Postludes & Preludes: The Show Goes On

Postludes & Preludes: The Show Goes On

February 7, 2019

by Doug “Uncola” Lynn:

Due to another commitment, this blogger missed Trump’s live State of the Union address on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. But in watching the pundits on both sides of the aisle afterwards, highlights from the speech, as well as the instant poll results – it immediately appeared to have been an overall win for the president.

According to polls by CBS and CNN, 76% of viewers approved of the speech, with 72% appreciating Trump’s ideas on immigration, and even those in the media were “stunned by the State of the Union’s appeal to both sides”.

Although the president did take further ownership of the economy, he also attempted to insulate himself against future financial woes and conflicts at home and abroad when he said:

…and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics or ridiculous partisan investigations. If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation.

Furthermore, Trump’s statements on immigration, socialism, and late-term abortion, made his political opponents appear as vampires in the sun.

So – given all that, yours truly wanted to timestamp some perspectives and predictions for posterity by posting the following on a thread of a previous piece:

… if Trump were real, and if the past is any indicator – then watch for a narrative changing event to occur soon; very likely in the forthcoming 10 days before Trump’s next government shutdown deadline.

Usually, these false flags will simultaneously change the national conversation while providing advancement for the establishment’s agenda; whatever that may be. Mass shootings are a common “go to” because they get covered by all of the media at once and – at the same time, allow the talking heads to promote gun control measures.

But it could be any scandal, leak, indictment, or brushfire abroad that might provide political cover and/or set loose the dogs of war.

Watch. Whatever happens, or doesn’t happen, might be illuminating. We’ll see, because time reveals all things.

So the next morning, with one eye on the headlines, I decided to do some more research by perusing the full text of Trump’s SOTU speech, while cross-referencing news clips and highlight videos. In so doing, it appeared the president pulled two very smooth fast ones on his political adversaries during his address.

First, Trump inspired his opponents to stand and applaud his remarks on “family leave” before, in the same breath, excoriating their embrace of infanticide:

To help support working parents, the time has come to pass school choice for America’s children. I am also proud to be the first President to include in my budget a plan for nationwide paid family leave — so that every new parent has the chance to bond with their newborn child.

There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our Nation saw in recent days. Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth. These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and dreams with the world. And then, we had the case of the Governor of Virginia where he basically stated he would execute a baby after birth.

 Secondly, the president thrashed socialist Venezuela before resolving that “America will never become socialist”; as the cameras revealed newly-elected congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders both squirming and grimacing in the audience:

Two weeks ago, the United States officially recognized the legitimate government of Venezuela, and its new interim President, Juan Guaido.

We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom — and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair.

Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence –- not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.

They never saw it coming.

Another aspect to Trump’s speech had to do with “choice” in that it was referenced on three occasions at the beginning of his address and four times at the close.  He stated these exact sentences in order; the first three during his open and the final four at the end:

The decision is ours to make.

We must choose between greatness or gridlock, results or resistance, vision or vengeance, incredible progress or pointless destruction.

Tonight, I ask you to choose greatness.

We must choose whether we are defined by our differences — or whether we dare to transcend them.

We must choose whether we will squander our inheritance — or whether we will proudly declare that we are Americans. We do the incredible. We defy the impossible. We conquer the unknown….

This is our future — our fate — and our choice to make.

I am asking you to choose greatness.

In these statements, the word “decision” was stated once, followed by the word “choose” five times and “choice” a single time for a grand total of seven (7) references to the fork-in-the-road which precedes either “greatness or gridlock”.

Is it reality? Or reality TV?

Is there a difference?

Because, it seems, just as The Most Interesting Man in the World has parlayed his reality television experience to optically outwit his opponents from the time he descended the escalator to announce his candidacy, and right up through the current border wall stalemate – the show goes on.

In fact, if optics are everything in an electronic world, one must admit Trump is an undeniable magician; especially with the ladies.  A real snake charmer in fact. First, he got his harem to show up looking like hoodless klansman and in obvious deference to his irresistible Caucasianness. Then he got them to stand and applaud right on cue.

