Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

Recently, President Donald “Sick of Winning Yet?” Trump met privately with Russian President Vladimir “No Beans for Me Because I’m” Putin in Helsinki. And as expected, the Left reacted like they usually do on a day ending in Y: they lost their collectivist minds. After decades of telling us we should be more like Russia, the Left pulled a 180 and said Russia was our enemy. (Couldn’t have something to do with the fact Russia may have had a hand in exposing the DNC as a corrupt bunch of morons, could it? Naaaaaaaah!) And because Trump met with Putin in private, there is a new word that has formed on Leftists’ lips: treason.

Seven little letters, one big accusation.

Although I’ve covered this topic before, in light of the current Leftist freakout du jour, let’s take another look at treason to see what all the fuss is about.

treason

What the Left thinks it means – helping an enemy to undermine America at any time

What it really means – a highly-charged term that is being waaaaaaaaay overused right now

Since we’re dealing with a political/legal term, let’s take a look at what the US Code says about treason. Title 18 of the Code states the following:

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

Death or imprisonment and fines? There go my summer vacation plans…

Seriously, the US Code opens up a lot of questions pertinent to the current discussion of whether Trump’s meeting with Putin rises to the level of treason. The first question is what constitutes an enemy of the United States. Well, that’s open for debate. For example, I would consider Michael Bay to be an enemy of the United States because he doesn’t know how to make a good movie. Furthermore, anyone who keeps going to his movies are giving him aid and comfort by encouraging him to make more Transformers movies. Others (presumably Mr. Bay himself included) would disagree.

In the current scenario, the Left wants us to see Russia as an enemy, which would support their claim Trump committed treason. The reality, however, is a bit more complicated. Russia isn’t quite our enemy. They do things that make it look and sound that way, but they are still considered to be somewhat friendly towards us. And make no mistake, I trust Putin slightly more than a used car salesman at Uncle Sleazy’s Auto Emporium (where their motto is “205 Fraud Convictions Don’t Stop Us From Making Great Deals”). My personal misgivings aside, Russia and the US have maintained a tolerable relationship. To call Russia an enemy is like calling Bill Nye the Science Guy a source for accurate information on climate change: it might be right, but not often enough.

Leftists also point to Trump’s frequent criticisms of our intelligence agencies as proof of his treason, but even that’s a stretch thanks to a little thing the kids like to call the First Amendment. Although Trump’s mistrust of intelligence (both literal and governmental) can be harsh and undeserved at times, he has a right to speak his mind and to redress grievances with the government. And that includes the intelligence community. For the Left to be right…err correct on this, they would have to say the President exercising his First Amendment rights is tantamount to treason.

Let that sink in for a moment. Then get a really stiff drink to steel yourself for the next sentence.

This is what the Left is going for in lieu of a message for the midterms.

Even though Trump’s not running, the Left is using the “Treason Summit” as a means to hold Republican candidates accountable for what the Left says Trump did. Granted, the Right does this, too, but it’s stupid no matter who does it. And with the charge itself being more tenuous than the plot of a murder mystery written by Joe Biden, it makes the Left look unhinged. That may be what the cool kids are doing, but outside the DNC bubble, it doesn’t play well to test audiences. That’s why #WalkAway is a thing now.

Pushing the treason argument is a calculated move, but one that reeks of desperation. As much as the Left keeps talking about a “Blue Wave” in November, the current environment isn’t conducive to a wave, blue or otherwise. The DNC is losing donors, money, and long-time candidates at an alarming rate, so they need something to fire up their base to try to stop the bleeding. And apparently their solution involves accusing Trump of treason because…well, they’re still working on a reason that sounds better than “because we want him removed from office for beating Hillary Clinton.”

Ah, but there’s the problem. If you allow yourself to get caught up in the emotion without taking a moment to ask whether a private meeting between two world leaders constitutes treason, you’re going to get really disappointed when people outside of your circles aren’t willing to join you in your quest. Face it, kids. Crying “treason” right now isn’t going to help you win back the House and Senate, and it may wind up hurting you in 2020, which is going to be the next time you will have a chance to beat President Trump. Impeachment has gone nowhere. The Mueller investigation has gone nowhere. And treason will go nowhere, and for the same reason as impeachment and “Mueller Time”: a lack of discernable evidence that can’t be reasoned away.

In the meantime, let’s grab some popcorn and a cold drink and watch the fireworks!

