I know people are angry & upset. I am also. We face an existential crisis in our governance, our institutions & our values. And, it is made worse because our opponents are in denial about this or they know it & are for it. We must face this moment with courage & conviction./1
One thing we must do to conquer this challenge is renew our own commitments to our republican form of government, to our institutions & to our American values. Do not lose hope; do not lose faith in what we believe in; do not lose courage in the face of these adversities. /2
But we also need to be doing some things differently & be doing some new things. Each generation of Americans has had to adapt our great experiment to its times. We can as well. Our values & our institutions are true & good. They will endure if we defend them. /3
We must be steadfast to do this. We can not expect instant change. We must not confuse “battles” w/the “war.” We must accept that we will lose some battles along the way. There will be sacrifice & loss. We must persist thru it all to achieve victory despite them. /4
We have grown lazy in our republicanism because of our success & power & wealth. We have forgotten the hard lessons of our forebears. Some of our compatriots don’t yet see the battle or the threat. We must bring them along. Not all of us saw it either not so long ago. /5
There are many steps we must take to right our ship. Some are small, some vast. All must be grounded in our constitutional & republican values & our Constitution itself. Now is not the time to abandon them for quick solutions that seem necessary but actually destroy our values./6
Big picture, we need (1) new/reinvigorated leaders w/unwaivering commitment to the Constitution; (2) reform of some of our legal processes, especially concerning election law, which is outdated; (3) much more transparency in govt functions, especially in the courts. /7
Smaller picture, we need to stop being lazy about our engagement w/govt & republicanism: citizenship. We need to be more involved at all levels of governance. We’ve let govt run on auto-pilot too long. We must make room in our lives for this - all of us or as many as possible./8
As people who are right of center, we must speak up more in public life. Despite the cancel culture & the haters, we MUST set forth our views and our values publicly. Those in the middle & those who are uncommitted can’t join us if they can’t see & hear us. /9
If the general culture does not provide platforms for us or discourages us or prohibits us from using platforms, we must find other means to get our message out to the culture, including building our own platforms if necessary. We must refuse to be silenced. /10
Right now, you can do these things:

1. Get yourself a copy of the Constitution. Off the internet if nothing else. Read it. Read it often. Read it to your family. Display it in your home & at work. Read books or articles about it. Steep yourself in the Constitution.

2. Read & learn all you can about counter-insurgency strategy & tactics. Our opponents’ behaviors are effectively an insurgency against republicanism & capitalism. Learning counter-insurgency ideas will help you formulate ways to fight against it. All peaceful. /12
Here is one example resource. 👇🏻/13

The govt & the Army have created multiple guides on this topic. For example,👇🏻👇🏻 Get these resources. They are free on the internet. Read them. Study them. Read other articles discussing them. Know as much as you can about this topic. /13 ImageImage
The essence of counter-insurgency is to support the existing institutions that people already believe in that support civilian rule, civil life, & peace. Doing that persuads the population not to support rebel groups yelling to “burn it all down.” Sound familiar? /14
The same kind of ideas can prevent a culture from losing its way. We often say it’s a battle for our institutions, but we aren’t actually acting like it is. We aren’t putting our money where our mouth is. We want to be let alone, esp. libertarians. This isn’t the time for it. /15
Learn about counter-insurgency & then pick something- anything - to make it a more republican institution. Join it or lobby it or write about it & insist it comply with constitutional values. Argue against any socialist policies & intolerance. Hold it publicly accountable. /16
3. Organize w/other like-minded folks near you & online nationally. Both. Big rallies in DC are great & part of an overall strategy, but they don’t get the work done by themselves. Form a local republican club. Notice -small r. It’s not a political party, it’s a civic group. /17
We used to be proud simply of having a republican form of govt, regardless of which party was in control at any one time. We need to get that back. It promotes representative democracy itself as a virtue. It causes our people to see we have core common principles & values./18
4. Identify your personal federal & state elected representatives. This is easy to do on the internet. Get their office numbers & email addresses. Put them in your Notes on your phone on one page. Every time something comes up, call & email them. /19
It doesn’t matter if they’re in your party. They represent you. They should hear from you. Even if all you do is say: “I’m concerned about (xyz). What are you doing about it? Will there be hearings?” you’re making a difference. Letting them govern on auto-pilot is a problem. /20
5. Talk to everyone you know about constitutional & republican values. Make it something you talk about easily & are known for. Free speech, freedom of conscience, tolerance, equal protection, due process, election integrity, separation of powers, federalism, etc. /21
You do not have to be a lawyer to know about & talk about these issues & values. These are the virtues of our nation. The citizenry should be discussing them. If a bunch of farmers & blacksmiths & traders & housewives could do it in 1775, what is our problem? /22
6. Read all you can about our founding, the Founding Fathers & Mothers, the Constitution & the Bill of Rights. Learn as much as you can about them. Also, about Lincoln & his views. If anyone ever loved the Union more than he did, I don’t know who it would be. Listen to him. /23
“If the union of these States, and the liberties of this people, shall be lost, it is but little to any one man of fifty-two years of age, but a great deal to the thirty millions of people who inhabit these United States, and to their posterity in all coming time.”
I know folks want to know what we’re to do about the election. What I have to say on that is not yet ready to send out into the world. But, for now, I thought I’d say these things to you & here sum up: Hold on tightly to our Constitution. The answers are there. /25
Side tweet: if you feel you just “have to” be “doing something” right now, then work on yourself. That will benefit you no matter what comes. In that regard I recommend to you retired Navy Seal @jockowillink.

