- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 12, 2016

Was it inevitable - or is this just someone seeking to inspire a movie script? An anonymous author claiming to be a U.S. lawmaker has weighed in on the state of Capitol Hill — and it’s not good. Here comes “The Confessions of Congressman X: A disturbing and shockingly frank tell-all of vanity, greed and deceit,” to be published May 24 by Mill City Press, a vanity publisher located in Minnesota.

It’s a rant, but one that appears to tap into public uneasiness with elected officials and their insular culture. In advance notes, the publisher calls the brief book “a devastating inside look at the dark side of Congress as revealed by one of its own. No wonder Congressman X wants to remain anonymous for fear of retribution. His admissions are deeply disturbing.”

So we know, at least, that the author is male.

“Most of my colleagues are dishonest career politicians who revel in the power and special-interest money that’s lavished upon them,” Mr. X writes, also noting, “My main job is to keep my job, to get reelected. It takes precedence over everything.”

He is also irked by the public. “Voters are incredibly ignorant and know little about our form of government and how it works. It’s far easier than you think to manipulate a nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep who crave instant gratification,” the X-man says.

“Fundraising is so time consuming I seldom read any bills I vote on. Like many of my colleagues, I don’t know how the legislation will be implemented, or what it’ll cost,” he continues. “We spend money we don’t have and blithely mortgage the future with a wink and a nod. Screw the next generation. It’s about getting credit now, lookin’ good for the upcoming election.”


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Yes, well.

“The take-away message is one of resigned depression about how Congress sacrifices America’s future on the altar of its collective ego,” observes David Martosko, political editor for the Daily Mail.

FOR THE LEXICON

“Committee for American Sovereignty”

— New super PAC based in Los Angeles founded to “take on the Clinton machine” and raise $20 million for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign before the Republican National Convention convenes on July 18. The advisory committee includes Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly, former Hudson Institute president Herbert London, retired Adm. James Lyons and investor Nick Loeb.

THE EMERGENCE OF THE ‘ET CANDIDATE’

From Congressman X to the Candidate X-Files: Media coverage of what has come to be called the “Hillary Clinton UFO story” has gone from quiet mentions in lesser known publications to bodacious stories from major news organizations.

In the past 48 hours, both The New York Times and The Times of London have addressed a complicated, mystifying narrative which has emerged in past months. Mrs. Clinton, former President Bill Clinton, senior adviser John Podesta and even President Obama have publicly acknowledged UFOs, extraterrestrials and other topics previously confined to sci-fi realm. Mrs. Clinton is now the “ET Candidate,” according to the British news organization.

MSNBC, Discovery Channel, the Boston Globe, the London Daily Telegraph, the Weekly Standard and a dozen other publications also covered the story Thursday. This year alone, the topic generated some 350 news accounts.

Stephen Bassett, a registered lobbyist and “disclosure” activist who has urged the White House, military and federal government to release official records about such phenomena, deems the “political media coverage of the extraterrestrial presence issue” unprecedented.

He predicts that Mrs. Clinton “will not make it into the White House” without some transparency about her interest in unexplained phenomenon. Republican rival Donald Trump may want to make note of this.

The press, meanwhile, is now covering the Clinton/ET connection from a unique political angle, rather than as a sensational novelty designed to titillate the public and ramp up social media. “Trust me. This is not about ‘clicks,’” said Mr. Bassett, referring to the goal of many journalists who seek to increase the online reader “clicks” for their work.

ONE ACTOR’S OPINION

“There’s not going to be a President Donald Trump. That’s not going to happen. Fear is not going to be something that drives our country. We’re not going to be scared of Muslims or immigrants or women. We’re not actually afraid of anything.”

George Clooney, during a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival.

BACK ON CRUZ CONTROL

“Heidi and I feel incredibly privileged to have made the run for president and be part of an incredible grassroots movement. I will continue fighting for jobs, freedom, and security in the Senate for 27 million Texans and all Americans across this great country. The conservative movement remains strong and vibrant. When conservatives are united, we are far more effective.”

— Sen. Ted Cruz, upon filing the paperwork to run for re-election to the Senate in 2018.

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POLL DU JOUR

60 percent of U.S. “millennials” ages 20-36 years say presidential candidates “really care about” issues they talk about.

55 percent support Sen. Bernard Sanders; 38 percent support Hillary Clinton and 22 percent support Donald Trump.

39 percent say they are “moderates”; 28 percent say they are liberals, 27 percent conservatives.

32 percent say presidential campaigns are conducted in a way that “makes them feel the election process is working.”

21 percent say they are following the presidential election “closely.”

Source: A Gallup poll of 2,620 U.S. adults ages 20-36 conducted throughout April and released Thursday.

Hubbub and ballyhoo to jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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