Politically Speaking – December 17, 2019
Let me start this week by sharing a call from last Thursday morning. I had a reader call and say she wished I would share the opposite view to mine in this column, except trust, she wasn’t that nice (to say the least). Of course, when I asked whom I might be speaking with she wouldn’t tell me. I love those kind of people! They can speak with great passion but haven’t the __ to give their name. I invited her to share her opinion with everyone in a column we call Speak Out, but that she must sign her name. Hopefully she’ll take me up on my offer.
I wish I could write differently right now. However, what is happening in Congress is completely wrong. It’s creating an even greater divide in our country. Most Democrats in Congress publicly despise President Trump. And yes, Nancy Pelosi, I think you do hate him, or at the very least despise him. I’ve written this column for 25 years, and over the years I’ve never seen such hate, including hate among Democrat and Republican Congressmen and Congresswomen.
In conclusion, let me say there are things I don’t like about President Trump. However, I have to point out I like what he’s done for our country!
Candidate Trump promised to:
• Cut and reform taxes
• Increase jobs
• Improve U.S. trade position
• Improve the Veterans Administration
• Make us oil independent
• Get more military funding
• Bring more troops home
• Defeat the ISIS threat
• Change our foreign aid strategy
• Nix the bad Iran deal
All of these campaign promises and more have been enacted or completed (unlike typical political promises). Not bad for a brash, uncouth, inexperienced outsider, who promised to drain the swamp in Washington. Oops, one more promise to go!
Does this sound like a President that needs to be impeached? This is a President that has endured more than any President since Abraham Lincoln as per total and complete public hate; that includes the media.
On to our friend, Editor of the National Review and well known talk show contributor Rich Lowry.
Election Too Important to be Left to Voters
The Democrats believe that the 2020 election is too important to be left to the voters.
It’s obvious that President Donald Trump withheld defense aid to Ukraine to pressure its president to commit to the investigations that he wanted, an improper use of his power that should rightly be the focus of congressional investigation and hearings.
Where the Democrats have gotten tangled up is trying to find a justification that supports the enormous weight of impeaching and removing a president for the first time in our history.
They’ve cycled through different arguments. First, Trump’s offense was said to be a quid pro quo, a phrase cast aside for supposedly being too Latin for the public to understand; then it was bribery, which has lost ground lately, presumably because of the inherent implausibility of the charge; now, the emphasis is on Trump’s invitation to the Ukrainians to “meddle” and “interfere” in our elections.
This is posited to be an ongoing threat. Nancy Pelosi said in her statement calling on the House to draft articles of impeachment: “Our democracy is what is at stake. The president leaves us no choice but to act because he is trying to corrupt, once again, the election for his own benefit.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said on “Meet the Press” that Trump has to be impeached “for posing the considerable risk that he poses to the next election.” Asked if he thinks the 2020 election will be on the up and up, he said: “I don’t know. The president, based on his past performance, will do everything he can to make it not a fair election.”
The gravamen of this case is that the election is too crucial to allow the incumbent president of the United States, who is leading in key battleground states and has some significant chance of winning, to run. In fact, the integrity of the election is so at risk that the U.S. Senate should keep the public from rendering a judgment on Donald Trump’s first term, or deciding between him and, say, his nemesis Joe Biden.
Of course, it’s possible to imagine a circumstance where a president would indeed present such a grave risk to our elections that he’d have to be removed. This is a reason that we have the impeachment process in the first place. But what’s the real harm that Trump’s foolhardy Ukraine adventure presented?
The bottom line is that after tsk-tsking Trump for refusing to say in advance that he’d accept the outcome of the 2016 election, Democrats have steadfastly refused to truly accept the 2016 result (allegedly the work of the Russians) and now are signaling they won’t accept next year’s election either, should they lose again.
Given their druthers, Trump wouldn’t be an option for the voters. They are rushing their impeachment, in part, because they know that as November 2020 approaches, it becomes steadily less tenable to portray the man who wants to run in an election as the threat to democracy and the people who want to stop him as its champions.
With every day that passes, the Democrats risk creating the perception that they themselves are a threat to the 2020 election.
© 2019 King Features Synd., Inc.