“Liberal governing has transformed beautiful California into the poverty capital of America with the worst quality of life. Crazy taxes, crazy high cost of living, and crazy overreaching regulations have crushed the middle class, forcing the middle class to exit the Sunshine State. All that is left in California are illegals feeding at the breast of the state, rapidly growing massive homeless tent cities, and the mega-rich.” LLOYD MARCUS
(CNSNews.com) -- During a recent appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, House Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) borrowed from Hillary Clinton and labeled President Donald Trump as “the most deplorable person” she has met in her life.
(During a September 2016 fundraiser, then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Trump's supporters constituted a "basket of deplorables," who are "racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic -- you name it.")
“I’ve said over and over again, I think he is the most deplorable person I have met in my life,” Waters told the TV hosts. “I think when you take a look at his allies and some in his cabinet, all these people around him with connections to Ukraine or to Russia or to oil, everybody should have known that. We should have moved faster.”
As for Gen. John Kelly becoming the new White House chief of staff, Rep. Waters said it would make no difference and not improve the situation.
“No, no, we’ve been talking about this president becoming presidential or transitioning long enough. It’s not going to happen,” Waters said. “He’s a flawed man with no real values and no real appreciation or understanding for government or public policy. No, I have no hopes that anybody’s going to be able to contain him or that he is going to change.
Waters, as a vocal advocate for President Trump’s impeachment, also touched on the investigation into Russia’s alleged election meddling led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
“I have my hopes for Mueller, as most people do,” she said. “I think he is going to connect the dots and I think we’re nearing a constitutional crisis.”
As for whether a Republican-dominant Congress would ever impeach President Trump, Rep. Waters said, “I’m banking on the patriotism of some of the Americans, most of them. They won’t be able to stand with him, if it is proven that they colluded. That they undermined our democracy, interfered with our elections. They are going to be able to see that this president is dangerous.”
The term "Deep State" unleashes many paranoid fantasies. Movies and spy stories abound about the existence of dark, nefarious forces from our government aligned against us. But as Joseph Heller once wrote, "Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't after you." One of the more disturbing revelations after Trump's win was finding that these dark forces not only exist, but are powerful and seemingly out of control.
"Deep State" is hard to define, because it is composed of overlapping groups and individuals with complex and differing agendas. It's an amalgam of people, agencies, and bureaucrats that changes. The current leakers are part of it. For now, let's say it's a mostly unelected, mostly leftist group within our government that wants to govern us against the will of America's founding principles. These people want the final say over our Republic. They want to rule, and they form part of a powerful alliance against the current administration and its voters. The one thing we can be thankful for is that they are showing themselves to us in a way that should anger Americans of all political persuasions. In the end, that's what we might hope for.
"Big Brother" was the term Orwell used for the totalitarian presence of 1984. We are not there. Maybe not even close. But the problem of the Deep State is that there seem to be those who want the kind of power Orwell described, the kind of power the Soviets had, or the East Germans. It's likely that many Deep-Staters don't even realize just how power-mad they have become.
Here is a small list with their fingerprints on it:
- The unmasking and subsequent takedown of General Michael Flynn
- The daily leaks designed to impede or embarrass the Trump administration
- The unmasking of hundreds of private citizens working with the Trump campaign as reported by Circa News
- The bogus "Trump dossier"
- The bogus Trump-Russian collusion narrative.
- The unseemly collusion between Robert Mueller and James Comey
- The seeming insanity of Mueller probing a nonexistent crime
- The exoneration of the Clinton crime family
- The IRS targeting conservative groups
And lots more.
What we are watching is a group using power willfully, wrongfully, and oftentimes illegally to undermine and destroy political opponents. They are after somebody. For real. From this list, we can surmise that their opponents appear to be those of us on the center-right. And to those of you on the left who don't know: This happened, and it's happening. You can pretend it's not so, but it is.
Okay, some of you are tuning out. This can't happen here, it's tinfoil hat stuff, the left really isn't that bad, you're being overly paranoid, blah, blah, blah. Sorry, but this is seriously bad stuff.
I recall back when the PATRIOT Act was passed, noting a comment by Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit. He said powers to surveil, and powers that could cross the lines of the bad guys' civil liberties, were well and good, but in the wrong hands, those powers could and would be misused.
Well, he was right. At the time, I considered his fears over the top, but I was wrong. The history of the human race is littered with tyrants who concentrated and misused power. The genius of the American system adopted by the founding fathers was limiting and decentralizing government in a way to protect our citizenry against this kind of tyranny. Systems were put in place to check, balance, and limit the things that could be done by the government against its people. The Bill of Rights is directed at that problem. These rights were called inalienable, the natural and normal rights given to us by God, not by our government. These were to be our birthright as a nation. It's one of the many reasons our country has been great and can be great again.
We have had bad players in our government, we have made lots of mistakes and done wrong things as a nation, but what we are seeing played out now is simply unprecedented. There is a quote attributed to Valerie Jarrett, Obama adviser-enforcer and all-around bad human, that goes like this:
After we win this election, it's our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us, and they better be ready, because we don't forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded; the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won't be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over.
