Impeachment Was the Epitome of Hypocrisy

Just when I had concluded that Congress couldn’t do anything more hypocritical than what I had already witnessed, they impeached the president…again! Forceful removal from national office is justified, but for many prominent Democrats rather than the president. Let’s review who is really guilty of inciting insurrection.

First, much of President Trump’s rhetoric at the rally on January 6th was unwise in my opinion. But, he never once urged the crowd to do anything illegal and certainly did not suggest engaging in violence or entering the Capitol building. He did not incite insurrection–period. He said, “We’re going to walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen.” He did not even organize the rally. It was organized by a non-profit group, Women for America First, and they invited him to speak. Yet, in the impeachment proceedings on Wednesday, the Democrats testified one after another that Trump “planned, organized, and directed the mob to violently storm the Capitol.” Anyone has the right to criticize the president’s words and actions prior to the riot, but no one has the right to blatantly lie about his words and actions. The fact is the votes to impeach were based on lies as was the case for the last impeachment. However, the truth is that several politicians should be removed from office.

Joe Biden said he would like to take Trump behind the gym and “beat the hell out of him.” Throughout his campaign, his silence regarding the unprecedented violence by radical leftists was his tacit approval and an invitation for the mobs to continue. Many lives were lost.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “I just don’t know why there aren’t uprisings all over the country. Maybe there will be.”

Vice President Elect Kamala Harris urged that, “Protesters should not let up.”

Congresswoman Maxine Waters urged her followers, “If you see anybody from (Trump’s) cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

Senator Cory Booker said he wanted to punch the president.

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley said of Black Lives Matter, “There needs to be unrest in the streets.”

In large measure, Democratic rhetoric of this kind has incited radical leftists to conduct criminal insurrections across America.

In 2011, thousands of Democrat anarchists stormed the Wisconsin Capitol and occupied it for two weeks. The Democrat response: “This is what democracy looks like.”

In 2016, hundreds of BLM activists blocked interstate highways and violently accosted police, killing several. The Democrat response: “To assign the actions of one person to an entire movement is dangerous and irresponsible.”

In 2018, a mob stormed the Supreme Court building and pounded on the door yelling threats. The Democrat response: “It’s understandable.”

Last summer, in major cities across the country, groups of leftists marched in streets, set buildings on fire, looted businesses, assaulted innocent bystanders and police, killing several. The Democrat response: “These are mostly peaceful protests.”

Later, mobs seized several blocks of downtown Seattle for days declaring it an autonomous zone of self government. The Democrat response: “It’s a block party atmosphere.”

In August, a crazed mob attacked several prominent Republicans, including Senator Rand Paul, departing late night from the Republican Convention. DC police were told to stand down. The Democrat response: Silence.

Ignoring their own guilt, this Democratic Congress has doubled the number of impeachments in our nation’s history, this time without even a traditional inquiry and investigation. And only for political gain. The Democrats’ appeal for unity is totally hollow.

Trump May Be the Most Loving President Ever

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In the wake of the impeachment trial and all the accusations of hate personified in our president, the title of this post will seem preposterous to many. However, let’s zoom out from all the media and public rhetoric that constantly slam him and view what really drives him. We will see a president who loves the American people more than any of his predecessors have. Let’s take a look.

Certainly, the president does not endear himself to Americans by his over-inflated ego, his boisterous language, and his put-down of adversaries in speech and tweets. His disregard for tradition and the status quo has drawn the rabid ire of his political foes. Without a doubt, he offers a daily dish of opportunity for harsh criticism. Do we all wish he would dial it back? Absolutely. But it’s important that we see through his often impulsive and repulsive methodology and understand the underlying compassion in his purpose.

I believe evidence shows his pursuit of the presidency was not driven by ego enhancement and personal gratification as is widely believed. His concern for people’s problems and belief in his solutions were his motivation for leaving the comfortable billionaire life to lead the nation to prosperity. His three years in the White House have proven his unwavering fight for a better life for all Americans. He was convinced his business experience and economic philosophy would re-energize the nation’s economy, create jobs, and rectify the international trade imbalance. He also knew his experience would help restore our military’s credibility in defending our freedoms. He used his big-business confrontational negotiating acumen to bring China, Europe, Canada, and Mexico to the table for trade resets that benefit all Americans. His determination to drastically decrease crime and drug addiction in our country resulted in major reductions in illegal immigration. The judicial oppression and moral decay he observed in our liberal courts have been reversed by his appointments of unprecedented numbers of conservative judges. These and many more examples have convinced me that President Trump is not in this for personal gain, but for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to better the quality of life for all Americans.

