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Déjà vu: But how far will it go this time?

Beyond the Rhetoric

Harry C. Alford & Kay DeBowWe can’t believe what the Democratic Party is trying to do. They want to throw out a democratically elected President simply for political gain.  The vehicle they are trying | 10/3/2019, midnight

We can’t believe what the Democratic Party is trying to do. They want to throw out a democratically elected President simply for political gain.  The vehicle they are trying to use is called “Impeachment”. Impeachment is an elitist move that shifts power from voters.  Many will call that a soft “coup d’état”. Soft or hard it is still a coup along the veins of a third world banana republic.  The American ideal of “democracy” is being threatened and most don’t seem to be alarmed. We may end up with ulcers!

This type of political gamesmanship started evolving during the 1960’s. It was the product of a few assassinations such as President John F. Kennedy, Sen. Robert Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other charismatic giants that were literally born to lead us to peace and prosperity.  They (whoever they were) were destroying our heroes and, more importantly, our dreams and values. The ideal leadership appears to be lost. The crew with the most money and dirty tricks seems to be the ones who get rewarded in the end.  As P Diddy said, “It is all about the Benjamins!”

Our first “taste” of the partisan hatred was back in Indiana when we went to work for the State of Indiana under a newly elected Democratic slate. Republicans had held the State House for more than 20 years. So, there was a lot of “house cleaning” to do regarding new jobs opening as the Republican team was being pushed out.  We screened a good number of businesses registered to compete for state contracts. We took the list to the statehouse for review. One of our bosses exclaimed, “I see some “G D” republicans on this list!”  Harry replied: “Really, we didn’t notice”. It became clear that all this good talk politicians give about “Level Playing Field” and “Equal Opportunity” was bunk. These political elections are about who is going to control the “buttons” and decide who gets paid what.

The key players in the Democratic Party lived well under the Clinton administrations and survived through the George W. Bush administrations. But under the Obama administrations they took it to another level – like steroids. They assumed Hillary Clinton was going to step in and take it even further.  Donald Trump and the Republican Party shocked them with a 2016 election that was clear and simple. However, they still cannot accept that. The thought of impeaching Donald Trump began before his Inauguration. It seems the various plans began immediately.

We must go back to the Nixon administration to find a good comparison. Richard Nixon won his two elections clearly. His re-election in 1972 was a landslide.  The political climate was a mess, however. The Vietnam War seemed to be endless. The Civil Rights Era was in full swing.  To deal with these two challenges President Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency and declared Earth Day as a kick-off for the new environmental movement.  It was to be a diversion against the anti-war and civil rights movements. In many ways “Tricky Dick” obtained his goals.