For John, BLUF: If Donald Trump's election cannot be allowed to stand, then there are only a small number of paths left if he can't be eased out of office via impeachment. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Here is the sub-headline:
When legal bloodhounds and baying critics fail to take out Trump, what’s next? The Resistance wants Trump’s head — on the chopping block.
From National Review, by Professor Victor Davis Hanson, 24 April 2018.
Here are the first two paragraphs:
n the domestic and foreign fronts, the Trump administration has prompted economic growth and restored U.S. deterrence. Polls show increased consumer confidence, and in some, Trump himself has gained ground. Yet good news is bad news to the Resistance and its strange continued efforts to stop an elected president in a way it failed to do in the 2016 election.I think this is a pretty fair description of the situation, and the Resistance.
Indeed, the aim of the so-called Resistance to Donald J. Trump is ending Trump’s presidency by any means necessary before the 2020 election. Or, barring that, it seeks to so delegitimize him that he becomes presidentially impotent. It has been only 16 months since Trump took office and, in the spirit of revolutionary fervor, almost everything has been tried to derail him. Now we are entering uncharted territory — at a time when otherwise the country is improving and the legal exposure of Trump’s opponents increases daily.
Then we get a recap of recent history
First came the failed lawsuits after the election alleging voting-machine tampering. Then there was the doomed celebrity effort to convince some state electors not to follow their constitutional duty and to deny Trump the presidency — a gambit that, had it worked, would have wrecked the Constitution. Then came the pathetic congressional boycott of the inauguration and the shrill nationwide protests against the president.The event that really stands out for me is Acting Attorney General Sally Yates refusing to implement a Presidential Order with regard to Immigration. Sure, every subordinate owes the boss a "But, Sir". However, it didn't appear, from the news reports, that Ms Yates asked to meet with the President to put her position to him one-on-one. And, she didn't tender her resignation, which would have been the honorable thing to do when one feels there is an ethical or legal impediment to executing the order. No, she just told President Trump to pound sand. Not very professional Does she feel the Department of Justice is independent of the Executive Branch? Where did she go to law school? .
Next was the sad effort to introduce articles of impeachment. After that came weird attempts to cite Trump for violations of the emoluments clause of the Constitution. That puerile con was followed by plans to declare him deranged and mentally unfit so that he could be removed under the 25th Amendment. From time to time, Obama holdovers in the DOJ, National Security Council, and FBI sought to leak information, or they refused to carry out presidential orders.
As the Resistance goes from one ploy to the next, it ignores its string of failed prior efforts, forgetting everything and learning nothing. State nullification is no longer neo-Confederate but an any-means-necessary progressive tool. Suing the government weekly is proof of revolutionary fides, not a waste of California’s taxpayer dollars.
Here is how Professor Hanson wraps it up:
The danger to the country this time around is that the Left has so destroyed the old protocols of the opposition party that it will be hard to resurrect them when progressives return to power.From this article I take it that the author thinks if Special Counsel Mueller strikes out, in the end, and especially if the Boston Globe touted Blue Tsunami doesn’t happen in November, that the Progressives/Never Trumpers only have revolutionary violence remaining. The Author alludes to the French Revolution and the Committee of Public Safety. That would not be good. That would not be good because what comes next is Madame La Guillotine, or some suitable substitute.
We are entering revolutionary times. The law is no longer equally applied. The media are the ministry of truth. The Democratic party is a revolutionary force. And it is all getting scary.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff