Joan Swirsky
The art of the steal
By Joan Swirsky
September 1, 2016

We're a little more than two months from the November 8th election and everyone knows that all Democrats, a good number of Republicans and conservatives, and almost the entire media have been agonizing over and militating against the fact that billionaire businessman Donald Trump is the last man standing in a contest that pits him against Crooked Hillary for the presidency of the United States.

But why are no professional political commentators – on TV, radio, or in print – explaining exactly why Mr. Trump is such a mortal threat? After all, he has proven himself to be an upright citizen, a wildly successful businessman, the bestselling author of over a dozen books, a philanthropist, the father of five respectful and loving children the eldest of whom are also impressively contributory members of society, the representative of every value Republicans and conservatives traditionally stand for – low taxes, fewer regulations, secure borders, a strong military, strict conservative appointments to the Supreme Court, et al – and significantly a person who has never been accused of being complicit in the deaths of U.S. servicemen, under the ominous investigation of the FBI, or operating an international money-laundering slush fund that compromises the national security of the United States.

Here is the answer: It's all about the deal!

Underneath the veneer of "service" our elected politicians purport to be driven by, underneath the "ethical standards" our financial centers pretend to operate, and underneath the gauzy illusion of objectivity the media pretend they represent, the so-called culture of the D.C.-Wall St.-media complex is all about cozy arrangements that inevitably line the pockets of those engaged in the following kinds of local, regional, national and international deals, to name but a few:
    – under-the-table deals

    – pay-to-play deals

    – greasy-palm deals

    – foundation slush-fund deals (sound familiar?)

    – mutual back-scratching deals

    – hush-hush deals

    – access-to-power deals

    – good-stories-in-the-media deals (sound familiar?)

    – bad-stories-in-the-media-about-your-political-enemies deals (yep)

    – sex, drugs and rock 'n roll deals

    – immense wealth-producing lobbyist deals

    – on and on...
You get the picture. In all these "arrangements," either people with limited power (meaning with limited money, like most politicians when they start out) always get "persuaded" (meaning bought) to do what they know is wrong, but they just can't resist the irresistible aphrodisiacs of money and power; or people with piles of money engage in schemes that increase their wealth and power exponentially. Some deals are actually legitimate, but too many dealmakers are involved in cynical collusion or corrupt collaborations.

In the political world, with notable – but pitifully few – exceptions, there is little difference between a "strict conservative" like Paul Ryan and a far-left ideologue like Nancy Pelosi. Whether it's a deal that's bad for America like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the dumbed down so-called standards of Common Core, or facilitating the building of nuclear bombs by the terrorist state of Iran, both left and right somehow find ways to bathe in the same swamp.


As "Deep Throat" advised The Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein during the Watergate scandal in the 1970s, "follow the money." It's always about the money.

Speaking of journalists, who exactly are these seekers of truth, intrepid investigators and earnest news readers who so often seem unable to control the impulses to blurt out their own leftwing two-cents worth (read CBS's Norah O'Donnell, the entire staff of NBC and MSNBC, Fox's Chris Wallace and Shepard Smith, the staff of Reuters, et al)? How can they get away with their biases with such total impunity?

It's because, as Ashley Lutz at Business Insider reports, only six organizations are now responsible for 90 percent of all of the "news" we read, watch and listen to. That's right – in 1983, there were 50 media companies, today only six! They include:
  • GE (Comcast, NBC, Universal Pictures, Focus Features).

  • NewsCorp (Fox, Wall St. Journal, NY Post, et al).

  • Disney (ABC, ESPN, Pixar, Miramax, Marvel Studios)

  • Viacom (MTV, Nick Jr., BET, CMT, Paramount Pictures)

  • Time Warner (CNN, HBO, TIME, Warner Bros.)

  • CBS (Showtime, Smithsonian Channel,, Jeopardy, 60 Minutes)
In other words, the Shepard Smiths and Norah O'Donnells of the media world are simply obedient servants to the tastes, political predilections, and often greed of their bosses, who all happen to be globalists engaged in the massive, multibillion-dollar deals described above. They only reflect the biases of their owners, the people who pay their salaries.

The media, however, seem to be in a downward spiral. Most national news magazines are in their death throes, as is the entire dinosaur newspaper industry, including The NY Times, which still gets mention on the nightly news, but has utterly lost the credibility and cachet it once had.

