This week, former CIA Director, John Brennan renewed his attack on the patriotism of the President of the United States, Donald Trump. If there is anyone in or out of government who is familiar with a personal lack of patriotism, it’s John Brennan. More on him later.
Trump, whose less than adroit use of language has led his political enemies to question his patriotism, has not acted in a way where those suspicions are reinforced. Quite the contrary. It’s axiomatic that actions speak louder than words, so let’s examine them briefly.
Trump has been ferocious in pursuing the best interests of the United States both domestically and internationally. In doing so, he’s met with some success.
The use of tariffs as leverage to secure better terms in trade agreements, is beginning to bear fruit. Tariffs have also been a useful tool against Chinese misconduct on trade, as well as their duplicitous behavior in North Korean negotiations. Trump’s opening of ANWR to oil and gas exploration, his support of the coal industry, and allowing coastal states to decide on off-shore drilling, promises to make the United States the leading exporter of fossil fuels. This has a multitude of beneficial effects including, but not limited to, keeping energy prices low, helping economic growth. More importantly, however, US energy resources on the world market keeps those prices as low as they can be, which also has the effect of diminishing oil revenues through competition and price to America’s enemies, namely Russia and Iran, leaving them less able to fund mischief.
On the domestic side, Trump has been very vocal on illegal immigration, securing the southern border and aggressive interior enforcement of existing immigration law. All of which enjoys a level of popular support, even among ethnic groups within which there are many illegal aliens. Hispanics, for example, largely favor strict, but fair enforcement of immigration laws.
Evidence is also mounting that Trump’s aggressive hard line on illegal immigration is making it possible for a greater number of people with less education and skills, and who are disproportionately black, to find employment. Recent polling has indicated that support for President Trump among blacks has been surging, with one poll showing support at 29%. While this is still far below a majority, it is nothing short of miraculous given the fact that President Trump as a candidate had just 1% black support. And that was within the margin of error.
All of this threatens to upend the status quo Washington DC power structure. This is not the “military-industrial complex” that President Eisenhower warned about in 1961. It is much more comprehensive, pervasive, and even more dangerous. The Washington power structure includes Congress and the Federal agencies, along with massive corporate interests, but they are not limited to military and defense related industries as Ike saw. Today, they include media giants in broadcast, cable and internet. The power structure includes multinational corporations in every industry. It includes pressure groups on issues like the environment, immigration among others, and where, in many cases, foreign powers have been found to surreptitiously funnel money to lobby Congress and support politicians who will advance policies in the United States less favorable to us, but which yield advantages to our competitors and enemies.
President Trump is not a creature of this status quo. And because he isn’t, he’s not controlled by it. That is not to say, however, that he hasn’t done business with them prior to becoming President. It’s hard to imagine how one could ever achieve billionaire status without interacting with the dominant power structure. Trump is someone who sincerely believes in the ideals of America. After all, he should. He’s been the beneficiary of those ideals and today is its chief advocate.
But since Trump is not controlled by the status quo of the dominant power structure, changes he hopes to make, and for which he was elected by the American people to implement, represent an existential threat to that dominant power structure. Nobody has ever been elected President in the modern era less indebted to the powers that be in Washington. Nobody has been elected President in the modern era, more of a reflection of the popular will of the American people than Donald Trump with all his personal blemishes.
This strikes fear bordering on terror in the status quo of Washington’s entrenched power structure. This is not a new conflict. It’s an ancient conflict cast in modern terms: The Constitutionally elected voice of the people, in the person of the President of the United States versus the faceless, soulless, state and its defenders. Defenders who cloak their true purpose, which is power and control to rule, not govern over the people, using false patriotism as their shield. The latest manifestation of these defenders of entrenched power is one John O. Brennan.
Whether you agree with his policies or not, President Trump has displayed uncommon political courage, fearlessly confronting the opposition domestically and abroad. His style is repellent to many, including some of his supporters. But it is only style, not substance that irritates Americans about President Trump. His positions on policy, that is, the substance of his Presidency, enjoy wide popular support.
