The human toggle between war and peace is rarely well lubricated. Most people suffer enormous dissonance and discontent in the transition. It’s just not easy to relinquish old comforts—or conflicts. By virtue of their more stolid dispositions, conservatives tend to be the most stationary of all. That tendency to remain firm while in flux certainly has adaptive elements. Though resolutely baking pies while your enemies are beating swords isn’t one of them.
I was lamenting this trait while reading a description of jury deliberations in the recent Paul Manafort trial. I don’t care about Mr. Manafort aside from his role as a sacrifice in the conspiracy against Trump. Trump being only a foil himself in the larger tribal conflict between legacy America and the color/prog coalition that prematurely assumed its demise.
Thus the proper perspective of Trump is as a proxy for the man in your mirror. The left hates Trump, it is true. But they don’t hate him for any intrinsic reasons. For all his moral frailties the man is Martin Luther compared to the left’s degenerate menagerie. Instead, they hate him because they see you in him. He is the leader of the left’s Other. And the Other, not merely its masthead, is what they want destroyed. That’s why I wish nice, solid conservatives could see the battlefield beyond their nose.
In this case, the fog of war completely obscured the larger context of Mueller’s coup attempt for one such nice lady.
Duncan described herself as an avid supporter of President Trump, but said she was moved by four full boxes of exhibits provided by Mueller’s team – though she was skeptical about prosecutors’ motives in the financial crimes case.
If only there had been but three boxes, alas. Of course she was right to be skeptical, since Manafort’s tainted 1040 had about as much of a relationship to “Russian Collusion” as paying prostitutes to keep at least one hole shut. Unfortunately though that skepticism didn’t find form in jury nullification, which is where the teeth are sharpest.
Jury nullification being the grit in the machine’s gears that every deplorable holds in their hands. Unfortunately, that’s where it always remains. Like the jurors of any “hate crime” show trial, Ms. Duncan could have said fuck you to the left, voted not-guilty and owed no explanation other than to say the case wasn’t proved beyond a reasonable doubt, thank you and good bye. That would have left the basset hound pissing in a corner and the noose one slip looser around Trump’s neck. But, of course, she was a dutiful conservative with toggle set firmly to oblivious. As such, strategy gave way to principle—to the delight of opposing strategists.
We can be fairly certain her peers in the jury box were not so encumbered.
Behind closed doors, tempers flared at times: “It was a very emotionally charged jury room – there were some tears,” Duncan said about deliberations with a group of Virginians she didn’t feel included many “fellow Republicans.”
They didn’t include many fellow republicans because “Virginian” is a euphemism for foreign-born federal government employee. And the teary emotional charge resulted from their high-wattage intensity for shoving a knife in the throat of anyone associated with Mango Hitler. Notice their toggle in the war position. Before such a panel, I fear not even five boxes of exculpatory material would have sufficed. And that’s reason XXCVI why the left wins.
Conservatives do their duty even when duty does them. Liberals simply ask who/whom? And if one side goes into a fight blindfolded holding scales, what are the odds of their statues remaining vertical? I’ll let Ms. Duncan explain why that’s not important.
While her political allegiance to the president raised conflicted feelings in Duncan, she said it ultimately didn’t change her decision about the former Trump campaign chairman.
“Finding Mr. Manafort guilty was hard for me. I wanted him to be innocent, I really wanted him to be innocent, but he wasn’t,” Duncan said. “That’s the part of a juror, you have to have due diligence and deliberate and look at the evidence and come up with an informed and intelligent decision, which I did.”
If Mueller proceeds unimpeded, and Trump gets impeached, and the dems win 435 house seats, and black South Africans are granted refugee status for fear of contracting disease from white corpses, Ms. Duncan can take smug satisfaction at her informed and intelligent decision. It was as clear as the end of her nose.