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Virgil: The Deep State Saga Continues — the Battle Between Donald Trump and John McCain

The feud between President Donald Trump and Senator John McCain is heating up. The protagonists on both sides of this fight are intense and determined, and yet if we dig beneath the personalities, we can see an even deeper conflict—an ultimate conflict of visions. And that clash of worldviews, in turn, is full of implications for the behavior of the Deep State in the months and years to come.

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Virgil: The Deep State Bumps Off General Flynn. Who’s the Next Target?

The Deep State has done its dirty work, getting rid of Michael Flynn, the now-former national security adviser to President Trump. And so the MSM, having taken direction—even dictation—from the Deep State, is moving in for the kill. The ultimate target, of course, is Trump himself.

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Virgil: The Washington Post’s Carbon Tax Put-On

What do you call it when The Washington Post, which hates Republicans, seeks to advise them on what to do? That is, when the Post pretends to be offering honest constructive advice to the GOP? As in, do this, and it will be good for you. Maybe we could call it the Post Pretense, or the Post Ponzi, or the Post Prevarication. Or maybe we should just keep it simple and call it the Post Put-On.

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Virgil: The Left Whips Up a Climate of Violence — the Prime Target Is Donald Trump

Is there a media-driven “climate of violence”? You bet there is, and it’s being whipped up by the left and the Main Stream Media, here and around the world. And it has a clear purpose: The ultimate goal is the destruction of the Trump presidency—and, for at least some, seemingly, the goal is the assassination of President Trump himself.

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Virgil: Minutes of the Deep State Executive Committee on the Permanent Campaign Against Trump

Virgil, in his immortal way, has gained possession of a transcript of the most recent meeting of the Deep State Executive Committee. Although he has been unable to verify this document, or to identify the attendees, he believes it to be an accurate portrayal of ongoing Deep State activities against President Trump. Where appropriate, he has added explanatory hyperlinks.

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Virgil: The Real Purpose of the Left’s Permanent Campaign Against Steve Bannon

In the past, Virgil has taken note of various Main Stream Media tricks, such as the false “argument from authority” and the “assertion of a false conflict.” Well, the MSM is at it again. This newest trick can be called, “build him up so as to try to knock him down.” A case in point is the lead editorial in The New York Times on January 31, entitled, “President Bannon?”

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Virgil: The Age of the Lion — Donald Trump Meets Andrew Jackson

It’s too early to know what will become of the Trump presidency, and yet we can already gain some clues as to where its leader is heading. And we can start by looking at the seventh president, Andrew Jackson, who is very much a model for the 45th president.

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Virgil: Donald Trump vs. the Main Stream Media: The President-elect is Beating the Press, But More Combat Is Coming

Most members of the Main Stream Media like to think of themselves as peace-loving. And so, as part of their mellow feelings toward the planet, MSM-ers enjoy shopping at Whole Foods; indeed, many are so refined in their thinking that they are vegans. So of course they support gun control, oppose the death penalty and the Pentagon budget, and pride themselves on voting for pro-“peace” candidates. And yet when it comes right down to it, in their own line of work, they are plenty militant, even warlike. And that goes double if the target is Donald Trump.

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Virgil: Making America Great Again—Or Not: The Establishment Targets Trump’s Top Strategist

Attacks on Stephen K. Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart, slated to become the top strategist in the Trump White House, are nothing new. Just since the election, Mother Jones magazine has called him “worse . . . than a racist,” Joy Behar labeled him “a fascist,” and former Vermont governor Howard Dean insisted, against all evidence, that he is “a Nazi.” You get the idea. Despite the many false labels, Bannon’s actual views can only be described as Trumpian, and he has held them for a long time. So of course the globalists hate him, too.

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Virgil: The Deep State Strikes Back: The Permanent Campaign Against Donald Trump

The complex of bureaucrats, technocrats, and plutocrats that we call the Deep State is seeking to torpedo Trump and his agenda. The last thing the Deep State wants to see is the DC swamp being drained. To them, it’s home! Last week, their permanent campaign against Trump heated up, and the flashpoint was a dubious dossier that had been floating around for months.

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Virgil: Trump’s Nationalist Vision vs. the Gospel of Globalism

It’s possible, perhaps even likely, that under President Trump we will once again become a nation for all Americans—even Middle Americans. We could yet be the “city on a hill” that Ronald Reagan so eloquent described. That is, a true center-right “Team America,” united in its determination to work hard and do well, with US citizens coming first. Of course, not everyone thinks that what happened on Election Day 2016 was a beautiful thing, because they have been living their lives according to a vision much different than Trump’s economic nationalism.

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Virgil: The Real Siberian Candidate and the Deep State

The American politician, a presidential aspirant, was explicit in his secret-but-audacious message to the Russian leadership in Moscow: Help me win the White House, and then, once I’m in the Oval Office, I will return the favor.

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Virgil: The Deep State vs. Donald Trump 

Do the Democrats want Donald Trump to become the 45th president? Of course not. And how about the Democrats’ handmaiden, the Main Stream Media? Do they want Trump in the White House? Of course not. And how ‘bout all the other affluent residents of the Washington “swamp,” which Trump has pledged to drain—do you think any of them want Trump? Of course not. Together, these anti-Trump constituencies help form what has been called the Deep State.

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Virgil: The Challenge Facing Donald Trump and Republicans: Hold That Majority!

In previous articles, we explored the Democrats’ likely trouble in the near term, and also the Democrats’ potential for a comeback in the long term. As the wise say, there are no final victories. Now we’ll consider how Republicans can hold on to their grip on the White House and on to their majorities in Congress.

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Virgil: Ten Takeaways from the Trump Revolution of 2016

I’m thinking strictly positive thoughts about this latest peaceful American revolution, which begs comparison to two other political earthquakes: the Reagan Revolution of 1980, and the Gingrich Revolution of 1994. Here are ten takeaway points from the Trump Revolution of 2016.

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The AT&T-Time Warner Deal: Perspective from the Great Trustbuster, Part III — Theodore Roosevelt Explains Why Size Doesn’t Always Matter

In Part One of our series, we considered the curious partisan political inversion around the proposed AT&T-Time Warner deal, as Donald Trump has come out noisily in opposition, while Hillary Clinton seems quietly supportive. In Part Two, we introduced our guest-expert, the Great Trustbuster himself, Theodore Roosevelt, who explained that the history of the Republican Party’s antitrust policy is more complex than most people realize. Now, in Part Three, we will press Roosevelt for a specific opinion on the AT&T-Time Warner deal, and he will expand on his quantity-vs.-quality theory of regulation.

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The AT&T-Time Warner Deal: Perspective from the Great Trustbuster, Part II — Theodore Roosevelt Spells Out the Two Republican Traditions

Skepticism about big corporations and their doings is not quite so unorthodox for Republicans as you might think. The Republican Party got its start among the farmers, free laborers, and merchants of the Midwest, not on Wall Street. The GOP was the little-guy party, at a time when the Democratic Party—which had its own populist tradition, going back to Andrew Jackson—had been taken over by the Southern plantation slaveowners. But as the 19th century moved along, Main Street Republicanism became one strand of the Grand Old Party. Another strand was Big Business and Wall Street Republicanism.