Jeffrey Lord

Emmy Awards
Emmy Awards

Masks, Celebrities and the Little People

As President Ronald Reagan would say with a shake of the head: “Well, there you go again.”

The “you” in this case are all those liberals incessantly lecturing Americans that they must mask up – but somehow can’t seem to remember to do it themselves. Which is to say, there they go again with more fresh servings of hypocrisy.

Two more incidents have crossed the radar screen, both making it crystal clear the real Marie Antoinette-style “let them eat cake” attitude of the mask lecturers.

The first was the Met Costume Gala, a glitzy annual affair with entry in the neighborhood of $30,000 a pop. Now, famously, lefty Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez showed up in a white, shoulderless evening gown with “Tax the Rich” slashed across her back end. (Made by a designer who, yes indeed, is on the hook for thousands of dollars in back taxes.)

This is exactly why Donald Trump’s base is not going anywhere.

But the photographs of the night revealed more than AOC’s naked shoulders. Like AOC herself, the photos show the other attendees around her – maskless to a person.

Ahhhh, but not so for the help – the staff, security, working reporters and more. As The New York Post’s Kyle Smith noted by publishing a couple of photos of the event, all the plebes – the “little people” at the event – were all masked up.

A handful of days later, clear across the country in that lefty bastion known as Hollywood, the royalty of television gathered to celebrate the Emmys. And what do you know. The exact same phenomenon was observed.

Photo after photo of the glitzy attendees hobnobbing elbow-to-elbow and there was not a mask to be seen.  As The Gateway Pundit correctly noted:

Only ‘Hired Help’ Required to Wear Face Masks at Emmys While Celebrities Hug and Kiss Each Other

Both events follow a string of similar incidents involving prominent liberals. That list includes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Governor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, and Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser – all of whom demanded that people in their charge (House members, Californians, residents of San Francisco and DC) be mandated to wear masks to go about their business. And all of whom were caught wearing no mask when they thought they were off-camera.

What this collectively illustrates is the state of the liberal mindset. They really do think they are above ordinary people and they really do think the rules they make don’t apply to them- and that attitude goes well beyond the mask issue.

Trust me – the message is received by millions of Americans.  This is exactly why Donald Trump’s base is not going anywhere.

Mark A. Milley

General Milley Should Be Fired

Well, this is a serious bit of news.  Here’s the front-page headline in The Washington Post:

Top general was so fearful Trump might spark war that he made secret calls to his Chinese counterpart, new book says

‘Peril,’ by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, reveals that Gen. Mark A. Milley called his Chinese counterpart before the election and after Jan. 6 in a bid to avert armed conflict.

Yes indeed. Bob Woodward is at it again with another explosive book. Titled Peril and scheduled for release on September 21st, The Post story says, in part, this:

“Twice in the final months of the Trump administration, the country’s top military officer was so fearful that the president’s actions might spark a war with China that he moved urgently to avert armed conflict.

In a pair of secret phone calls, Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, assured his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army, that the United States would not strike, according to a new book by Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward and national political reporter Robert Costa.

One call took place on Oct. 30, 2020, four days before the election that unseated President Trump, and the other on Jan. 8, 2021, two days after the Capitol siege carried out by his supporters in a quest to cancel the vote.”

The story also says that the Chinese general was so “rattled” that:

“Believing that China could lash out if it felt at risk from an unpredictable and vengeful American president, Milley took action. The same day, he called the admiral overseeing the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, the military unit responsible for Asia and the Pacific region, and recommended postponing the military exercises, according to the book. The admiral complied.”

And here’s the kicker. Milley, says the paper, “did not relay the conversation to Trump.” It also says Milley “believed the president had suffered a mental decline after the election, the authors write, a view he communicated to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a phone call on Jan. 8. He agreed with her evaluation that Trump was unstable, according to a call transcript obtained by the authors.”

To the obvious – neither Milley or Pelosi are doctors, much less Trump’s doctor.

Stop. Full stop.

Another obvious question? Who elected General Milley? Answer: No one.

Not to put too fine a point on this, but per that document known as the Constitution of the United States, specifically Article II, Section 2, the role of the President is quite specifically defined. It reads:

“The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States…”

Say again, the elected, civilian President of the United States is the Commander in Chief – not a military general. What General Milley has done here in dealing with the Chinese and keeping that fact from President Trump is worthy of the 1960’s thriller and movie Seven Days in May, a fictional story about a military plot to overthrow the elected President Jordan Lyman -led by a fictional Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General James Mattoon Scott – the exact job General Milley holds. The reason is a treaty with the Russians that the General objects to.

