A reflection on his character – and his chances in 2024.
Former President Donald Trump was a wrecking ball — that’s what people like me voted for in 2016. We recognized the existence of an unelected deep state, composed mostly of Democrats and their shills. And, we understood instinctively that we needed an outsider to demolish the accretions of tyranny.
Trump delivered in spades. He was the first real threat to the bureaucratic state since Nixon.
But, wrecking balls aren’t precision instruments. They’re crass, blunt force trauma, kinetic energy mechanisms of destruction that lay waste. The destructive energy released is the precursor to creation, renewal, and resurrection. But, if you need something deconstructed in quick order, there’s nothing else suited to the job. Trump tore down and built over the rubble, just as he’d done countless times through the decades while building a real estate empire.
President Donald Trump’s accomplishments will leave you gobsmacked when they’re stacked one on top of the other — a magic beanstalk of wins whose terminus is lost in a nimbus of high-flying cirrus clouds. Here’s a list. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in, it’ll take you a while to get through all fourteen pages.
Trump wasn’t perfect. He broke some china. For the snowflakes, feelings got hurt. Trump tweeted harshly. He emoted often — a bunch of highly entertaining, but impolite thoughts. He insulted people, generally, the ones who richly deserved it. In a manlier age, no one would have cared. I certainly didn’t, and don’t.
However, his appointments left a great deal to be desired. At the top of my “wish he’d picked someone else list” are current FBI Director Chris Wray and former Vice President Mike Pence.
The FBI is clearly a mess and Trump could have installed a real cop as an FBI Director. He didn’t. We got another postmodernist lawyer, steeped in the meaningless drivel peddled in almost all American law schools — the “Constitution is a living document” tripe that strips every civil right of its meaning. We got a phony-tough, empty suit adept at doing all the wrong things while saying most of the right things. AKA, a politician.
Wray’s lack of leadership led to the current whistleblower phenomenon. A bizarre menagerie of the bitter and disaffected who have found convenient cover for their professional ineptitude. Former FBI Agent Nicole Parker and Retired FBI Agent Thomas Baker are notable exceptions. If you’re looking for a litmus test for evaluating who to listen to, consider this:
First, anyone advocating for the abolition of the FBI is a buffoon and likely just a burlesque, fan-dancing crank. It’s no less obscene than advocating for “defunding the police.” Reform is the only serious solution.
Second, anyone who disparages fourteen thousand Special Agent employees wholesale is a fraud and never deserved the badge they carried.
If you’ve heard anyone that fits either description, hit Ctrl+Alt+Del.
Presidential hopeful Vivek Ramasamay stated at CPAC that if elected, he’d abolish the FBI. This is the political analog to “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” Politicians know it’s a fool’s errand, but it’s sensational and gets the lapdogs slavering.
On to former Vice President Mike Pence, who recently delivered some politically calculated comments Saturday during the Gridiron Dinner. It’s another incestuous D.C. event designed to provide legacy media and politicians with an opportunity to canoodle. The dinner got its start in 1885 and has featured nearly every president since that time.
During the dinner Pence decided to take the opportunity to drive a knife into Trump’s back. Clearly, the careerist politician, Pence thinks it’s strategic to denounce his former benefactor in the fashion of Brutus. Perhaps, Pence is feeling vulnerable about his cowardly indecision during the last crucial days of the 2020 presidential election cycle.
Pence said, “President Trump was wrong…I had no right to overturn the election. And his reckless words endangered my family and everyone at the Capitol that day, and I know history will hold Donald Trump accountable.”
And, during an apparent attempt at stand-up comedy, he continued, “I read that some of those classified documents they found at Mar-a-Lago were actually stuck in the president’s Bible. Which proves he had absolutely no idea they were there.” I have to give him credit. That’s kinda funny. But, Pence may want to revisit the Biblical passages regarding Judas Iscariot.
As to Pence’s claim, he had no right to overturn the election, he’s really presenting a straw-man argument. His powers as Vice President delineated in the 12th Amendment to the Constitution are as follows: “The President of the Senate [the Vice President] shall, in the Presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted. The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President…”
This is no mere ceremonial duty. The clear meaning and intent here are to grant the Vice President a role in determining the validity of votes. It’s implicit in the authority to count the votes. Otherwise, the section is an absurdity. Based merely on the illegal actions of the Pennsylvania legislature in altering mail-in voting laws, Pence would have been well within his constitutional powers to question the Pennsylvania certificate. There is precedent for VP involvement in the process. Pence was just too chicken to brawl.
Pence’s claim that Trump endangered his family holds as much water as AOC’s claim that she was in grave peril, though located nowhere near the Capitol building that day. Claims that Trump fomented a riot that day wither in the light of his admonition to the crowd to conduct themselves peacefully. In fact, the J6th videos show most protestors simply milling about the halls of the Capitol building as if on tour, some lead by armed and uniformed Capitol Police officers.
Pence has beclowned himself. He hasn’t got a chance in 2024, and his position is not strengthened by revealing the hollowness of his character.