If he’s so loving, why does he so often revert to words and actions that don’t fit most people’s definition of love? I have to go no further than Jesus to understand some of it. Now, don’t think I’m comparing Trump to Jesus. The president is far from divine. However, Jesus, the ultimate characterization of love for mankind, turned over tables and snapped a whip in the temple, dubbed the cultural leaders snakes, and even called his disciples fools. Yet all of Jesus’ harshness was for the ultimate loving purpose of attaining the best for all people.

I have observed 12 presidents in my lifetime and none has accomplished as much good for all Americans in his first term as President Donald Trump. This in spite of his incurring more vengeful opposition than any of the other 11. He has a rare knack for throwing off the opponents’ attacks and concentrating on the people’s needs.

President Trump’s bizarre actions and inflammatory words are sometimes attributable to his character and personality. More often, though, I believe they are theatrics and purposeful means to an end–unorthodox methods of producing the overall good for all concerned. He has never shown any tendency toward corruption but has rooted out corruption at every turn. He has never shown any desire for dictatorship but has supported freedom at every level. He has never shown any sinister motives but has outed many sinister plots of others. He has never shown any motivation but that which would elevate the standard of living for all Americans.

Unlike our view of other presidents and world leaders, our perception of this president¬† has to penetrate the surface to realize who he really is and what he values. His love for America and its people is clear in all he deems worth fighting for. He works feverishly to accomplish what will improve the safety and quality of life for those he loves, the American people. Isn’t that what we want in a president?

Process or Production–Which Do We Want from Washington?

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America’s government in Washington is broken and unresponsive. By and large, our elected officials have become so focused on the governing processes that little or nothing is getting done. Particularly, for the last three years they have been gridlocked in bureaucratic shuffling, and we have seen scant production. That is the new normal. Let me expand on this.

In government affairs, those at the very top crave resolution to problems and needs. But those responsible for generating those resolutions tend to justify their existence by meeting, debating, scheming, delaying, and making excuses. Producing results would leave them no opportunity to practice their bureaucratic expertise. It’s like a chef over-cooking a steak because he wants to keep practicing his culinary skills. I experienced this at many levels in the military.

When I was on the staff at Headquarters European Command, my ultimate on-location boss was a four-star general, the commander-in-chief of all US forces in Europe. I led a small staff responsible for preparing the four-star for Congressional Testimony several times a year. The problem was I had a two-star and a three-star between me and the four-star. I spent almost all my time forwarding paper after paper from my staff and attending meeting after meeting with my immediate bosses. My production was gummed up by the most minute and senseless tweaks to the final advice for the four-star. Yet the four-star was always asking for quicker responses and wasn’t interested in unanimity of the staff or absolute perfection. Our products were usually late and often inferior due to the process.

I see the same wasteful processes in Washington. We have a businessman for our president who is a problem solver–a results man. He was not raised in the environment of government paralysis. Unfortunately, he has to suffer a Congress, particularly the Democratic-controlled House, that glories in processes, rules, and partisan showmanship. To them, congressional process is not a means to an end but an end in itself. Legislators measure their success not in productivity but in how to work the system for partisan gain. Their objectives are to hold the hard line, over-analyze the issues, and use delay tactics to wear down the opposition.

It is amazing that the president has accomplished so much in three years regardless of the quagmire on the Hill. We will never know what advances could have been made for our nation had the legislative branch produced instead of processed.

The impeachment process in particular has completely consumed the House for over three years. From the get-go, every member of Congress knew the allegations were baseless and would result in the ultimate exoneration of the president. Yet the majority chose to disregard the obvious result and ignore the dire need for many legislative actions that would improve the lives of Americans. They opted to immerse themselves in the agonizing process of impeachment that would logjam all of Washington. In 2020, we must act on what we have experienced.

Between now and November, we must be aggressive and determined to reelect the most results-oriented president in our history. We must act similarly to fill the congressional seats with those who are committed to streamlining process in order to produce. If you agree, please like and share this post.

 

Impeachment Hearing Reality

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I have avoided commenting on the impeachment because it has been so media saturated. However, after watching much of the first day of the televised hearing, I must make a few observations. Never in my life have I witnessed such a brazen attempt to invalidate the majority will of the people. True patriotic Americans must stand against this elitist liberal majority in Congress who are denying Democracy.

In 2016, Americans elected one of the most unusual candidates for president in our nation’s history. President Donald J. Trump won 57% to 43%. His victory so shocked most Democrats, many were talking impeachment before he even assumed office. Since his election in 2016, liberals have been obsessed with impeaching this duly elected president any way they can. When the two-year, over $25,000,000 Mueller investigation flopped, the desperate Dems had to come up with something else quickly to ensure he didn’t win a second term. The best they could do was to make something huge out of almost nothing in the president’s dealings with the president of Ukraine.

