The Manufactured Constitutional Crisis

Ben Shapiro, May 16, 2019

Over the past several weeks, Democrats have spent their time defending the absurd notion that America is in the midst of a constitutional crisis. What, pray tell, has initiated this crisis? The supposed unwillingness of Attorney General William Barr to turn over to Congress unredacted sections of the Mueller report, plus underlying grand jury materials. Barr, for his part, correctly points out that the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure bar him from revealing grand jury testimony. That rule was put in place by Congress itself. Nonetheless, Democrats, seeking to manufacture a feeling of Nixonian chaos, have claimed that the Trump administration is now seeking to block the release of a report that Barr himself released. The Mueller report is, indeed, public.

Playing politics with our institutional health is a dangerous game. Here's the truth: Our system of checks and balances is working just fine. Our politicians proclaim that the messy friction between the legislative, executive and judicial branches demonstrates that our politics is unworkable. But that friction is a feature of the system, not a bug. As James Madison explained in Federalist No. 51: "the great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department, consists in giving to those who administer each department the necessary constitutional means and personal motives to resist encroachments of the others. ... Ambition must be made to counteract ambition."

The founders worried greatly that the supremacy of the legislature would make the executive a mere footstool, propping up legislative authority. To that end, they created a unitary executive with control over law enforcement. And they gave a check against the power of the executive to Congress, which has the ability to defund departments or impeach officials.

Democrats know this. They have the power to impeach William Barr. They're choosing not to do so, because they recognize that their complaint is itself corrupt. Democrats have the power to impeach Donald Trump. They're choosing not to do so, because they recognize that their grounds for such activity are weak in the extreme.

Instead, they participate in a cynical game in which they attack the system of checks and balances itself. That's far more dangerous than any action taken by the Trump administration to date. The same Democrats who claim today that they are deeply concerned about the system of checks and balances are proclaiming from the rooftops that they would be happy to shatter the system to facilitate their agenda. We've heard from Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., that as president, she'd simply use executive authority to set gun law. We've heard from a bevy of Democrats that they'd consider packing the Supreme Court, or abolishing the Electoral College. A few leftist commentators have even suggested abolishing the Senate, given its non-popular representation. We've heard from failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, and her Democratic allies, that her failures were the fault of election fraud; we've heard the same about Andrew Gillum in Florida.

And now Democrats say that Barr's adherence to law is somehow violative of the constitutional order. Undermining the constitutional order publicly, supposedly in order to save it, is nothing but cynical partisanship. But here's the good news: The founders designed a durable system to withstand such nonsense. It continues to work, even if Democrats would prefer it collapse.

Itís Official: The Democratic Party Is The Party Of Anti-Semitism

Matt Vespa, May 16,2019

Weíre back for episode 80. And we could be gearing up for war with Iran. I donít want one; Storm feels otherwise. Still, the Trump White House has a plan to potentially deploy some 120,000 troops in the region, as Tehran flexes its muscles in the region. American forces in the region were warned that they could be targets for acts of terrorism. In the United Arab Emirates, terrorists attacked four ships. The increased tension has caused Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to make unannounced stops in Brussels and Iraq to assess the situation. Itís potentially perilous.  The New York Times has more:

At a meeting of President Trumpís top national security aides last Thursday, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented an updated military plan that envisions sending as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack American forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons, administration officials said.
The revisions were ordered by hard-liners led by John R. Bolton, Mr. Trumpís national security adviser. They do not call for a land invasion of Iran, which would require vastly more troops, officials said.
The development reflects the influence of Mr. Bolton, one of the administrationís most virulent Iran hawks, whose push for confrontation with Tehran was ignored more than a decade ago by President George W. Bush.
There are sharp divisions in the administration over how to respond to Iran at a time when tensions are rising about Iranís nuclear policy and its intentions in the Middle East.
Some senior American officials said the plans, even at a very preliminary stage, show how dangerous the threat from Iran has become. Others, who are urging a diplomatic resolution to the current tensions, said it amounts to a scare tactic to warn Iran against new aggressions.
The size of the force involved has shocked some who have been briefed on them. The 120,000 troops would approach the size of the American force that invaded Iraq in 2003.
Deploying such a robust air, land and naval force would give Tehran more targets to strike, and potentially more reason to do so, risking entangling the United States in a drawn out conflict. It also would reverse years of retrenching by the American military in the Middle East that began with President Barack Obamaís withdrawal of troops from Iraq in 2011.
But two of the American national security officials said Mr. Trumpís announced drawdown in December of American forces in Syria, and the diminished naval presence in the region, appear to have emboldened some leaders in Tehran and convinced the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps that the United States has no appetite for a fight with Iran.

On the Hill, letís face it: the Democratic Party is now the party of anti-Semitism. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) stepped in it again with these remarks about the Holocaust:

Thereís always kind of a calming feeling, I tell folks, when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors ó Palestinians ó who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people's passports," Tlaib said on the podcast's most recent episode, published Friday. "And, just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time. And, I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right, in many ways, but they did it in a way that took their human dignity away and it was forced on them." The part she leaves out: Palestinian leaders sided with the Nazis during World War II. Tlaibís remarks come after her partner in crime, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) accused those who supported Israel of exhibiting dual loyalty. Omar has a long history of peddling anti-Semitic trash. And now, Democratic leaders have responded by circling the wagons around Tlaib. 

On the Russian collusion myth, Attorney General William Barr is now investigating the investigators, picking U.S. Attorney John Durham of Connecticut to look into the origins of this whole witch-hunt. 

To wrap things up, Sen. Rubio (R-FL) wants to investigate whether John Kerry committed a Logan Act violation or breached the Foreign Agents Registration Act concerning his alleged past actions with regards to the Iran nuclear deal. Storm isnít happy with Justice Kavanaugh over the recent Apple decision in the Supreme Court. Trump held a rally where he torched the 2020 Democratic field. And former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein ripped James Comey as a partisan who's just trying to sell books.

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