Men Can’t Serve Two Masters–And They Don’t Even Try

I think most Americans have only the vaguest conception of how their government works. While it’s tempting to bristle at such studious ignorance, I can’t help but to somewhat sympathize. Most people just want to live their lives, and let those whom they employ in government see to their interests. Of course nothing could be more foolish, however understandable. For those who don’t lash their government to the ground and maintain constant vigilance are the same ones prone to keen laments when they look up to see it drifting far from reach.

That’s largely the current condition of Western civilization: states and political apparatuses that now operate wholly outside the interests of their people. And doing so with often dazzling openness.

Consider the issue of foreign influence on government. Almost definitionally, the interests of foreign actors will run counter to those of any domestic citizenry. What is best for you is rarely aligned with what is best for them. As a result, foreign lobbying of their politicians will occur to the near universal detriment of the people who actually elected them to office. Thus it would be a fundamental safeguard of any polity to ensure such external leverage never materializes. This is not an exotic concept.

And so if I were to explain the simple notion to a man on the street and ask him what would be the likely legal response to massive and routine foreign lobbying, he would probably imagine a very active slate of bribery and treason trials. As in practically every aspect of politics, he would be very wrong.

Because not only do foreign entities acquire lobbyists to press their interests on our politicians, they now conspicuously express misgivings for how a President Trump might hinder their designs. These monied foreign interests are no ingenues, and can clearly see where Trumpian rhetoric might ultimately lead: a US government that obliquely benefits US citizens. Can you imagine such a goddamn disaster?

Even if so, your imagination will be stretched to contemplate a piece that actually portrays foreign concerns with sympathy. Trump is such a loose canon that they can’t even be sure of what country they’ve purchased. Let’s read it and weep together.

Trump angst pours in from overseas governments

See? National Review, Salon.com, and overseas governments are feeling angst. I mean, who will this guy work for once in office? It’s scary as a foreign state not to be sure.

Lobbyists in Washington say they are being flooded with questions and concerns from foreign governments about the rise of Donald Trump.

The questions about Trump are “almost all-consuming,” said Richard Mintz, the managing director of Washington-based firm The Harbour Group, whose client list includes the governments of Georgia and the United Arab Emirates.

After a recent trip to London, Abu Dhabi and Beijing, “it’s fair to say that all anyone wants to talk about is the U.S. presidential election,” Mintz added. “People are confused and perplexed.”

The UAE and China have as much right to having their issues aired in Washington as some plumber from Tucson, who has probably never cut a check to K-Street in his life.

The Hill conducted interviews with more than a half-dozen lobbyists, many of whom said they are grappling with how to explain Trump and his unusual foreign policy views to clients who have a lot riding on their relationship with the United States.

“We’re in uncharted territory here,” said one lobbyist with foreign government clients who asked not to be identified.

Oh, so these outside parties “have a lot riding on their relationship with the United States.” I didn’t realize that, and so probably need to temper prior remarks. The only thing I have riding on my relationship with the United States is the legacy of my parents, the inheritance of my children, and what kind of habitat all of us will occupy. So practically nothing in comparison to a Chinese trade agreement.

“The questions coming from the international community are not different than the things, categorically, we’re asking ourselves,” said Nathan Daschle, the president and chief operating officer of the Daschle Group, a firm run by his father, former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.).

“There’s an added level of bafflement because this is not the United States that they’ve been living with for so long,” Daschle said. “This is not the image the United States has been projecting.”

I hadn’t kept tabs on any Daschles since the senior’s senate defenestration. I’m heartened to see that their loyalties remain rooted outside the country. Though you have to empathize with his stated bafflement. This is not the United States we’ve been living with for so long. There must be a certain brain structure that allows men to make statements such as this unselfconsciously. No Daschle, it certainly is not the US we’ve lived in for so long.

A third lobbyist for governments in Asia said part of his job has been telling countries how to react to some of Trump’s controversial remarks.

“If you come out and blast Donald Trump — for the people who are going to vote for Donald Trump, that could make them like him more,” the lobbyist, who also represents foreign companies with a large presence in the U.S., said he has told foreign leaders.

