Dems divide nation
By the time this publication hits the streets, the Senate impeachment trial will reach its third day. No one knows where it will be at this point, but we should be very cognizant of how we got here. Simply put, this impeachment – the finding of “high crimes and misdemeanors” by the House of Representatives marks new low point in the political life of this nation. It has accomplished two things: made us more divided than at any time since 1861; and has infected the nation with doubt about its institutions.
On the first point, the argument can be made that we’ve been headed in this direction for decades. The post-war notion by liberal elites that the United States is an illegitimate and dangerous nation has become main-stream. It is taught in our universities and public schools. In the name of diversity, these elites teach of oppression of native peoples and the imposition of slavery. Yet, they never complete the story. They never put a context other than the darkest and most evil on the events of our nationhood.
Slavery is considered the original sin of the nation. That argument can be made. But let us remember that slavery was a worldwide institution, and importation of African slaves was the work of other Africans, Middle Easterns and Europeans. Slaves were usually the vanquished tribesmen, captured or defeated in battle. Many times, whole populations were killed, other times they were put into slavery, and either kept by the victorious warlords or sold to others. Is that context ever taught?
We don’t condone slavery. We fought a civil war because of it. Imprudent attempts after that war to vanquish the South caused many of the subsequent problems. Yet is was the moral code of a Christian nation that brought about the end of slavery. And it took more than a century to bring about the changes that we have today. Yet, there are those who would divide us again by race, ethnicity, social status and sexual orientation, not to mention the faux issue of “gender.”
The second division, distrust in our institutions is a lesson in irony. It was the Democratic National Committee, the Hillary Clinton campaign and an Obama Justice Department that used false information against an American citizen to get into the Trump campaign. It was they, not Trump, that used this information to do what they accuse Trump of doing: sowing discord and distrust.
Irony is lost on the Democrats, but they accuse Trump and his supporters of destroying our political institutions, when it was their actions, their constant investigations, and their disinformation campaign that has brought distrust to many. Russian leader Vladimir Putin could not have done a better job – the job he is accused of – than the Democrats did.
Democrats have also done what Trump himself could not have done: brought many people to his side. Their constant call to “resist,” their incessant insanity, and their desire to impeach from Day One of his administration have turned many people against the party and tacit supporters of the President.
Recent reviews show that more than half the people attending rallies for Trump were either Democrats or Independents. That should scare the hell out of the Dems. But they are too focused on this fool’s errand of impeachment to mollify their rabid base. We hope they enjoy it…while it lasts.