Our Upside-down Postelection World
Victor Davis Hanson, December 24, 2020
After Nov. 3, the meaning of some words
and concepts abruptly changed. Have you noticed how new realities have replaced
Media cross-examination of the president
is now an out-of-date idea. The time for gotcha questions has come and gone. Why
ask a president whether he is a traitor or a crook when you can focus on his
favorite flavor of milkshake or compliment him on his socks?
The old pre-election truth was that new
vaccines take years to develop. The new postelection truth is that it's no big
deal to bring out new vaccines in nine months.
Impeaching a first-term president after
his first midterm election -- on a strictly partisan vote, for political reasons
other than the Constitution's "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and
misdemeanors" -- is now a terrible idea.
Worse would be to appoint a special
counsel to harass a president on unfounded charges of collusion with China. An
even scarier notion would be a conservative dream team of partisan lawyers
hounding President Joe Biden -- using a 22-month, $40 million blank check.
It would be unprofessional for university
psychologists and physicians from a distance to diagnose, in pop fashion, the
mental faculties of a President Biden.
Certainly, there would never be talk
about Department of Justice officials contemplating wearing a wire as part of an
entrapment scheme to remove a President Biden through the 25th Amendment. That
would almost constitute a coup attempt.
Almost as bad would be for the holdover
FBI director to start "memorializing" his private conversations with Joe Biden
on FBI devices. He might then leak such memos to the press -- just in case he
were to be fired for secretly investigating Biden for "Chinese collusion" and
then lying about such a probe.
What happened to the Logan Act? Not long
ago it was assumed to be a critically needed guardrail. Wouldn't it now ensure
that presidential transition team members were not calling foreign leaders while
Donald Trump is still president? How has it suddenly become a defunct, ossified
Leaking classified material would be
about the worst thing government officials could do. Imagine if a Trump
holdover, burrowed into the new Biden administration, released a transcript of
Biden's private conversations with the Mexican president or the Australian prime
Such a breach of trust would be almost as
bad as a turncoat anti-Biden mole seeking to resist presidential directives.
Imagine if this anonymous staffer were given an op-ed in the New York Tines to
claim that a cadre of old-time Democrats were shocked by Biden's cognitive
decline and resisting his directives.
Is extending security clearances to
former high-level officials turned cable-TV pundits still a bad idea? Who would
wish to see, for instance, former Director of National Intelligence John
Ratcliffe issuing warnings each night on Fox News? With a wink-and-nod hat tip
to his "confidential sources," Ratcliffe could spin conspiracy theories that
Biden is facing bombshell disclosures about his family misadventures with the
Is it still important that we keep the
tradition of retired high-ranking military officers -- all subject to the
requirements of the Uniform Code of Military Justice -- not disparaging the
president? Who would want former Pentagon officials, some of them serving on the
boards of military contractors, warning us that Biden should be removed because
of cognitive challenges? Certainly, generals and admirals should not compare a
President Biden's policies to those of Mussolini or the Nazis.
At least "dark money" no longer exists.
The old idea of right-wing billionaires pouring money into candidates' political
campaigns was supposedly a dangerous practice. It would be far more civic-minded
for left-wing billionaires to pour hundreds of millions of dollars into the
coffers of nonpartisan state bureaucracies entrusted with guaranteeing the
sanctity of national elections.
And apparently after, not before, an
election is the proper time to announce critically important news.
Like the rollout of a safe and effective
Like a $900 billion stimulus package?
Like a revised upward Fannie Mae report
on the economy?
Like the ties between a Democratic member
of the House Intelligence Committee and a suspected Chinese spy?
Like a federal investigation of Joe
Biden's son and his possible profiteering with rich Chinese elites affiliated
with China's government?
To keep track of our brave new American
world is easy.
Just consider everything said to be bad
by the "Animal Farm" media before Nov. 3 as now good. And remember that
everything said to be good two months ago is now actually bad.
