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January 21, 2020

The Morning Report - 1/21/20

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Good morning kids. Tuesday and along with yesterday's massive and massively successful pro-second amendment rally in Richmond, the big story is of course the trial phase of sham-peachment begins today. At the risk of being repetitive, it should be noted that impeachment is not a criminal proceeding; it's an entirely political process, intended by the founders/framers as an extremely rare means by which a provably criminal president could be removed from office by Congress. The other salient point is that those who would have him removed needed not only a clear bipartisan consensus for both impeachment in the House and then conviction and removal in the Senate, but most importantly the overwhelming support of the people in order to even proceed. American politicians have respected those prerequisites to the extent that only twice in 227 years (Nixon resigned before the process ever got going) have they ever resorted to attempt to remove a siting president. That is until the coming of Donald J. Trump.

The case to remove President Trump is so utterly lacking in any specific, actual and verifiable actions that even remotely in this or any other universe resemble "high crimes or misdemeanors," bipartisan support and most crucially the support of an overwhelming majority of the American people. Yet the only reason that the Democrat Party alone is going down this road to hell is because Donald Trump is, in point of fact, "guilty" of two things: winning the 2016 presidential election and surviving (even thriving) the ongoing attempted coup against him. So, precedent, the Constitution, the orderly transfer of power, and the will of the people be damned. The Democrat Party is so utterly bereft of any sense of decency, shame and self-awareness. Drunk on a toxic mix of craving power at any price as well as the Kool-Aid about who they think they are, we and Trump are and their general weltanschauung about this country, where it's been and where they demand it goes, they have crossed yet another Rubicon, and a pretty damned big one at that.

I have to wonder, would we be going down this road if instead of Trump, it was a President Cruz, Paul, Rubio or Bush III? Obviously there's no way knowing but I don't think so. The reason is that Trump is and remains an outsider. He is transformational, and his transformation involves stopping the 100-plus-year march to dismantle America as founded. From the economy to immigration to foreign affairs to the resetting of the judiciary to the intangibles of his personality and the will to fight back twice as hard that have exposed America's internal enemies to those who have eyes to see and minds to reason, I don't think any of the aforementioned would have ever come anywhere near to the Trump benchmark. They would have amounted to little more than what other elected Republicans since the end of World War Two (with the possible exception of Ronald Reagan) have ever been; seat-warmers until the next Democrat won the presidency with strict orders never to hit the brakes let alone throw it into reverse.

So here we are. On a granular level, I cannot imagine the Democrats succeeding in peeling away not just two or three but 20 GOP senators in order to reach a two-thirds majority for conviction and removal. Despite the Democrats attempt to paint McConnell as a Russian agent and/or rigging the trial in Trump's favor, this too like everything else before will blow up in their face. And yet, they will continue with more smears, more charges and more attempts to sabotage the President and sway voters from now all the way to November. That's all they have. They have no candidates or positions that even remotely reflect the politics of the average American citizen. They know it and we know it. The only thing left is to either replace the American people with illiterate peasantry from south of the border or, failing that, round us all up and put us in gulags or mass graves.

The big question remains whither America in a post-Trump (that is, post 1/20/25) landscape? The attempted coup and the concomitant attempt at impeachment means we have a political party and movement that will stop at nothing to attain power. And that means absolute power going forward. The Constitution when it is to be observed will be used as both shield and cudgel, or more than likely abandoned entirely. There is no way to use legal methods and regular order or precedent to thwart them. It is refreshing to see anecdotal things like Martha McSally calling out Manure Raju, Lindsey Graham calling out the Dems' lust for power during the attempted high tech lynching of Justice Kavanaugh, and more substantively Mitch McConnell going pedal to the metal to confirm as many Trump judicial picks as possible. I hope it's a bellwether of things to come, and of a dam bursting wide open with an unrelenting torrent of same from now on. Because, sure as G-d made little green apples, the next time the Democrats gain the White House, it'll be lights out for sure.

Ugh.

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