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(Continued from “Truth, Justice, and the American Way – Part 1a Andy v. Robert“)
If Republicans are not careful, Obama’s most enduring legacy may be a perversion of federal power to ensure that no GOP, present or future, can be assured safety from prosecution or persecution (see protests against Trump staff or the legal fees and testimony under oath many experienced). Democrats started using the law and federal power against Americans they considered opponents during the Obama administration…improperly surveilling specific reporters like Rosen and Attkisson, using IRS to target conservatives to name a couple of examples. As the Obama era wound to a close, things like having key members of the FBI/DOJ upper echelon go rogue, or changing the rules to allow several agencies to receive classified information must have been a piece of cake.
Though there are some top-notch people in the administration now, recruiting similar talent may not continue for future administrations given what’s been done to Trump. More than one person who worked in some capacity with the Trump campaign who was targeted but not charged have said that they will never work for a Republican again…they don’t want the harassment and can’t afford the legal bills to protect themselves from the feds.
There used to be one overarching precept that applied to federal employees of every agency: you left your personal politics/opinions at the door while at work and any time your position/title was mentioned, so that there would be no question you applied government laws/rules/regulations equally to every American irrespective of race or creed. Violate that precept and you were no longer a federal employee. Now, even when that precept has been flagrantly violated and been splashed all over the national news, an agency finds it difficult to remove violators due to public sector union protections. The old unifying cardinal precept has been superseded by the individual’s ‘right to have and express differing political opinions’.
Simply put, there’s nothing to keep the Democrats from doing to any other GOP politician what they’ve done (with the help of some GOP) and are trying to do (also with the continuing help of some GOP) to Donald Trump. There’s precedent now…employees know that as long as it’s the GOP, there’s very little to stop them from doing whatever they want. No law that can’t be twisted or Constitutionally-granted right that can’t be infringed upon. No departmental rule that can’t be broken. No GOP united as one to properly exert their Constitutional prerogatives to ensure the rule of law is followed. And few journalists who will investigate any of it impartially, much less condemn them in the court of public opinion.
Impartiality necessitates having carefully and objectively considered pre-established red lines which trigger action, particularly for actions such as removal of a President. I have mine. And the more I see things like … Congress not receiving documents and unredacted answers; speculation on POTUS’ mental state and fitness for duty based on gossip and cleverly timed media hit jobs; and a lack of curiosity (save for a few committee heads in the House/Senate) for getting at the basic question of what happened in the 2016 election while all else gets investigated, re-investigated, indicted and prosecuted out the wazoo … well, the more stubborn I get about not wantin’ Trump goin’ anywhere unless he crosses that red line of mine or gets voted out by me and my fellow Americans.
Truthfully, when it’s between 1) DOJ/Mueller doing a fair and just investigation to get to the bottom of what happened in 2016 and prosecuting accordingly, 2) Congress getting all the information/answers it needs and taking effective oversight action, and 3) my fellow Americans getting it right at the voting booth; I’m going with #3 as the best option for upholding Truth, Justice, and the American Way.
If the 2018 Great Blue Wave some are convinced is imminent does not actually occur, and the House in particular remains at least somewhat close (I don’t expect GOP will retain as large a majority as they currently have,) there should be a great packing of bags and vacating the premises at DOJ given what I’ve discussed in these two posts alone — including the swift wrapping up of Herr Mueller’s ill-advised assignment and confirmation of a new Attorney General who’s tough enough to clean up the DOJ and free of campaign association with anything Slavic in nature that would prevent full performance of his duties (I’d be happy never again to hear the word “Russia” mentioned in Senate confirmation hearings). I suspect the need for a new DNI and FBI Director would not be an entirely sad event at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave…I know it wouldn’t be at my address.
If y’all got this far, thanks for reading. I know it was two posts full, but I had 16 months of thoughts piled up that were nagging me this weekend to condense on paper :-) Comments about the subject are welcome … perspectives, predictions, etc. Or a good joke if you fancy a laugh after this heavy subject matter (I’m off to find old Tim Conway Carol Burnett Show clips on YouTube after I finish typing this).