The Party Line Tell
How can we know that we are living through a “different in kind” political moment? After all, political acrimony is the norm in our nation. So, isn’t what we’re now experiencing just a “difference in degree” as opposed to “in kind?”
My first inkling of this state-transition from “degree” to “kind” occurred while observing the behavior of Democrat senior leaders after the 2016 election. Recall that, prior to the election when the polls claimed that Hillary Clinton was the overwhelming favorite to win, the entire Democrat establishment from President Obama on down were all on the “party line” that it would be un-American if not treasonous for Mr. Trump to reject the election results. Here’s what President Obama had to say on this issue.
“That is not a joking matter,” Obama said. “No, no, no. I want everyone to pay attention here.” … “when you try to sow the seeds of doubt in people’s minds about the legitimacy of our elections, that undermines our democracy.” “Then you are doing the work of our adversaries for them,” “Because our democracy depends on people knowing their vote matters.”
Dear reader, please pause to carefully consider these words. President Obama was not here making a conditional statement (e.g., IF my party wins THEN the election results must be accepted.). No, President Obama was making a statement of principle, independent of results, about the seriousness of maintaining legitimacy for our elections. The fact that Hillary Clinton happened to be considered the prohibitive favorite to win this particular election was irrelevant.
So, given this solemn statement of principle by the President whom they served, how did high Obama administration officials react when Donald Trump unexpectedly won the 2016 Presidential Election? We all know the answer. They responded by rejecting the legitimacy of the election and by declaring open, unremitting resistance to a Trump presidency!
- Ex-Attorney General Loretta Lynch made a video that was distributed by the Senate Democrats that claimed without a shred of evidence that “our rights are being assaulted” and the only remedy is street protest up to and including blood and death.
“I know that this is a time of great fear and uncertainty for so many people,” Lynch says. “I know it’s a time of concern for people, who see our rights being assailed, being trampled on and even being rolled back. I know that this is difficult, but I remind you that this has never been easy. We have always had to work to move this country forward to achieve the great ideals of our Founding Fathers.”
“It has been people, individuals who have banded together, ordinary people who simply saw what needed to be done and came together and supported those ideals who have made the difference. They’ve marched, they’ve bled and yes, some of them died. This is hard. Every good thing is. We have done this before. We can do this again.”
- Ex-CIA Director John Brennan tweeted that President Trump is “treasonous” and “in the pocket of Putin.”
“Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes & misdemeanors’,” “It was nothing short of ‘treasonous’. Not only were Trump’s comments ‘imbecilic’, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???”
- Ex-DNI James Clapper claims that President Trump is a Russian asset (i.e., a Russian spy) on national cable television.
CLAPPER: Well, it is to me. I think this past weekend is illustrative of what a great case officer Vladimir Putin is. He knows how to handle an asset, and that’s what he’s doing with the president.
SCIUTTO: You’re saying that Russia is handling President Trump as an asset?
CLAPPER: That seems to be — that’s the appearance to me.
I could continue with other Obama ex-officials, but the point is made.
That point is top Obama Administration officials turned on a dime from the “party line” that election results must be honored to election results must be delegitimized and resisted when their party’s candidate lost.
This ability to, without shame or even embarrassment turn literally overnight from one party line to its exact opposite is characteristic of ideological apparatchiks. Never before in my experience had high officials from a previous Presidential administration sought to openly delegitimize and oppose a new President, his administration and their voters.
This uniform denunciation and resistance moves from shocking to sinister when you consider that the underlying rationale was utterly debunked by the Mueller Report. That is, they claimed that their access to information while serving in the Obama Administration justified their unprecedented charges of treason against the next sitting President.
What the Mueller Report actually revealed is that, after almost two years of investigation by an aggressive team of prosecutors, “[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” Therefore, it is logically impossible for these three and other ex-Obama high officials to have known credible incriminating information about President Trump and/or his campaign since said information was shown by the Mueller Report to be nonexistent!
Thus the motives for their vile behavior must have been a combination of ideological and personal. As the Justice Department Inspector General’s report and the Barr / Durham investigations become available we may finally see the extent of personal corruption behind these behaviors. We need not wait to understand that these and other ex-Obama officials were motivated by an ideological foundation that sees the holding and wielding of government power to be more important than any other good. Even more important than the legitimacy of our nation’s elections.
Willingness to tear a nation apart in pursuit of raw, illegitimate power is well within the realm of bloody-mindedness.