I was going to sing it, but it doesn’t fit the music…
Here is my problem…
Describing the ugly developments arising out of the Democratic Soviet-style show trial aimed at neutralizing Donald Trump by criminalizing his post election excesses, and, if possible, intimidating and harassing his supporters past and present, esteemed former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy writes in part,
So what’s going on here? [Hey! Maybe McCarthy reads Ethics Alarms!]ethics z
For all its posturing as a rule-of-law pillar, the Biden Justice Department, like the Biden administration broadly, is cowed by the Democrats’ hard-left base — the same radicals who snapped their fingers and had Attorney General Merrick Garland ordering the FBI to investigate parents who dared protest against woke-progressivism in America’s schools. The Democratic base’s most cherished desire is the prosecution of Donald Trump and those who collaborated in his quest to retain power. Most of the country isn’t watching the slick made-for-TV docudrama being presented by the Jan. 6 committee (whose “hearings” have no cross-examination or perspectives that vary from anti-Trump obsession), but the Democratic base is watching intently….Garland, a distinguished federal appellate judge for more than two decades before becoming AG, must be torn…
Obviously, the riot was a disgrace. Unfortunately, it has also become DOJ’s prism for evaluating both forcible attacks and nonviolent legal brainstorming. Garland must know the two must be separated.
Anyone who was willfully complicit in the use of force at the Capitol — who intended a lethal riot to happen and abetted it — should be prosecuted. But frivolous legal theories are not crimes…Alas, the Democratic base wants to criminalize them. So the Justice Department is panicking. Garland knows that prosecuting Trump and such underlings as [Trump lawyers] Eastman and Clark on flimsy grounds would rip the country apart. He’s also worried, however, that Biden’s left flank is poised for mutiny if there is no indictment…The problem for Garland is that such stunts just whet the left’s appetite….
McCarthy’s piece is primarily focused on the DOJ’s over-the-top treatment of lawyers John Eastman and Jeffrey Clark, two of the main legal architects of President Trump’s crack-brained plan to legally delay the official declaration that Joe Biden had been elected for long enough to prove the election results were illegitimate. But it applies as well to the recent announcement that Garland is investigating possible criminal charges against their client. Prosecutors are not supposed to file charges on “flimsy grounds,” and that’s a generous description of what the current rigged, unethical and possibly unconstitutional House show trial has produced after 18 months of such unpersuasive evidence as Cassidy Hutchinson’s dubious testimony. Nor is it ethical for prosecutors to focus on “getting” a target and to keep digging and investigating until they find something, though this has been the strategy of House Democrats for more than five years.
So, stipulated: a criminal change against Donald Trump would be unethical. It would represent one more step toward in the criminalizing of politics. It would divide the nation even more irreparably than it is divided already. Far from being an effort to “save democracy,” as the Left’s upside-down cover story claims, it would present a DEFCON 1 Level threat to democracy, as the “resistance/Democrats/mainstream media effort to undermine Trump since his election have pinged all the other levels.
And yet: part of me, a substantial part, is rooting for Garland to charge Trump, as unethical as it would be.
Doing so would prove beyond a shadow of a doubt what the Democrats have become in a blaze the truth for all to see (conceding that there are a disturbing number of Americans who would either refuse to see it or would welcome a far-left virtual dictatorship—you know, to save the planet from climate change, and ensure men could become women over night.)
Almost as crucially for the long-term health of the United States, a prosecution, even a wrongful one, would almost certainly stop Donald Trump from running for President against whatever wildly incompetent and untrustworthy candidate the Democrats end up with. Trump was not an unsuccessful or ineffective President until the pandemic games wrecked the end of his term, nor was he solely responsible for the carnage the deranged reaction to his leadership wreaked on the culture and the nation. However, his irresponsible reaction to his 2020 election loss, as unfair as that election was, demonstrated beyond all question that he cannot be trusted, and with vengeance on his mind, he really can’t be trusted. The United States can not take another Trump term. I am certain of it.
Sure, many things might end the threat by 2024: Trump’s age, his health, Gov. De Santis. I don’t feel like it is wise or responsible to take any chances, though, when the stakes are so high. Not stopping Trump from running is unethical, but the only way to stop him from running with any certainty is the Democrats’ unethical witch trial. Either way, ethics loses.
It’s ethics zugzwang.
Where’s the Kobayashi Maru when you need it?