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    This author is a friend and associate of mine. We share local and national concerns regards where are nation is headed.
    The first half of this "op-ed" is skipped since it rehashes the trail of how we got here. (Passage highlighted in red is my doing.)

    The Impeachment Trap
    ...
    EXCERPT ...

    Here lies the trap.

    If their arguments stand, then the accusers will be forced to admit there was no possible justification for President Obama’s Department of Justice (DOJ)/FBI 2016 investigation into candidate Trump for Russian interference and collusion, or the subsequent DOJ/Mueller investigation targeting the Trump administration. The Obama DOJ/FBI used multiple foreign entities to justify their investigations.

    How can the Obama administration have the right to investigate a candidate with the full force of our justice system based on foreign information, but Trump does not? The arrogance, and hypocrisy, are staggering.

    Pelosi and Schiff must believe the American voter has no memory or reasoning ability, or worse, they believe they can control the people through a complicit media and elitist propaganda.

    Another problem.

    The very premise of their argument is flawed, and dangerous for democracy. There’s no such thing as a president’s “shadow” foreign policy—there’s only the president’s foreign policy.

    The essential fact the inquisitors and media pundits neglect? None of the hearsay “witnesses,” nor the alleged whistleblower, were elected to make U.S. policy. Voters must decide if a policy is valid, not D.C. bureaucrats.

    Americans elect a president to set foreign policy. The analyst must evaluate it; the soldier and un-elected bureaucrat must execute it. That’s at the core of our constitutional system. The president, and those who elected him or her, suffer the consequences if those policies fail.

    U.S. presidents are elected to serve the people, by the people, for the people. Undermining the president of the United States for politics, personal dislike, or policy disputes is not honorable or heroic, it’s sedition.

    Our forefathers designed our government to protect the Constitution and the rights of everyone, not just the large enclaves of the elite in Hollywood, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, or the powerbrokers in Washington, D.C.

    Elites in these progressive enclaves are using impeachment in a desperate attempt to take away the rest of America’s vote. If the elites succeed, they’ll have won a hollow victory—half the nation will rise against them, as they did in 2016.

    The powerful politicians and news outlets in these progressively skewed media markets still haven’t figured it out—Americans are tired of Washington’s deceit and superiority. Americans want a better life. They want a good job. They want to be safe. They want to be free. And, like Donald J. Trump, they still believe in America.

    American voters are smarter than the arrogant elites and progressive media pundits believe. That’s why Americans elected the president in a shocking electoral landslide. That’s why Pelosi, Schiff, Nadler, and the elitists are stuck in their own trap—hard as they try, they can’t control voters with propaganda. That’s why I believe there’s still hope for America, and why President Trump will be re-elected in 2020.

    Lt. Col. James McKinney is a retired U.S. Army Foreign Area Officer with over 30 years of service in strategic, tactical, and special operations assignments around the globe. He served as a senior defense official and defense attaché, the Deputy Chief of Combating Terrorism for U.S. Pacific Command, the security assistance officer for U.S. embassies in Albania and the Republic of Georgia, and a political-military adviser to the commander of U.S. Army Central in the Middle East. He is now a consultant, and serves on the board of Saturna Capital.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/the-im...p_3171506.html
    Last edited by G David Bock; 12 Dec 19, 19:33.
    TANSTAAFL = There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

  • #2
    SHAPIRO: House Democrats Completely Manufactured Both Impeachment Charges

    ...
    There is no obstruction of Congress, because obstruction of Congress is just called the president saying, “No, I’m a separate branch.” This happens all the time. [However], obstruction of justice is when you refuse a court order — it’s a whole third branch of government. Jonathan Turley was pointing this out in his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee last week.

    These are now two completely manufactured charges. They are creating charges, out of whole cloth, that have no precedent in history or law. None. There is no precedent. The Washington Post admits there is no precedent in history or law for the idea that you can impeach solely based on, quote unquote, “obstruction of Congress.” It doesn’t exist because, again, obstruction of Congress, put another way, is just called “the executive branch is unitary, and the executive branch is not subject to all of the whims of Congress unless the judiciary agrees that the executive branch’s privileges are overruled by the ability of Congress to seek information.”

    These sorts of battles happen every single day between the legislature and the executive — that is not obstruction of Congress any more than it was obstruction of Congress for Barack Obama to declare privilege over documents regarding Eric Holder and “Fast and Furious.” That was not obstruction of Congress, that was just called how this stuff works.

    When it comes to the first charge — the abuse of power charge — again, weak tea. You have now redefined the nature of bribery to avoid the troublesome pitfalls of having to fulfill the criminal elements. That’s what the Democrats did here. They took “bribery,” the crime [of] bribery, they stripped it of the corrupt intent [aspect] and they stripped it of the requirement that there be a thing of value given an exchange. So they stripped the contents of the law, they called it “abuse of power,” and [then] they said he’s guilty of that. That’s amazing stuff.

