WASHINGTON. Many of us celebrated Independence Day this week by watching fireworks or by shooting off our own displays. (Legal or otherwise.) But as June rolled into July, President Donald Trump and the Supremes set off some pretty impressive political fireworks of their own. Significant end-of-term rulings cut the bench-legislating antics of “activist” socialist judges while considerably trimming the sails of rapacious government employee unions as well.
Not only did the Gorsuch-fortified Supreme Court hand the President a major victory his battle against the stall-ball tactics of capricious, leftist and wilfully ideological lower court judges who illegally thwarted his fully constitutional executive orders prohibiting immigration from certain countries.
Winning with the Supremes
The Supremes also re-installed the free speech rights for California pro-life organizations. And finally – FINALLY – the Supremes ruled that public employee unions like AFSCME (a party in the decided case) and NEA could no longer force anything resembling union dues from public employees who don’t want to be in the union. The court’s leftist, revisionist appointees vigorously dissented, of course. But thankfully, they remain the minority.
(Meanwhile, a hat tip to Wisconsin governor Scott Walker for proving that this long overdue change could actually happen.)
In an unrelated lower court case, the presiding judge ruled in favor of the President by throwing out at least one nuisance suit against him by Democrat operatives alleging – you guessed it – another incident of Trump and Trump campaign “Russian collusion.” This was just the latest attempt in the Democrats’ perpetual effort to cripple the administration of an opposing party.
Meanwhile, even the anti-diversity left was indulging in an increasingly frenzied form of political self-destruction. From driving administration figures out of restaurants to threatening administration figures’ kids with sexual abuse and maiming, the psycho left put on its finest Freddy Krueger costumes, proving day after day that America no longer needs to listen to their nonsense or tolerate their bigotry.
An unfortunate administration exit
The only downside to this triumphal Trumpian July: Thursday’s resignation of Scott Pruitt, the President’s otherwise heroic EPA chief. The left mounted an organized smear campaign against Pruitt from Day One of his tenure. It’s more than likely that elements of the Obama-embedded Deep State aided and abetted this effort. They likely colluded with the nongovernmental Green Mafia. These individuals and organizations largely wrote many of the crippling Obama-era rules Pruitt threw out: a well-known fact.
Pruitt didn’t help matters. He foolishly overspendt on easily attacked and unnecessary perks. These minor but easy-to-propagandize incidents made him an easy target for leftists already out for blood. We’ve often said that Republicans need to lead the lives of saints in order to avoid the left-wing hyenas that lurk in every corridor of The Swamp, ready to pounce and kill all non-believers in socialism.
Red Hen or Chicken Little? Political fireworks in Lexington, Virginia
In recent weeks, hard leftists (who’ve now entirely taken over the Democrat Party, BTW) did their best to make fools out of themselves over the past 10 days or so. Locally, the signature event in this virtue-signaling leftist onslaught was the crassly self-righteous display of virtue-signaling put on by the owner and staff of the semi-trendy Red Hen restaurant. Oddly enough, that eatery is located in the largely pro-Trump rural Virginia town of Lexington.
Almost no sentient being in America could avoid the splashy headlines as the restaurant owner polled her apparently knee-jerk leftist staffers about what they should do about the odious presence of Trump press secretary Sarah Sanders at one of their tables. The verdict: Throw Sanders and her family out, despite their already having placed their orders.
Out the Sanders-Huckabee party went, demonstrating considerable grace under fire. Sanders and her husband decided to call it a night and head for their B&B. The rest of the family headed for a nearby restaurant so they could get something to eat. But lo and behold! The Red Hen owner and (apparently) some of her staff followed the party to the next restaurant and harassed them again.
The Red Hen set off some unintended political fireworks, however. The backlash against these intolerant clowns is now underway. After having closed the Red Hen for two weeks in the vain hope of cooling off the firestorm they’d started, the Red Hen opened for limited business on July 5 to the sight and sound of pro-Trump, pro-democracy pickets outside. (Pickets had visited during the two-week shutdown, too, as did an armada of pro-Trump bikers.) Good business move, Red Hen. Let’s see how long they can remain open now.
Red Hen-style outrage was duplicated at least two more times in recent days. Both DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and now unfortunately-departed EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt were also ruthlessly hounded as they attempted to have a quiet meal at a pair of D.C. restaurants. Nielsen was effectively forced to leave the Mexican restaurant where she was attempting to dine. The owner was present to applaud the demonstrators who drove her out. My guess: he invited them to come. But from the news media on this possibility: crickets.
