Every board game has rules. Every card game has rules. Every athletic competition has rules. Every election has rules. Every society has rules. WHY?
Rules establish the object of the game and provide the organizing principle for fair play - rules establish what is and what is not acceptable conduct in the game. You have to take turns, you cannot look at someone else’s cards, you cannot challenge or dispute the referee, you cannot vote twice - and there are penalties for not following the rules in every game. If you don’t play by the rules in a game you either lose on points or are disqualified.
Let’s examine the sport of wrestling and begin with the overview of wrestling rules provided by West Virginia Wrestling.
The object of traditional wrestling is to pin your opponent on his back. When you pin your opponent, the match is over and you are the winner. If nobody gets pinned, the winner is the wrestler who has scored the most points during the match.
The rules of traditional wrestling identify holds that are acceptable and holds that are not acceptable during the match. "No holds barred" means there are absolutely no restrictions or limits on the holds used to pin your opponent.
Laws are the rules of society and like any game there are penalties for not following the rules - but what happens when the rules are abandoned and a no holds barred mentality dominates the game in politics?
President Donald Trump thought he entered a traditional match of presidential election politics when he descended the escalator at Trump Towers. Instead he found himself fighting in a professional no holds barred kayfabe wrestling match against the entire Washington establishment of swamp creatures colluding in a sinister effort to pin him down. The 2016 presidential campaign, election, and aftermath are a professional political wrestling match with the corrupt mainstream media hired as the kayfabe referee.
Kayfabe is professional wrestling’s suspension of disbelief that presents fake staged events as genuine competitions. In professional wrestling the referee's on-stage kayfabe purpose is to convince the spectators they are watching a legitimate traditional match. In reality the referee and the wrestlers are participating in the staged spectacle of a scripted match with a pre-determined outcome. The referee and the wrestlers are actors who maintain kayfabe by playing their parts and never breaking character.
There are five ways to score points in a wrestling match and the swamp creatures have tried them all:
1) Takedown - (2 points)
You score two points for taking your opponent down to the mat and controlling him/her.
Hillary attempted the takedown maneuver with her frontal attack on Donald Trump accusing him of being a misogynist. Amplifying her accusations with the infamous Billy Bush tape leaked intentionally just before the election, Hillary hoped to end the match by securing the women’s vote. Instead of pinning Donald Trump the tape ended the career of Billy Bush and exposed Hillary’s complicity in the real life misogyny, womanizing, and exploitation of women by her unfaithful husband Bill Clinton. No takedown.
2) Escape - (1 point)
You score one point for getting away or getting to a neutral position when your opponent has you down on the mat.
Hillary tried the escape maneuver by accusing Donald Trump of being dangerously inexperienced. With the dexterity of a counter-puncher candidate Trump laughed in derision and asked the American public how the many years of “experience" of the career politicians in Washington had benefited anyone but the politicians themselves? Candidate Trump pointed out the unseemly corruption of the Clinton family - Hillary’s pay-for-play scheming while Secretary of State and the corrupt Clinton Foundation that only distributed a fraction of the monies they collected. Trump escaped.
3) Reversal - (2 points)
You score two points when your opponent has you down on the mat and you come from underneath and gain control of your opponent.
Hillary thought she had Donald Trump on the mat when she romanticized the inclusiveness of Obama’s open border policies and support for illegal immigrants. She criticized Trump as a racist and an Islamophobe. Hillary campaigned around the country saying that real Americans needed to be with HER to be inclusive and accepting.
Donald Trump pointed out that open borders are designed to flood America with illegal immigrants who will vote illegally for their Democratic Party benefactors. He said the open border policy is a Trojan horse that will bring masses of immigrants from Islamic countries with cultural norms hostile to America and facilitate the social chaos necessary for the destruction of American democracy – the overarching goal of Hillary and her leftist Democratic Party. Candidate Donald Trump made a strong case for LEGAL immigration. After all, he married two legal immigrants. The distinction between illegal and legal immigration that Hillary tried to blur was clarified by candidate Trump and he accomplished a reversal.
4) Near Fall (Back Points) - (2 or 3 points)
You get near fall points when you almost but not quite get your opponent pinned.
Hillary almost acquired near fall points by insisting that Donald Trump release his tax returns. Candidate Trump outmaneuvered her again by saying that he would release his tax returns when she released the 33,000 emails stored on her illegal server. Near fall avoided.
5) Penalty Points - (1 or 2 points)
Your opponent is awarded points if you commit the following infractions.