    If you’re gonna charge somebody with first-degree murder, you have to prove intent. That’s one of the things you have to prove in a first-degree murder, because first-degree murder is typically thought of as murder with malice aforethought. Malice and intent aforethought — you planned it out, you committed the murder. Let’s say that you didn’t want to [prove malice aforethought], so instead of charging manslaughter, you just said, “You know what, we’re not going to have [malice aforethought] as part of the crime anymore. Now, [if] you kill somebody, [it’s a] strict-liability crime — we’re going to consider it first-degree murder.” You’ve changed the nature of the law.

    The crime itself didn’t change, you changed the nature of the criminal definition. That is what the Democrats are doing right here.
    ...
    It’s a sham, everybody understands it’s a sham and man, if this doesn’t blow back on Democrats, I’d be shocked. They’ve gone so far over their skis at this point, they are so far beyond what the impeachment process was supposed to do, and this is coming from somebody who is perfectly willing to listen to all the evidence on Ukraine. Again, I’m not parroting the Trump administration line that everything was “perfect,” I don’t believe that for a second. [But] this is so far beyond the scope of what impeachment is supposed to achieve, it is so far beyond the scope of normal legality, that it falls directly into the category of abuse of power for Democrats.

    This is a serious abuse of power by Democrats. To use the impeachment process to redefine crimes, and then use that as sufficient as a basis for impeachment, is insane. Every president from here on out is getting impeached, basically, as long as there is a president of the opposite party in power. That is where this is going. Because again, I can [tell] you a half-dozen things off the top of my head that Barack Obama did, that fulfill the Democrats’ definition of abuse of power — he received an improper personal benefit and ignored or injured American interests.
    ...

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/shapi..._hsmi=80721177
    Last edited by G David Bock; 12 Dec 19, 20:51.
    TANSTAAFL = There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

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    • #3
      Originally posted by G David Bock View Post
      This author is a friend and associate of mine. We share local and national concerns regards where are nation is headed.
      The first half of this "op-ed" is skipped since it rehashes the trail of how we got here. (Passage highlighted in red is my doing.)

      The Impeachment Trap
      ...
      EXCERPT ...

      Here lies the trap.

      If their arguments stand, then the accusers will be forced to admit there was no possible justification for President Obama’s Department of Justice (DOJ)/FBI 2016 investigation into candidate Trump for Russian interference and collusion, or the subsequent DOJ/Mueller investigation targeting the Trump administration. The Obama DOJ/FBI used multiple foreign entities to justify their investigations.

      How can the Obama administration have the right to investigate a candidate with the full force of our justice system based on foreign information, but Trump does not? The arrogance, and hypocrisy, are staggering.

      Pelosi and Schiff must believe the American voter has no memory or reasoning ability, or worse, they believe they can control the people through a complicit media and elitist propaganda.

      Another problem.

      The very premise of their argument is flawed, and dangerous for democracy. There’s no such thing as a president’s “shadow” foreign policy—there’s only the president’s foreign policy.

      The essential fact the inquisitors and media pundits neglect? None of the hearsay “witnesses,” nor the alleged whistleblower, were elected to make U.S. policy. Voters must decide if a policy is valid, not D.C. bureaucrats.

      Americans elect a president to set foreign policy. The analyst must evaluate it; the soldier and un-elected bureaucrat must execute it. That’s at the core of our constitutional system. The president, and those who elected him or her, suffer the consequences if those policies fail.

      U.S. presidents are elected to serve the people, by the people, for the people. Undermining the president of the United States for politics, personal dislike, or policy disputes is not honorable or heroic, it’s sedition.

      Our forefathers designed our government to protect the Constitution and the rights of everyone, not just the large enclaves of the elite in Hollywood, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, or the powerbrokers in Washington, D.C.

      Elites in these progressive enclaves are using impeachment in a desperate attempt to take away the rest of America’s vote. If the elites succeed, they’ll have won a hollow victory—half the nation will rise against them, as they did in 2016.

      The powerful politicians and news outlets in these progressively skewed media markets still haven’t figured it out—Americans are tired of Washington’s deceit and superiority. Americans want a better life. They want a good job. They want to be safe. They want to be free. And, like Donald J. Trump, they still believe in America.

      American voters are smarter than the arrogant elites and progressive media pundits believe. That’s why Americans elected the president in a shocking electoral landslide. That’s why Pelosi, Schiff, Nadler, and the elitists are stuck in their own trap—hard as they try, they can’t control voters with propaganda. That’s why I believe there’s still hope for America, and why President Trump will be re-elected in 2020.

      Lt. Col. James McKinney is a retired U.S. Army Foreign Area Officer with over 30 years of service in strategic, tactical, and special operations assignments around the globe. He served as a senior defense official and defense attaché, the Deputy Chief of Combating Terrorism for U.S. Pacific Command, the security assistance officer for U.S. embassies in Albania and the Republic of Georgia, and a political-military adviser to the commander of U.S. Army Central in the Middle East. He is now a consultant, and serves on the board of Saturna Capital.

      https://www.theepochtimes.com/the-im...p_3171506.html
      Very well said.

      On the same note, underminig the president is also undermining the will of the people. The Democrats are going to pay heavily for this no matter how it turns out.
      Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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