The Enslavement of Fear

Armstrong Economics Blog/Revolution Re-Posted Jan 20, 2021 by Martin Armstrong

QUESTION: I just can’t understand why the military armed forces and secret intelligence services all agree with the Marxist left.  Why?


ANSWER: Make no mistake about it. The left seeks to enslave everyone out of fear. The mass of the military, military establishment, and the intelligence services want war. They do not want peace. After the collapse of Communism, they did not like that. Their budgets were reduced and it inspired a feeling of not being needed. Then they needed to create a new enemy and that became terrorism. They had no nuclear arms and their ranks were the size of perhaps an enrollment in a university. But they needed to be pumped up into a global threat. They fully knew of the plan for 9/11. The first crew even drew the Twin Towers on the walls of their cell with planes going into them, advertising they would be victorious.

Among the rank and file, I get a lot of emails. According to soldiers sending in emails, they put it as pro-Trump being 70% and concede that the military will probably spit in a civil war. But the “military” does not include the National Guard. They are who Pelosi disrespected by calling them “weekend warriors” on a phone call to the Pentagon asking for Marines. Her attitude is similar to any dictator who seeks to retain power. They always expect the military to kill their own people. Just look at Venezuela.

However, you must also look deeper. I have written before about the Nika Revolt which is an incredibly important event that leaders are well aware of.  The troops inside Constantinople would not kill their own people and the emperor was about to flee the city. His wife told him to order in a legion that was not Greek and were encamped outside the city. He did. They came in and massacred 40,000 people.

Perhaps you are too young to remember the “Kent State Massacre” where the Ohio National Guard killed four unarmed and wounded nine other students on May 4, 1970.  Then 10 days later, on May 14, two students were killed (and 12 wounded) by police at Jackson State University in Mississippi. This was all about the protests over the Vietnam War. President Nixon established the President’s Commission on Campus Unrest. It concluded that the killings were unjustified. It was found that even if the guardsmen faced danger, it was not a danger that called for lethal force. The report declared that 61 shots fired by 28 guardsmen certainly cannot be justified. Apparently, no order to fire was given. They just panicked. It was held back then that the Kent State tragedy must mark the last time that, as a matter of course, loaded rifles are issued to guardsmen confronting student demonstrators. That probably will not be the case this week.

The Gallup Poll at the time was interesting for the view was 58% of the people blamed the students. Just like the Capitol Siege, they looked at all the photographs, and 24 students were indicted with the May 4 demonstration or with the one at the ROTC building fire three days before. Five cases, all related to the burning of the ROTC building, went to trial. One non-student defendant was convicted, two other non-students pleaded guilty, and one was acquitted. All other charges were dismissed. As for the National Guard, five guardsmen were indicted and claimed to have fired in self-defense which was accepted.

It was during the Russian Revolution where the government expected the military to fire on the people. Yeltsin stood on the tank and begged them not to kill their own people. The troops stood down and the government fell. We too will reach such a point. However, if you look at the actions of Pelosi and the rhetoric coming out of CNN that anyone who voted for Trump is a Nazi or a member of KKK, there is no intention of the Biden Administration to be inclusive. This is a leftist purge, and make no mistake about it, they will NEVER tolerate opposition. It is the very nature of all Marxists — they need total control to force their ideals upon the world.

Pelosi is the Greatest Embarrassment to the Country in Modern History

Armstrong Economics Blog/Opinion Re-Posted Jan 20, 2021 by Martin Armstrong

QUESTION: Would you agree to meet with Pelosi if it was arranged?


REPLY: No. It would be pointless. She is perhaps the vilest politician in history. She beats even Hillary, hands down. Her actions are always self-serving, and she would NEVER do anything to actually help the country. She is a complete disgrace to the nation and will be regarded with hindsight by history as a real traitor who sought to overthrow the Constitution for political gain. I don’t think I could bring myself to even bump elbows with her. California should be embarrassed. How Pelosi has staged everything just to win an election with no regard for the people or our future as a nation is just unforgivable.

Mitch McConnell Blames President Trump, Says Mob “Was Provoked By The President”

Posted originally on The Conservative tree House on January 19, 2021 by Sundance

If there has been one politician on these pages we have WARNED ABOUT over the years it is Senator Mitch McConnell.  The Senate Majority Leader is the most conniving, cunning and Machiavellian member of the republican party.

