent opponents
« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2021, 04:11:58 PM »
The main — the most “potent” — “opponent” to the right is its own stubborn refusal to acknowledge the sovereignty of God in all things.  And our helpless dependence on Him.  And our own negligence, by not giving Him primacy and honor and glory in all things.

It is sort of a built in character flaw on the right.  Where self-sufficiency and can-do attitude and rigorous adherence to “doing good” or “doing the right thing” are valued and esteemed and practiced.

But those things are only beneficial when practiced in the light of Biblical knowledge, understanding, and faith.  And are liabilities otherwise.  Leading to spiritual ignorance and its resultant obstinate pride.  And producing actions that may seem positive, but which are in fact “filthy rags” before a Holy God.

Translation:  it is my belief that God is done with this nation.  “Very well — THY will be done.” 

I’ll tell you when the death sentence was handed down.  Obergefell.  When sodomy was officially legitimized as being co-equal and identical to God’s plan of one man and one woman, and the family —

And a large percentage of Red State and (especially) Liber(tine)tarians said “oh well.  What the hell.  Not a hill worth dying on.” 

Which they also said about abortion.  For years.

“Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.” — Psalm 127:1

There has been a lot of vain labor on the right.

A lot of watching in vain.

Except for a very small — and dwindling — percentage; this nation has turned its back on God.  Left and Right.  Red and Blue.  Both plan and scheme and analyze and dream as if He doesn’t exist.  Or worse, that His existence doesn’t make any difference.

And we have inherited the rightful judgment against those who do so.

I wish I could say that will turn around.  But it won’t.  That is patently obvious.

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” — Ephesians 6:12

And we don’t even have the knowledge, the courage, nor the wisdom to enlist the only One who can help us in this fight.  The only One who can assure victory.  And there are no indications whatsoever that will ever change.

“So, vb/oU”, you say.  “What you’re saying is that there is no hope for this nation?”

Bingo.

Not for this nation.  But there IS hope.  The will of God cannot be thwarted.  His Word cannot be undone. 

It is exciting to witness it coming to fruition with accelerating speed. 

Exciting.  And kind of scary.  Where we’re going won’t be fun.  Even for believers.  ESPECIALLY for believers.  But He never promised us we wouldn’t have trouble.  In fact, He promised us that we WOULD.

I just remain so grateful that I got to experience the world as it was.  The great music.  The great movies.  The great books.  The great philosophical and intellectual debates and movements that defined the previous age.  All witnessed from within the bulwark of peace and safety and security and freedom provided by a heritage and legacy and systems founded on the West’s adherence to Judeo-Christian principles, and the primacy of reason and rationality and science and truth.  Before the onset of this terrible, tyrannical, technocratic, totalitarian, humorless, Godless final chapter.  In which all will be undone…   




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