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By John Ruberry

Monday is the first anniversary of the fall of Kabul, the second-most ignominious event America endured in my lifetime, only the fall of Saigon was worse.

A month prior the more recent debacle, Joe Biden had this to say, “There’s going to be no circumstance where you’re going to see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy of the United States from Afghanistan. It is not at all comparable.” That did happen–and of course the two black eyes for America are quite comparable.

Biden did what he, well, sort of, does best. He blamed Donald Trump for the Taliban victory. True, Biden inherited the agreement engineered by Trump–not a treaty, but an agreement–for the United States military to depart Afghanistan last year. And Biden didn’t even hold to Trump’s agreement, he postponed the withdrawal of US troops from May 1 to the ominous date of September 11. Because of the rout of the Afghan government forces by the Taliban, we were gone in late August–but after the tragic murder by terrorists of 13 members our military. 

What a mess. 

Who was fired after Afghanistan fell? Not the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Milley (a Trump appointee), not secretary of State Anthony Blinken, not secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. 

No one.

A humiliation.

Milley, in a closed door meeting shortly before Russia invaded Ukraine, testified that Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, could fall within three days after hostilities broke out

Yes, he’s really a general.

As the Taliban mopped up in Afghanistan, Biden assured Americans that al Qaeda was gone from there. But a few weeks ago the leader of the terror group, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was living in Kabul. That is, until an American drone strike killed him.

Last year there was a supply-chain crisis. What member of the Biden cabinet should have been answerable for that? Pete Buttigieg, the secretary of Transportation, who we learned–only after the media came looking for him–was on paternity leave as the supply-chain crisis unfolded

To be fair, Biden’s Treasury secretary, Janet Yellen, recently admitted she was wrong when she said last year that inflation was “transitory.” But like Buttigieg, she’s still on the job. 

Alejandro Mayorkas, the Homeland Secretary, claims our southern border is secure. (Insert the Kevin Bacon Animal House “all is well” meme here.) Mayorkas is a DC swamp critter that Biden seemingly found by looking for him under rocks. Yeah, I know, Mayorkas is simply following Biden’s far-left policy of open borders. And Jennifer Granholm, leading the Department of Energy, is kowtowing to the anti-energy zealotry of the extreme left. They are still on the job too.

Trump was a great steward of the American economy and he didn’t involve America in any new wars. And as a businessman he knew sometimes people have fired, his most prominent dismissals were his secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, and James Comey, the director of the FBI. Sadly, Trump botched the appointment of Comey’s replacement by naming Christopher Wray to that post.

Last month in this space I wrote that Biden’s attorney, general, Merrick Garland, was America’s worst AG since Harry M. Daugherty, a prominent member of Warren G. Harding’s corrupt “Ohio Gang.” I was wrong. After last week’s unprecedented raid on the home of a former president, Garland, the progenitor of our politicized two-tiered justice system, is worse. 

Then again, “Moderate Merrick,” like Mayorkas and Granholm, is another clerk just taking orders. 

Biden, a failed president who is clearly suffering from cognitive decline, can turn things around, a little bit, with one big firing.

Himself.

His vice president, Kamala Harris, could be a slightly better president. Biden dramatically lowered the standard.

Perhaps Harris can write some pink slips.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Back when John McCain was running for President, I just couldn’t get myself to support him. He was weak on all the issues I cared about, and I had never been impressed with his career as a Senator. I certainly wasn’t going to vote for Obama, so that year I voted Libertarian. I even got to meet the Libertarian candidate, Bob Barr, at a political event, and we had a solid 5 minute discussion about Navy issues, his background and what he wanted to do as President.

Obviously, John McCain got stomped in the election. When Donald Trump ran for office, I thought about voting Libertarian again, but the candidate was…disappointing. Between the jokes about being a “Big Johnson” and not being either candidate, there really wasn’t much of a platform on issues. So ultimately I voted Trump, thinking he was the least worst of everyone.