This all must be difficult for Dung Xiaoping to grasp. That domestic voters might be even more inclined toward Trump when foreign officials insult him for threatening to obstruct the offshoring of American jobs. In such instances we can only recommend the wisdom of the ancients. Sun Tzu say: Biggest check speak in loudest voice.

Representing foreign governments is a lucrative niche industry in Washington. Consultants, public relations advisers and lobbyists are hired to boost diplomatic efforts, promote tourism and serve as a megaphone for foreign clients.

Working for overseas clients requires one to register with the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), a World War II-era law enacted to ensure that Nazis were not trying to influence U.S. policy.

We must always remain vigilant to the Nazi menace in Washington. Of course, with so much attention justifiably focused on Hermann Goring, it’s almost as if other malign influences have seeped into our government without notice. It’s not as if TheHill.com is openly penning articles about it or anything, but still the slightest hints are there for those with extraordinary powers of perception.

Thank God at least for the FARA registry, else average US citizens might get outbid for their own government.

At least one lobbyist told The Hill that his firm is preparing to write off a Trump White House, should he win the presidency, to focus their advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill.

“A lot of what he says he’s going to do requires cooperation from Congress,” said a fourth lobbyist, whose firm represents a country in Eastern Europe. “You say to people who might be worried: ‘If we have policy concerns about what he’s going to do, then let’s go to Congress.’ ”

Right, we don’t even know what Trump’s rate schedule will be for, say, increasing H1Bs 500%. Whereas congress is comprised of true professionals. You know what you’re going to get for what you pay.

Some lobbyists say they are trying to reassure foreign clients that Trump’s views are not reflective of popular opinion in the United States. But at the same time, they acknowledge that the businessman’s ascent is unlike anything they’ve ever seen.

“Mr. Trump is tapping into what has become the core Republican base, and it’s not pretty,” the lobbyist added. “However, the same tactics he is using to gain steam might very well be his undoing in a general election.”

It’s not pretty indeed. In fact there’s little quite so ugly as a white neighborhood with well-paying jobs. And the prospect of that hideosity just may very well be his undoing for the votes of Washington’s patriotic foreign lobbyists.

17 thoughts on “Men Can’t Serve Two Masters–And They Don’t Even Try

  1. A beautifully constructed and extremely well written piece. Although I enjoy the Kat Cheapshots, a post such as this explains why this site is well worth stopping by for a read. Kudos , Porter.

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  3. One has to wonder if these people ever listen to what they say. The sad fact is few ever disassemble their stupidity with the clarity that you do Porter… you’re doing God’s work my friend

  4. Sun Tzu say: Biggest check speak in loudest voice.
    He stole that from Confucious, who say: More ticky, more washy.
    “Some lobbyists say they are trying to reassure foreign clients that Trump’s views are not reflective of popular opinion in the United States.”
    We Americans must be even stupider than we thought – We’re voting for him even though he has bad hair and a dubious hand span, isn’t promising us free shit, and we disagree with his platform. It’s like the Bizarro Idiocracy. Only the GOP can save us from ourselves, and use a brokered convention to nominate one of the Dascholes.

  5. I like Trump but I’ll fully admit he’s had a horrible three weeks. He really needs to get his house in order.

  6. That’s a shocking article in The Hill. Funny there’s no mention of the biggest foreign lobby of all, but I suppose it’s so deeply embedded by now that it’s considered as much part of the DC landscape as the Potomac.

  7. For those who don’t lash their government to the ground

    Such actions are not sufficient to ensuring health, nor are they beneficial (and are in fact drastically harmful) in certain circumstances

    and maintain constant vigilance are the same ones prone to keen laments when they look up to see it drifting far from reach.

    Regarding the people vs. the government: constant vigilance against a rival is wise, but far more important to ensuring the government remain a rival and not an enemy is an active expression and grooming of the peoples’ own capabilities.

    Whites accepted the destruction of the very conception of FAMILY and RACE. Whites accepted the destruction of their RELIGION. Whites accepted the destruction of CIVIC SOCIETY.