With his positions solidifying CTH warnings for well over a decade, his actions over the past several weeks now highlight the dark background of his politics.  Today, McConnell took the final stab at the people’s president as Donald Trump prepares to depart the White House.  The bloom is off the ruse:

The institution of the modern UniParty senate chamber requires a voter to understand the shell game.  The pea is never where you think it is.  The Democrats and Republicans are two wings of the same vulture.

Defenders of the Decepticon schemes rely on our inability to understand a hidden agenda; a secret agenda… However, with more eyes now open this outline will start to make sense.

First, McConnell doesn’t care about holding a majority position in the Senate. Whether he is a majority leader or a minority leader doesn’t matter to McConnell. In fact McConnell’s political skill-set does better in the minority than the majority.

The preferred political position for Mitch McConnell is where he has between 45 and 49 republican Senators, and the Democrats hold the Majority with around 55. Of course with Senator Harry Reid’s retirement, this would now imply Majority leader Chuck Schumer holding office.

Why does McConnell prefer the minority position?

The answer is where you have had to actually follow Mitch McConnell closely to see how he works. When the Majority has around 52 to 55 seats, they need McConnell to give them 8 to 9 votes to overcome the three-fifths (60 vote) threshold for their legislative needs. It is in the process of trade and payment for those 8 to 9 votes where McConnell makes more money, and holds more power, than as a sitting Majority Leader.

The 60 vote threshold, and McConnell’s incredible skillset in the minority, is where he shines. Each of the needed votes to achieve sixty is worth buckets of indulgence to the minority leader and those on K-Street who need the Senate to support their legislative constructs.  The votes to get to sixty are worth a lot of money.

This institutional dynamic is the currency of affluence and influence in the Senate; this is why Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell never changed the Senate rules for legislative passage.  This is why the filibuster was retained and why the 60 vote threshold was always beneficial to both parties.  The color of the flag atop the spire matters not.

Except for budget passage (reconciliation); and McConnell being forced by intransigence in the era of Trump resistance to change the judicial vote threshold to 51; McConnell would never consider changing the legislative threshold (60 votes) to a simple majority (51 votes) because it would be removing his favored position.

A simple majority vote is adverse to the institutional interests.  That is why McConnell retained it during his reign as majority leader; as did Harry Reid before him.

The process of selling votes to the 60-vote threshold in the Senate is where the UniParty operates; and where the status of maximum financial benefit for the minority exists.

As a majority leader with 52 GOP senators, McConnell needed to purchase eight or nine votes for each legislative priority.

Mitch McConnell doesn’t like being the purchaser, he prefers being the vote seller where his skill-set as a broker really shines.

McConnell is much better at extracting terms for his vote sales, than being the purchaser for the votes of an intransigent minority wing. This is why the current Senate doesn’t pass many bills.

With Democrats in the majority, and McConnell as minority leader, we will see much more legislation pass because Chuck Schumer is a more well financed buyer (K-Street) and McConnell is a much better seller.  Whenever we have this republican minority dynamic it always leaves people confused because few really watch what McConnell is doing.

McConnell takes his favorite 18 controlled GOP senators (Decepticons) and he brokers their votes on an ‘as needed’ basis.  The eight to ten senators he selects each time get compensated in the process.  McConnell rotates the financial beneficiaries on a bill-by-bill basis.  As a consequence each of the 18 or so McConnell senators get quite wealthy over time, and McConnell gains additional power and influence.

McConnell decides who takes committee positions, those committee positions are worth money to K-Street purchasers of legislation.  That’s one aspect to his power.

McConnell also hand-selects which senators will provide the votes to the majority to reach the 60 vote threshold.  He uses a formula of favoritism, loyalty and studies the election cycles to determine who in his tribe will sell their votes and gain.  That is the second aspect to his power.

If any of the republican Senators attempt to disrupt this UniParty business model McConnell excommunicates them from the legislative process; the best reference for the ‘excommunicado’ approach is former U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC).

Additional references for how McConnell operates this scheme as the Minority Leader can be found in the Corker-Cardin amendment which allowed the Iran nuclear deal/payments under Obama; and/or the “fast track” Trade Promotion Authority deal for TPP passage, again for President Obama’s maximum benefit.

