Now Is the Summer of America’s Discontent

As 2020 nears its midpoint, some people believe the year couldn’t get any more insane than it has in this summer of America’s discontent. These people are called optimists and they are mistaken. For there is a method to 2020’s madness.

A grim recap of current events reveals the nature of the problem, and why it will only exacerbate in the coming months.

Stumbling into the new year, House Democrats manufactured an impeachment of President Trump that barreled its way into the Senate. There, the tendentiousness of the Democrats and their media cohorts ultimately imploded under the disingenuous weight of their own baseless allegations.

Then Russiagate—the government’s use of bogus Clinton campaign opposition research bought from a foreigner who collaborated with Russians to produce it—fizzled to an ignominious denouement, due to the fact the FBI, the Department of Justice, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller lacked any basis for their investigations. Of course, the “mainstream” press either ignored this conclusion orredoubled their effort in spreading the corrosive hoax, lest their complicity in peddling the lie be revealed. (News flash, it already was revealed to people paying attention.) 

The mendacious media’s “ignorance-is-bliss” school of journalism served them well, too, when more of Obamagate’s secrets slithered to the fore. There existed no evidentiary basis for the FISA warrants and the unmasking of American citizens opposed to the Obama Administration. Ergo, these Obama-era abuses of power constituted the weaponization of the federal government’s surveillance powers to spy upon that administration’s political opponents. 

More revelations and, perhaps, indictments are pending from U.S. Attorney John H. Durham’s investigation into Obamagate, which is a graver constitutional crisis and a bigger scandal than Watergate.

Then, in the persecution of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, the Department of Justice requested the case be dismissed with prejudice, because of evidence of investigatory and prosecutorial improprieties. Yet, in an astounding breach of the separation of powers, a federal jurist has refused to dismiss the case, seeking to become the case’s judge, jury, and prosecutor—the latter clearly being within the purview of the executive branch’s constitutional prerogatives. 

Of course, the press acts as if this shocking development is routine and happens every day—just like the Obama Administration’s unmaskings.

As If Things Weren’t Bad Enough . . .

Then came the COVID-19 pandemic, its death toll largely driven by blue state governors unconscionably placing infected seniors into long-term care facilities with non-infected seniors. Not content with killing grandma, these governors, their politicized public health “experts,” and the panic-porn pimping media—collectively let’s call them the “pandemic policymakers”—arbitrarily and capriciously issued unilateral emergency orders, locking down and decimating a booming economy and trammeling the constitutional rights of all Americans. 

Of course, for the pandemic policymakers,  “flatten the curve” quickly became locking down Americans until they find a cure (or at least a vaccine). If you disagreed with their Draconian grabs at control, and tried to bury a loved one or peacefully protested the lockdowns, “Karen’s Quaranteam” accused you of being selfish and deserving of shame and sought to hit you with fines and possibly even imprisonment.

That was the situation until the George Floyd protests, which heightened awareness of racism and police brutality in America—and awareness of the fact the pandemic policy experts were wrong, hypocrites, or both. 

Claiming racism was a public health issue that would transcend the COVID-19 virus, which disproportionately affects minorities, the pandemic policymakers granted an exception for attending protests and George Floyd’s various public memorials—but not at your own loved one’s funeral. It remains to be seen if COVID-19 itself has issued an exception for these gatherings; and, if there is no “spike” due to these protests, whether the pandemic policymakers will beg the public’s forgiveness for their gigantic egos and grievous errors.

Yet, this is as likely as the Left admitting Antifa is bad, and that riots involving looting, arson, and violence are wrong. And because the Left cannot admit this criminal behavior has no place in America, they and their comrades in the press are busy justifying it when they aren’t ignoring it. 

It doesn’t even matter to them that the mayhem impacts minorities the most. Instead, America is gaslit with paeans to peaceful protests even as buildings burn behind reporters; autonomous zones are carved out of major metropolitan cities; and “defund the police” is the subject of Orwellian opinion pieces by condescending journalistic jackasses who claim Americans aren’t smart enough to know the phrase means exactly what the radicals tell us it means, namely, “abolish the police.”

What to Look Forward To

Alright, then. Have you surmised from this grim recap the nature of the problem, and why it will only get worse in the coming months?

You are correct. In this summer of America’s discontent, the three-and-a-half-year tantrum of lawlessness, deceit, and hypocrisy of Democrats and their media comrades is building to a crescendo that will peak just prior to the 2020 election. 

Deeming themselves above the law, by hook and crook, these American malcontents will continue to cause chaos and sow discontent, dissention, and division amongst the citizenry. Unable to offer better solutions to America’s problems than more half-baked socialism, they will continue to slander their opponents as racists and/or fascists; and project their sins upon Republicans. For this, they expect to be rewarded with an electoral victory in the fall.

The only remaining question is: Are you going to let them have their way?

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About Thaddeus G. McCotter

An American Greatness contributor, the Hon. Thaddeus G. McCotter (M.C., Ret.) represented Michigan’s 11th Congressional district from 2003 to 2012 and served as Chair of the Republican House Policy Committee. Not a lobbyist, he is a frequent public speaker and moderator for public policy seminars, and a Monday co-host of the "John Batchelor Show" among sundry media appearances.

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