“Beyond the pale” is no longer unexplored territory. It’s where we live, day to day. No hypocrisy or deception is too outrageous, no distortion too daring. I recall a parody of the academic titles, BS, MS and PhD as, pardon the crudeness, “bullshit, more shit, and piled higher and deeper”. It is too accurate to refrain from using in describing the outrageous postures and conduct of the United States Democratic Party, the House of “Representatives” and their “mainstream” media collaborators and enablers.
As with anything touched by the Clintons, and then Obama and now Biden, filth prevails disguised as nobility: the pay-to-play Clinton Foundation, the post-facto-bribery millionaire speeches about nothing, the infiltration and spying on political rivals inherent in the 2016 election Russiagate fantasy, and now, the Biden-family-for-fun-and-profit adventures in the Ukraine and China. The saying “the best defense is a good offense” has now been carried to its most ludicrous conclusion as corruption is hailed and efforts to investigate it proclaimed impeachable offenses, while obstruction of justice is hailed as defense of democratic principles.
I have never cared for Mr. Trump and disagree with his policies, even as I admit many have been successful in the short term. Most are, notwithstanding the hyperbolic hypocrisy of his political opponents, identical to their own historical policies. A pox on both their houses and especially, on the purportedly “mainstream” media. We not only deserve better but, unless we act and reject the established major political parties, not only in the United States but almost everywhere, our fate is sealed and it is neither healthy nor pretty. Still, despite my distaste for Mr. Trump, I find myself almost continuously forced to defend him against the outrageous lies and actions of his political opponents who I am forced to admit, at least as far as the Democratic Party and the “mainstream” media are concerned, are much worse than he is. Strange for someone whose three main political heroes today, Tulsi Gabbard, James Webb and Dennis Kucinich, have all been Democrats, albeit disaffected Democrats rejected by their party. What a shame they don’t unite and form a political party of their own.
The latest outrage, after Russiagate was shown to be not just a fraud but a putsch, involves portraying the Biden family corruption in the Ukraine, one implemented through subversion and abuse of public office and yes, a real example of violation of the emoluments clause, as beneficent, innocent and victimized by a villainous bogeyman. As I write this article the summary of the conversation between Presidents Trump and Zelensky has just been published giving to any objective reader (very hard to find) cause to marvel at the duplicity of Mr. Trump’s many, many critics (see the transcript in PDF format at https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Unclassified09.2019.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3bpP-bolBzUuD3jY2sfGj8rvH8ftWweYDLfWnrxqNzXZrFo2QLhhMTZrw). Decide for yourself and then remember it, and act on it in future elections.
I find it hard to understand how Mr. Trump’s administration has not and does not take legal actions against the blatantly criminal action reflected in the new series of “gates”, Russiagate first and then Ukrainegate now. Actions that probably rise to the level of treason and clearly involve obstruction of justice on an institutional not just personal level, real obstruction of justice, not the kind orchestrated with smoke and mirrors to entrap opponents in constructed quasi-crimes without foundation. The only explanation to me involves the reality of an all-powerful Deep State and brings to mind the putrid suggestion that rape victims should just lie back and enjoy their violation.
We the People, we the voters, those not actively involved in the ludicrous conduct of the Democratic Party and the “mainstream” media are victims of political rape. And no, we ought not just “lie back and enjoy it”.
© Guillermo Calvo Mahé; Manizales, 2019; all rights reserved. Please feel free to share with appropriate attribution.
Guillermo Calvo Mahé (a sometime poet) is a writer, political commentator and academic currently residing in the Republic of Colombia although he has primarily lived in the United States of America (of which he is a citizen). Until recently he chaired the political science, government and international relations programs at the Universidad Autónoma de Manizales. He has academic degrees in political science (the Citadel), law (St. John’s University), international legal studies (New York University) and translation and linguistic studies (the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies). He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and much of his writing is available through his blog at http://www.guillermocalvo.com.