The problem Democrats and a scant few Republicans have with President Trump boils down to his unorthodox businessman approach to running this country. He is not playing by the norms of Washington and is a threat to the establishment, often called the “deep state.” America did something in 2016 that had never been done before. The majority got so fed up with Washington’s incompetence and lack of accountability, they opted for an outsider businessman who would bring fresh ideas to governing and would not be intimidated by the politically ensconced establishment.

That out-of-the-political-mainstream president America elected has produced the best economy in decades, strengthened the military, re-established our respect abroad, reassured domestic freedoms, streamlined governing processes, and refocused the nation’s priorities toward Christianity. He has without question kept his campaign promise to “make America great again.” Granted, these national advancements have come with some consternation involving many people’s concept of how the nation’s leader should behave. This is evident in the current impeachment debacle.

President Trump came to the White House as a wealthy business man, not a seasoned politician. Regarding the Ukraine issue, he stretched the political norm by engaging in personal, back-channel negotiations with another head of state in what might seem more like a business deal than a diplomatic action. Our president has acted in both domestic and international exchanges more out of business pragmatism than out of political expediency. This alternative diplomacy, celebrated by most conservatives, is being flagged by the liberals as bribery and extortion–a giant leap from reality. I suppose desperate times call for desperate measures from today’s Democrats.

The president had good reasons to pursue investigation of Ukraine’s past corrupt business dealings that have hurt the United States. The fact that his potential opponent, Vice President Biden as well as his son, were likely involved in some related shady activities added to his incentive to investigate. However, there is no law to prevent him from doing so. If anything was broken here, it was only precedent, not law. The substantive issue is whether the president withheld foreign aid approved by Congress for Ukraine in exchange for an investigation by that country–a so-called “quid pro quo.” Although, he obliquely implied to Ukraine’s president Zelensky that the aid would follow the commitment to an investigation involving the Bidens, the aid was delivered without such a commitment. The businessman Trump apparently used the aid temporarily as an incentive for Zelensky to investigate, but wisely never intended to make it a quid pro quo.

The Democrats’ problem is two-fold. First, they can’t get past the election loss that set back their liberal socialist agenda. Secondly, they just can’t stomach the undiplomatic maneuvering and the unconventional methods being used successfully by the president. Even though it is ultimately in the best interests of America, his methodology counters much of the tradition the establishment has learned to operate within. These changes in technique reduce the power of his opponents. How dare an outsider sit in the oval office and operate from a whole new paradigm! What they don’t seem to grasp is that the same majority that elected this “renegade” likes what he is doing and will vote for him again. The Democrats’ determination to take Trump down is only feeding the Republicans’ determination to give him a second term.

I predict the Democratic majority House will impeach President Trump regardless of how irrational that is. Then, the Senate impeachment trial will exonerate him leaving him in office for the rest of this term. The majority of Americans will be so disgusted with the Democrats, they will hand a landslide victory to the president next year. The Democrats’ unprecedented hatred for our president will be their demise.

The last three years of American politics have been a laughing stock for the entire world to see. Our political process resembles that of a third-world country. We should all be embarrassed. I sure am.

 

Understanding Impeachment

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We’ve all been subjected to the Democrat threats of Trump impeachment, but what is really at stake? The term “impeach” is highly provocative and refers to the first step to unseat a properly elected president. The present effort is taking national divisiveness to a new level with virtually no chance of conviction. Few people really understand impeachment, but all citizens need to. Let’s look at just what it is and what it is not.

Many view impeachment to mean the removal of a president. However, it is just like an indictment in the court system. A president has to be later convicted of the articles of impeachment to be removed. The whole process is codified into law by Article 1 of the Constitution which basically follows the 14th Century British process. It is not a criminal trial process, but rather a determination of fitness for office.

Very serious charges have to be considered by the Congress in order begin an impeachment process. Article 1 specifies “treason, bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors” as justification for impeachment. Such infractions of the law would have to be compiled into Articles, or charges, of Impeachment by the House of Representatives. The House would select certain members as prosecutors to make the case before their full body. Then, they would need a simple majority of those voting to impeach, which they would probably have in this Congress (217 out of 433 [currently two vacancies], and they have 235 Democrats). Should they impeach, it would be only an indictment that would then go to the Senate for a conviction decision to remove the president.

The whole body of the Senate would consider the evidence in a court-like trial with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, as presiding judge. As in the House, a Senate committee of prosecutors would bring the charges. The Senate would then require a two-thirds super-majority vote to convict (67 out of 100). So only 34 Republican votes would be needed to block conviction. The Senate has 53 Republicans. The bottom line is there would be almost zero chance of conviction unless the president were proven to have committed some kind of heinous crime. Most Americans would view the House action as purely political and an abuse of their constitutional responsibility. Democratic representatives would be attempting a last-ditch effort to oust the president because everything else had failed.