The story reaches its climax when the President summons General Scott to the Oval Office to confront the General with what he knows of the looming coup attempt and demand his immediate resignation. The conversation between the President and the General includes lines that are startlingly relevant to what, according to Woodward and Costa, occurred with General Milley’s actions at the end of the Trump administration.

President Lyman: I am prepared to brand you
for what you are, General.
A strutting egoist
with a Napoleonic power complex.
And an out-and-out traitor!
I know you think
I’m a weak sister, General…
…but when it comes to my oath of office
and defending the Constitution…

General Scott: I know how to salute a flag.

President Lyman: You don’t know the democratic processes it represents.

General Scott: Don’t you presume to take on that job,Mr. President……because you’re not qualified.
Your action in the past year
has bordered on criminal negligence.
The treaty with the Russians is a violation
of any concept of security.
You’re not a weak sister, Mr. President.
You’re a criminally weak sister.
If you will talk about your oath of office,
I’m here to tell you face to face:
You violated that oath by stripping
the country’s muscles…
…when you played upon the fear
of the people…
…and told them they could remove
that fear by the stroke of a pen.
Then when this nation rejected you
and began militantly to oppose you…
…you violated that oath by not resigning
and turning the country over…
…to someone who’d represent the people.

President Lyman: And that would be
General James Mattoon Scott, wouldn’t it?
I don’t know whether to laugh
at such megalomania, or simply cry.
…You have a such a fervid, passionate,
evangelical affection for your country.
Why in God’s name don’t you have faith…
…in the system of government
you’re so hell-bent to protect?
You say I’ve duped the people.
I’ve bilked them. I’ve misled them.
I’ve stripped them naked
and made them defenseless.
You accuse me of having lost their faith…
…and deliberately and criminally
shut my ears to the national voice?

General Scott: I do.

President Lyman:  Where the hell have you heard that voice?
In freight elevators?
In dark alleys? In secret places
in the dead of night?
How did that voice seep into a locked room
full of conspirators?
That’s not where you hear the voice
of the people. Not in this republic.
You want to defend
the United States of America?
Then defend it with the tools it supplies
you with, it’s Constitution.
You ask for a mandate, General,
from a ballot box.
You don’t steal it after midnight
when the country has its back turned.

This conversation between the fictional President and the fictional General Scott fits precisely what the real life General Milley was attempting with the real life President Trump. Figuratively locked in a room, conspiring with fellow generals and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi – who has no role in the chain of command that runs the US military, General Milley was playing with the Constitutional fire that is a military coup.

What a disgrace.

Recall that in 1951 President Harry Truman fired General Douglas MacArthur for insubordination. In doing so, Truman said this:

“Full and vigorous debate on matters of national policy is a vital element in the constitutional system of our free democracy. It is fundamental, however, that military commanders must be governed by the policies and directives issued to them in the manner provided by our laws and Constitution.”

Make no mistake. What the Woodward and Costa book reveals is that General Milley was guilty exactly of MacArthur-style insubordination.

He should be fired immediately.

biden neville

President Neville Biden’s Appeasement

Having led America into disaster in Afghanistan, President Biden takes to the television cameras to blame others for the disaster, and pretend that what he has done is somehow a victory.

Not since British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returned from his infamous 1938 meeting in Munich with Nazi dictator Adolph Hitler proclaiming he had achieved “peace for our time” has such a foolish – not to mention dangerous – “agreement” been struck.

Recall that Chamberlain had agreed to sign on to the German annexation of the Sudetenland, the Czechoslovakian home to some three million ethnic Germans. This would, he believed firmly, avert war. A piece of paper was produced that proclaimed Germany and Britain would work through their differences by consultation rather than military force. Hitler signed his name to the paper, as did Chamberlain.

Buckle in. There are dangerous times ahead. Very dangerous.

Returning home in triumph, confident he had averted war, Chamberlain emerged from his plane on September 30, 1938, and held aloft the fluttering paper for cameras. Then he departed for 10 Downing Street, the residence of British prime ministers. Standing in front of his residence, Chamberlain read the text of the agreement to cameras. It read:

“We, the German Führer and Chancellor, and the British Prime Minister have had a further meeting today and are agreed in recognizing that the question of Anglo-German relations is of the first importance for our two countries and for Europe.