Let me say, there is no proof she said this. But one thing that is real for sure is that much of what they did in that administration, with her help, was to institutionalize those ideas as their operating manual. The IRS scandal targeting conservative donors and conservative organizations was a perfect example. Read the horrifying story in Forbes of what happened to Catherine Engelbrecht if you think this didn't happen. A terrible line had been crossed. Had she been a liberal, we would hear her name for forty years or more.
This was just the tip of the iceberg. The left has weaponized the bureaucracies and agencies it inhabits. Leftists have decided they will become the dominant culture in the CIA, FBI, NSA, IRS, EPA, and the rest of our bureaucracies. They decided it's okay to be totalitarian, it's okay to break the law, it's okay to go after their political opponents with the force of government, it's okay because they are the ones who deserve to win. The Deep State running rampant is fine, as long as they run it. From Valerie Jarrett to Barack Obama to James Clapper and James Comey, they all visibly overstepped their rightful boundaries. They are proof of the saying that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Make no mistake: the prior administration went rampant. The Deep
State did not originate with them, but they stocked it with their
cronies. They stocked it with people of similar left-leaning ideas, with similar left-leaning willingness to misuse power. The Deep State became a weapon of intimidation and a deep abuser of power. Thank God Hillary was not there to take the baton.
So here we are, with the Deep State running amok. They are aligned with the Obamap-Clinton machine; they are generally in sync with the Obama-Clinton goals. None of us knows exactly how this works, who sets the agenda, or who has the capacity to give direction, but it is real. We do know that many of the media are there to help, we do know that most of the Democratic Party apparatus is there to help, and we do know some of the players. We also know that most of the Democrat base, and many of the party's voters, are naïvely on board, too. We may not understand the mechanism, but we do know that the Deep State has become the vanguard of the left's civil war, and it is not fictional.
They are self-motivated with a set of goals. Get rid of Trump if they can. Get Trump's base to be embarrassed of him or depressed if they can. Make certain that Trump cannot succeed. Make certain his hands are tied in ways to make him less effective. If nothing else, slow his progress to a snail's pace while they marshal better forces.
The stupid party (Republicans), as usual, has no clue. Too many Republicans just think this is normal or haven't the stomach to fight. Heck, many of them are traitorously helping to take down what their own voters and standard-bearer want to achieve. The Democratic Party is fractured and has no idea how wrong this is (yet), and it only helps parrot the talking points of its Deep State allies. Democrats have no idea of the backlash they are creating toward themselves.
There is no distinct winner at this point. But the battle is joined. It is clear that the Deep State intends to continue using all its power to stop Trump, and to prevent a return to checks and balances and limited government.
One important note: they are not winning. The media may make it appear that they are, but they're not. Trump, his administration and allies, and his voting base intend on continuing the fight and winning. This is the major part of "draining the swamp." The battle is in the balance, will last for years, and there are a lot of reasons to believe that the Deep State will lose. One of the great unintended consequences of Trump's win: They have been unmasked.
Push back hard enough, and they will lose.
They deserve to.
Teens in stolen car crash who were filmed going up to 100mph before deadly smash that killed three had a whopping 126 arrests between them as police release clip of fiery accident
Keontae Brown, 16, Jimmie Goshey, 14, and Dejarae Thomas, 16, died after they crashed a stolen car in Palm Harbor, Florida, Sunday around 4am
The car, a Ford Explorer, was going as fast as 100mph when it ran a red light
It hit another driver, flew into the air, hit a billboard and rolled down the road
Car then burst into flames; the driver of other car survived with minor injuries
Keondrae Brown, 14, was also in stolen car - he was injured and taken to hospital
Kamal Campbell, 18, and Deyon Kaigler, 16, were arrested in another stolen car
They were not involved in crash and tried to run away before they were caught
All six teens had been 'running in tandem' since they stole the cars Thursday
It was revealed all teens had an extensive criminal record - totaling 126 arrests
Local police released the fiery video of the accident on Monday
The surviving teens could face possible murder charges over the incident
Several teenagers who were involved in a deadly crash after stealing two cars, had a whopping 126 arrests between the six of them.
Keontae Brown, 16, Jimmie Goshey, 14, and Dejarae Thomas, 16, died after allegedly racing a stolen car through a red light going 100mph and smashed into another car.
Keontae Brown's younger brother Keondrae, 14, was also in the car but survived after the vehicle was launched into the air before bursting into flames in Palm Harbor, Florida on Sunday morning.
They were allegedly playing a 'cat-and-mouse' game with Kamal Campbell, 18, and Deyon Kaigler, 16, who were in a second stolen car, police said.
The three surviving boys were arrested and could face murder charges over their friends' deaths, as new reports reveal the teenagers had 126 arrests between them.
Police released video from the horrific car accident on Monday, revealing the final moments of three of the boy's lives.