Time for a Government Shutdown—Let
Them Experience What Lockdowns Are Like for the Rest of Us
Terry Paulson, December 24, 2020
In late September, Congress passed a bill
to keep the government funded at current levels through this Friday. Trump has
refused to sign the comprehensive funding bill tied to providing new $600
stimulus checks to qualifying Americans. It’s clear that they don’t have much
time to resolve their disagreements and pass a law President Trump will support.
Most likely, they will pass another
extension, but Trump has already signaled he would rather use a pocket veto and
let the next president handle the issue than sign a bill he can’t support. Such
a standoff risks a government shutdown if a solution cannot be passed and
President Trump has had three shutdowns
in his term as president, the longest being 35 days between December 2018 and
January 2019 over the issue of funding for the border wall. That shutdown forced
about 800,000 federal government workers to go on furlough without pay. If an
extension is not passed to avoid a shutdown, thousands of government
workers considered nonessential would again be furloughed or forced to work
without pay until the shutdown ends.
Government leaders love to say how they
experience our pain for the lockdowns generated in many Democrat controlled
states and cities during the COVID Pandemic restrictions. Many Americans have
lost jobs; some have lost their businesses. Government workers can talk as
though they understand, but they’ve had no cuts in salary or their retirement
plans. They have been insulated from the consequences of their own actions.
Our republic was formed to protect
individual citizens from government overreach and control, but now, we see a
bloated government with protected bureaucrats calling on extending restrictions
on citizens. While citizens suffer, the federal government just increases the
federal deficit and prints more money. Government workers lose nothing; they
continue to be paid at current levels. The incoming administration has the
audacity to talk about increasing taxes on the citizens who have been already
paying the price for their restrictive controls they’ve had in place since the
State and local governments do not have
the ability to sustain deficit spending; they need the consent of the governed
to raise taxes to support more spending. That is why municipal, county and state
governments are in a big hurt; they have depleted revenue due to the economic
restrictions they have put in place. They are looking to Washington to bail out
their largesse, and President Biden and the Democrats promise to do just that.
What does that mean? Democrats will try
to make citizens from the responsible states pay for the overspending of the
irresponsible states like New York and California. Biden has promised to unify
our country when and if he takes office, but such actions will only further
divide America. It will infuriate citizens who have fled Democrat-controlled
states for such irresponsible spending.
A government shutdown may just be the blessing
America needs to let government workers know what losing a job and a paycheck
means. If they experienced a shutdown for 8 months, they just might finally
“feel our pain” up close and personal.
Currently, government workers have no
skin in the game. There is no shared sacrifice. When any shutdown furlough ends,
they’re usually paid retroactively for what income they lost. What do our
citizens get for having their businesses closed and their jobs lost—$600 or
maybe $1,200. Citizens will get crumbs and the promise of higher taxes.
President Trump came to Washington to
take on the swamp. It put up more of a fight than expected. In fact, if the
results of this election stand, the swamp will have won. The Biden
administration has no plan to cut back the size of government. No, his plan is
to feed the beast and free it to take control of more of your life.
Could we shut down government for two
years until the mid-term elections? Unfortunately, probably not.
I want to wish everyone a very Merry
Christmas and Happy New Year. Lets hope 2021 brings an end to the Corona Virus
and brings back a normalcy that we had in 2019. Lets hope that both Democrats
and Republicans can come to some kind working relationship that benefits the
whole of the country. Now that the wishing is done back to the issues we face.
We aren't going to make everyone happy but, with some skill we might salvage a
working relationship across the Isle that will lead to a continued roaring
economy more jobs and less restrictions on industry that can pay good wages.
Some kind of term limits for the Congress and the Senate which could lead to
“Draining the Swamp.” A standard way of conducting “Federal Elections” would be
a good start. Understand people under our system of Capitalism there will always
be a disparity in wages simply because people have different values. There is
nothing wrong with this. This system always opens the opportunity for one to be
as successful as one wants to be.