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With the unveiling of the latest “bombshell” to extend and draw out the sham impeachment of Donald Trump, some have compared the perfected timed leak from John Bolton’s book to the final stages of the Kavanaugh hearings. The whole thing is in effect over, with the left seeming to hold a losing hand. Then suddenly here comes a “new source” who can turn the tide. It is a false claim but it does its job of delaying and also adding to the smear which will remain as a stain on its subject. In Justice Kavanaugh’s case, it was an easily proven false claim from long ago. But the leftist tactic goes back deeper into history than that.
It was almost exactly the method used on probably one of the top five Justices we have ever had on the Supreme Court (I would say top three), Clarence Thomas. Thomas had already worked his way through the briar-patch of the hearings proving to all that the leftists led by a younger but just as corrupt Joe Biden was no match on subjects such as the Constitution. But the hearings were reopened when the “surprise” accusation from Anita Hill was sprung.
In a Reagan-like moment, Thomas discarded advice about not challenging the integrity of the Senators and confronted them face-to-face with his “lynching” reply. It is a moment worth reviewing in this age of easily found video. Justice Thomas is face-to-face with Joe Biden and delivers a message that is not just timeless but is an exact fit for us right now. If one wants to compare the quality of either man, watch that video.
The tactic that had worn down the nomination of Judge Bork had not worked this time. I wish the lesson had been more deeply learned by the members of the GOP establishment who prize their informal status in the political class more than they do original principles.
Of course, the tactic is much older than even the Thomas hearings. But the vintage is not important. It is important that any references in Bolton’s book have nothing to do with the impeachment. No matter what President Trump may or may not have preferred, wanted, wished for or prayed for nothing was done but what should have been done.
This distraction is poison for the Constitution and for the process of impeachment. That can be easily argued later.
But for the GOP senators to embrace it, or just put up with it, is a potential poison for the party itself. The Republican Party created the Trump presidency because they abandoned the founding vision. No, they didn’t become wild-eyed socialists. They simply did not fight for the founding vision. They certainly voiced support for it, in an enlightened, “evolving” sort of way. They did not jump into the rushing stream of progressive, global “awakening.” They simply walked slowly along the bank in the same direction. A few even would occasionally wade along the edges. In doing so they remained in semi-good favor with those of the political class who set the tables of power and who wrote the books, newspapers, and television copy.
The Bolton “bombshell” is just another chance for those same bank walkers to show their “open-mindedness.” At the moment, it seems that Pierre Delecto (Mitt Romney) is leading the effort as part of his continuing attempt to reposition himself as important. Not far behind, of course, are the constant wind checkers from Maine, Alaska, and beyond. But the whole scorecard can likely change by the fall of this evening. Lindsey Graham’s flag always depends on the mood of the moment without McCain to tag along behind.
Going back a mere 40 years in time, the GOP establishment has been given at least three chances to prove themselves worthy of the banner they claim as defenders of the Constitution and the founding vision. They failed the first two badly.
The first was when Ronald Reagan was able to finally step past them to the nomination and two landslide victories. They had only to follow in the footsteps and example. They failed. The single term of Bush I was hardly the third term of Reagan, which is what the people had voted for. That is why it was a single term.
Bush II was only a semi-chance actually. The Tea Party provided the real second chance. It was as much a reaction to the results of Bush II and the go-along of the establishment as it was to Fearless Leader Obama. The GOP blew it again.
Frankly, the Trump presidency is the result of those failures and lack of fight shown by the Republican Party. And in just three years, the results of a sincere, determined effort can be seen. The vote was not just to stop the constant progressive march “forward” but to reverse it. During the 12 years of Republican administrations between Reagan and Trump, ground was constantly, consistently lost.
I am afraid that we are on verge of the GOP-majority Senate voting to bring in witnesses in a pointless cave to popular media and relentless public clamor from the left. That would not only be weak as rainwater but destructive to the Constitutional process.
If they are really interested in fighting corruption in the executive branch, they have plenty of targets where there already exists an abundance of public records. The Bidens are surely among those. But there is a trove of ready material waiting to be explored about the last administration’s spying during the 2016 elections. Sharyl Attkisson has a couple of books worth of proof concerning the targeting of her as she investigated the Obama administration’s scandals. The list can be long and does not need to be rehashed.
I have never been a “third party” advocate. I lean much more toward Reagan’s preference of “taking over” the Republican Party from those who hold it back from its original calling. As most of us know, the Whig Party was one of the two major political parties after the turn of the 19th century. They basically replaced the Federalists. But they too passed away to time.
As the issue of slavery rose more and more to the front of the national mind, beginning roughly in the 1830s, the Democrat Party was pretty much the party of “leave alone” if not outright expansion. Despite the latest attempts to rewrite our history, our Founding and our Constitution were not pro-slavery events. They were, in fact, the opposite. The Whig Party’s failure to take a strong stand, their failure to stand up and fight, led to their demise. They were replaced by a new party which took up the mantle of anti-slavery. And that party not only prospered but had a decisive hand in directing the future of the nation.
For those who voted for Donald Trump, the campaign was not about the man but about a spirited fight to regain that original American vision – and to put the people themselves (mostly those “credulous boomer rubes”) at the center of the nation’s governance. That vision has been under constant attack for over 100 years. What is at stake is the future of that vision and my liberty. I have come to the point where if the GOP wants to remain a major party, they either need to join us – or get the hell out of our way.