In these two examples McConnell worked with Harry Reid to flip the vote threshold from two-thirds (super-majority) need to approve, to two-thirds (super-majority)  needed to deny.  They flipped the dynamic in order to give Obama the tools he needed for the Iran deal and the Trans-Pacific-Partnership trade agreement (TPP).

[SIDEBAR – Within TPP Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was again working on the priorities of U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue.   McConnell and Donohue have been working together on UniParty trade and domestic legislative issues for around twenty years. It is well established that Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has one major career alliance that has been unbroken and unchanged for well over two decades. That alliance is with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and specifically with CoC President Tom Donohue.

CoC President Tom Donohue represents Wall Street interests and supports: all multinational trade deals, open-border immigration policies, amnesty legislative constructs, and all of the issues that have generally irked common-sense GOP voters for the same period of time. [SEE HERE and SEE HERE]. Tom Donohue is the biggest lobbyist spender in DC every year, by a mile.

To remind ourselves how Minority and Majority Senator McConnell took down the threat of the Tea Party revisit these old articles CNN Part I and CNN Part II  both showcase how McConnell works.   Then do some research on how McConnell worked with Haley Barbour in Mississippi [SEE HERE] – END SIDEBAR].

Hopefully, now you can see how the business model within the senate is lucrative from a financial standpoint.  Selling votes from the minority position is worth a lot of money.  Additionally, the power dynamic is essentially even within this process.  The majority holds political and financial power…  and the minority holds enough political power to keep the majority in check (as well as mutually beneficial financial power).

For those who understand the dynamic the next obvious point is: what happens when Schumer takes the majority, eliminates the filibuster and takes legislative passage to a simple majority (51-votes)?  This is, after all, what the far-left has promised to do.

From McConnell’s position if the Democrats are the party that changes the precedent for Senate legislative passage, he feels it will provide him ammunition to retake control in the 2022 mid-term; and he wouldn’t be the historic figure to have changed the rules.

McConnell counts on the GOPe machinery (RNC), the purchased and allied Wall Street media, and his K-street backers to assist him in getting back in power.  The righteous donation requests from the political and financial class are always enhanced by the extremes and outrage.  If Schumer kills the filibuster and takes the senate to a simple majority McConnell will weaponize the maneuver against his “friend across the aisle”.

That’s the way the Machiavellian processes work…. they GOPe do not care what your opinion is about it.

Nikki Haley 2024 is Mitch McConnell’s Agenda

Trump’s Sleeve

Re-Posted from JAN 18, 2021 AT 9:40 AM


In the waning hours of Trump’s presidency we are hearing a lot about scenarios in which patriots are still in charge. Supposedly the military has been shown proof of foreign interference in the presidential election. They will arrest the conspirators and allow Trump to rightfully continue his presidency into a second term. Naturally I have my doubts. I consider it all so much hopium. It looks like nobody is coming to save us. We must save ourselves. We must deal with reality and it will harsh.

The election was stolen by globalists who want socialism. They know it’s a good system of control. Combined with open borders, lockdowns, and the undoing of everything Trump accomplished for the economy, we’ll see more small businesses destroyed. The globalists want us all dependent on big government. We will be forced to obey it if we want to receive assistance. Who controls that government? The mega billionaires at the top of the pyramid, of course. They want it all. All the money. All the land. All the power. We will become their serfs and forced into obeisance by means of high tech whips and chains.

Can Trump prevent this dystopian future planned by criminals who stole away his landslide victory? Does he have anything left up his sleeve? Will anyone stop this Bolshevik coup? Can anyone stop it? We will soon find out. If nothing happens and Biden and Kamala are allowed to seal their ill-gotten victory, we will know that Q was nothing more than an elaborate psy-op to keep Trump supporters hopeful in the face of repeated disappointment. Many social media personalities will be proved wrong and lose credibility.


Over the decades the globalists made sure all of our institutions were assimilated. Public education teaches it. Big Government funds it. Our security agencies and courts enforce it. The lying media amplifies it. The Swamp should have been drained long ago. It was not drained under Trump and now it will drain us of our liberties. Or what’s left of them.