Not bad for a night’s work. It was even entertaining after the fact.

Definitely a good show.  So good in fact, an opinion writer for the Wall Street Journal called the president’s State of the Union a “masterpiece” and the “The Longest Day for Trump’s Adversaries”:

On Tuesday Mr. Trump enlarged the public’s idea of himself and his presidency, and in proportion diminished his enemies. That was his most effective stroke on Tuesday night: to make the left seem to be lost in irrelevant obsessions and guilty of misinterpreting—falsifying—America and its values.

He redrew the battleground, leading the discussion abruptly away from progressives’ preoccupations with race and sex. He redefined himself in a more civilized light and sought to lend credibility and bipartisanship to his “Make America Great Again” theme by evoking American history and summoning the better angels. He fetched back to the 20th century’s binary moral perspectives, to the victorious fight against Nazi Germany and to the Cold War against communism.

But Trump’s enemies would not go quietly into that good night.  On Wednesday, the day after Trump’s State of the Union, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced a “broad investigation” of all things Trump “beyond Russia”.  Schiff said the investigation would:

allow us to investigate any credible allegation that financial interests or other interests are driving decision-making of the President or anyone in the administration. That pertains to any credible allegations of leverage by the Russians or the Saudis or anyone else.

It appeared Trump’s adversaries had made their choice and, in response, the president called Schiff a “political hack” engaged in “presidential harassment” .

Now, at this point, if the reader recalls, Trump also gave the Democrats a “choice” immediately after they won the U.S. House in the November 2018 Midterm Elections. The day after, he tweeted:

If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level. Two can play that game!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018

Therefore, also on the day after Trump’s SOTU, NBC news tweeted that the Department of Justice (DoJ), at the request of Republican Senate Judiciary Committee member Ben Sasse, was revisiting the prosecution of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein:

JUST IN: Senate Judiciary Cmte. member Sasse says the US Justice Dept. has opened an investigation into allegations that dept. attorneys  may have committed professional misconduct in the manner in which the [Jeffrey] Epstein criminal matter was resolved.

— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) February 6, 2019

Of course the FBI head at that time was Robert Mueller, and Ben Sasse had written into his original letter this little gem:

The fact that federal prosecutors appear to have crafted a secret, sweetheart deal for this child rapist should enrage moms and dads everywhere

Then on Thursday, February 7, 2019 it was reported that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff had “hired officials with experience at the National Security Council” for the expanded investigations into Trump; to which the president responded:

….The Dems and their committees are going “nuts.” The Republicans never did this to President Obama, there would be no time left to run government. I hear other committee heads will do the same thing. Even stealing people who work at White House! A continuation of Witch Hunt!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2019

A witch hunt “continuation”, indeed, because the day BEFORE Trump’s SOTU speech, it was announced Trump’s inaugural committee and campaign backers were being subpoenaed  by New York Southern District prosecutors:

The subpoena escalates the inquiry into the Trump inaugural committee, which involved several of the president’s biggest campaign backers, and is one of several investigations into Mr. Trump’s associates. Special counsel Robert Mueller is separately investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, which the president and Moscow have denied, and Manhattan federal prosecutors are probing the Trump Organization, the president’s family business.

To summarize: The day before Trump’s State of the Union address, Manhattan lawyers expanded their investigation of the President.  Then, during his speech, Trump said: “If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation”; as he offered his political opponents a choice between greatness or gridlock.

Then, the next day, House intelligence committee head Adam Schiff announced the expanded investigations into Trump; followed by Senate Republicans opening an investigation into accused pedofile Jeffrey Epstein’s kid-glove treatment by Robert Mueller’s FBI; all followed by the House Intelligence Committee’s hiring of National Security Council spooks to take down Trump.

Undeniably, the U.S. Intelligence community’s operation against Trump is still going strong.

Tit for tat? Or a reality TV show starring rats?

Stay tuned.  We’ll be right back.

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