Our soldiers don bulletproof armor to protect themselves from the bullets of our enemies. It is a neat concept! Doesn’t everyone want to be invincible, perfectly safe from the attacks of their enemies?
What about politicians? Don’t they war with words? Don’t they bring their enemies to trial with words? How do politicians armor themselves against words? With political spin.
What are President Donald Trump’s political adversaries are trying to do to him? Don’t Democrats want Trump tried and convicted in the Senate? What exactly is Trump’s alleged crime? Well, check out Is ignorance of the Constitution Trump’s defense? by Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge. Here is the flavor of his column.
Federal election laws prohibit as criminal the mere solicitation of foreign help for a federal political campaign, whether the aid arrives or not. Federal law also prohibits and defines as bribery the intentional withholding or offering to withhold the performance of an official duty until a thing of value arrives, whether the thing of value arrives or not. Solicitation of foreign campaign assistance and bribery are the rare federal crimes that are defined by an attempt or an offer to commit them, even if they are never consummated. (from here)
What’s wrong with Napolitano’s reasoning? So long as a Democrat is running for office, there is no way for a Republican to prosecute them. Supposedly, Republicans have an unavoidable conflict of interest, and the crony capitalist news media is going to tell us all about that. Unfortunately, it has become altogether too obvious that Democrats (including the crony capitalist news media) don’t dig up dirt on Democrats, not unless that party has decided that that Democrat has become too great a liability.
Fortunately, the United States still has reporters focused on facts instead of partisan special interests. Who are they? Well, we are all biased, but John Solomon Reports seems to be a decent source. Consider what he wrote here.
A State Department official who served in the U.S. embassy in Kiev told Congress that the Obama administration tried in 2016 to partner with the Ukrainian gas firm that employed Hunter Biden but the project was blocked over corruption concerns.
George Kent, the former charge d’affair at the Kiev embassy, said in testimony released Thursday that the State Department’s main foreign aid agency, known as USAID, planned to co-sponsor a clean energy project with Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian gas firm that employed Hunter Biden as a board member.
At the time of the proposed project, Burisma was under investigation in Ukraine for alleged corruption. Those cases were settled in late 2016 and early 2017. Burisma contested allegations of corruption but paid a penalty for tax issues.
Kent testified he personally intervened in mid-2016 to stop USAID’s joint project with Burisma because American officials believed the corruption allegations against the gas firm raised concern.
“There apparently was an effort for Burisma to help cosponsor, I guess, a contest that USAID was sponsoring related to clean energy. And when I heard about it I asked USAID to stop that sponsorship,” Kent told lawmakers.
When asked why he intervened, he answered: “”Because Burisma had a poor reputation in the business, and I didn’t think it was appropriate for the U.S. Government to be co-sponsoring something with a company that had a bad reputation.” (continued here)
Now consider this short little video from the Wall Street Journal (below is the full video (from CFR Meeting About Withholding Aid To Ukraine To Force Firing Of Prosecutor) (realclearpolitics.com)).
Here are a couple of other articles.
- Joe Biden’s 2020 Ukrainian nightmare: A closed probe is revived (thehill.com)
- Explainer: Biden, allies pushed out Ukrainian prosecutor because he didn’t pursue corruption cases (usatoday.com)
Now ask yourself a question. Why isn’t Joe Biden in jail?
Here is a transcript of Trump’s supposedly illegal conversation with the leader of Ukraine. Judge the legality of it for yourself. Just keep in mind what Democrats seem to believe. So long as they are running for office, it is illegal to prosecute them. Even H. Clinton, after she deliberately put a server in her basement with classified information on it, was immune from prosecution by the Obama administration. Can you imagine what the press would have done if a Republican administration had tried to prosecute her? Can you imagine a Republican caught with a classified server in his or her basement?
Republicans, however, especially Conservative Republicans, appear to be fair game for prosecution. In fact, the crony capitalist news media wants us to believe that Democrats have nothing to personally gain by successfully prosecuting President Trump.
What is our role as citizens? We have to judge the performance of our leaders. That requires wisdom and humility.
James 3:13-18 Good News Translation (GNT)
The Wisdom from Above
13 Are there any of you who are wise and understanding? You are to prove it by your good life, by your good deeds performed with humility and wisdom. 14 But if in your heart you are jealous, bitter, and selfish, don’t sin against the truth by boasting of your wisdom. 15 Such wisdom does not come down from heaven; it belongs to the world, it is unspiritual and demonic. 16 Where there is jealousy and selfishness, there is also disorder and every kind of evil. 17 But the wisdom from above is pure first of all; it is also peaceful, gentle, and friendly; it is full of compassion and produces a harvest of good deeds; it is free from prejudice and hypocrisy. 18 And goodness is the harvest that is produced from the seeds the peacemakers plant in peace.
Like our leaders, we cannot avoid a conflict of interest. We all have an interest in the outcome. In addition, our news is filled with political spin. So we have difficult task discerning the truth from what we wish to believe.
Whether the policies we desire are implemented depends upon who is running our government. We cannot see into the hearts of the people who lead us. We cannot easily judge their motives, but we can judge our own desires, force ourselves to objectively consider the facts, and pray. Do the facts provide Trump sufficient cause to ask Ukraine to help the Justice Department investigate corrupt activities by Americans in Ukraine? Did Trump ask the leader of the Ukraine to manufacture a crime or to find the evidence of actual crimes? Is there any evidence that Trump abused his power and extorted the cooperation of the leader of Ukraine in an illegal activity?