We regard the agreement signed last night and the Anglo-German Naval Agreement as symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again. We are resolved that the method of consultation shall be the method adopted to deal with any other questions that may concern our two countries, and we are determined to continue our efforts to remove possible sources of difference, and thus to contribute to assure the peace of Europe.”


With that, Chamberlain concluded by saying this:

“My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honor.

I believe it is peace for our time…
Go home and get a nice quiet sleep.”

Less than one year later, on September 1, 1939, Adolph Hitler invaded Poland. World War II had begun.

Listen now to the Chamberlain-style remarks of President Joe Biden in the wake of the disaster that was the Biden-run exodus of Americans from Afghanistan. They were made from the White House on Sunday, August 31.

“THE PRESIDENT:  Last night in Kabul, the United States ended 20 years of war in Afghanistan — the longest war in American history.

We completed one of the biggest airlifts in history, with more than 120,000 people evacuated to safety.  That number is more than double what most experts thought were possible.  No nation — no nation has ever done anything like it in all of history.  Only the United States had the capacity and the will and the ability to do it, and we did it today.

The extraordinary success of this mission was due to the incredible skill, bravery, and selfless courage of the United States military and our diplomats and intelligence professionals.

….As we close 20 years of war and strife and pain and sacrifice, it’s time to look to the future, not the past — to a future that’s safer, to a future that’s more secure, to a future that honors those who served and all those who gave what President Lincoln called their “last full measure of devotion.”

I give you my word: With all of my heart, I believe this is the right decision, a wise decision, and the best decision for America.

Thank you.  Thank you.  And may God bless you all.  And may God protect our troops.”

In other words, just as Chamberlain returned from Munich trumpeting “peace for our time”, Biden is trumpeting the “extraordinary success of this mission.”

Chamberlain’s meeting with Hitler decidedly did not bring “peace for our time.” And Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan most assuredly was not an “extraordinary success.”

In fact, what Chamberlain and Biden were and are about is exactly the same thing: appeasing a ruthless enemy that has no intention of abiding by agreements and every intention of furthering their own global ambitions of world domination.

One would think a real President of the United States would understand this.

Sad to say, not so.

Buckle in. There are dangerous times ahead. Very dangerous.

Trump Churchill

British Newspaper Highlights Twitter Attacks On My Trump-Churchill Comparison

Well, this is interesting. The other day I wrote an article in The American Spectator comparing Donald Trump to Winston Churchill.

Among other things I said: “No one has been more prescient about what a Biden presidency would mean for America than Donald Trump.”

In his day – the 1930s specifically – Churchill repeatedly warned that Prime Ministers Stanley Baldwin and his successor Neville Chamberlain – both of his own Conservative Party – were dangerously incompetent in first ignoring Germany’s military build-up (Baldwin), and then believing getting Hitler’s signature on a piece of paper promising not to invade Czechoslovakia was going to avert war (Chamberlain.) Suffice to say, both were seriously wrong and Britain and the world paid a serious price known to history as World War II.

Liz Harrington, the spokeswoman for former President Trump was kind enough to tweet out my piece. And then…..

The British paper The Independent UK  headlined this:

Trump’s spokeswoman ridiculed for calling him ‘the new Churchill’ in tweet of magazine article
‘Those two words should not even be in the same sentence’

What followed, predictably, was tweet after tweet that exhibited nothing but blissful ignorance of Churchill, all prompted by the all-too-predictable loathing of Trump haters.

Of course, the tweeters showed absolutely no realization that in the day Winston Churchill, like Donald Trump today, was a figure of immense controversy. He had been tossed out as First Lord of the Admiralty for his role in the Dardanelles disaster, in which the Allies of World War I had sought to take out Turkey. In fact, Churchill’s strategy was spot on – but the execution of the plan by a British admiral was the problem and it turned into a route with tens of thousands of British casualties. Churchill was blamed -wrongly –  and thought his career over.

Over time he began to come back, but now with a permanent reputation as brilliant but erratic, unreliable and more. His stance in opposing India’s independence hurt him even more. Thus when he began, in laser-like fashion, to zero in on the threat from Germany and Adolph Hitler he was completely ignored. Even when it became crystal clear that his sharp criticism of Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler was correct, there were still members of his Conservative party who opposed his becoming prime minister. They were the British version of the “RINO’s” (Republicans In Name Only) that Trump regularly attacks.

