See, I can say still say that because each new day brings promise, even when the previous day was profoundly depressing and ended for me when the Red Sox lost in the 9th on an error and a walk-off home run.
The theme today was unavoidable., and believe me, I try to avoid a imbalance that enables those who want to dismiss Ethics Alarms as a conservative blog, rather than as a neutral, objective blog that has been forced over the past three years to focus heavily on the unethical conduct of “the resistance,” the biased news media, and the Democratic Party. Today, however, the imbalance isn’t mine, but the news.
Today the April economic report shows that wages are up, and unemployment is down. CNN is, I’m sure with clenched teeth, reporting on its poll showing that approval of how President Trump is handling the economy is at 56%. (“Now Congressional Democrats will have to figure out how to destroy the economy” tweets one wag). Another CNN poll finds optimism about the economy the highest it has been in at least 18 years. I know, believe me: polls. Still, one of the most pervasive Big Lies wielded by the “resistance” and the news media is that things are just terrible in the United States. I read some version of this alternate universe in New York Times interviews, features, and book reviews almost every day. You heard it from Joe Biden in his fantasy based video announcing his candidacy. Scott Adams, Dilbert’s creator who is a self-styled “Trump whisperer,” nicely summed up how this Big Lie is going:
“In 2016, if everything the Democrats believed had been true, we would have a depression, nuclear war, prison camps, and an insane Russian puppet as our president. In 2019, if Dems are right about everything they believe, Trump might have almost impeded a witch hunt but didn’t.”
But wait! There’s more. The New York Times reported yesterday that multiple “informants” were used in the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation into the Trump campaign in 2016.
In yet another CNN poll, “69% think Congress ought to investigate the origins of the Justice Department’s inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including 76% of Democrats, 69% of independents and 62% of Republicans.” If the poll is to believed, a majority of Americans believe that the Obama Justice Department’s actions in 2016, including the Steele dossier, and the FISA court approval of the wiretap need to be examined. This was the issue that prompted several well-respected members of the Ethics Alarms progressive wing to leave in a snit, saying that I had “swallowed the Kool-Aid.” Then there’s this from the reliable Democratic Party booster The Hill:
The boomerang from the Democratic Party’s failed attempt to connect Donald Trump to Russia’s 2016 election meddling is picking up speed, and its flight path crosses right through Moscow’s pesky neighbor, Ukraine. That is where there is growing evidence a foreign power was asked, and in some cases tried, to help Hillary Clinton. In its most detailed account yet, the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington says a Democratic National Committee (DNC) insider during the 2016 election solicited dirt on Donald Trump’s campaign chairman and even tried to enlist the country’s president to help.
You see, though everything is definitely not terrible, and though President Trump has had a remarkable number of successes and positive policy initiatives, the reasons neither I nor anyone should want someone with his extensive character flaws and ethical deficits leading the nation remain. I agree that it is risky for the country, corrosive to its values, and that no responsible utilitarian balance could justify electing of re-electing a leader like him. If the Democrats were smart, responsible and as much better human beings as they seem to think they are, all they needed to do was respect the office of the Presidency, cooperate with needed measures when necessary, and criticize the President’s obvious mishandling of his position: the intemperate tweets and statements, the incompetent appointments, the operational chaos.
In other words, all the Left and its party of choice had to do to make sure Trump was a one-term President was not to act as loathsome and untrustworthy as he does. Instead, they tried—are still trying—to engineer a coup. They embraced groups and individuals hostile to whole swathes of the Bill of Rights, the rule of law, due process, equal protection and democracy itself. They actively sought to divide the nation along many fault lines, such as race, gender, and ethnicity. Rather than moderating this extreme behavior as time went on, they have exacerbated it.
Now the News of the Woke becomes more head-exploding every day. The people responsible for the items coming up think that sane Americans want to give power to people like this. It won’t work. No matter how horrible Trump is, if the nation is prospering and Democrats appear petty, unfair and obsessed, AND continue to feature advocates for socialism, open borders, race-based justice, anti-Semitism, gun confiscation, refusal to accept the results of elections and speech censorship, choosing the benign and inexplicably successful loony you know over the scary loony you don’t want to know is an easy choice.
The morning’s warm-up items follow in Part II.