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9 Dec
Flynn case. J.Sullivan’s memorandum opinion on the Rule 48 motion to dismiss is completely inappropriate & he knows it. That motion was mooted by the pardon. In order to try & hide that fact, he coupled his order on that motion w/his order on the motion to dismiss for mootness.
He’s making it superficially look like the opinion relates to the mootness (pardon) motion, but it does not. It’s an opinion on the Rule 48 motion, not the mootness (pardon) motion. By putting those two motions together in one order, he obscures that distinction.
This is even clearer when compared to the other minute order he issued at the same time, which ruled that all the other pending motions were moot. The order on the Rule 48 motion should have been grouped with those too. It’s moot just like they are because of the pardon.
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Not voting absents you from the democratic process.

No matter how flawed, how damaged, how frustrating, CLING to the democratic process & your sacred right to vote.

Never surrender them. Hold on to them as if your life & the fate of republic depend on them - because they do.🇺🇸
These men fought & died, so we could vote. Never surrender the vote. /1
These men fought & died so we could vote. Never surrender the vote. /2
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Pardons for political contributions case. So here is a link to the partially unsealed ruling from Judge Howell today about this investigation. She is the Chief of the DC District Court. She handles the grand jury materials/issues.


After reading the redacted ruling, I can tell you a few things. First, Judge Howell did NOT find that any lawyer engaged in "crime-fraud" and permit the seized materials to be reviewed on that basis. Rather, she said there was no attorney client privilege in the messages. /2
So a little explanation. When the govt seizes your documents or devices & it finds that you have communications with a lawyer, there are procedures to screen the trial team from those potentially attorney-client privileged communications. /3
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Flynn case. So this afternoon the govt filed a consent (meaning Flynn already agreed) motion to dismiss his case based on mootness due to the pardon from DJT. Motion is here:

The pardon was filed as an exhibit to the motion. It's here: drive.google.com/file/d/1TN4G02…

This pleading legally advises the court of the pardon, which does in fact moot the case. There's NO legal basis for Judge Sullivan to deny this motion. Think I might have been tempted to file something other than a "motion" myself, so as not to be actually asking for anything. /3
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So people know where I stand: I don’t read Q or follow anything Q. I don’t “believe” in Q. From what little I’ve seen indirectly, it appears to me to be a LARP and/or a troll. I definitely don’t & won’t take it seriously. If you do, that’s your prerogative; it’s a free country./1
In terms of the “Deep State,” I have a perspective on that. I’ve lived & worked in & around DC since at least 93 dealing extensively w/the federal govt - by representing people against it. /2
I do not believe in an intentional conspiracy of any kind by or amongst government employees or appointees & other DC centered peoole, much less one involving pedophiles. /3
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@bradheath Knowing that counting the mail in vote afterward would effect the vote totals & potentially the Election Day results is not the issue. Everyone knew that - left & right. How it actually happened tho was problematic & that was largely avoidable in my opinion. /1
@bradheath It was absolutely unclear & not transparent. Because election officials were making decisions & reacting as they went instead of publishing clear information -ahead of time - about when (what hours) counting would take place & issuing ballot totals on a set schedule. /2
@bradheath And it is inexcusable to post vote totals during early morning (pre-8/9 am) hours. That is just guaranteed to produce suspicion. Regular procedures encourage confidence; ad hoc ones don’t. /3
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