July 1, 2020
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The Establishment Strikes Back
By Buck Sexton
If you turn on the TV or open up your newspaper, you’ll find practically nothing about the fiercely contested presidential race just five months away. At least at first glance…
The stories appear to be focused on an array of topics that aren’t about electoral politics. And yet most of what we see is presented with a clear theme: America is doing poorly.
There’s the renewed media obsession with COVID-19, for example. The few weeks of relative quiet is all over now. Predictably, the Democrat-dominated media took a brief hiatus from the “social distancing” mantra so that tens of thousands of protestors (and rioters) wouldn’t be the target of public shaming.
There was a convenient absence of public health professionals on cable news networks or social media calling out protestors for their mass gatherings. Who needs social distancing when you have social justice?
Among conservatives and independent-minded voters, this partisan hypocrisy was noted – causing a tremendous loss of faith in the so-called “objective experts” who are now demanding another lockdown.
National media is also focused on the nationwide protests… which so often turn into riots. Nonetheless, they are described as “mostly peaceful” even when journalists can clearly see a burning building and violent mobs. At first, the movement was all about the killing of George Floyd and police brutality. Then it rapidly transitioned into demands for police budget cuts or even total police defunding. Now it’s a Marxist movement seeking to erase and rewrite American history through toppling and destroying statues.
Nobody really knows what these protestors will be enraged about next week. It doesn’t really matter. Journalists certainly don’t plan to get to the bottom of any of it. The point of all this rabble rousing and street activism is not to address systemic inequality or the history of American oppression and racism. This is all about power politics and the upcoming election, plain and simple.
Call it the “Make America Miserable Again” plan.
These mobs have taken to the streets as part of a mass mobilization of the Democrat party…. whether shouting in cops’ faces, looting stores, or burning down buildings. And they are running a widespread and well-coordinated campaign against President Donald Trump – they’re just not doing it in the most traditional way. Think of it as asymmetrical political warfare.
This is not a standard presidential battle between two men…
Presidential candidate Joe Biden is effectively a ghost, refusing to leave his basement in Delaware unless he dons an ominous black face mask and dark sunglasses. He seems to forget where he is and mumbles a bizarre gaffe almost daily.
Few believe Biden is going to inspire a movement. But that’s not the plan…
All Biden has to do is fog a mirror. The establishment will take care of the rest.
That’s because all of 2020 is a referendum on Trump. If the mood of the country is positive and hopeful this November, he’s probably going to be the president for four more years. The country doesn’t have to be perfect… It just has to be moving in the right direction.
What Trump was doing before the pandemic was working. All he has to do now is convince enough voters that he has a plan to bring back the economy of January 2020.
On the other hand, Democrats and the establishment ruling class will seek to stop this “right direction” feeling at all costs. We are seeing that effort right now.
The more they can get the American people to focus on a pandemic, civil unrest, and mounting economic anxiety from the shutdowns – the tougher it will be for Trump to focus on his voters and go on the offensive against his opponent. The national news media is pulling out all the stops to make sure that there is an overwhelming narrative of national fatigue and frustration that has set in by November. All of this will play to Biden and the Democrats’ advantage…
Fair or not, the American people expect the party in power to deliver.
Trump is the guy in the White House with the biggest job in the world, and voters in the swing states aren’t going to respond well to anything that sounds like, “It wasn’t my fault, it was the virus and the dirty-fighting Democrats” – no matter how true that may be.
Trump doesn’t have to beat Biden… He has to beat the ruling class that is still in a state of shock and rage from 2016. Back then, they laughed at him and assumed they could force him out with the absurd Russia collusion hoax. Now, they’re willing to tank the whole country as long as it finishes off Trump’s reelection.
Remember that as you watch and read all these stories about a nation in crisis. If we simply refuse to undergo lockdown again and enforce some law and order in the streets, America will bounce back pretty quickly. The biggest obstacle to our recovery is not from a virus or an anti-cop narrative… but is the coordinated, stop at nothing effort of many powerful individuals and their interests that view America as mere collateral damage in their maniacal anti-Trump campaign.
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Now here are some of the stories we’re reading…
Washington Post mocked for claiming Trump was wrong about violence in Dem-run cities: ‘Worst fact check ever’
The Washington Post was lampooned over the weekend for running a story claiming to disprove President Trump’s statement that most violence occurs in cities run by Democrats, but the data essentially backed up the president’s case and the paper ran it anyway.
Coronavirus Brings American Decline Out in the Open
If capital begins to abandon the U.S. and the dollar in large amounts, the currency will crash and Americans will find themselves paying much more for everything from cars to televisions to gasoline to imported food. Interest rates will be raised in an attempt to lure back investment capital, and the country might undergo a period of stagflation worse than the 1970s. Large-scale unrest would undoubtedly result and – in the worst-case scenario – the U.S. could collapse like Venezuela.
How the Fed is driving savers to riskier investments
Millions of individual investors are being forced into the stock market to get any meaningful income from their savings, because they can no longer count on traditional havens such as savings accounts, certificates of deposit, Treasury securities or money market mutual funds.
Economist Roubini expects ‘anemic’ U.S. recovery – and a ‘Greater Depression’ looms
There are “ten deadly drivers” behind his Greater Depression thesis – which include high levels of debt, aging societies, cheap currencies and a strategic rivalry between the world’s two largest economies that’s getting worse every day.
Nearly half the U.S. population is without a job, showing how far the labor recovery has to go
After the unexpected snapback in May, there have been signs of a slowdown in the labor-market improvement as fears of a coronavirus resurgence deepened in recent weeks. The number of Americans filing for unemployment claims came in higher than expected for the past two weeks straight.
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Executive Editor, American Consequences
With P.J. O’Rourke and the Editorial Staff
July 1, 2020