What about TV's influence, including cable? If the ratings NBC received for its Olympics coverage is any sign, this medium is being eaten alive by the likes of Netflix and other media alternatives. Gary North writes about the statistical irrelevance of cable news, citing the fact that The Drudge Report gets about one-billion page views a month. In contrast, the approximately 115,000 households in the U.S., which account for roughly 225-million adults, give cable shows like MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show and Fox News' The Kelly File a paltry 400,000 viewers apiece – a literal drop in the viewership ocean.

"Are we supposed to believe," Mr. North asks, "that either Ms. Maddow or Ms. Kelly has any significant influence, or even marginal relevance, for the American body politic, or body anything else?" Their audiences offset each other, he says, but "even if they reinforced each other, we could not hear them. They would still be background noise."

Emmett Tyrell Jr., founder and editor of The American Spectator, sums it up quite neatly: "With the trashing of Donald Trump and the "celebration of a career criminal, the mainstream media have become passé."

But they keep trying, as we see from the insults, outbursts, lies, character assassination, and general hysteria being hurled in Trump's direction every day. The entire establishment is running scared. NY Times reporter Jim Rutenberg was all in knots a few weeks ago when he wrote – clearly with the blessing of his editors – journalists were justified in writing openly "oppositional" articles about Trump – objectivity out, bias in. Now why do you suppose those editors approved of this journalistic malpractice?

Because the Times is in on the globalist deals – big time! As are the hedge-fund moguls, the wolves of Wall Street, the political establishment both right and left, the Big Pharma honchos, all those foreign princes and sultans and tin-pot dictators, both friends and enemies of the U.S., as well as all the donors to the Clinton Foundation slush fund, who are all slurping from the same trough.

Shamefully, of the 154 meetings Ms. Hillary had during her tenure in the State Department, 85 were with donors to the Clinton Foundation – to the tune of $156 million dollars! That is how the crooked system worked quite seamlessly until Donald Trump questioned, challenged, and damned it!


J. Robert Smith explains in that a Trump victory in November "won't end well for the global elites" who inhabit "New York, DC, Boston, and San Francisco – or wherever else ivory towers, mahogany-paneled offices, pricey secured buildings, and gated communities are found. Trump's election would have reverberations overseas, too, in London, Paris, Berlin..."

Smith continues: "The worldview among many of our elite is anti-nation – dare we say – anti-American, anti-law and order, anti-tradition, anti-faith (with exceptions carved out for Islam), anti- durable values and enduring truths, like marriage between a man and woman, and family, as defined by a man, woman, and children. The elite, so very cosmopolitan, have evolved past antique beliefs and ways."

In other words, a Trump victory would utterly destroy the global monopolies these poohbahs have built up over the past several decades – all those cozy deals shot to hell!

Not if Hillary wins, says Smith. "A Hillary victory means...a doubling-down by the elite, as they act with renewed zest to secure their interests – versus the national welfare. Divide to conquer." [my bullet points below, but Smith's words):

But if Trump wins, the nightmare for the globalists and the ones they take orders from, particularly billionaire radical leftist George Soros, is that Donald Trump is onto all the tricks and sleights-of-hand and financial hocus-pocus involved in their massive accumulation of wealth and power, and therefore will be highly successful in dismantling them.


One more thing: Trump – looking 20 years younger than his 70 years and exhibiting tireless energy and passion – is on the campaign trail non-stop and not depending on the self-glorifying media to get his message across.

In stark and rather pathetic contrast is 68-year-old Hillary, who most of the time looks exhausted, her hair matted, her face haggard, her outfits wildly inappropriate – such as the wool winter coat and long black slacks she wore to a fundraiser in 100-degree heat on Martha's Vineyard – her horrific screech-owl voice producing more cringes than applause.

While numerous websites, including liberal ones, show pictures of her being helped upstairs, losing her balance, and zoning out in the middle of sentences, and articles insist that she has Parkinson's disease, a neurological malady, or early dementia, I don't join that chorus. As an R.N. with clinical experience, I believe that people with cancer or Parkinson's or Type A diabetes or any number of maladies can lead active, productive, responsible lives. But her stubborn refusal to release her medical records fuels the suspicion not only that she's hiding something but that she is simply not up to the job.

And now, publisher and editor of, Thomas Lifson, writes in his blog that Hillary has no scheduled events until September 26th!