Thankfully, Trump ended up being a pretty awesome Republican. Trump also revealed the super ugly side of the Far Left. One after effect is that it seems everything became political, and it was “my way or the highway.” The ability to thread a needle and balance delicate issues is becoming increasingly difficult, and that is destroying the “live and let live” attitude that underscores much of Libertarian views.

A good example is the transgender bathroom issue. There are plenty of women that don’t want to see male genitalia in a bathroom. That’s a pretty reasonable request. Heck, I don’t want to see other men’s genitalia in a locker room. The dudes that walk around butt naked (if you’ve been in a locker room for any length of time you know who I’m talking about), I only ever think, “Did ya forget your towel?”

At the same time, would you want to see a person that looks very much like a girl in a male locker room? I know I would find that weird. Most people probably think its odd that someone can simply claim to be transgender and walk right into a female restroom, and worse still engage in despicable behavior that shouldn’t be tolerated regardless of gender. Most people have also probably seen at least a few transgender individuals that would pass in the gender that they want to be.

A Libertarian would probably be ok with states having different rules as we find a way that helps people navigate this issue. I would suspect that over time, states would settle on rules that allow transgender individuals that have officially switched there birth certificates over to use locker rooms, while creating more avenues to punish bad behavior in the bathroom. Most states would likely only change a birth certificate after a transgender surgery, which would likely make the issue of being exposed to genitalia go away. We would likely wind up with a system where transgender people fade into the background and aren’t really an issue.

I’m not saying its the right answer, but its an answer that might work for a majority of Americans.

That could work, but it won’t happen. The Far Left has planted a flag that says “You’ll get male genitals in a female restroom and you’ll like it!” Rather than accepting any limits, they want no limits. Not surprisingly, the immediate response is to craft bathroom laws and other ruling that pushes back with equal force.

Thus, you get forced to take a side, and Libertarians too often sit on the sidelines on this and other issues. You don’t get to be neutral anymore when one side is extreme and won’t stop. That’s not going to garner votes, and it’s not going to solve these problems. That’s why I’m glad Trump took over the Republican party, rather than starting another Bull Moose party, which would have resulted in a solid Democrat President for years to come.

Until we stop politicizing every aspect of life, we’re not going to be able to find reasonable solutions to complex problems.

This post represents the views of the author and not those of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or any other government agency.

Like most of us who aren’t radical leftists, I am outraged by the shameful and outrageous raid by the FBI under the Biden regime on President Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago.  Like the vast majority of my Conservative and Libertarian friends, I immediately took to social media to vent my extreme displeasure at that contemptible display of government corruption and overreach.

I have never seen such an instantaneous outpouring of rage.  Most of what I saw was extremely helpful when viewed through the perspective of trying to win converts among the great many moderates and fence sitters. Too much of what I saw, however, was not helpful at all.  No matter how despicable the actions of the Biden regime are, calls for revolution and violence are counterproductive in the extreme.

This eloquent and powerful Tweet by Ben Carson is a perfect example ot a social media post the will win the battle of ideas.

This Tweet by Rand Paul works because it effectively illustrates the corruption and double standards of the Biden regime.

A measured amount of emotion and mockery can also create an effective political weapon.

I found this article from The Federalist to be extremely thought provoking and informative.   

In 2016, Donald Trump’s election doomed Merrick Garland’s shot at a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land. Four years later, Garland oversaw a raid on the former president’s personal home.

The Department of Justice refused to confirm that Attorney General Garland had personally signed off on Monday’s raid on Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Palm Beach home, but it seems impossible that such an outrageous move could be made without approval from the top. Since Garland hasn’t fired every agent involved and proclaimed their disgrace from the rooftops, it’s safe to assume the raid had Garland’s blessing — in which case, it was one of the most glaring acts of political revenge in recent memory. How can anyone be expected to believe Garland is acting as a neutral arbiter of justice here?

