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Assault on America, Day 356: At Christmas, peace on earth, goodwill towards men and accountability for all

Trump Merry Christmas
“‘Twas the day before Christmas and all through the House, not a swamp creature was stirring, not even… Adam Schiff?

[Last week] Two articles of impeachment were passed by the chamber with haste, in hopes that “Chucky” Schumer soon would lay waste… to the Republicans and Donald Trump’s presidency.

Up on the rooftop there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my “deplorables” cave to see what was the matter…

But noticed that no one in the land cared about such things, which makes impeachment so fruitless, it kind of even stings…”

Okay, enough with bad rhymes and misappropriation of Christmas classics. The holiday season’s been so ruined by Democrat political excess, you’d think it was time everyone took a bit of a respite from the incessant drumbeat of partisan vigilantes climbing torchlit hills armed with nooses in hand and lies in their knapsacks, gallows at the ready, only to be sent home in disgrace and defeat by the forces of righteousness and good. We’re entering the final week of 2019, Congress mercifully adjourned for the rest of the year and Americans finally can look forward to a few days of shelter from the House Democrat interrogators, inquisitors and prosecutors.

Tonight and tomorrow much of the world celebrates peace on earth and goodwill among men, a sense of wellbeing commemorated through the birth of a savior who was prophesied in the good book and attested to by witnesses. Here and now, a lot of those contented feelings are due to President Donald Trump and his successful policies, someone all Americans should be thankful for. But unfortunately, only about half of us (at least according to polls) would give him the time of day. Such is life in our day and age of division and relentless rhetorical savagery, self-interested bickering, unfounded accusations and plain old-fashioned bitterness and anger.

Both sides appear to find solace in the fact it’ll all be over soon -- not Trump’s presidency -- but the omni-presence of Adam Schiff, Jerrold Nadler, Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the House Democrats who almost certainly will be held accountable at the ballot box in about ten and a half months’ time for their excesses. Or will they?

Are Democrats already gearing up for another go ‘round at impeachment when the current one dies a quick death next month in Mitch McConnell’s senate? Matt Margolis wrote last week at PJ Media, “Think once impeachment passes and Trump is acquitted by the U.S. Senate that impeachment will be a thing of the past?

“Don't count on it. In fact, House Democrats are already preparing to impeach Trump a second time. According to Law & Crime, they're currently suing to get access to more grand jury materials from the Robert Mueller investigation in the hopes of building a case for obstruction of justice...

“Democrats know that their current impeachment effort is going to fail. So rather than admit defeat, they're just going to try again. And again. And again. Grab a Snickers bar, because we're gonna be doing this for a while... unless they lose their majority.”

Of course the old adage goes, “When at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” but this is ridiculous.

You had to surmise impeachment would amount to this. Pelosi didn’t figure to take “no” for an answer after risking all her political capital on this longshot wager (again, this assumes she’ll eventually send the articles to the senate). Like a drunken gambling addicted loser down to her last couple bucks at the Tote window, she must’ve known it was akin to betting on a 99-1 shot in a stakes horse race, the money going towards a nag that hadn’t come within smelling distance of the Winner’s Circle in its entire racing career. Then there was the opposition, a field full of frontrunners and champions (embodied by Trump and the now united Republican Congress).

Sure, Pelosi’s task was daunting at the end. But the Democrats’ willingness to ignore the odds and take a chance on impeaching Trump was doomed at conception of the idea. In military history, many a commander has committed his troops to an impossible assault against impregnable enemy fortifications just to prove to the ages that he gave it his all, but it never changed the outcomes. The glory of the “lost cause” invariably results in a lot of mutilated and dead rank and file soldiers -- and a general who lives on in infamy as a disgraced idiot and suicidal fool.

Pelosi’s in a similar place here. Years from now people may not remember much about the impeachment of Donald Trump -- other than it didn’t succeed -- but they’ll recall it was done on Nancy Pelosi’s watch, just as Newt Gingrich is forever associated with the Republicans’ futile effort to bring Bill Clinton to justice in the late 90’s (of course Gingrich resigned before the trial, but the dye was cast). American voters handed Pelosi a bit of an early Christmas gift last November when, against the counseling of people who know better (such as yours truly), they cast out enough Republican incumbents to hand Democrats a House majority.