— Ben Garrison


Trump’s biggest accomplishment? Waking America up to the corruption of the Deep State Swamp, pulling the mask off the spineless Republicans and exposing the Democrat’s America Last policies. The American people are awake, in fact, the people of the world are awake. We have woken up and we realize we have been used, duped and turned into citizen cattle.  I feel that we won’t stand for that any longer.

Conspiracies Used to Hide the Truth?

Armstrong Economics Blog/Opinion Re-Posted Jan 19, 2021 by Martin Armstrong

COMMENT: You are the first thing I read every morning. I like the fact that you avoid the conspiracy scenarios how Trump was going to send in troops and arrest everyone claiming this is not a drill. You are a voice of reason in the middle of this storm of chaos.

Thank you for Socrates.


REPLY:  We do not need conspiracy theories when we have AOC. Here is her Instagram post saying that the First Amendment needs to be repealed. She says that “disinformation” and “misinformation” has to be prevented — hence why BigTech loves her. They have censored COVID doctors who disagreed, Trump, and various Republicans. You can bet anyone who disagrees with the agenda of the New Green Deal will be censored for “misinformation” because only she is correct.

It is obvious that the world must end in seven years because that is now what the clock in New York City has declared. Clearly, that is the only truth!

All the nonsense that Trump secretly signed the Insurrection Act and was going to even arrest the VP was possibly started by people who really believed that. Creating fake news is part of the playbook for psychological warfare. They deliberately create wild stories to HIDE the real truth. Just look at this “siege” of Capitol Hill. It was staged and has been used to paint anyone who voted for Trump as crazy. You have the Capitol police opening the doors, men who were obviously on a strategic mission to take laptops, perhaps for future use as blackmail, dressed in hoodies and masks so they could not be identified.

If I were Trump, I would pardon everyone that was there unless if they were not affiliated with the LEFT and they committed a direct act that harmed anyone and strips all persons of immunity in the process. People taking selfies should not be sent to prison for 10 years when this was obviously an act that people in government were involved in and may have even encouraged.

I disagree with Trump! We are not a nation of laws. We are a nation of SELECT PROSECUTION. Never has a banker gone to prison after any of the major scandals. The banks pay multi-million-dollar fines that they could never get from an individual. They can prosecute every person in the country. Even if you think you have never violated any law, you did, and ignorance is not an excuse. I saw Muslims prosecuted during 9/11 on money laundering claims because they paid off one credit card with another. I saw a Vietnam vet prosecuted as a felon in possession of a weapon/ammunition because he had an empty shell from the war he drilled a hole in and wore as a necklace. Judges rarely defend the people. They are typically just rubber stamps of prosecutors.

Have Our Politicians Set in Motion The Decline in the USA?

Armstrong Economics Blog/Police State Re-Posted Jan 19, 2021 by Martin Armstrong

Violent crimes are up 120% in the first 10 days in NYC for 2021 compared to 2020. While a portion of this has been inspired by the Democrats initially supporting the Defund Police before the election, most of the crime has risen simply because of the destruction in jobs thanks to lockdowns. The NYPD even announced that the “first eleven months of 2020 surged to levels unseen in years.” Gun arrests last November were up 112%. In fact, more than 70% of serious crimes in NYC go unsolved providing a greater incentive to engage in what’s your’s is mine mentality.

What our illustrious politicians fail to understand is that the middle-class and higher have a greater probability to be able to work remotely compared to the lower classes which rely on the physical presence as their means of income. The lockdowns have had a disproportionate impact upon the poor making them even poorer. Hence, the rise in violent crimes historically ALWAYS correlated to the economic decline as does eventually the rise in civil unrest and eventually war. People get bored. They will not be able to just sit home and watch TV because you hand them $600 checks now and then.

To defeat Trump, they allowed the Black Live Matter Movement to turn violent with fringe elements and ANTIFA to expand with impunity. They thought they would dethrone Trump and then go back to normal. They have unleashed nothing by violence and civil unrest which will continue to escalate into 2022.

The Future & What is Really Going On

Armstrong Economics Blog/Economics Re-Posted Jan 18, 2021 by Martin Armstrong

QUESTION: This civil war you talk about. Is it Republican v Democrat? Is this because your precious Trump lost?