"Just how frail and exhausted is Hillary Clinton?" Lifson asks. "Surely, she does not need 5 weeks of rest to prepare for her presidential debate. If she did, that would be a terrible indicator of fitness for office. If you look at [her] campaign calendar... there are 15 listed events. However, if you really look at it, what you notice is that Secretary Clinton is not actually attending 14 of these events; they are being attended by surrogates. Go check for yourself."


The craven cabal of the Obama regime – or cartel as Trump calls them – has almost gotten away with opening our borders to anyone who crosses them, including jihadists whose only goal is to murder Americans, but who Democrats plan to register to vote by the millions.

They've almost gotten away with socializing our medical and our educational systems, both of which seem to be imploding on their own, thank you.

They've almost gotten away with trampling on the Judeo-Christian moral foundation that has elevated our country to among the loftiest in the world; demoralizing the heroic police forces that protect us day and night, 365; undermining our once-vibrant and strong military into a laboratory of preposterous, politically-correct positions and postures; spitting consistently on our magnificent Constitution; and compromising our once-flourishing system of capitalism and free markets. This is the short list.

I say almost because the forces I'm describing are essentially incompetent, as proven by their utter failures for over five decades! They've tried. They've had the media on their side. They've had untold billions backing their anti-American (and did I mention anti-Semitic?) schemes.

And yet, one man comes along, throws their p.c. speech out the window, speaks truth to power, exposes their malevolent plots, and all of them squeal like stuck pigs and double down on their efforts to keep the old corrupt network in place by defeating him in November. Don't tell me you haven't noticed that every Trump event attracts multi-thousands of enthusiastic supporters, while Ms. Hillary has trouble attracting even 100 probably-paid-for supporters. Does the media report this dramatic disparity? Never.


But liberals are an obdurate lot, and their goal is not to win but to steal the election. After all, who but Democrats have elevated election fraud to a virtual art form? Every time they're losing, they magically find several bags of uncounted votes to put their candidate just barely over the top.

Remember ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), the crooked group that received $53 million in federal funds and engaged in massive voter fraud, including registering dead voters or voters with the names of various Disney cartoon characters? The group was finally outed by conservative activists Hannah Giles and James O'Keefe who used hidden cameras to expose ACORN employees advising them how to avoid taxes, et al. The U.S. Congress cut ACORN's funding and the group eventually disbanded, but continued to operate – to this day – under new names.

Clearly, this is one organization the Trump organization should watch with eagle-eyed vigilance!

In a stunning, must-read, three-part series – here, Part 1 by Katy Grimes, here, Part 2 by Megan Barth and here, Part 3 by Katy Grimes, Grimes begins with a chilling quotation from Joseph Stalin: "...The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."

Grimes and Barth report the massive election fraud that took place during the California primary in June (2016).
  • Thousands upon thousands of California voters showed up at their designated polling stations only to discover that their party registration had been changed, or they were dropped entirely from the rolls. And it was evident this was done from within the state's electronic voting system.

  • "A group from Princeton needed only seven minutes and simple hacking tools to install a computer program on a voting machine that took votes for one candidate and gave them to another,"

  • Recent DNC delegate manipulations made it so nearly every primary and caucus magically favored Hillary Clinton, despite the millions of winning votes going to Sanders" [and the probability that he won].

  • Recently, three liberal federal judges (two appointed by Pres. Clinton, one by Barack Obama) overturned voter-ID laws – in Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Texas – claiming they were racially discriminatory.
Of course, we all know what happened in the fiasco of a 2012 presidential election, largely as a result of liberals' aversion to voter identification cards. According to writer Rev. Austin Miles:
  • Voting machines, supplied by George Soros, were rigged to automatically receive an Obama vote, no matter who the voter actually voted for.

  • In 59 voting districts in the Philadelphia region, Obama received 100% of the votes with not a single vote recorded for Romney. (A mathematical and statistical impossibility).

  • In St. Lucie County, FL, there were 175,574 registered eligible voters but 247,713 votes were cast.

  • NOTE: Obama won in every state that did not require a Photo ID and lost in every state that did require a Photo ID in order to vote.
Barth says: "If the DNC was willing and able to rig a primary election, what would prevent them from doing the same in a national election – especially in the battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin"?

She cites a study on Democrat fraud in multiple states, the conclusion of which was that election fraud is occurring and benefitting Hillary Clinton – especially in states that use unaccountable, electronic voting machines.

The Heritage Foundation has published a detailed list of approximately 200 cases of voter fraud from across the country.