Conform to Commie crappola or we’ll torment you and kill your kids
Meanwhile, even more left wing political fireworks. Trump supporters were hassled and brutalized in incidents that spanned the country, aided and abetted by the Democrat’s official dufus. California’s delusional U.S. Representative Maxine Waters who urged anyone who’d listen to torment mercilessly anyone who even dared to mention the word “Trump.” (See CNN video below.) Typically, the media defended her and attacked Trump.
Elsewhere, a young Texas kid was thumped by a hulking thug who threw a soft drink at his face and stole his MAGA hat inside a local Whataburger. The thug was promptly fired from his own restaurant job by its owner, which he richly deserved. The kid and his family should prosecute this clown. No word on whether the kid has gotten his hat back. (See AP video below. Caution: Mild violence, vulgar language.)
Regarding these discriminatory and, at times, violent attacks, are Trump supporters cowed? No. Have Trump poll numbers plummeted? No. In fact, they’ve risen to record levels by most measures.
In addition to the boomerang effect caused by this latest wave of #Resistance-engineered violent and discriminatory behavior, it seems that a significant number of lifelong Democrats have made a tough decision. They are openly, publicly and defiantly abandoning the Democrat party that abaondoned them en masse.
Their exit vehicle: The hashtag #WalkAway. Which is precisely what this growing body of fed up voters is doing with their previous Democrat Party affiliation.
How many Democrats are choosing to #WalkAway?
This growing exodus from the Democrats reminds me of what longtime Democrat and union head Ronald Reagan once remarked as he joined the Republican Party. “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. The Party left me.” (Not an exact quote, but close enough.)
While the impressive exit numbers being posted by the current #WalkAway movement are encouraging, these self-exiled ex-Democrats are not necessarily pro-Trump, pro-conservative or pro-Republican. But they are clearly fed up with what used to be their friend-of-the-working-class political party. And they’re not going to take it anymore. Ergo, they’re up for grabs in mid-term Elections 2018. Which is only more good news for President Trump.
More and more winning for President Trump
But the icing on the triumphant Trump cake was the asinine stunt that hit the airwaves on Independence Day. An anti-everything New York recidivist scaled the Statue of Liberty and wouldn’t get down. As a result, police shut the monument down and tried to talk this agitator down before she accidentally took a fatal swan dive.
The NYPD finally arrested her and carted away. But not before she ruined the holiday for the flock of visitors who tried to visit Lady Liberty’s monument.
Apparently, only the New York Post was willing to give us key bits of information on this latest anti-Trump, anti-U.S. Marxist stunt. (Italics by this writer.)
“Cops say Therese Patricia Okoumou — a 44-year-old immigrant from the Democratic Republic of the Congo — was the person responsible for the Fourth of July protest.”
Is the Statue of Liberty hijacker an illegal alien? Nobody seems interested
“In 2011, Okoumou made headlines after she was hit with an astounding 60 violations for illegally posting ads for her services as a personal trainer.
“The Department of Sanitation slapped her with $4,500 in fines that year after she spent five hours one Sunday posting the fliers on Manhattan utility poles.”
Game, set and match. The only thing missing in the Post’s report: Is Ms. Okoumou an illegal alien, and not an “immigrant”? It’s hard to tell. She’s apparently been enjoying the country she continues to trash since approximately 2005 or earlier. With a record like hers, perhaps she needs to go back to the “Democratic” Republic of the Congo where she’s sure to experience far less oppression. Can’t we find a news organization with an actual budget to track down her immigration status?
How do you get more Trump?
In the course of the last two weeks, the fake news networks reliably tamped down Trump’s Supreme Court wins or reported them as outrages. They chose instead to help the Democrats by supporting their asinine goal of preventing a successful replacement of Justice Kennedy with another genuine conservative.
A successful Trump appointment of another conservative justice would likely end the roughly 50+ year abuse of the Court by liberal Dems. They’ve stacked many U.S. appellate courts and have tried to stack the supreme court with socialists. The goal: for the Supremes to judicially legislate the left’s largely Marxist agenda, sparing Democrat Congresspeople of that responsibility at election time. (“Who, me?”)
Neither the Democrats, nor their brain-dead acolytes and promoters in the MSM will accept that result. Hence, the latest wave of anti-Everything demonstrations.
As Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds often says, “That’s the way you get more Trump.” The latest encouraging poll numbers for Donald Trump underscore the point. Beyond a reasonable doubt.
* Headline cartoon by Branco. Reproduced with permission and by arrangement with Legal Insurrection.