So many on social media are trying to puzzle out the real motives behind this unsettling raid.  I was until I came across this article, Russia Hoaxer Spills the Beans, Reveals What the FBI Raid Is Really All About (townhall.com)

Marc Elias, architect of the Russia collusion hoax — who hired Fusion GPS to produce the fake dossier about President Trump, which led to illegal FISA warrants against Trump campaign officials and a lengthy Special Counsel investigation — and noted attempter of election rigging, claimed that the “media is missing the really, really big reason why the raid today is a potential blockbuster in American politics.” And then he spilled the beans on what was really the motivation behind the raid:

Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States. As used in this subsection, the term “office” does not include the office held by any person as a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the United States.

The constitutionally challenged Biden regime does not grasp the fact that a law cannot override Article II of the Constitution, which alone sets the requirements for president.

A very high percentage of the moderates and fence sitters have become uneasy about the corruption and overreach they have witnessed ever since Joe Biden was installed in the White House.  Sharing articles such as this will win converts, Criminalizing Opposition To The Regime Is How The Republic Ends (thefederalist.com)

An indictment of former President Donald Trump would be a breathtakingly authoritarian turn. It would amount to the U.S. security state refusing to accept “no” from America’s voters yet again. An indictment would be an unelected and unaccountable federal agency overruling voters’ two-time rejection of impeachment through their elected representatives.

This is the core danger of the administrative state: Its now open propensity to go rogue. It is apparently hellbent now on turning the United States into a banana republic.

By Christopher Harper

Like many other seniors, I am bombarded daily by ads, emails, and letters from the American Association of Retired Persons.

AARP is not only a nuisance but also a dangerous, left-leaning organization that concerns itself more with its power than its members.

AARP members should cancel their memberships and, more important, seek other providers for Medicare Advantage and Medigap coverage  

About half of those aged 50 years and older in the United States—or 38.5 million people—belong to AARP. That makes the organization one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the country. In comparison, the National Rifle Association has a mere 4.5 million members.

In a cogent analysis, Kimberly Strassel of The Wall Street Journal provided a pertinent example of AARP’s duplicity: its support for the Schumer-Manchin bill, known officially as The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.

“The group’s particular focus is the provision that would allow the federal government to ‘negotiate’ Medicare drug prices and cap annual increases to inflation—though it is more than happy to also swallow the legislation’s tax hikes and climate spending,” Strassel wrote recently. 

A University of Chicago study found that such a plan would reduce research dollars by $663 billion over the next 17 years, resulting in 135 fewer drugs. The study estimates a loss of 331 million years of life or more than 30 times the toll from COVID.

“Most devastated would be the people AARP claims to represent. Nearly 90% of adults 65 and older take at least one prescription medication—more than half report taking four or more. The AARP’s price controls would mean horrific hits to research in cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, you name it,” Strassel wrote.

The act also provides $64 billion to extend ObamaCare insurance subsidies. That’s a massive chump of change for insurers, including UnitedHealth Group, a company that paid $1 billion in royalty payments to AARP in 2020 alone. 

But there’s more:

–AARP argues that climate change, which gets billions from the law, has been largely responsible for a rise in infectious diseases throughout the world. 
–AARP supports widespread mail-in voting without a requirement for IDs, a significant means through which Joe Biden got elected.
–AARP supports the continuation of masks, social distancing, and contact tracing.
–AARP supports gay marriage.

If these reasons aren’t enough to cancel your AARP membership, consider the consumer complaints. 

Sitejabber.com, which provides overall reviews for various products and services, gives a huge thumbs down to AARP.

“AARP has a consumer rating of 2.17 stars [out of five] from 200 reviews, indicating that most customers are generally dissatisfied with their purchases. Consumers complaining about AARP most frequently mention car insurance, customer service, and junk mail problems,'” the website advises. See https://www.sitejabber.com/reviews/aarp.org for some of the other issues. 

From just about any way you look at AARP, the organization doesn’t do much except to strive for more power rather than to help seniors! 

That’s just my nickel, which I plan to spend on my membership for the Association of Mature American Citizens, or AMAC, which does a lot more for seniors than AARP and has a political agenda far more in keeping with my outlook. For more information, see http://www.amac.us.