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insurrection

The Scheme to Steal the Election.
Part Two.

Part One is below on the front page

After the 2020 election, Donald Trump won the media's attention with incendiary claims that the election had been stolen, ultimately rousing his base to riot when Congress met to certify that Joe Biden was to be the new president. We covered that route to January 6th in Part One.

Occurring In parallel, surfacing only later, primarily from the work of
House Select Committee investigating the happenings of Jan. 6, 2021
the House Select Committee investigating everything related to January 6th, did it become apparent that Trump allies were hatching a scheme to overturn the election by disrupting the proceedings in Congress. Had the plot succeeded, it would have been an actual stolen election.

THE BEST LAID PLANS…?

In the two-month span from the November 3rd to January 6th, text messages, email, and tweets showed how widespread was the Republican push to keep Donald Trump in the White House.

Everyone turned to Mark Meadows as chief of staff. Energy Secretary Rick Perry texted him the day after the election with ideas for overturning the results. "We have the data driven program that can clearly show where the fraud was committed. This is the silver bullet."

Three days after the election, Arizona representative Andy Biggs, wary that what he proposed would be "highly controversial" to the point of referring to electors in coded sound-alike language ("a look doors"), wrote of state legislatures appointing substitute electors "in the various states where there's been shenanigans."

Marjorie Taylor Greene texted Meadows, "Good morning Mark, I'm here in DC. We have to get organized for the 6th...We are getting a lot…

insurrection

Could Trump Really Be Prosecuted for January 6? Part One.

That Donald Trump and the circle around him plotted to abort the constitutional transfer of power to steal the election from Joe Biden and give Trump another term as president is indisputable. Less certain is to what extent indictments photo of trump
will be brought against the many involved in the conspiracy — a larger contingent than previously realized ranging from Trump's inner circle and hangers-on to members of Congress — or whether against Trump himself. The congressional select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, riots and Capitol break-in and attempted overthrow of government has interviewed over 800 witnesses to bring to light the full story of that day and the months preceding, and it has concluded that there is enough evidence to bring criminal charges against the former president.

the believers

Two streams of activity converged on January 6 and the congressional committee has explored Trump's culpability in both.

One traces what Trump's followers did in reaction to the election. When the results showed Biden as the winner, Trump's people, primed to believe the election was rigged, made "Stop the Steal" their mantra and have persisted in that theme ever since. Vote recounts ensued in battleground states — multiple recounts in some states — none of which changed the outcome, but organizers made up for that by listing the many sorts of fraudulent ballots they had supposedly encountered. Proof was never forthcoming. Trump had more than once made statements such as, "This election is about great voter fraud, fraud that has never been seen like this before.” Asked for evidence, he would say "soon" but soon never came.

Trump's own Justice Department confirmed that the 2020 election, more closely safeguarded than any before it owing to Trump-stirred controversy, was free and secure. But Trump voters were not…

the economy

A Changing World Says Inflation Is Here to Stay

"Make no mistake, inflation is largely the fault of Putin”, blurted President Biden. Perhaps he meant only gasoline. "These are not Putin gas prices. They are President Biden gas prices", retorted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, as if the president controls world oil
markets. "These really are Putin gas prices", insisted Nobel laureate economist New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, unmindful of the rise from $20 a barrel to $80 before the war. Back and forth goes blame, verging on infantile.

Inflation's causes are many, of course. The pandemic played a major role. Sheltering at home from the scourge, unable to spend on services — restaurants, movies, travel — people shifted to homelife improvements — electronics, appliances, furnishings. But quarantine lockdowns made production sporadic. Accustomed to finding just what we look for on well-stocked shelves, we learned about supply chains and what happens when they are disrupted.

Industry discovered that just-in-time inventory control, a quantum…

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supreme court

The Death of Ethics: The Right Wants Justice Thomas to Refuse to Recuse

When Bob Woodward and Robert Costa broke the story about the 29 emails exchanged between Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and Trump's Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, it seemed indisputable that the justice should recuse himself from any case related to the January 6th coup plot that could come before the Court.

Ms. Thomas had fervidly implored Meadows to do everything in his power to overturn Joe Biden's 2020 election victory and hand Donald Trump a second term as president. "Biden and the Left is attempting the greatest Heist of our History”, she wrote. Accordingly, two days after the election, she relayed Qanon-flavored intelligence to Meadows that

“Biden crime family & ballot fraud co-conspirators (elected officials, bureaucrats, social media censorship mongers, fake stream media reporters, etc) are being arrested & detained for ballot fraud right now & over coming days, & will be living in barges off GITMO to face military tribunals for sedition.”

“Help This Great President stand firm, Mark!!!...You are the leader, with him, who is standing for America’s constitutional governance at the precipice. The majority knows Biden and the Left is attempting the greatest Heist of our History.”

pushback

Americans agree, 53% to 28% in one poll, that Thomas should recuse, so it was striking that conservatives immediately discarded principle and waged war against recusal. A barrage of editorials, columns, and cable outrage poured forth to the disbelief of the left, arguing that… Read More »

geostrategy

Four Countries Out to Make U.S. a Bit Player on the World Stage

Remember the Nineties? The Soviet Union had broken apart, ending the long Cold War. The first McDonald's opened in Moscow; Russians waited in long lines to sample America's famous fast food. American corporations poured in. Germany was reunified. Peace in our time.

Yes, North Korea persisted in threatening South Korea, but with only artillery. China was a poor country that could not begin its ascent until 1999 when it was accepted into the World Trade Organization. It “creates a win-win result for both countries”, said President Clinton, who might like to have that back. We sanctioned Iran for sponsoring terrorism, but if they had begun exploring nuclear for other than peaceful purposes, they managed to keep it a secret.

Democracy was peaking. There were still fax machines and no smart phones, the Internet was stirring, the browser and the search "engine" were invented, we watched "Seinfeld". The coming century showed great promise, if only we could get past those pesky computers seizing up on Y2K.

upheaval

A quarter century later, a stunning reversal. In one after another country a populist movement has arisen that pulls in the economically left behind and gives rise to a new age of the strongman. The United States finds itself confronted by four countries — Russia, Iran, North Korea, China — intent on bringing down the western alliance and on establishing their own spheres of influence by diminishing the American presence in the world. They share the view that the U.S. is decadent and corrupt, a declining hegemon, a paper tiger… Read More »

Russia

Putin’s Zeal to Restore the Past Has Foreclosed Russia’s Future

What misfortune, after a tumultuous decade in which Russia sought to right itself after the breakup of the Soviet Union and become a fledgling democracy, that Boris Yeltsin on resigning the presidency chose as his successor ex-KGB agent Vladimir Putin, engrained in paranoia and sinister tradecraft, protest
Protest in St. Petersburg.

rather than some enlightened leader with a zeal to make Russia great again, economically strong, taking advantage of an enormous land expanse filled with resources, and increasingly moving toward the West.

Instead, we have a man obsessed with recreating the past, starting with a takeover of Ukraine, and the larger goal of disrupting the European alliance and NATO. A man whose actions have made the case for why there is a NATO.

Instead, just before Ukraine, we saw a man cozy up to China to form an alliance specifically against the U.S., electing to turn away from Europe and make Russia Asian. How is that likely to turn out?

China is soon to overtake the United States as the world' biggest economy. Next to them, Russia is very much the junior partner, with a GDP less than that of Texas. For a time, Russia will prosper, selling China energy, wheat, etc. But Xi Jinping wants China to become self-sufficient, exemplified by his "Made in China 2025" plan. Xi… Read More »

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