 

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

Last week, the Left got its collectivist panties in a bunch over something President Donald Trump did. He…I’m not even sure I can say this without a warning, so…

Warning: What I am about to describe may cause men, women, children, and some household pets to burst into flames, fits of inconsolable weeping, or both. Post no bills. If you read this blog post backwards, you may find sardonic messages. Violators will be towed. Towers will be violated. Any unauthorized rebroadcast, televising, or description of this blog post is strictly prohibited by Major League Baseball, but may be overlooked with some money and/or cake. Side effects may include dizziness, temporary leprosy, involuntary narcolepsy and/or simultaneous explosive diarrhea, the desire to dress like Carol Channing, holes to appear in your nose and ears, and general discontent, discord, and otherwise icky stuff.

Now that we have that out of the way, I can tell you what President Trump did. He…called Russian President Vladimir Putin and congratulated him on his recent election victory! Against the wishes of some of his advisors!

How will we ever get over such a violation of diplomatic protocol? By talking about diplomacy!

diplomacy

What the Left thinks it means – being a good global neighbor by being willing to give up power in exchange for peace

What it really means – protecting our interests while exercising our strength

The Left loves to portray itself as the party of diplomacy and have pointed to people like former Secretaries of State Warren Christopher, Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry as examples of how it should be done. The problem? None of them are skilled diplomats, unless you consider constantly apologizing for being American the sign of good diplomacy. And, as you might expect, I don’t.

This isn’t to say Secretaries of State under Republican Presidents have been any better. In my lifetime, diplomacy has gone from strategic alliances that benefit all parties involves to Americans always having to say we’re sorry. Since the Cold War ended, the world stage may have gotten less chaotic, but it shouldn’t have meant our strategic alliances went the way of New Coke.

Unfortunately for us, our political leaders didn’t agree. Once the Berlin Wall came tumbling down and glasnost became a household word, the competent leaders decided to take a 20+ year nap on the diplomatic front and let the new guys (and gals) try their hands at it.

And, boy, did they screw it up.

Now, I’m not talking  an “Oops, I forgot to add mustard to the yolks when we made the egg salad” screw-up. When you screw up diplomacy, it tends to go very badly and get fixed very slowly. Thanks to Christopher and Albright, we saw radical Islam get bolder and spread further while we worried about global warming, unnecessary military actions in Kosovo and Bosnia, and whether the Commander in Chief was wearing pants at any given moment. Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice were a minor step up, but that’s not saying much given the folks who were in the office before them. Leftists called the George W. Bush approach to world affairs “cowboy diplomacy.” Say what you will, but it worked for the most part. Then, Clinton and Kerry got into office and gave us…ISIS.

Congratulations, American diplomats. You helped create a bigger mess than we had before you took office.

Going to the Trump call to Putin, the same foreign policy knuckleheads who said the Arab Spring was good went apoplectic. Some said we shouldn’t congratulate Putin because it would look bad, given the allegations of voting irregularities from the 2016 election linked back to Russia. Others said it would legitimize what appeared to be a questionable election.

And all of them are wrong.

It is commonplace for the President to call and congratulate the winner of elections with countries we’re friendly, sociable, or even just familiar with because…how can I put this gently…it’s good for diplomacy. Even if Putin is responsible for half the stuff his country’s accused of doing, that doesn’t make him any less of a world leader. And he’s a world leader who happens to be ex-KGB and isn’t above killing opponents. At the very least, we should try to stay on Putin’s good side.

On a global scale, Trump’s actions could help us down the road with other diplomatic efforts, namely the impending talks between North and South Korea. China has a vested interest in keeping North Korea in check, and Russia and China have become friendly. If we didn’t keep the big picture in mind, Russia and China would make the negotiations more difficult than putting together a piece of furniture from IKEA using only the description of the instructions as given by Joe Biden after 14 shots of Fireball. Regardless of how you feel about Trump, the congratulatory call was the right call.

Personally, I think the reason the Left were so upset that Trump congratulated Putin is because it runs counter to the image of Trump they’ve cultivated. Since Trump announced, the Left said he would lead us to World War III within a few minutes of taking the Oath of Office. Well, judging from the lack of a nuclear winter and radioactive mutants driving around Mad Max style, I would say their assessment was wrong. And Trump’s actions with Putin only underscores how wrong the Left has been about him and about diplomacy in general. The ultimate goal of diplomacy is to avoid war. If it takes calling Putin to congratulate him to accomplish this, why shouldn’t we take that step? And, no, protecting Leftist fee-fees isn’t a good enough reason.