In the world of politics, it is understandable and expected that the architects of real change, in this case, Trump, will be met with forceful resistance by the defenders of the status quo. In this case, Brennan. But is Brennan really a defender of the status quo? Or is he actually what he claims Trump is? Namely, a traitor. And a traitor advancing the forces opposed to the popular change Trump represents because it threatens to nullify the power of the administrative police state Brennan favors. A post Constitutional, Soviet version of America, where people live in stark fear of the government, serving it, instead of it serving the people.
It’s been widely reported and publicly admitted by Brennan, that he voted for the Communist Party in 1976. For anyone unfamiliar, Communists are devoted to the overthrow of our constitutional form of government, and the imposition of a Communist dictatorship. Brennan claims his vote was a “youthful indiscretion.” If it was, it wasn’t his only one. In his graduate thesis which earned him an M.A. in government from the University of Texas in Austin, Brennan denied the existence of “absolute human rights” and argued that a government…could censor certain inflammatory speech: Since the press can play such an influential role in determining the perceptions of the masses, I am in favor of some degree of government censorship.
Brennan may also have been responsible for precipitating the attack on the State Department mission in Benghazi. While in his role as National Security Adviser to Obama, reports say that Brennan ordered covert military operations by US Special forces against Islamist terrorists in Libya without the knowledge of the State Department, Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens or even CIA Director, David Petraeus. By keeping those raids secret, the attack on Benghazi, which was in retaliation to the Brennan directed raids, came as a total surprise. Brennan’s secrecy and incompetence is what led directly to the attack on Benghazi and the deaths of four Americans, including our ambassador, Chris Stevens.
In addition, John Brennan also ran a highly compartmentalized program out of the White House in regard to weapons transfers, and Stevens would not have been trusted with that type of information. Stevens likely helped consolidate as many weapons as possible after the war to safeguard them, at which point Brennan exported them overseas to start another conflict.
John Brennan was also responsible for the Orwellian named “Disposition Matrix”. Brennan’s “disposition matrix,” which he personally designed to allow the president of the United States to kill Americans by overriding and ignoring constitutional guarantees provided in that Bill of Rights that he so easily dismissed early on. It was Brennan who not only codified the procedure by which “targeted” killings of Americans could take place, but did so in a way that made it a permanent part of American “foreign policy” for future administrations. The “streamlined” system that now exists requires input from several different federal agencies, providing information on suspects that allows those involved to cull, sift, sort, and winnow out those who don’t meet the shifting standards of potential danger, and then submit the final list to the president for his approval.
From the time he wrote his graduate thesis until his days as Obama’s National Security Adviser, John Brennan has held views on the Constitutional rights of individuals that are antithetical to our founding principles. Rather than a “youthful indiscretion”, his vote for Communist Party Presidential candidate, Gus Hall in 1976 is a closer approximation to his real vision of the United States and the role of the Federal government. The proof of this are in his actions, chronicling serial abuses of power and authority, in his positions as National Security Adviser and CIA Director.
In 2014, an internal investigation by the Central Intelligence Agency’s inspector general found that the CIA “improperly” spied on US Senate staffers when researching the CIA’s dark history of torture, it was hard to conclude anything but the obvious: John Brennan blatantly lied to the American public. Again.
According to another report in Real Clear Investigations, Brennan perjured himself in testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. “Several Capitol Hill sources say Brennan, a fiercely loyal Obama appointee, talked up the dossier to Democratic leaders, as well as the press, during the campaign. They say he also fed allegations about Trump-Russia contacts directly to the FBI, while pressuring the bureau to conduct an investigation of several Trump campaign figures starting in the summer of 2016.”
In his May 2017 testimony before the intelligence panel, Brennan emphatically denied the dossier factored into the intelligence community’s publicly released conclusion last year that Russia meddled in the 2016 election “to help Trump’s chances of victory.” But in February 2018, Chairman Devin Nunes released a declassified memo revealing the extent to which the FBI had relied on the Steele Dossier as part of their investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government actors. Again, Brennan was exposed as lying under oath because he testified that he knew “nothing” about the dossier, months AFTER the date of the declassified memo. Moreover, it flies in the face of Brennan’s behavior in the summer of 2016, when he talked about the dossier to Democratic leaders and the media.
There is simply no blinking at the fact that John Brennan is a liar and a partisan political hack. His actions and words against the duly elected President in office, Donald Trump, proclaim loudly his disloyalty. Not to the President. But to the Presidency as an institution our Constitutional form of government.
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