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The Dumbing Down of the US Perfectly Illustrated in the Ukraine ‘Investigation’

This is what happens when we stop teaching civics and government classes in high school. People start believing that politics is government and that appearances and personal opinion circumvent the rule of law and the US Constitution. This is a direct result of the Progressive Movement having captured the education system and the mainstream media complex.

The Associated Press published a piece on October 12th, titled, “Former Ukraine envoy testifies Trump pushed to oust her”. In the article it states:

“…former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told House impeachment investigators Friday that Trump himself pressured the State Department to oust her from her post and get her out of the country.”

Just the day before the AP published no less than three articles under three different titles covering the exact same content:

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You will please note that they are all different URL links to separate stories. To say that the AP – and this is just one of the usual suspects in the mainstream media complex – is pushing this story would be a grotesque understatement.

That propaganda initiative aside, this brings me to the larger point to be made in this article. Everyone in the Executive Branch – with the complication of agency, bureau, and departmental Inspector Generals – serves at the pleasure of the President of the United States. This is especially true of US Ambassadors.

Merriam-Webster explains that the phrase means, literally:

“…used to say that something is done or can be done because someone wants it to be done; i.e. ‘I serve at the pleasure of the president, and I will continue to serve as long as the president wants me to.’”

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To wit – and with regard to these incredibly misleading AP stories, the President doesn’t need to “pressure” anyone to have a sitting US Ambassador removed from the post. He simply needs to express his desire for the removal to take place. The President doesn’t even need to provide a reason.

The same Progressive charlatans that are trying to make the electorate believe that politics is government; that the political wrangling we are served up each and every day on talk radio and the alphabet news programs is actually the execution of government, want us to believe that the removed US Ambassador had a “right” to her position above that of existing at the pleasure of the President of the United States. This notion is demonstrably false, yet it is being advanced on the American public without definition, examination, or discussion.

The American citizenry has “enlightened” itself into the perfect storm without even realizing it following the old adage about the frog in the pot of boiling water. Progressives have increased their ideological manipulation of the American people so incrementally that we have willingly abdicated our knowledge of how our government works, what its responsibilities are, what its boundaries are, and – literally – its purpose.

Today, as our education system and mainstream media complex openly manipulate reality and the facts of the matter, We the People are vulnerable because of what Donald Rumsfeld used to call the “unknown-unknowns”. We don’t know what we don’t know…and that’s a terrifying state in which to exist.

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About Frank Salvato

Frank Salvato is a partner at TRR Consulting Group, LLC, a reputation management and organizational strategies group. He serves as managing editor of The New Media Journal. His writing has been recognized by the US House International Relations Committee and the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention. His analysis has been published by The American Enterprise Institute, The Washington Times, and Accuracy in Media, and is syndicated nationally. Mr. Salvato has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on FOX News Channel and is the author of six books examining internal and external threats facing our country. He can be heard twice weekly on “The Captain’s America: Third Watch” radio program syndicated nationally on the Salem Broadcasting Network and is a host on The Underground Podcast Network.

3 comments

  1. Jan Brown, you said it beautifully. We waited and waited hoping someone else would fix things and now it’ll be that much more difficult to get back to doing things right. Starts at home. Don’t let the government take your kids so they can teach them the government’s way of doing things. Our government has failed to do anything but help themselves.

  2. It may already be too late. The Progressive/Marxist/Socialist/Democrat/Leftists are attempting to destroy the American sense of Nationality and Civility based on enforcing Law in order to gain power over those who do not agree with thier elitest and narcissistic view of the nation and the world. They have already infiltrated and taken control of our educational process and the media, and have begin to take political control in some areas of the country. Their goal is power, not the betterment of the country at large…only of themselves. President Obama provided cover and approval for disrespect of the Police and, by extension, Law. He lied smoothly to promote a Healthcare law that never has and could not provide what was promised. Hillary approved the sale of American Uranium to the Russians, even as her charity and her husband raked in huge supplies of money in the expectation of her becoming Presiden. And the FBI and Justice Department “gifted” her with no prosecution on her internet server and on her destroying her emails from her term as Sec/State. And now her supporters approve of the fascist actions of “antifa” and the Universities accross the country shutting down any speech that doesn’t fit the Leftist agenda…essentially violating the Constitutional right to Free (which means free from PRIOR censorship) Speech. The concept, now abandoned by all Colleges and Universities (at least it seems that way) was to be able to speak and then have any challenges made…creating a dialoge, not a cemetary of discussion. And now the Judges appointed by Presidents Obam and Clinton rule on Leftist Agendas instead of the Law. If not doomed, we are certainly on the brink of the Independants and Right revolting against the attempt by the Left to create a dictatorship of the bureaucracy.

  3. At the rate these Destruction Engineers are going we’ll lose the expression “It’s never to late” any day now. We sat silent when the Pledge to our flag was ban, we sat silent when prayer & references to our Christian foundation were tossed aside as “divisive’…All the time what was (is) our schools are teaching has been ignored. Thee teachers can only teach what they’ve be taught and are allowed to.

    With the fractured family units it is more imperative than ever that Moms & Dads begin ‘parenting’ before that word is taken away…..or of course you like the government doing the job you chose.

    A nation that loses it’s language, its history and culture also loses its sovereignty ….and DIES.

    I am puzzled, Frank, has the meaning of “….at the President’s pleasure” gone the same way as Congress’s oath of office?

    A few years ago we all seemed on board with ‘writing our representation’, Is that, too, out of vogue or did we take their often lack of response a tad to personally and give up? Might be worth another shot…I’m just sayin’….It beat the Holy Helen out of doing nothing

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