“One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.” – Niccolo Machiavelli
It’s likely true that since the beginning of human civilization, those who govern will use trickery to distract the governed from what really deserves their attention. It is certainly true in modern history, and it is true today.
- The Warren Commission was established in November 1963, and concluded nearly ten months later in September 1964. Almost 60 years later, the public is still unsure who and what was behind the assassination of JFK. But the investigation and subsequent controversy unquestionably served one purpose: to distract the public from the early stages of the war in Vietnam.
- Following the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the undeniable failures of U.S. intelligence to identify and prevent the terrorists from carrying out their assault, the government established the 9/11 Commission to investigate how it happened. It lasted from November 2002 through August 2004 – almost 2 years. Not only did this distract from the opening stages of the war in Iraq, but to some extent it also covered up the shortcomings in the intelligence community. Many of these problems (compartmentalized information jealously kept and not shared, lack of communication, etc.) persist today.
Enter the Trump era. From the beginning, lifelong politicians in Washington distrusted President Donald J. Trump and sought to remove him from power.
- It began with the Russian collusion investigation, a three-year ordeal that only vindicated President Trump and raised questions about the Obama-era CIA, FBI, DIA, NSA, and DOJ.
- Next it was the first Trump impeachment, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Chairman Adam Schiff. If anything was proved during this sham, it was that indeed Joe and Hunter Biden were acting with blatant conflicts of interest in Ukraine. Trump was again vindicated and exonerated, but the public had successfully been distracted and sidetracked from Biden’s scandals while the burden of prosecution was turned on Trump.
Though unsuccessful in their impeachment efforts, the Democrats did manage (through greatly questionable means) to unseat Trump in the 2020 election.
- Following the incident at the Capitol building on January 6, 2021, when some well-meaning Trump supporters and many agent provocateurs of dubious allegiance illegally entered Congress, Pelosi, accompanied by her compatriots in the Senate – Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell – seized the opportunity to try to impeach Trump on his way out the Presidential door.
A distraction’s value is measured in how long it persists and the extent to which it deflects the attention of the marks (in these cases, the American public).
- The second sham impeachment, which ended with the same result as the first, threatened to be prolonged by the calling of witnesses. The procession of witnesses to the non-existent crime could have taken weeks. But the Republicans, in a rare wise moment, threatened to call as their first witness Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi, as well as Schumer in the Senate, was briefed well in advance of January 6th that trouble was brewing. President Trump had offered the protection of the National Guard, but his gestures went ignored. Facing the exposure of their profound hypocrisy, Democrats decided to forego the calling of witnesses.
Now, the Machiavellian leaders in Congress have devised yet another ruse to avert the gaze of Americans from their misdeeds.
- Pelosi has announced the establishment of a 9/11 Commission-like study of the January 6th We’ll call it the “January 6th Commission” for convenience. Unlike the previous two failed impeachments, the commission can be prolonged indefinitely. The RINO Mitch McConnell, a Republican whose wife is linked financially to China, even signaled that Trump, now a private citizen, is “still liable to be tried and punished in the ordinary tribunals of justice.”
This all begs the question of “Why?” For the reader’s consideration, here are some real issues that politicians in Congress on both sides of the aisle likely want to keep out of focus:
- The Biden presidency, an administration led by a senile figurehead compromised by innumerable conflicts of interest, yet supported by the establishment.
- The sham election, so full of inconsistencies and blatant criminality that a significant percentage of the population believes it was stolen (75% of Republicans and nearly 50% of Americans).
- The China threat, COVID, and economy/family destroying lockdowns.
- The militarization of Washington, D.C. The total soldiers on the streets of our capital outnumber those in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. Is there any bigger red flag that we’re living in the world’s biggest banana republic of all time?
With so much fundamentally wrong in our government today, will the public ignore the distractions and concentrate on the real problems? Or will Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Mitch McConnell manage once again, through legerdemain and emotional manipulation, to keep the people frantic, guessing, and divided?
They’re trying to run out the clock. Keep your eyes on the ball.
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