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Divine Grace Ends Infernal Impeachment

Divine Grace Ends Infernal Impeachment

By    |   Friday, 07 February 2020 12:02 PM

For the Chinese, it was said, it was a curse to live in interesting times, but for we Americans it has always been the opposite.

Times do not get much more interesting than those of recent days, which saw the Iowa caucuses, the State of the Union (SOTU) address, President Trump’s long-awaited acquittal on impeachment charges in the Senate, and his reflections on that experience at a special White House ceremony — and at the national prayer breakfast.

The results from the Iowa Democratic caucuses we were told, were delayed because of some kind of cyber-glitch, some difficulty with a new app that was supposed to have facilitated timely reporting, but which mysteriously had the opposite effect.

The cynics among us, alert as we are to the manifest chicanery which characterizes our times, believed that this delay was something manufactured by DNC operatives, who delayed the reporting on results which would have boosted the candidacies of outsiders Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg, while torpedoing that of establishment favorite Joe Biden.

A quick announcement of Biden’s failure to deliver the goods in Iowa might have been fatal to his candidacy and those who parasitically clung to it, but the delay would buy him enough time for the bad news to dissipate, perhaps sparking an unlikely resurrection of his fortunes.

Mr. Trump’s SOTU oration was by far his best to date and was only the second ever delivered by a president while under an immediate threat of Senate removal.

With soaring rhetoric surpassing even that of Ronald Reagan, the former reality show host and real estate magnate brought many of his audience in Congress and at home to tears. He accomplished this feat reuniting a decorated non-commissioned officer brought back from Afghanistan with his young family, and also by having his statuesque first lady drape the nation’s medal of freedom around the neck of late-stage-cancer-victim and beloved conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh,

The president also recognized and praised a 100-year-old Tuskegee Airman and his academic prodigy great grandson.

The theme of the SOTU was the president’s trademark one of American greatness, but the genius of the presentation was the theme that while we were achieving national prosperity of a kind seldom seen in prior American history, the best is yet to come.

During most of the SOTU, Republicans were often on their feet and cheering, while the Democrats sat, stone-faced — and unmoved. The most outrageous action, however, occurred immediately after his speech ended, as Speaker of the House U.S. House Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., ostentatiously and repeatedly tore up her copy of the text.

Such a contemptuous demonstration by a House speaker to a president had never occurred on live television.

It's difficult for partisans of the president not to believe that Speaker Pelosi, and her henchmen Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Gerald Nadler, D-N.Y., the three principal architects of President Trump’s House impeachment, are prime examples of evil, but perhaps such a characterization of the president’s enemies seems spitefully petty.

The temptation so to characterize his enemies proved irresistible for the president, who, in his Feb. 6 White House speech explained, accurately, that he and his family had been put "through h**l" by his congressional tormenters, and by what he believed to be corrupt forces in the FBI and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Forces prompting and igniting the efforts to remove him — before his presidency even commenced. 

If objective academics ever write a history of late 20th and early 21st centuries' American politics they will wholly clarify that what happened to Mr. Trump was the culmination of the calumny that began with the 1987 nomination of Robert Bork to the United States Supreme Court. At that time, then-Sen. Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy, D-Mass., trumpeted a series of outrageous lies about that nominee, misrepresentations successfully killing Bork’s chances.

Thus, "Borking," became a modus operandi for Democrats, who employed the tactic unsuccessfully against Clarence Thomas, and then against Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

President Trump’s impeachment and Senate Trial, with the made-up evidence from Schiff and company was simply Borking carried to its logical conclusion, perverting one more constitutional process.

The 2020 Presidential election should be seen as a referendum on the Borkers and, of course, on President Trump.

Pundits who should know better, the likes of  Peggy Noonan,  for example, who wrote in The Wall Street Journal characterize the president as "a bad man and half mad," yet, that was not the sort of person who spoke at the 68th annual prayer breakfast.

At that venue, the president recalled the nation to "timeless truths," and appeared to indicate that what carried him through his recent infernal experience was the traditional American faith that it was God’s Grace and Judeo-Christian virtues that are the salvation of our nation.

Stephen B. Presser is the Raoul Berger Professor of Legal History Emeritus at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law, the Legal Affairs Editor of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, and a contributor to The University Bookman. He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and has taught at Rutgers University, the University of Virginia, and University College, London. He has often testified on constitutional issues before committees of the United States Congress, and is the author of "Recapturing the Constitution: Race, Religion, and Abortion Reconsidered" (Regnery, 1994) and "Law Professsors: Three Centuries of Shaping American Law" (West Academic, 2017). Presser was a Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy at the University of Colorado's Boulder Campus for 2018-2019. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now. 

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President Trump’s impeachment and Senate Trial, with the made-up evidence from Schiff and company was simply Borking carried to its logical conclusion, perverting one more constitutional process.
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