ANSWER: Look, this is the computer forecast and you can go back years and see that this forecast was made before Trump ever ran for office. Make no mistake about it, that this is a confusing time and NOT all Democrats signed up for the events that are unfolding for they also have been kept in the dark. I have been stressing that this was NEVER an election about Trump v Biden. People who think I am some blind supporter of Trump will only realize what I have been warning about when it is too late. There is no solution to this coup other than the military. I do urge people to just stay home for the next two days. Do not join any protest in the capital or elsewhere. Pelosi has called in 25,000 National Guard for a reason.

Pelosi wanted Marines for the 20th but the Military was not going to put troops on American streets. She was trying to usurp Trump as Commander and Chief. She was not happy with the 25,000 National Guardsman for they might not kill people. She selected 2,000 and swore them in as US Marshals to be able to kill when ordered. This is insane! Then look at Germany, for if you break quarantine, you are sent to an internment camp. This is getting really nuts and you think this is Trump v Biden? That is the distraction –  the old keep your eye on the shell game to guess where the ball is now. Not even the majority of Democrats are aware of the real international game afoot.

This is an international coup. This is the DELIBERATE destruction of the world economy and you better get your head out of the sand. There is no return to normal. The hospitality industry has been destroyed and the auto industry is starting to shut down for with lockdowns extended into next June, who needs cars? Tourism is gone as is normal commuting by car. If you never saw Europe, you may never have that opportunity from here on out. Destroying these businesses is an intentional plot for the Great Reset and it is a very well organized intended take over of the world economy. I have been coordinating with brave people around the world.

There have been plenty of people who have applied for the job of tyrannical leader of the world throughout history. None have ever survived and now we have never come as dangerously close to changing everything about society as we do right now. They think they can speed-up this Fourth Industrial Revolution to shape it the way they desire. If you cannot see what they are doing, then perhaps you deserve to be turned into a worker-ant.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


I have stated many times, the Constitution is NEGATIVE and it is supposed to be a constraint upon government. The First Amendment begins by saying “Congress shall make no law” rather than saying you have a right to religion or to speak freely. It is not a document that created human rights – that was something created by God who they also do not believe in. By the time you wake up, there will be a new normal and there will be nothing left to return to or to leave to your children. I feel sorry for you that you think this is merely Trump v Biden.

I have been in the midst of all this nonsense. I was even invited to Klaus Schwab’s private debut of his movie in New York. I DO NOT WRITE about conspiracy theories. I try very hard to stay away from theories that lack definitive facts. How many other people can say they even shook the hand of Klaus Schwab?

I receive death threats regularly from the LEFT but never from the RIGHT even when they say I am wrong and Trump signed the insurrection act and will arrest VP Pence when I said no way. The LEFT cannot sleep at night because their vision requires total world suppression to work. They neither believe in God nor in human rights or liberty, freedom, and justice for all. I have looked the devil square in the eye. I understand his very nature. So the threats no longer bother me. To me, death is preferable to the world they are trying to create reducing us to economic slaves – their version of the Matrix.

I have studied history and it repeats BECAUSE human nature never changes. I have warned that the collapse of our system is inevitable because they cannot borrow indefinitely with no intention of paying back. Once they took interest rates NEGATIVE in 2014, the end was set in motion. They destroyed the bond markets and the very foundation of the capitalistic system whereby people saved, lent their savings for a return, thereby furthering economic growth. I offered a solution and met with many around the world trying to prevent what is unfolding today. Socrates said I would fail, yet I tried anyway. Our demise is unfolding now and governments have moved from Socialism to Authoritarianism in a last-ditch effort to retain power. There is no solution possible without first feeling the pain necessary to change the trend.

I suggest you make some popcorn and watch this video. It was very well done by some brave people fighting for our liberty of the future.

Don’t forget. Socrates forecast I could not prevent this from unfolding so I tried anyway. But Socrates also forecasts they too will fail. They will not succeed in dominating the world and the Fourth Industrial Revolution cannot be orchestrated from some central power like communism.

