Impeachment day two was all about feelings.
Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch was brought in by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., to testify about a phone call she didn’t hear, between an American president she’s never met, and a Ukrainian president who didn’t trust her. The call occurred in July of this year, some four months after Ms. Yovanovitch had been removed from her post in Kiev.
Here is what, in the land of the lucid, should have been the alpha-to-omega of the entire hearing, courtesy of Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah:
Stewart: "Do you have any information regarding the President of the United States accepting bribes?"
Stewart: "Do you have any information regarding any criminal activity that the President of the United States has been involved with at all?"
Okay, case closed! What say we grab lunch and then go pass that U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement!
Because the Democrats needed to hear about her feelings, nothing more than feelings.
Democratic congressman to the ambassador (parody intended): And when you were wrongly fired by that evil ogre lurking in the White House, how did that make you feel?
Well it made me feel really bad.
And when Trump tweeted nasty things about you, how did that make you feel?
Well it was really intimidating.
Okay, that’s good enough for us. In the words of our fellow Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, impeach the motherfu**er!
By the way, the ambassador felt intimidated by a tweet? Seriously? The ambassadors I know and worked with downrange during my military career had a little more gravel. I wonder if a tweet would’ve intimidated Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Too bad he’s not around to clue us in.
Without drifting too far into Freud’s lane, these exchanges are a perfect microcosm of the difference between conservatives and liberals.
Conservatives deal in the real world of hard facts. To wit: do you have facts regarding any possible illegal behavior of President Trump, Madam Ambassador? You don’t? Okay, thanks for coming, have a nice day.
But liberals float around in a swirly, gooshy universe of feelings and emotions. Don’t get me wrong, that’s an ideal backdrop for a romantic evening with your lover, or for cranking up Cardi B. Or Metallica. But not impeachment.
By the way, have you noticed that Democrats are no longer using the term "quid-pro-quo?" They’ve switched to "bribery." Why? Did they uncover some factual evidence?Hardly.
According to none other than The Washington Post [emphasis added]:
"The shift came after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee conducted focus groups in key House battlegrounds in recent weeks, testing messages related to impeachment. Among the questions put to participants was whether "quid pro quo," "extortion" or "bribery" was a more compelling description of Trump’s conduct. According to two people familiar with the results . . . the focus groups found "bribery" to be most damning."
They actually held focus groups to shop impeachment strategy! Because they wanted to know how voters felt about how Democrats should describe Trump’s alleged actions. I really wish I were making this up.
Memo to liberals: your feelings are not sufficient for impeaching a duly elected president. As Ben Shapiro likes to say: "facts don’t care about your feelings." And I’d just add that feelings are no substitute for facts.
But when it comes to Trump, Democrats are blinded by resistance-driven hatred. The good news is that they are manifesting Trump’s re-election in 2020. The bad news is that they are doing great damage to and dividing America, because they insist on shoving their anger down the rest of our collective throats. And if we have the temerity to disagree, it’s because we’re either stupid or racist. Probably both.
And now, after three years of talking themselves around to it inside the mainstream media/D.C. echo chamber, the Democratic Party is now poised to impeach the president.
Facts matter. Like these, courtesy of the Trump Administration:
-Lowest African-American and Hispanic unemployment in American history.
-Stock market at all-time highs.
-Creation of almost 500,000 new manufacturing jobs.
-U.S. a net exporter of energy in 2020; first time since 1953.
-Historic prison reform.
-A rebuilt, retooled military. That actually has ammunition for a change.
-An American embassy in Jerusalem.
-A forward-looking U.S. Space Force.
And so on. Imagine how much more could get accomplished on behalf of the American people if Democrats actually did what they were elected to do and worked with Trump and Republicans on issues like passing the USMCA, rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, attacking opioid abuse, addressing soaring veteran suicide rates, etc.
Then we could all feel good about ourselves.
Patrick Murray (colonel, U.S. Army, retired) was part of a military-diplomatic exchange program between the Pentagon and Department of State, where he served in the Bureau of Political Military Affairs in Washington, D.C. In 2005, Murray became the U.S. representative to the Military Staff Committee at the United Nations in New York under Ambassador John Bolton. After retiring from the Army in 2009, Patrick became the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress in Northern Virginia. He is the author of "Government is the Problem." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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