There are seven misconduct infractions of varying degrees of severity with corresponding penalties. The more severe the misconduct the more points are awarded to the opponent. The organized opposition to Donald Trump escalated as he became a more viable candidate and absolutely exploded after he won the election. Donald Trump was an aspirational candidate who gave Americans real hope for real change. He was the people’s billionaire who understood the working man and how the corrupt Washington establishment of Democrats and Republicans had exploited them for personal gain. Candidate Trump promised to drain the swamp and the swamp creatures have committed every possible misconduct infraction to stop President Trump from keeping his promise.
a. Illegal Holds
The conflicts of interest inherent in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s anti-Trump investigation are staggering. Comey deliberately leaked government records to have Mueller appointed as special counsel, the majority of lawyers Mueller hired are Democrat donors, and there is no day-to-day supervision from a constitutional officer. This is not an appropriate investigation it is a witch hunt. 2 points President Trump.
b. Technical Violations
The Democrats and establishment Republicans are colluding in an unholy un-American alliance to force President Trump off the mat. President Trump poses an existential threat to their self-serving swamp life. President Trump’s America-first agenda is diametrically opposed to globalism and the corrupt personal self-enriching agendas of the swamp creatures. If President Trump is free to govern he will drain the swamp and the swamp creatures will all lose their power. 2 points President Trump.
c. Unnecessary roughness
Unwarranted attacks on President Trump’s family are designed to infuriate the President, entertain the left-wing liberal Democrat base, and deflect attention away from President Trump’s successes. 2 points President Trump.
d. Unsportsmanlike conduct
A smiling ex-president Obama, the deadliest rattlesnake in the swamp, deceitfully promised incoming President Trump a peaceful transition of power while his legacy appointments remained to sabotage President Trump’s administration. 2 points President Trump.
e. Flagrant Misconduct
The phony Russia dossier and false conspiracy theories accusing the Trump team of colluding with Russia during the 2016 presidential race have echoed back and forth across the mainstream media for six months. Recent hearings revealing evidence possibly linking Democrats to Russia and the false dossier have suspiciously quieted the accusations against Trump for the moment. The actual collusion with Russia happened during Obama’s administration when then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton secretly sold 20% of our uranium to Russia. The flagrant misconduct and false narrative of the swamp creatures designed to impugn President Trump and cover up their own misconduct is stunning. 2 points President Trump.
The stalling technique is being used by all the swamp creatures to derail President Trump’s initiatives in a deceitful attempt to win back seats in the 2018 midterm elections. The strategy is that a stalled ineffectual President Trump will be vulnerable in 2020 and a midterm loss of enough seats would make impeachment proceedings against him possible. The swamp is so threatened by exposure that they will do anything to stop President Trump - no holds barred. The swamp creatures are hidden everywhere inside and outside of President Trump’s administration disguised by their jungle camouflage and poised to strike. Mueller, McMaster, McCain, Graham, McConnell, Schumer, Pelosi, Rubio, Flake, Ryan, Heller, Alexander, Murkowski, Capito, Collins, Portman, the entire Democrat Party - all colluding with Obama’s entrenched legacy team attempting to demean, destabilize, delegitimize and overthrow the government of duly elected reformer President Donald Trump. 2 points President Trump.
e. Incorrect starting position or false start
Freedom of the press has been corrupted in America. The mainstream media owned by self-serving globalists intent on unrestricted access to the lucrative global marketplace view President Donald Trump and his America-first agenda as their enemy. The globalists have colluded to create and report fake news including false accusations of every sort to bring down President Trump and pin him to the mat. 2 points President Trump.
President Trump is trying to restore integrity to American politics and preserve American democracy by exposing and draining the corrupt Washington swamp of establishment politicians who put themselves first before America. The swamp creatures are in a fight for their survival and are playing an unprecedented vitriolic no holds barred match against President Trump. They would have already lost a traditional match to President Trump in a points shut-out or been disqualified by honest investigative reporting. Instead the mainstream media kayfabe referee is part of the professional swamp and continues to protect the status quo so the swamp creatures can slither safely back home to their swamp.
The swamp offensive is a lethal, deceitful, underhanded effort on both sides of the aisle inside and outside President Trump's administration. It is a particularly un-American effort to derail the President's patriotic mission to drain the corrupt Washington swamp and restore American democracy to the American people. President Donald Trump is an extraordinary fighter. He is the right man at the right time to fight this unfair orchestrated fight. He will need added security to protect himself from the deadly swamp creatures and their staged kayfabe.
Linda Goudsmit is a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She and her husband owned and operated a girls clothing store in Michigan for 40 years and are now retired. Linda graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, earning a B.A. in English literature. Having a lifelong commitment to learning, she is an avid reader and observer of life. She has shared her thoughts, observations, and philosophy of behavior in her book "DEAR AMERICA Who’s Driving the Bus?" Linda is currently working on a children’s book series titled "Mimi’s STRATEGY" that offers helpful problem solving techniques encouraging resourcefulness and critical thinking skills for kids. Her writing can be found on Pundicity