    That those conceptions then required replacement by something harmful to the peoples’ health is logical.

  8. One famous antisemite Nicolas Romanoff said : “The elders of Zion” is the lie(the Russion lie), and we must fight with the clean hands.The mountaines of lies does not embarrass the modern Jew-haters.The psychiological excretas instead of clear thinking.

  9. In this context, the Republican establishment should welcome a Trump Presidency since in that event there would be evermore lobbyist money thrown at congress to checkmate the white house.

  10. I think there’s a strong case to be made for trying the lobbyists, the media mouthpieces and Congress, in toto</i) for treason, as the constitution defines it as: any overt act confessed to or testified to by two witnesses in open court that indicates adherence to the enemies of the United States or of having given them aid or comfort. (Levying war against the US directly also qualifies.)

    "Enemies" is undefined, but the "levying war" clause indicates that "enemies" certainly includes foreign states which have committed repeated overt or covert acts of war against the US, particularly those who have infiltrated agents into our government or induced our officials to prevent the defense of the US and to to put incompatible foreign interests above those of the people of the US. Given that criterion as a sufficient but perhaps greater than necessary level of enmity, then any greater harms done or intended must also indicate an enemy of the US. Therefore treason would also include giving aid to any non-state actors such as foundations, international treaty organizations, corporations, or industry groups harming the best interests of the US to a degree greater than that of the smallest acts of war. By that standard specified in the constitution, they're all guilty as hell.

    The Constitution also specifies that congressmen can be arrested at any time for treason (and any other felony or even "breach of the peace"), but that they shall not be questioned outside their respective house for things said on the floor. So the constitution specifies the place of the trial of the treasonous congressman (not impeachment) when such evidence is required, but not otherwise, nor does it actually say that the Congress would have power over the chamber during the trial, merely that the trial must take place there if the congressmen is to be questioned about things he said on the floor. Since congressmen frequently answer questions in other places about what they have said on the floor, this privilege obviously can be waived, and can be considered waived for court purposes if the congressman has answered questions about a specific speech elsewhere.

    So far as I can tell, there is no constitutional barrier at all to a president declaring martial law, arresting the whole congress and trying them in the military justice system, in Gitmo if he likes. Nor, according to current precedent, does he have to be in any hurry to let them out or give them their day in court. Breaking the offenses up into as many counts as possible, each with a pledge by the prosecutor to not seek more than 6 months of prison means no jury trials would be needed, even under the regular court system. Those sentences can then be made to run consecutively for as long a term as wished.

    (But there's a slicker solution: the President has the power to draft congressmen, or rather to commission them as officers, and the constitution specifies that they cannot hold congressional office while holding another USG position. Then give them all courts-martial.)

    • Democracy is a plausible-deniability generation machine.

      The Clinton Foundation took money from Swedish companies who straight up said that they didn’t want increased sanctions on Iran (who they do a lot of business with).

      But unless the politician is a complete idiot, it’s not clear how you could prove anything “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

  11. It is so great to have our big guns out there giving their all for us during these difficult times. You, Ricky, CH, others. Thank you for all that you do. The effort you are giving, the sacrifices you all are making, at moments bring tears to my eyes. Reading this column was one such moment.

    God bless.

  12. Representing foreign governments is a lucrative niche industry in Washington

    Weird, but I can’t read this sentence aloud without pelvic-thrusting to each accented syllable.
    (repreSENTing FOReign GOVernments is a LUCrative NICHE INdustry in WASHington)

    Crack cocaine distribution is also a lucrative niche industry in Washington.

  13. Here’s the latest man who reportedly couldn’t serve two masters. They went pee-pee in our Coke; they stole our hard drives from Los Alamos; will we ever learn? Besides dropping non-mexican anchor babies, WTF do we need chinamen for today? The Golden Spike was driven nearly 150 years ago.

    • The key to proper western living is to make no reprehensible observations. One of those being the hypothesis that ex-pat Chinamen are more beholden to their ancient bonds of blood and kinship than to roundeye’s sterile civic values. As I said though: reprehensible, and nothing to give a moment’s consideration.

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