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Arnold Ahlert / Apr. 15, 2019

America's Trump-Hating Oligarchs

Members of the Ruling Class protect their own against all of us "deplorables."

“Today’s ruling class, from Boston to San Diego, was formed by an educational system that exposed them to the same ideas and gave them remarkably uniform guidance, as well as tastes and habits. … Regardless of what business or profession they are in, their road up included government channels and government money because, as government has grown, its boundary with the rest of American life has become indistinct.” —Angelo Codevilla, 2010

“Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community — they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.” —Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, 2017

Codevilla and Schumer have aptly described America’s Ruling Class and its unelected deep-state enablers/enforcers. In short, American government has become a de facto oligarchy that embraces the most transparent double standard of justice in the history of the nation. Its members are protected by a lapdog media every bit as invested in maintaining this contemptible status quo as are the people they’re supposed to hold accountable.

The most blatant indication of such was the response to the 2008 financial crisis. Quite simply, Wall Street bankers who ran the nation into the ground were rewarded with bailouts by Main Street taxpayers who can’t get a decent return on their savings to this very day. During the eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency, every scandal, from the Benghazi terror attack and Fast and Furious gun-running to the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS and the ransom payments directed to the Iranian mullahs was dismissed by a lapdog media, and ineptly investigated by a Republican-controlled Congress no more interested in rocking the Ruling Class boat than their Democrat colleagues. And all during those years, the same economic “experts” who killed the economy told us we would have to get used to a “new normal” of anemic growth, declining wages and underemployment.

In 2016, the unthinkable happened. “Sure thing” Ruling Class candidate Hillary Clinton got beaten by a brash-mouthed political amateur who, despite his own considerable wealth, represented the antithesis of the Ruling Class mandarins who became utterly unhinged by the unlikely turn of events. That wholly uncharacteristic outburst, coming from the self-anointed champions of “tolerance” and “diversity,” was an eye-opener for millions of Americans long dismissed as deplorables. Deplorables whose “pedestrian” concerns such as getting a decent job, raising a family, and making life better for their children — the chances for which have considerably improved under the Trump administration — were completely antithetical to the Ruling Class’s globalist ambitions. Ambitions that include contempt for American institutions, traditions and the nation-state itself.

Ever since, the Ruling Class has sought to “right” the ship of state, in a sequence of events best described by Victor Davis Hanson. “From the day Trump was elected we were told the election machines were flawed, we were going to sue,” he explains. “And then there was a group, remember we were told about the Electoral College, and we were told we had to overturn the electors. And then we went to the 25th Amendment that Trump was unbalanced. And that didn’t work. And then we went to the emoluments clause, he profited even though his businesses had lost a billion dollars. And then we’ve gone to Mueller.”

For those who believe in the Rule of Law and genuine justice, the Mueller investigation of Russian collusion was a farce. If it weren’t, the reality that Clinton campaign officials also met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislya, and that they and the DNC paid for and received the Steele dossier containing information from “a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure” and “a former top level intelligence officer still active in the Kremlin” would have received as much scrutiny as the Trump campaign’s Russian interactions.

None of that was investigated by Robert Mueller’s team, the one that initially consisted of 16 attorneys, 13 of whom were registered Democrats, and nine of whom contributed $62,000 in donations to the party.

And now, Democrats are infuriated by Attorney General Robert Barr’s assertion that the Trump campaign was spied upon by the Obama administration. Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, insisted it demonstrates “either a lack of understanding or willful ignorance on what goes into a counterintelligence investigation.”

What would Warner and equally hypocritical Democrats like for Americans to forget? That the Obama administration has a track record of spying. They surveilled Fox reporter James Rosen, Associated Press reporters, pro-Israeli U.S. lawmakers … and staff members of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Moreover, former CIA Director John Brennan initially lied about investigating the Senate committee until it became impossible to continue doing do. The same John Brennan who, despite who an extensive track record as a documented liar, now works for NBC and MSNBC. Brennan’s employment, along the hiring of several other equally duplicitous former government officials, makes a completely mockery of the media’s role as government watchdog.

Instead, the mainstream media is little more than a mouthpiece for the Ruling Class and its agenda. Perhaps nothing speaks to this better than the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and the outrage directed at Trump for stating he might send illegal aliens to sanctuary cities.

While Assange is no hero, it is telling that virtually no one in the media has taken Barack Obama to task for commuting the 35-year sentence of Assange’s provider, Bradley-turned-Chelsea Manning. Moreover, very few are questioning the reality that the government is charging) Assange with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion so that the same First Amendment protections that immunized Glenn Greenwald when he published Edward Snowden’s intel, The Intercept when it published intel provided by NSA contractor Reality Winner, or The New York Times when it published the Pentagon Papers provided by Daniel Ellsberg, do not apply.

Robert Mahoney, deputy director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, worries that such an indictment could have “broad legal arguments about journalists soliciting information or interacting with sources that could have chilling consequences for investigative reporting and the publication of information of public interest.”

That may be precisely the point, courtesy of a Ruling Class embarrassed and humiliated by WikiLeaks revelation related to Manning and the exposure of the DNC’s effort to rig their own primaries in favor of Hillary Clinton.

As for Trump’s trial balloon, the outrage demonstrated by a Ruling Class that has conspicuously left the borders wide open — and warned us that any resistance to a wholesale invasion is racist or xenophobic — is the epitome of hypocrisy. Moreover, the plethora of media entities that have used the word “dump” with regard to the process is a great indication of what the Ruling Class and their media handmaidens really think about illegals, especially when its their communities that may finally bear the direct burden of their policies.

“The ruling class’s appetite for deference, power, and perks grows, Codevilla warned in 2010.

Nine years later, the only thing standing in their way is Donald Trump. "He was not supposed to win,” explains Hanson. “With the victory, he interrupted sixteen years of a planned progressive agenda.”

It is an agenda wholly embraced by a globalist elite Ruling Class that continues to seek revenge — by any means necessary.

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