Fusion Magazine, 7 Days - Chapter 37

Potus on the edge of Midnight

 

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Sixteen Hundred Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. It was the American version of 10 Downing Street, the Kremlin and the Vatican all rolled into one. Guarded like no other residence in the world, it was often schizophrenic in its internal makeup, namely the people who occupied its footprint. Either calm or chaos could reign here on any given day. Tonight, in the most important room in the building, calm could lurch to chaos at any moment.

These thoughts ran through Press Secretary Kole Fletcher's nimble mind as he surveyed the confines of the Oval Office. Like reading a baseball manager's lineup card, he scored the persons in the room. National Security Advisor Patricia "Patsy" Foss was short, squat and had thirty years worth of political body armor plated over her thick torso. She neither sweated fools nor left survivors to turn on her. Senator Gordon Becktel, one of the leading players on Capitol Hill, had played the Washington two-step as hard as Foss had, and yet to many he remained inscrutable. If he wasn't a politician, Fletcher thought the man could have ruled high stakes poker in Vegas.

Saving the most important for last, Fletcher's gaze flitted over his boss who sat behind the irreplaceable Resolute Desk behind which virtually every chief executive since Rutherford B. Hayes had sat. President Raymond Warner was nearly sixty, tall, active, still handsome in an immaculately coiffed newscaster sort of way. He was not as incompetent as his opponents painted him as being, nor was the man as intellectually formidable as his supporters insisted he was.

This impromptu meeting had been called to clear the air and digest some distressing news received from the Russians via unofficial channels. Yet each of these people Fletcher felt sure would not be entirely forthcoming as to what they actually knew. And this assessment, Fletcher had to admit, would have to include himself.

His recent interactions with Nick Roberts, his former deputy, and Nick's wife Ashleigh had caused Fletcher to irreversibly throw in his lot with them. It had turned out to be a painful decision. His body still ached from where he'd been Tasered while meeting with them. And the cut and bruise on his face where Nick had belted him with a pistol was still sore. He'd lied to his colleagues and even the president, telling them he'd run into a door while texting on his BlackBerry. It was an explanation that everyone here accepted without question because they had all done the same thing.

If Nick and Ashleigh went down, and right now the odds were not good that they would survive, he would go down with them. It was not a pleasant feeling. In fact, he was finding it a bit hard to breathe as Warner began the meeting.

"My understanding is that Moscow is one step away from arming its nukes and putting all personnel on stand-by to launch status. My inclination, after discussions with Patsy, is to throw my chips in, match their move and put us at DEFCON Three. I know that's a ballsy move and it's not one I take precipitously. I'm prepared to have Kole announce this order to the White House Press Corp shortly, but I wanted a better grip on what the hell is going on before I do."

Before Fletcher or Foss could say anything Becktel moved to the center of the room, his gaze dead on the president. "DEFCON Three I believe is the bare minimum we need to do at this time, Mr. President." Bare minimum?

Everyone in the room stared dumbstruck at the tall senator. DEFCON Three was basically one step below probable nuclear annihilation for millions of people.

"What the hell are you getting at, Gordy?" snapped the president. A vein started to throb at his wrinkled temple and the palms of his hands moistened with sweat. It was at moments like this that the leader of the free world more than earned his annual $400,000 paycheck.

"I believe that the DHS threat level needs to go right to high. In addition, constitutionally mandated continuity of- government protocols need to be reviewed, updated if necessary and put on instant readiness."

Foss said incredulously, "Are you preparing us for Armageddon, Senator?"

Fletcher looked from one to the other. Foss's features were showing what Fletcher was thinking.

The man sure as hell knows something we don't.

The President had evidently sensed this too. "What is it, Gordy?"

Becktel stood up straighter, if such a thing were even possible. "We have received intelligence from overseas that is truly disturbing."

"Overseas intelligence?" said Foss sharply. "You received it and I know nothing about it?"

"I've been doing this a long time, Patsy," Becktel snapped. "I've built up a lot of sources over the years. I can't very well force them not to contact me, now can I?"

"What did these sources say?" the President wanted to know.

Becktel used the edge of the Resolute Desk to support himself. "Iran."

"What about it?" demanded the President.

"My sources have intercepted credible chatter that supports the conclusion that Tehran is plotting an attack against this country either in the Middle East or more likely here on domestic soil."

The President paled and Fletcher swung his gaze first to Foss and then to Becktel. Fletcher could sense the battle of wills that was taking place here.

Foss stepped forward. Where she could not match the senator in height she could in sheer bulk and chutzpah.

"We have heard of no such threat, Mr. President. And to take the steps outlined by the senator based solely on unconfirmed reports would be foolhardy at best."

"They will have to be confirmed, of course," Becktel said perfunctorily, but also with the air of a man who thought such confirmation would quickly be forthcoming. "And I will work with Patsy to do so. But that cannot prevent us from taking prudent actions right now. This is a situation that demands that we are ahead of the curve. If we're behind it...well, I think we all know where that could lead."

A few more snatches of conversation occurred and the president adjourned the hastily called meeting. As Fletcher ushered Foss and Becktel out, he looked back at his boss. The man was reaching for the secure phone that linked him directly to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, his top military advisor.

Sweat broke over Fletcher's brow as he watched the president's finger hit the one button necessary to connect him to the admiral whose chest dripped with medals and who was known as a hawk among hawks at the Pentagon. No sane man would want a nuclear war, but, once given the order, Admiral Wayne Tinsley would be as prepared to launch as any man living.

Fletcher was not a particularly religious man—he hadn't attended Mass in years—but he started praying as soon as he shut the door.

President Warner spoke into the phone, relaying the gist of what Becktel had just told him. "I want a full briefing on this country's military readiness in two hours."

"Yes, sir, Mr. President."

"And Wayne?"

"Yes sir?"

The President paused and then chose his words carefully. "I also want everything you have on the status of Little Big Boy."

 





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Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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