The Danger of Political Civil Unrest This Week

Armstrong Economics Blog/Civil Unrest Re-Posted Jan 18, 2021 by Martin Armstrong

The Kent University State Massacre took place on May 4th, 1970. It was the killing of four students and the wounding of nine others who were all unarmed students by the Ohio National Guard. I certainly hope there is no violence this week. The National Guard after Kent State was never again to appear with loaded weapons. Here on the 20th, it appears that Pelosi preferred marines rather than unarmed “weekend warriors” as she views the National Guard. To placate her demands, the National Guard this week will be armed.

The rise of Antifa really took shape starting with the Berkeley riots in 2017. The Antifa handbook was published in 2017.  As the cycle turned, political protests have erupted around the world. There is basically no place that has been immune. My deep concern is that we have reached the culmination of this cycle here in 2021 and the arming of the National Guard is indicative of the start of a new cycle and this appears to be one of increased violence that will lead to revolutions in many parts of the world. All we can do is pray that they do not attempt a siege in Washington this week. It will not end well and can easily be another Kent State Massacre with total repression nationwide thereafter.

This photo has been used to paint Trump Supporters as crazy barbarians. I remarked that it appeared to be staged. Indeed, this is showing that they were not Trump supporters. There was the Democratically appointed Judge’s son from Brooklyn dressed up as a caveman and his buddy carrying a Confederate Flag. This appears to be done for theater but they are the ones being put out there as the Trump supporters. This has been choreographed for political purposes.

Pelosi and AOC are doing their best to profit from this event. AOC said, without description, she had a close encounter where she thought she was going to die. Well, she also thinks we will all die from climate change in 7 years. Let us hope there is no violent siege this week because Pelosi has ensured here “weekend warriors” have loaded weapons that were banned after the Kent State Massacre. There is nothing more she would rejoice than being able to order another massacre and use that as Hitler did to impose total suppression nationwide. Biden has already vowed to end the NRA. They will use violence this week as an excuse to go after guns. The NRA is already declaring bankruptcy but moving its headquarters from New York to Texas.

OPINION & Impeachment

Armstrong Economics Blog/Politics Re-Posted Jan 18, 2021 by Martin Armstrong

QUESTION: What is your opinion of Trump? Was he right or wrong? Should he be impeached or not?


ANSWER: My opinion does not matter. The politics will decide the direction of the markets and we have to look at the impact on capital flows objectively. That is why the forecasts from Socrates are far better than mine personally.  All we can do is look objectively at the facts. If we are looking at the legal standard of inciting violence, he is not guilty when you apply the test of the landmark judgment, the U.S. Supreme Court case Brandenburg v. Ohio, 395 U.S. 444 (1969). That is the case that set the legal standard in question. It overturned the conviction of Brandenburg who was a KKK member. It was held that speech that supports law-breaking or violence, in general, is protected by the First Amendment unless it directly encourages people to take unlawful action immediately. Trump never said to attack the Capitol. The impeachment is really a stretch and is obviously for political objectives for it would not meet that standard in a court of law.

That said, was Trump “right” in telling his followers to march to the Capitol? I would have to say that was reckless and it allowed this entire incident to be blamed on him. He thought if they were standing outside the Capitol that would support the people to object.

I said before, once the Supreme Court refused the Texas case, I did not see how Trump would prevail. I know there were all sorts of conspiracy theories about how Pence could simply overturn the election by himself. I disagreed with that and I did not see how Pence, a former Congressman, would dare to take such a position. Therefore, I do not see where Trump’s call to march on the Capitol would have been effective even if they did not storm into the building. That is my “opinion” which does not really carry any more weight than anyone else.

Turning to Impeachment, it is a political process and it is limited to removing someone from office. There is a serious question that would probably warrant a Supreme Court decision if they attempt to hold a trial in the Senate. Once Trump leaves office, he is a private citizen who cannot be put on trial in the Senate. Perhaps the only precedent we can look at to avoid partisan opinions is the case of Senator William Blount who was an original Founder representing North Carolina at the 1787 convention.

By 1797, Blount acquired land west of the Mississippi on credit and was in significant debt. Blount became involved in a plan for Native Americans and frontiersmen to attack parts of present-day Missouri and Louisiana, which would ultimately then be transferred to Great Britain. A letter incriminating Blount fell into the hands of Secretary of State Timothy Pickering and it was sent to Congress resulting in Blount becoming the first federal government official subject to the impeachment process.