Next time you hear a Leftist pontificating about diplomacy, remember their idea of diplomacy involves America genuflecting to every other world leader, regardless of whether they’re allies or enemies, but more often than not our enemies. That’s like trying to negotiate with the hangman’s rope as you’re swinging from it. Without a firm concept of what is actually good for America, our diplomats are the nerds of the UN lunchroom and we will continue to get atomic wedgies until we stand up for ourselves.

In other words, be prepared for a lot of wedgies.

 

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

Since late October of last year, Democrats have suspected Russia had a role in the 2016 Presidential election. And thanks to a recent report from American intelligence agencies, they have renewed their suspicions to the point of accusing Russia of “hacking” our election. (Oddly enough, these same folks didn’t have a problem with our government trying to influence the Brexit vote or Israeli elections…).

With the allegations sticking around longer than a STD contracted from Courtney Love, maybe it’s time we tackle this idea head on.

hacking the election

What the Left believes it means – Russia influencing the 2016 Presidential election, an act of treason by Donald Trump and his supporters

What it really means – The Left can’t accept the fact Hillary lost.

Let’s get one thing straight. I am not a fan of Russia, especially under Vladimir Putin. I am also not a fan of jumping to conclusions, especially when the risk of being wrong is creating an international incident. As a result, I am cautious about letting my feelings towards the former taint my commitment to the latter. Yet, to hear the Left describe it, I am an evil Russia-loving, Putin-worshiping traitor.

You know, like Hillary Clinton was in 2009?

Either way, we really don’t have much to go on when it comes to the “hacking the election” allegations. “But didn’t 17 intelligence agencies just issue a report saying Russia tried to get Donald Trump elected?” you might say. Well, yes and no. Yes, American intelligence agencies issued a report that suggests Russia did what they’re being accused of, but it wasn’t nearly as much of a slam dunk as the Left wants us to believe.

Out of the 17 agencies, only 3 offered any analysis. And of those 3, a whopping 0 offered any hard evidence of such. Oh, they offered suggestions and assumptions, but no hard evidence.

Think about that for a moment. We have members of a political party willing to condemn a foreign country of a major crime solely based on assumptions. Then again, these are some of the same folks who ran with the UVA rape story from Rolling Stone, so actual justice may be something alien to them.

So, if it’s not Russia, who did “hack the election”? The first thing to understand is our election was not hacked. Hillary Clinton lost because she was a bad candidate. The only reason for this line of absurdity is because Democrats cannot accept the fact Hillary lost. If the election results were different, Russian hacking would be the last thing on the Left’s hive-mind and they would be telling Trump voters to get over it.

But there is a deeper reason why the Left needs to blame their Presidential loss on Russia: they suck at cybersecurity. This is where Wikileaks comes into the picture. Had it not been for Julian Assange, we might not know about how the Democratic National Committee screwed over Bernie Sanders to bestow the party nomination to Hillary. And how did they get caught? There are two lines of thought.

First, Wikileaks got emails from a Bernie Sanders supporter who had access to some of the most damning emails. This makes sense, given how Sanders got treated worse by his party than Ike Turner treated Tina. And let’s not understate the fact the DNC all but disregarded Sanders supporters unless they knelt before Zod…I mean Hillary. Even prominent Sanders supporters were told to knuckle under, and more than a few of them did. One can imagine what that did to more strident Sanders supporters. If the party felt fine with betraying them, it’s not impossible to imagine they would betray the party. And thanks to Wikileaks, these Sanders supporters earned a measure of revenge. One rule of cybersecurity is to make sure you have everything protected, and the Left didn’t do that here.

The other line of thought is John Podesta, Hillary’s right hand man, got caught by a phishing email. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, a phishing email looks like a legitimate email from a trusted source, but contains malicious software that captures vital information that can often be used against the victim and others in the victim’s email groups.

And remember, kids, these are the smart people. Just ask them!

I tend to believe both lines of thought are valid and may actually be part and parcel of the same conclusion. In either case, the Democrats got caught with their pants down (not unlike one of their previous Presidential candidates) and couldn’t figure out a way to recover. But they sure figured out who they could blame for their failures.

Now, we just need to hope we don’t wind up in another Cold War because of them.