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Keontae Brown, 16, (left) Jimmie Goshey, 14, (center) and Dejarae Thomas, 16, (right) all died after crashing a stolen car in Palm Harbor, Florida, on Sunday
Kamal Campbell, 18, (left) and Deyon Kaigler, 16, (right) were in a second stolen car that didn't crash. Keondrae Brown, 14, (center) survived the first car's accident. Between the six teens, they had 126 arrests
The teens were allegedly playing a 'cat-and-mouse' game when they raced one of the stolen cars through a red light going 100mph and smashed into another car before bursting into flames. Pictured: Wreckage of the horrific crash
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Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri was frustrated with the city's juvenile system after disclosing the teens' extensive criminal record that included several auto theft charges, reported the Tampa Bay Times.
Campbell, the eldest of the boys, had a total of 27 arrests dating back to 2013 on charges that included armed robbery, cocaine possession and grand theft.
Kaigler had 20 arrests, Thomas had 15, and Keontae Brown had 16 arrests.
Goshey and Keondrae Brown, the group's youngest members at 14 years old, had 27 and 20 arrests, respectively. One of the missing arrests was not provided.
Speaking at a news conference on Monday, Gualtieri said the county had 'a serious problem and something else needs to happen,' before proposing that the boys should face more serious charges, such as murder.
Keondrae Brown and Kaigler are being held at a juvenile center for a maximum of 21 days and are both accused of grand theft auto.
Campbell, who is an adult, is being held at a jail on a $25,000 bond.
The three surviving boys were arrested and could face murder charges over their friends' deaths. The crashed Explorer is pictured
Keontae Brown, 16, (bottom left) Goshey, 14, (top left) and Thomas, 16, (right) died around 4am. Keondrae Brown, 14, was also in the car with them, but he survived and was taken to the hospital. He is now being held at a juvenile center
All six teens had been 'running in tandem' since they stole a Ford Explorer and a Chrysler Sebring on Thursday, Gualtieri said Sunday morning at a press conference.
He called the three teens who died 'prolific offenders' and said the incident was 'an unfortunate continuation of the epidemic of juveniles engaging in the deadly game of auto burglary and auto thefts', WFLA reported.
Adults who knew the boys said they warned them that their reckless behavior would end in tragedy, all before Sunday's accident.
Tina Webber, who is friends with Kaigler's mother, said she cautioned Kaigler and Keontae Brown just last week.
Webber said to the Tampa Bay Times: 'I looked them right in the eye and said, 'Keep stealing cars, and you're going to wind up dead or in prison.
'These kids are going to keep dying, whether they're dying in a car or in prison. Because they're young and dumb and don't know nothing.'
Two other teens were arrested Sunday morning. The six teens had been 'running in tandem' since they stole the Explorer and a Chrysler Sebring on Thursday, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said. Pictured are Keontae Brown (left) and Thomas (right)
Around 4am, just before the crash, a deputy saw the two stolen cars playing a 'cat-and-mouse' game, where the cars would speed up and slow down. Goshey, one of the deceased teens, is pictured
The boys stole the two cars from an auto dealership on Missouri Avenue in Clearwater, police said.
The cars weren't spotted again until around 1am Sunday, but officers were unable to apprehend the drivers. When the officer approached, they drove away and the deputy did not pursue them.
Gualtieri said the sheriff's office does not pursue stolen vehicles.
Police eventually put up a perimeter, but they were unable to find the stolen cars.
Officials claim that before the teens were spotted again at 4am, they smoked marijuana before committing a string of burglaries throughout subdivisions in Safety Harbor and Oldsmar. One of the boys was allegedly armed.
Around 4am, a deputy saw the cars again, this time playing a 'cat-and-mouse' game, Gualtieri said, where the cars would speed up and slow down.
A gas station captured the deadly car crash as a horrified witness stood shocked (pictured)
The car was going up to 100mph when it blew through a red light and smashed into another car, launching it into the air and bursting into flames (pictured)
The Explorer was going as fast as 100mph when it ran a red light and hit a car driven by 29-year-old Ricky Melendez at the intersection of US 19 and Tampa Road.
The stolen car then flew into the air, hit a billboard and rolled down the road before it burst into flames.
Melendez was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and is expected to be fine, WTSP reported.
The stolen Sebring was not involved in the crash and drove away from the scene.
ampbell and Kaigler, the teens inside the Sebring, eventually abandoned the car and ran on foot.
They were later taken into police custody.
The three deceased teens all have extensive criminal histories, with one who was released from jail as recently as last week.
Gualtieri said the teen in the hospital and the two in custody are expected to be charged, the Bradenton Herald reported.
The Explorer (pictured) was going as fast as 100mph when it hit a car driven by a 29-year-old Ricky Melendez. The stolen car then flew into the air, hit a billboard and rolled down the road before it burst into flames
The crash happened at the intersection of US 19 and Tampa Road (pictured) when the Explorer ran a red light
A deputy had seen the two stolen vehicles before the crash, around 1am Sunday, but was unable to apprehend the drivers. When he approached, they drove away and the deputy did not pursue them