The Constitution’s Article II, Section 4 reads that “the President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” The Constitution assigns the consideration of charges to the House of Representatives, with the Senate conducting a trial if the House approves impeachment articles against a civil officer. Then on July 8th, 1787, the Senate voted to expel Blount from its membership which it has the power to do under Article I, Section 5, the Expulsion Clause,

Under Impeachment, the Senate faced two questions: First, was a senator considered a “civil officer” under the impeachment clause, and second, if he was, could a civil officer out of office face trial and conviction in the Senate?

Blount’s lawyer argued a senator was not a “civil officer” subject to impeachment, unlike the President and other officials. That seemed to be not really a compelling argument. His lawyer argued the second question if he was a civil officer, then could he escape impeachment through resignation? That also did not seem to fly and those suggesting that if Trump resigned he could escape impeachment may not be on solid ground. In theory, you could steal $1 billion and resign and not be subject to impeachment. Yet impeachment is not criminal and it is limited to removal from office – not imprisonment. However, his lawyer then argued that since the Senate had already expelled him, he was no longer a “civil officer” and thus could not be impeached by the Senate.

In the end, the Senate voted 14 to 11 on January 11th, 1799, to dismiss a motion that “William Blount was a civil officer of the United States within the meaning of the Constitution.” It then passed another resolution by a vote of 14–11: “The court is of opinion that the matter alleged in the plea of the defendant is sufficient in law to show that this court ought not to hold jurisdiction of the said impeachment, and that the said impeachment is dismissed.

Given the fact that the Democrats have a majority of only 50.4% and Trump is more of a symbol of the anti-establishment movement rather than some movement he founded, an impeachment would only make him more of a martyr to his followers and would further divide the country. My concern is that impeaching Trump will only lead to an appeal to the Supreme Court and then the plain language would make it seem that Trump would win. He would no longer be President and since the Impeachment process is political rather than criminal, then it becomes debatable whether or not you can impeach someone who is no longer in office which was effectively the result of the Blount affair.

That all said, the Democrats and elite Republicans do not want Trump to run again in 2024. What may happen instead, is that Trump’s daughter runs and she would have a greater following if they tried to impeach Trump and rule he can never again hold office which would require a second vote. A lot of people just hate Trump and that would attach to any of his children. But unless we see some non-politician rise to the surface, we may enter a very crazy period. Most of the leading Democrats are in their 80s. They too may not be around for 2024. But history suggests that they often turn to the offspring/family – just look at Trudeau in Canada, Teddy & Franklin Roosevelt, Bobby, and Jack Kennedy, etc.

Washington Post Pushes Extreme Fear Porn Claiming Super Secret FBI Report of Mass QAnon Hordes Planning to Invade Washington DC

Posted originally on The Conservative tree house on January 18, 2021 by Sundance

They have to come up with some ridiculous reason to justify their 25,000 military troops in Washington DC to install JoeBama, but the Qanon invasion is just, well, a little silly.

According to the Washington Post, the FBI has shared super-secret, non-specific, possible-threat assessments to include militant Qanon supporters posing as National Guard during the inauguration of JoeBama.  Abject silliness has now turned to the structurally absurd.   Of course the evidence is anonymous and denied in the middle of the article… but still, pushed by WaPo.

[Washington Post] – The FBI privately warned law enforcement agencies Monday that far-right extremists have discussed posing as National Guard members in Washington and others have reviewed maps of vulnerable spots in the city — signs of potential efforts to disrupt Wednesday’s inauguration, according to an intelligence report obtained by The Washington Post.

The document, a summary of threats that the FBI identified in a Monday intelligence briefing, warned that both “lone wolves” and adherents of the QAnon extremist ideology.

[…] The FBI on Monday declined to characterize the credibility or gravity of the threats it outlined for law enforcement in advance of the inauguration.

The agency instead pointed to remarks FBI Director Christopher A. Wray made last week, when he said the agents were monitoring a “extensive amount of concerning online chatter” and noted the challenge of “trying to distinguish what’s aspirational versus what’s intentional.”  (read more)

Masked midgets running amok would be more believable than Qanon adherents planning a domestic invasion of Washington DC…. but, whatevs.