The trial of the 45th President begins tomorrow and the Trump legal team has put out a spirited, sometimes fiery, but well-reasoned defense. One matter that they vigorously push back on is the House’s assertion that a government official, in this case the President, is not afforded the same First Amendment protections of ordinary citizens. I call this the Goldfinger Exception after the famous scene in the classic Bond film. And just like in that film, a Mr. Bond saves the day! The House Managers say:
“Most fundamentally, the First Amendment protects private citizens from the government; it does not protect government officials from accountability for their own abuses in office…Regardless, even if the First Amendment were applicable here, private citizens and government officials stand on very different footing when it comes to being held responsible for their statements.”
This is a breathtaking assertion. It is also directly contradicted by Supreme Court precedent, which the defense brilliantly points out. Indeed, Trump’s lawyers note that the House doesn’t even bother to quote court opinions — they instead rely on blog posts to back this mangling of our most cherished freedom. One of the relevant cases is Bond v. Floyd, which involved the GA state legislature voting to prohibit the seating of Julian Bond because he spoke out against the war in Vietnam. Bond sued in federal court, and won. As the Trump legal team explains:
“When the state argued ‘that even though such a citizen [Bond, elected to GA’s House] might be protected by his First Amendment rights, the State may nonetheless apply a stricter standard to its legislators[,]’ the Supreme Court responded tersely, ‘We do not agree[,]'”
And citing the landmark New York Times v. Sullivan case, Justice Brennan (of all people) went on to conclude:
“The manifest function of the First Amendment in a representative government requires that legislators be given the widest latitude toexpress their views on issues of policy. The central commitment of the First Amendment…is that ‘debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open.’”
So there we have it. Bond, Julian Bond, shows us just how the House’s assertions are “malarkey.”
Not liking sports teams and/or athletes because they “win too much” is a lib mentality.
Yes I said it Tom Brady haters, it’s a lib mentality disliking number one. Envy under the guise of fairness is the first step into left wing politics. Left-wingers tend to be raging with envy and drowning in statistical discrepancies, driving them mad (starting to sound familiar?). The fresh-out-of-college, historically disadvantaged minority activists, crazy people – this coalition of voters and activists (the true believers) hate anyone who stand out and displays greatness. A steady diet of rights and victimhood will do that to a person, after all.
Standing out from the crowd is and always will be replete with risk. Competency and aspiration are now more risky than ever as “cancellation” becomes the modern day guillotine. Genuflect for your ‘privilege’ and partake in a modern Maoist struggle session.
Greatness should inspire and serve you, not take anything away from what you have or don’t have. Without those striving upward toward greatness, we are left with mediocrity as the standard bearer. We are left with morbidly obese Calvin Klein models on billboards in Times Square. We are left with ugliness. Do not begrudge those who achieve great things in the modern era, the stakes are far too high right now. It is more important than ever to stand out and be great.
Greatness is uplifting, endlessly fascinating, beautiful, and everything the left hates. If the idea of Tom Brady reaching the level of greatness that comes once every hundred years in sports bothers you because “it’s someone else’s turn”, you are displaying the lib mentality that is corrosive to our shared reality.
Right-wing sports fans… drop the lib mentality.
Declaring comedy to be dead is not exactly for me to say. However, what I can declare is that establishment comedy (ie Hollywood blockbusters and Late Night programming has been dead for years).
Every now and then an SNL skit will crawl its way onto my news feed. Every now and then I risk wasting my time by seeing what the current cast is up to and every time I find myself questioning what I just watched and what went so horribly wrong. The skits that are passed around usually come packaged with a “Spot on” or “Omg yessss“. As we know the true sign of a knee-slapper can be summed up by declaratives akin to “this is a reference that I know and THAT is what makes it funny because it is true”.
To lend an olive branch – there is plenty of “funny” still going on in places like Youtube (for now) and in underground comedy circuits. A lot of the folks that would have you falling off your chair are banned from the internet (but we aren’t allowed to admit that). However, I believe the Late Night and Hollywood dry spell we seem to be living through is in direct correlation to the amount of EASY and GENUINELY funny opportunities and observations that are passed up in the name of not offending the “wrong” people. (HINT HINT: It’s political. HINT HINT: It’s democrats).
Laughter, it seems, is now passé and gauche. How else would you still keep your zombie audience feeling good about themselves and continue to grind out hot garbage. This and using the show to promote the latest “celebrity” who danced the right dance have robbed the audiences of the kind of unbridled laughter that “The Californians” or Norm Macdonald’s irreverence brought.
A self-satisfied “Yesss” or “So true” has replaced the belly laugh and the kind of squirm-in-your-chair experience of an uncomfortable truth being said in just the right way and at just the right moment.
So if you wish to partake in this whacky phenomena we are living through follow these steps…
- Get a glass of red wine
- Declare things as funny and/or spot-on on social media. Do this between sips and texting your biffys, because let’s face it – no one watching Late Night comedy is giving it their full attention.
Let’s all unite in hoping Tom Brady loses.
- Mike Lindell
- Lou Dobbs
Not liking any or all of these members of your own ideological “big-tent” is now a personality-type and brand that we’ve all come to know and love… First of all let me be first in line to tell you how stunning (and brave) it is and just how thankful we are to you for your principled moralizing – it was the one thing that was truly lacking on our own side, so again – Thank you.
By this point in Trump’s Presidency Michael Flynn was being investigated for Russian ties to spark up a 3 year investigation. The federal government was activated against its own boss (The Leader of the Free World) by direction of the Media and DC Establishment through feigned outrage and a constant shouting of “OUR NORMS”. Flash forward to today, right wingers are debating **checks notes** just HOW MUCH they disagree with a would-be unknown Republican Georgia Congresswoman. Way to keep your eye on the ball conservatives!
We are still neck-deep in a pandemic, Biden has yet to deliver on his promises to give the American people relief, Time Magazine revealed there was a massive coordinated effort which included all major institutions in America to “fortify” the election and republicans are dunking on **checks notes** Mike Lindell (the pillow commercial guy) and Lou Dobbs for being “crazy”. Gee it’s fun being a conservative.
“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”
-Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals
The amount of perspective you would have to lack in order to waste your time opining on MTG, in any capacity, is frankly mind-blowing. Instead of holding the Biden Administration accountable for not providing the American People with relief (something he ran on), we have spent an entire week denouncing an unknown Georgia Congresswoman for statements she made on facebook. Do we have to re-read Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals people? Talk about a Master Class by the Media/DC Establishment.