In the history of America, no president has ever been removed from office following impeachment. In 1842, an attempt to impeach John Tyler for vetoing a string of tariff bills failed to get a House majority vote. In 1868, Andrew Johnson was impeached for replacing the Secretary of the Navy without Congressional consent, but the Senate fell short of the two-thirds vote for conviction. In 1999, Bill Clinton was impeached in the Monica Lewinsky debacle, but the Senate couldn’t muster even a majority of votes to convict him.¬†Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 over the Watergate cover-up before an impending impeachment.

If a president would ever be removed by impeachment and conviction, the vice president would assume the presidency and would select a new vice president. If the vice president were also removed or declined the position, the speaker of the House Pelosi, oh my!, would become president.

There is no provision for a president to appeal an impeachment or conviction. However, removal by impeachment and conviction for a crime is not subject to sentencing. If criminal activity is involved, the president would be subject to entering the criminal justice system afterward for possible arrest, indictment, trial, conviction, and sentencing.

So, what does all the hoopla about impeaching Trump bode for his future? Almost assuredly nothing. Incivility, miscalculations, even lying and sharing of classified information are not impeachable offenses. Even impeachable offenses such as Clinton’s obstruction of justice would not likely result in conviction and removal. Treason, bribery, and high crimes are very high bars to clear. Personally, I don’t believe impeachment of President Trump will ever get past the threat stage, and shouldn’t. Even if the craziness in the House somehow managed to get the President impeached, there is hardly any possibility of conviction in the Senate. Unless something turns up tantamount to treason or murder, the¬† storm winds of impeachment will have no more effect than a light breeze.

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Post-Blue-Wave America

The historical shift away from the President’s party in midterm congressional elections will happen eight weeks from now if conservatives don’t storm the voting booths in record numbers. It’s all about turnout, and the liberals are building momentum. If conservatives fail to uncharacteristically overwhelm the polls, here is what post-blue-wave America will look like:

The Democratic majority in the House will reinstate Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House.

The Democratic majority in the Senate will elect Chuck Schumer as Senate Majority Leader

Congress will immediately begin the impeachment process for President Trump. He will not be removed from office, but the process will supersede all other congressional initiatives for months rendering the presidency almost powerless.

All White House proposals will be dead on arrival in Congress, and all conservative bills will die in committee for the next two years.

The Trump tax cuts will be reversed resulting in economic downturn, stalled GDP growth, recession, and rocketing unemployment.

The Socialism preference of the majority of Democrats (57% according to last month’s Gallup Poll) will begin to shift our nation away from Capitalism and toward Socialism as Senators and Representative appease their constituents. The likes of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be the new faces of the majority Democrat Party.

Any future Supreme Court nominee–and there will likely be at least one more from this President–will not be approved by the Senate. Any vacancy in the Court will probably not be filled during the remaining term of this presidency.

The present rate of movement to the extreme left by radical liberals will increase exponentially on its way to becoming the established culture of the nation.

Illegal immigration will go virtually unabated with open borders, the U.S. Border Patrol and ICE will be severely weakened, and sanctuary cities will grow under government protection. All illegal immigrants will be offered amnesty and citizenship. Criminal activity by illegal immigrants will flourish.

Liberalization of social issues will see America lead the world in abortion, gay marriage, transgender rights, political correctness, suppression of religious freedom, disrespect for family values, etc.

National defense will be weakened as investment in military modernization and growth is reversed making America more vulnerable to Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea.

The Second Amendment will be largely disregarded as restrictive federal gun control laws are enacted.

Much greater dependence on the government by individuals will be the result of free higher education, free child care and preschool, Obamacare expansion, more people qualified for food stamps, etc. This will increase the national debt and raise taxes significantly.

The minimum wage will increase to $15.00 which will shoot prices upward on all goods and services, launch abnormal inflation, and increase interest rates.

This list is just a small sampling of America under a new radical Democrat majority government. It will not be the Democrat majority Congress of the Clinton years, or even of the Obama years. This will be a new breed of liberal Democrats who have shown their colors clearly in just the last few years. The Neo-Democrats are waging a cultural war to destroy America from within as most of us know it. The Kavanaugh hearings gave us just a hint of what to expect. Conservatives have the ability to ensure this fanatical take-over of America never happens. It is as simple as every conservative in America voting on November 6th. If you’re disappointed in some of the attributes of President Trump, as I am, don’t let that have any bearing on how you vote or whether you vote. You’re not voting for a president; you’re voting for maintaining a congressional majority of conservatives. You’re voting for the very soul of America.

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