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Trump impeachment is pure politics, a political circus
President Trump is the victim of “Democratic Entitlement,” the sickness in America’s politics that is driven by an arrogance and self-indulgence. Trump is not the typical politician and his critics are using that to fuel their partisan attacks. But the criticism, and the impeachment, will only strengthen Trump and fortify his base
By Ray Hanania
President Trump is not a smooth-talking politician. He doesn’t play the same game most career politicians do on the national level who carefully wordsmith their views to satiate the public.
They do terrible things, but smile and smooth talk their way into acceptance. Like lie about the Afghan war. We’re just learning a decade later that they lied about our progress the way they lied about the Vietnam War.
They also lied about the Iraq War, arguing Saddam Hussein, a tyrant funded by the U.S. until he was no longer needed, stockpiled Weapons of Mass Destruction.
I don’t agree with everything Trump does. His policies in the Middle East are distortions of truth so he can pander to a specific religious voter constituency. His recent executive order to punish students at college campuses who criticize Israel, a foreign country, claiming it is “anti-Semitism” is obnoxious and illegal.
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Many of his policies are working, however. The economy is riding high. He is being tough with the Chinese who basically own this country through their cheap labor and huge investments in our economy, Practically, everything we buy today is “Made in China.”
There is no such thing as 100 percent in American politics. You try to get as much as possible, and embrace a consensus.
Last week, the Democratic controlled House approved two impeachment charges. One was based on an unproven allegation Trump used muscled Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the corruption of former Vice President Joseph Biden and his son, in exchange to receive U.S. Foreign aid. Several people, all former aides including one whistle-blower who hate Trump, asserted in testimony before the biased Impeachment committee headed by the even more biased Congressman Jerry Nadler.
The charge is based on a telephone conversation Trump had with Zelensky on July 25, 2019. There isn’t Ione sentence in the 5-page text of the conversation in which Trump asks Zelensky to investigate Biden in exchange for U.S. aid.
There is no smoking gun. Read it yourself. Here is what will happen. If you hate Trump, you will fill in the many blanks and conclude Trump is muscling Zelensky to expose Biden, a clumsy candidate for U.S. President in the 2020 Democratic Primary. If you love Trump, you will reject claims of a “quid pro quo.” If you are objective, you will not be able to find one single sentence in which Trump clearly says to Zelensky, “investigate Biden and I will give you the foreign aid you want.”
There is no smoking gun.
The second impeachment charge, lying to the Congress, is a fabricated political charge thrown in to try to add substance to the weak argument.
Nadler asserts the Trump impeachment is like the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. But that is a lie, too. Clinton testified under oath and lied when he said he never had sex with Monica Lewinsky. He lied to Congress and he lied to the American people. He tried to cover it up until it was impossible to do so and admitted wrongdoing. Lewinsky wasn’t just some “girlfriend,” like many of the other women he allegedly sexual harassed (worse than Harvey Weinstein). She was a White House employee and Clinton was her boss. He used his power to prey on Lewinsky.
Nadler is lying when he claims the Trump impeachment is as powerful as the Clinton impeachment. It’s not the same at all.
All Nadler’s lynch-mob is doing is empowering Trump’s re-election bid. And yes, I said “lynch mob” because that is a legitimate political phrase, despite extremists who falsely assert it only applies to the racial persecution of African Americans.
I voted in the Democratic Primary for Senator Bernie Sanders in 2016. When it turned out that President Clinton’s wife, Hillary Clinton, had hijacked the Democratic committee and system to undermine him and boost her candidacy – with that obnoxious smile of entitlement that she wore throughout the campaign until reality slammed her arrogance. When Clinton became the nominee I voted for Trump.
I’ll do the same unless some more honest and truthful is nominated by the Democrats. Maybe that might be Michael Bloomberg, who I interviewed last September and was impressed by his business savvy. Anyone else wins the Democratic primary and I will vote for Trump again, as will most centrist Democrats.
Go ahead and impeach Trump. The partisan vote won’t get past the U.S. Senate, but it will put Trump back in office.
(Published in the Southwest News Newspaper Group. Contact the write at RGHanania@Gmail.com or on his website at www.Hanania.com.)
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Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and at www.TheArabDailyNews.com, www.TheDailyHookah.com and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.
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