Encore of Revival: America, December 2, 2019

“Order in the ranks” of military discipline includes that the president is the commander in chief who always gets his way—in the military. Generals and secretaries in the US Armed Forces have zero preference in any disagreement of decision with the president. As commander in chief, the president can overturn any court-martial conviction and fire or dismiss anyone for any reason. This is intended by the Constitution so that the Armed Forces serve the will of the people. The military does not give orders to the democratically elected president. Anyone in the Armed Forces attempting to circumvent a decision of the president should be discharged and possibly prosecuted for mutiny—based on Article 94 (§ 894)(a)(1) of the 2004 Uniform Code of Military Justice definition of Mutiny or Sedition. It is inappropriate for anyone to claim fowl play in the the Navy secretary’s firing.

Kevin Clinesmith from the FBI has been dubbed the title “frontline lawyer”. He reportedly doctored evidence in the FISA spy application as part of the Russianewsgategate scandal. If he was not acting under the explicit direction of his “behind the frontlines” superiors, then the Obama administration’s FBI, including James Comey, had even bigger problems. “Frontline lawyers” at the FBI are supposed to follow instructions of the director, otherwise the director is AWOL.

As impeachment moves forward, Democrats seal their fate. They’ve already gone too far. Whether the House votes to impeach, Democrats lose popularity. Either they let down their base or they anger everyone Right of staunch Democratic voters with unnecessary drama. Two unanswered questions remain: Will they choose to lose votes by impeaching or lose votes by not impeaching? And, more mysteriously, are they secretly trying to help President Trump or are have they been operating on kook-directed autopilot so long that they are no longer capable of knowing where they are headed?

The biggest danger Donald Trump always posed was that he would do too well and thus give Republicans a supermajority they couldn’t have earned on their own. No one seems to be helping that effort as much as House Democrats. Fortunately for the country, the ever-less-so silent majority doesn’t make political decisions on autopilot. And, that majority is growing larger.


Impeachment poll: No change in views after public hearings // CNN

CNN Poll: 50% support impeaching Trump and removing him from office // CNN

Rank & Defense

For reference:
Mutiny // Wikipedia

Edward Gallagher case: Prosecutor removed from case of Navy SEAL charged with war crimes // CBS News

Lead Prosecutor In Navy SEAL Case Is Removed For Potential Conflict Of Interest // NPR

Prosecutors in Navy war crimes case accused of spying on defense attorneys and Navy Times reporter // Navy Times

Esper ‘flabbergasted’ to learn of Navy secretary’s secret White House outreach about Navy SEAL // CNN

Navy Secretary forced out after Trump’s war crimes intervention causes division and chaos in military // CNN

Washington as Usual


Carter Page accuses DOJ of ‘Orwellian overreach’ over effort to prevent him previewing FISA report // Fox News

Jason Chaffetz: Democrats pre-spinning Inspector General report is ‘true to script’ // Fox News

Justice review of Russia probe to find no spying by FBI: NY Times // The Hill

Michael Flynn sentencing delayed until after DOJ inspector general report comes out // CNN

Soc Media, Econ, Tech

We’ve been warned!
Are we in for a repeat of the Long Depression // MarketWatch

US jobless claims tumble to 213000 just before Thanksgiving back near post recession low // MarketWatch

Cramer: The stock market will continue rallying despite trade war, impeachment and other concerns // CNBC