In case it’s hard to remember now, Democrat House candidates didn’t campaign on a platform including impeachment; they merely promised to fulfill the Congress’s traditional role as overseer of the executive branch (which everyone understood was code for investigate, investigate, investigate). It didn’t work out that way. Pelosi was never seriously challenged for the House’s top leadership post and soon after being gifted a second shot at the Speaker’s gavel (she surrendered it the first time in January of 2011 when the Tea Party wave put the GOP back in power) in her long career, soon discovered her new caucus was a lot harder to control than her old one.  

There were systematic obstacles as well. San Fran Nan simply wasn’t used to dealing with both a hostile Majority Leader in the senate and an unfriendly president down Pennsylvania Avenue. She quickly discovered Trump was no passive lamb like George W. Bush (whom she had to deal with for the first two years of her initial Speaker tenure until Barack Obama won the 2008 election). Bush was dialing in his time card his last couple years, a lame duck in his second term without much power or the willingness to fight for the conservative agenda. Besides, joined by the pro-amnesty faction of Republicans in Congress, it looked like Democrats could engineer a GOP immigration sellout and reap the political benefits without sacrificing anything at all.

Pelosi and her minions hid behind the myth of “bipartisan” cooperation, which really just meant allegiance to the swampy status quo where decisions were centralized and the concerns of the people pushed to the side like a roadkill carcass until animal control comes to collect it. Then Republicans grew a little backbone and every single one of them opposed Obamacare. The game was on at that point, and now things have come full circle again -- and Trump will be tried in the senate.

Some argue Pelosi was duped by a master political manipulator into doing it, fulfilling a dare without sufficient thought or contemplative foresight of the consequences. Time and again Trump mentioned that he didn’t think the Democrats would actually go through with impeachment. Perhaps Trump was being charitable, but the Speaker and her caucus radicals saw the predictions as a challenge to their pride. And lord knows, Democrats have an abundance of it (pride), as they do with all of the seven deadly sins: pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth.

Wikipedia defines the seven deadly sins. “The seven deadly sins, also known as the capital vices, or cardinal sins, is a grouping and classification of vices within Christian teachings, although it does not appear explicitly in the Bible. Behaviors or habits are classified under this category if they directly give birth to other immoralities… which are also contrary to the seven heavenly virtues. These sins are often thought to be abuses or excessive versions of one's natural faculties or passions…”

Pretty much sums up the Democrats’ impeachment drive, doesn’t it? And because they haven’t sufficiently learned their lesson, the liberal party (based on Margolis’s reporting above) appears set to keep up the farce even when defeated in the senate.

Before the impeachment vote took place last Wednesday night, McConnell indicated he wasn’t about to accede to “Chucky” Schumer’s demands to call new witnesses, which indicates that Trump’s dare will be fulfilled without additional airing of grievances and House Democrat idiocy. The matter likely won’t die with the final senate vote (again, if there is one), however, but Democrats will have a Dickens of a time trying to keep the subject alive well into the 2020 presidential campaign season.

It’s almost like a gift that keeps on giving, and Democrats won’t acknowledge it. For their part, the brains behind the 2020 Trump campaign intend for Democrats to feel the pain for taking the wrong fork in the road. Dave Boyer reported at The Washington Times, “The Trump campaign is renewing a furious attack against vulnerable Democratic lawmakers and party leaders who vote for impeachment.

“Throughout the day on social media, the campaign’s rapid-response team plans to call out 30 House Democrats in pro-Trump districts for putting party over country. Those lawmakers also have been the target of a $10-million-plus advertising campaign by Trump allies urging them to vote no on impeachment.

“The campaign is also targeting Democratic leaders such as House Judiciary Committee Jerrold L. Nadler of New York, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff of California, with real-time fact-checking online during the impeachment debate in the House.”

The effort took place before the actual impeachment vote, but there’s more of the same coming all throughout the 2020 campaign season. Ronald Reagan once said of terrorists, “You can run, but you can’t hide,” something vulnerable Democrats should keep in mind as they try to distance themselves from constituents who demand they explain the rationale for impeaching a president simply for exercising his legitimate authority and claiming executive privilege for internal communications.

Trump’s enemies would impeach him over any old slight. It didn’t take much to get them going and it wouldn’t take much more to get them squawking again. Would they do it during a campaign? What would stop them?

This furor over impeachment won’t magically go away. Christmas may be a time to think about higher concepts and honor the tranquility that living in the land of the free affords us, but Democrats will inevitably be held accountable for their actions. And 2020 is bound to be a heck of a year.

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