What all of these tweeters miss is that it is precisely that willingness to “never give up” (as Churchill put it) that made Churchill a great leader. Nobody has understood the massive problems that a Biden presidency would produce better than Donald Trump. Nobody. Biden has as predicted turned out to be the Neville Chamberlain of our day- and Trump spotted this early on and has repeatedly, in Churchillian style, said so.

Again, here is Donald Trump in Alabama the other night.

“I warned the entire country of the disastrous consequences of a Biden presidency. I understood; a lot of you understood it. I said Joe Biden would eliminate America’s borders in the middle of a pandemic. He did.

I predicted that he would unleash a wave of violent crime that would turn our cities into a nightmare of killing and bloodshed.

Biden failed totally on the pandemic, and he’s now overseeing the greatest foreign policy humiliation in the history of the United States of America. This is the greatest humiliation I’ve ever seen.

Biden’s botched exit in Afghanistan is the most astonishing display of gross incompetence by a nation’s leader — perhaps at any time that anybody’s ever seen.

Joe Biden was going on vacation as Afghanistan was going to hell. This is what you get when you have weakness in the White House. You can’t have weakness in the White House.

They have to respect your president. When I was president, we only had strength . . . Now they’re taking advantage of us. And remember this: This isn’t stopping, this is going to go on for a long time. This isn’t going away.”

Bingo.

And now Trump has released this devastating ad, Surrenderer in Chief:

The Biden presidency, precisely as Trump predicted, is turning out to be a rolling disaster – just as Winston Churchill predicted of Neville Chamberlain.

And I’ll say again what I said in my original piece.

“By July of 1939, a poster in the Strand in London asked, “What Price Churchill?”

It takes no imagination to predict that as one Biden disaster after another swamps America and the world, the call will similarly go up across America in 2024:

“What Price Trump?”

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Sen. Scott: Remove Biden

It was inevitable.  As one Biden disaster follows another – from Afghanistan to the COVID-swarmed southern border to rising inflation – the mental competence of President Joe Biden is now a front and center concern in both Washington and with American allies. In the middle of all the chaos, the President vanishes for long stretches to Camp David or home to Delaware, not to be seen or heard from.

Headlines like this one from the liberal Newsweek magazine are growing:

Impeach Joe Biden Calls Grow After Taliban Seize Power In Afghanistan

Ronny Jackson, the former Obama and Trump White House physician, now a Republican Congressman from Texas, believes Biden is mentally unfit for office, saying the President is suffering from “cognitive decline.”

Florida Republican Senator Rick Scott is among those who have had enough, tweeting this:

For those not familiar with its history, the 25th Amendment came about after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Vice President Lyndon Johnson ascended to the presidency. The problem? The next in line was Speaker of the House John McCormack. At 72, McCormack looked visibly frail, but if anything happened to the new President Johnson – who had already suffered a massive heart attack a few years earlier – McCormack would have gotten the job. Additionally, other presidents had been incapacitated for months on end. President James Garfield had been incapacitated by an assassin’s bullet, finally dying two months later. Only then did Vice President Chester Alan Arthur take over. And in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson suffered a severe stroke. His wife secretly ran the country.

Congress finally moved after JFK’s death, passing the 25th amendment. Among other things it provided for a president to appoint a vice president if the office had been made vacant when a VP succeeded a deceased or resigned president, as had happened with Johnson. It also enabled a president to appoint a new vice president if the incumbent vice president resigned. This would later happen when Vice President Spiro Agnew was indicted and then resigned, enabling President Richard Nixon to appoint then-Congressman Gerald Ford as vice president. The 25th was used again when Nixon himself resigned, making Ford president. Ford then appointed former New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller as the new vice president.

But relevant right this moment is Section 4 of the then-new amendment that says this:

“Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”

This is exactly what Senator Scott is calling for. This would mean Vice President Kamala Harris and a majority of the Cabinet would need to formally notify Congress that Joe Biden “is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office” – in which case, Harris as vice president would become president.

It is crystal clear – even to America’s allies – that Joe Biden is not mentally competent to perform the duties of his office. Everything he has touched has turned into a disaster.

Clearly, as Senator Scott and a growing number of others have come to believe, for the safety of the United States – and the world – Joe Biden must be removed from the White House.

Pronto.

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