Sit down for this one: "What's more, two of the three companies that control the electronic voting machine market, Dominion Voting and H.I.G. Capital (i.e. hart Intercivic) are on the list of big money donors that donated to the Clinton campaign, as shown by the DNC documents leaked by Guccifer 2.0."

These stories are nowhere to be found in the mainstream media. Either is this video of a Diebold machine spitting out incorrect votes.

Here's another stunner. According to Dean Garrison at, not only did Reuters rig a major poll to show Hillary winning when Breitbart News was reporting a 17-point swing towards Trump and away from Hillary, but now we learn that Thomas Reuters, owner of the Reuters News Service, is among the top-tier donors ($1.5 million) to the Clinton Foundation!

Reuters is not alone. When was the last time you heard a poll result from ABC-TV that had Trump in the lead? Yet look at this report from the network itself, posted less than two weeks ago, on August 17, 2016.

This is why Donald Trump's warnings about possible voter fraud in November are right on target.


So far, in spite of the virtual assault on Donald Trump by the media, nothing has worked to diminish his popularity. So desperate are the powers-that-be to maintain the corrupt status quo, and to defeat the biggest nemesis they've ever faced, that they've enlisted the top tech companies in the world – Apple, Twitter, Google and Instagram – to defeat the dreaded Donald Trump, writes Liz Crokin in

"Apple isn't the only corporation doing Clinton's bidding. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said Clinton made a deal with Google and that the tech giant is 'directly engaged' in her campaign." She says that Eric Schmidt – chairman of Alphabet, the parent company of Google – is also on board with the Clinton machine. Assange claims this was to ensure Clinton had the "engineering talent to win the election."

"Twitter is another culprit," Crokin says, by banning conservatives and Trump supporters and changing "its algorithms to promote Clinton while giving negative exposure to Trump."

Buzzfeed, too, is in on the biased reporting, and Instagram "has also banned accounts that depict Clinton in a negative light." Then there is Facebook, which "has a long history of shutting down pages and blocking conservative users while promoting progressive voices..."

CNN, of course is a leader of dishonest reporting. The other day, Crokin reports, "CNN set aside nearly half of its air various recent controversies involving the Trump campaign – 1 hour, 24 minutes, and 18 seconds over three hours." In contrast, the program only devoted 27 seconds to news that the Obama administration secretly airlifted $400 million in cash to Iran, or that "the payment was sent on 'an unmarked cargo plane.' [CNN], therefore, devoted over 187 times more coverage to Trump than to the millions to Iran."


Donald Trump has called for poll watchers in every state. Go to and click on Get Involved to volunteer.

There is also The Election Integrity Project, which recruits and trains citizen volunteers in every state to be poll watchers and observers. Contact Election Integrity Project to sign up.

But looky looky who's on the way to save the day! None other than our corrupt federal government.

I suspect this is because both mainstream and internal polls show Trump crushing Hillary, or gaining significantly, and the feds – directed by their boss, George Soros – are running scared and want to be sure that if any rigging takes place, it works in their favor! If it doesn't, then over a half-century of infiltration and sedition and the policies and personnel that ensued from them will be completely dismantled by Mr. Trump and thrown onto the trash heap of history.

According to Michael Isikoff, the always-reliable FBI says foreign hackers [possibly from Russia or China) "penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks, prompting the bureau to warn election officials across the country to take new steps to enhance the security of their computer systems..."

Isikoff reports that, "Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson convene[d] a conference call with state election which he offered his department's help to make state voting systems more secure..."

Is this not the very definition of the fox watching the hen house?

The simple solution to potential hacking, writes Rick Wells: "The FEC could simply require that all states put into place a backup paper system of the type that all of our voting used to be conducted on and which is still in place in most places around the globe."

NOTE: Mr. Trump should insist on this and use his own billions to make sure it is enacted in every voting precinct in the country.

And Mr. Trump should remember what writer Daniel Greenfield spells out in exquisite detail:

"Hillary Clinton has never won an honest election. And she isn't about to start trying to win one now. Her favorite kind of race is rigged. Deeply unpopular and deemed untrustworthy by huge numbers of voters, she plans to win by panicking Republicans into abandoning Trump to 'save' themselves. Her weapon of choice is the media."

Greenfield continues, "Hillary doesn't want a fair fight. Or even an unfair fight. She wants to cripple the GOP so it can't fight at all. It's the ultimate rigged election....

"The game has been rigged in all the familiar ways, from media bias to voter fraud, but only Republican defeatism can hand her the White House."

© Joan Swirsky


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