RABBIT HOLES AND LOOKING GLASSES

The Speaker of the House made it official: we’re going to have an impeachment inquiry to remove President Trump from office. But Democrats are not following their own rules and procedures from the previous impeachments of Presidents Johnson, Nixon and Clinton. This is strictly partisan, because Democrats have shut Republicans out of the process.

The way it’s supposed to work is that the House first votes to begin an inquiry; then the Judiciary Committee or some other designated committee does an investigation and determines whether the facts support impeachment. If that committee agrees that the President should be impeached, they vote on it and send it to the entire House for a vote. A simple majority vote (218 members) impeaches the President; then it goes to the Senate for a trial.

The House should be following its own rules and past precedents. If they think the President has committed “high crimes and misdemeanors,” they should make the case and have the guts and integrity to vote on it. The House is the body that most closely reflects the will of the people – that’s why they’re elected every two years. To hold not a single vote in this most democratic of institutions is a real and present threat to our democracy.

But of course, they are progressives and thus unbound by tradition and precedent. Theirs is a political movement governed by the needs of the moment. And those needs, and their solutions, always increase their power.

The substance of the impeachment is absurdly thin. The Democrats say that President Trump pressured the President of the Ukraine to give him dirt on former VP and Presidential candidate Joe Biden, or else (no aid from the US) – the classic quid pro quo. So I did my due diligence as a citizen in our still- great republic by reading the whistleblower’s complaint and the transcript of the phone conversation between the Ukrainian President and President Trump. And I found (a drum roll, please): nothing. No sane jury would ever buy what the Democrats are selling. In the hyper-cliched world of political punditry, this is a nothing-burger and at the end of the day, there’s no there there. To make the case even weaker, the so-called whistleblower actually stated that his information is second-hand.

This is a phony impeachment lacking the moral authority of members’ votes. No wonder Trump is saying to the Democrats: bring it! Republicans should welcome this fight.

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph. D.

PUNDIT NIGHT REMARKS

I was pleased to once again participate in Dr. Stephen Coleman’s political pundit night January 31st 2019. I agree with Dr. Coleman’s efforts to get us talking to each other.

Dr. C. posed the question: Donald Trump, Impeach or Reelect? For now, there are no grounds for impeachment, so my answer is a resounding no on impeachment, and a loud and resounding yes on reelect.

But only if you care about border control, health care, energy policy, national defense and the economy. In other words, everything.

But hold on a minute. The Speaker of the House, Democrat leader and 3rd in line of succession to the Presidency said, “What does Putin (the Russian dictator) have on the President?”

If true—impeach him right now! What are you waiting for? If being in thrall to a foreign power doesn’t rise to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” I don’t know what does.

But first you’d better have hard data. Proof. Otherwise, Pelosi’s comments are nothing less than reckless, destructive and dangerous.

If you want a lying immigration policy, elect a Democrat. Of course, the same could be said for health care, but that is a topic for another day.

Why lying? As you may know, immigration is a federal responsibility.

But Democrats—who love centralized federal authority—-willfully break the law to bring us sanctuary cities and states.

There are 500 sanctuary cities and 3 declared sanctuary states. One is undeclared, and that is New York state. Every one is a giant neon sign saying—

BREAK THE LAW—CRASH OUR BORDER—OVERSTAY YOUR VISA!

Not one prominent Democrat has condemned this and defended federal law, specifically and the rule of law generally.

Given this, why should we believe that Democrats want to control the border?

The evidence is overwhelming that we need a border barrier.

According to the FBI, from 2003 to 2009, illegals committed 25,064

murders in our country.

As of 2014, a DOJ study found that 33% of all federal inmates are illegals.

That same study found that fully 13% of all crimes were committed by

illegals. How many are in state prisons?

The US sentencing commission found that 75% of those convicted of federal

drug offenses were illegals.

According to the US. Border Patrol, apprehensions between ports of entry

are up 81%.

They have stopped 53 groups of 100 or more since October of 2018.

If this wasn’t alarming enough, on January 17th of this year, USBP

seized 705 pounds of cocaine.

Central and South America have corrupt governments, gang violence, and drug cartels.

Mexico has had 250,000 murders since 2006, in a country with a population

of 126 million.

Venezuela is on the verge of collapse, which could result in 8 million refugees.

El Salvador is dominated by gangs.

Mexico is a Narco-State.

One Mexican state attorney general pled guilty to drug trafficking, while

a state governor took bribes to let the cartels operate.

We need a border barrier, and Trump is the man to give it to us.

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph. D.

RUSSIAN TO JUDGEMENT

 

It may seem that the left has lost its collective mind over the supposed Trump-Russia collusion, but the upper echelons of the Democrat party know what they’re doing – enacting a cynical political strategy to discredit Trump and slow his agenda. While Democrats are now suddenly pro-America and anti-dictator, they have a long history of cozying up to terrorists, tyrants and thugs of all stripes, even Russians.

In 1927, a group of progressive activists who became known as The Travelers journeyed to the Soviet Union because they were unhappy with the economic boom under Republican Calvin Coolidge. The 1920’s were called the Roaring Twenties because this was one of the most prosperous periods in American history. Therefore, the Travelers visited a brutal dictatorship to see how authoritarians run an economy. They toured factories, work camps, construction projects and the Kremlin itself, where they met Stalin. They were deeply impressed by all they saw, and were especially enamored of Stalin. Within six years several of the Travelers wound up serving in the FDR administration, among them Stewart Chase, who coined the term “New Deal.”

In the early 1980’s Ted Kennedy, the Democrat Senator from Massachusetts known as the Liberal Lion of the Senate, made an offer to then-Soviet dictator Yuri Andropov. Through an intermediary, Democrat Senator John Tunny of California, Kennedy offered to give Andropov talking points and other political advice to be used to attack Republican President Reagan. With a humming economy resulting from Reagan’s tax cuts, the only place where Kennedy felt Reagan was politically vulnerable was foreign policy.

In 1984 the Reagan administration supported the Contras, an opposition group trying to overthrow the communist dictatorship of Nicaragua led by Daniel Ortega. Ten Democrat Congressmen, including the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and the Majority Leader, wrote what became known as the Dear Comandante Letter to Ortega. They asked Ortega for free elections and promised they would not vote to fund the Contras. This undermined Reagan’s foreign policy, made the country look weak, and usurped the executive branch’s authority in conducting foreign policy.

John Kerry, who later became the Democrat Presidential nominee in 2004, traveled to Nicaragua to attack Reagan’s policies and give support to Ortega. Ultimately, because of Reagan’s tough stand, Nicaragua held free elections in 1990. Kerry of course ran as a moderate in 2004, distancing himself from his far-left record on Latin America.

Democrats always cite extraordinary, unprecedented and life-threatening circumstances when they collude with thugs, but only when a Republican is in the

White House, and only when they sense political advantage.

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph.D.