Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Impeachment Show Inquiry: An Assessment

By Robert Wenzel

The United States House of Representatives will begin the public phase of its impeachment inquiry against the president this Wednesday.

The Democratically controlled House has lined up a number of witnesses for the inquiry.

It appears the Democrats will not call for testimony any of the potential witnesses that the Republicans have requested to be brought before the hearing.

It is going to be a Democratic Party directed and controlled production.

What can we expect?

The Democrats will attempt to show that President Trump withheld (for a short time) military aid to Ukraine and a White House invitation to new Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky in an attempt to get Ukraine to investigate corrupt doings in Ukraine surrounding Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden, and also the 2016 election.

But if Trump did this, the question must be: So what?

What is the high crime or misdemeanor?

He was elected president, which entails guiding foreign policy the way he sees fit for the nation.

It appears that Trump basically has little desire for foreign adventures of the Empire. Though it does appear that he can be talked out of this sentiment on a case by case basis. Talked out of it by what can be considered the crony establishment and the Deep State.

When he keeps his views on a given situation closer to his vest, there is less room for the crony establishment and the Deep State to thwart his instincts to end US foreign adventures.

Enter Ukraine. Trump, untouched by crony establishment and Deep State input, likely thought that the US adventures associated with Ukraine, including sending money and covert operations, was a waste of time for the US, given that the country is 4,976 miles away from Washington D.C.and that Ukraine is of absolutely zero threat to the US even if it went total AOC socialist. Even if it was taken over by Russia, China or Switzerland.

Thus, Trump likely saw little in terms of urgency to send military aid, that was voted and approved by Congress, to the country.

And this would be generally fine with the people that voted for him given that he ran on winding down US foreign adventures (Though once in office he filled his administration with foreign policy warmongers).

But, in addition to seeing no urgency in filling the coffers of a country that is known for its corruption, Trump also knows that a key epicenter of the attack on him as he ran for president emanated out of Ukraine. (SEE: BIG: New Oliver Stone Production "Revealing Ukraine")

Boy, would Trump like to find out the details about that!

And there are some pretty promising leads about shady deals between Ukraine and top Democrats including the fact that Hunter Biden, son of presidential candidate Joe Biden, was put on the payroll of a Ukraine natural gas producer to the tune of $50,000 a month, despite having no experience in the energy sector, foreign or domestic.

It appears that Hunter has only two noteworthy notches on his life timeline to date. He was booted from the Navy after he tested positive for cocaine during a urinalysis test. And there was what appeared to be a short-lived attempt by him to resurrect levirate marriage after his older brother died.

Getting back to Ukraine, it seems that VP Joe Biden has a lot to do with only those two marks appearing on Hunter's timeline and not a third. Joe got the Ukranian prosecutor, who was investigating Hunter for possible corruption, fired, by holding up aid money. Joe bragged about the firing in front of a live camera.

So I mean we are talking serious potential dirt on some serious knuckleheads.

Thus, Trump would have correctly calculated that there was no vital US interest in sending money to Ukraine and that those who voted for him would not be upset if the money never got there. So why not use the money as leverage? There would be no harm no foul, as they say in the NBA, to US interests. And as a bonus, Trump might get delivered from Ukraine on a platter juicy details of corruption in the Obama(?)/Biden White House.

What is there not to like?

Where is the crime?

Trump is the president. It is up to him how to use leverage--when he is not dealing against the interests of the US. And here he was using leverage to expose corruption. That the corruption would nail those attempting to derail his 2016 presidential run is beside the point. The fundamental decision to hunt down corruption is sound. Is there anyone fool enough involved with the impeachment inquiry willing to say that presidents don't make decisions based on how it will help their party or their reelection prospects?

Exposing the deep state, I love it! Everyone should.

Unless, of course, you are involved in Biden dirty dealings, you are rabid anti-Russian, you are a neocon warmonger, part of the military-industrial complex, or part of the Democratic Party that remains infuriated that Trump outsmarted Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.

And it just so happens that it this collection of sad saps that are either running the impeachment inquiry or are the witnesses! With cheerleading and propaganda spinning going on from the mainstream media wing of the Deep State.

In the end, this is a group that seeks to remove a president because his foreign policy views do not align with theirs and they have the balls to call his policy a crime and their attempt to grab back power "service" to the nation.

In conclusion, as an anti-big government person (and, yes, an anti-small government person as well), I really don't mind this battle between different factions of the state. It is less time they have to harass us.

But, I sure hope Trump wins the public relations battle on this one  because it is a lot of the Deep State against him (the Democrats by their sheer number in the House are likely to actually impeach) . If he can come back on offense against the Deep State and exposes their chicanery and the dark methods they use, it scores one for exposing to the people what is really at the foundation of government "service."

It will soon, hopefully, be the time that William P. Barr, John H. Durham and Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz will enter stage right with lots of dirt on the crony establishment and the Deep State.

The more people understand that government is about power grabs, the more likely they may come around to the idea that we need less power in the hands of government people. #PPS

Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of EconomicPolicyJournal.comand Target Liberty. He also writes EPJ Daily Alert and is author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bankand most recently Foundations of Private Property Society Theory: Anarchism for the Civilized Person Follow him on twitter:@wenzeleconomics and on LinkedIn. His youtube series is here: Robert Wenzel Talks Economics. More about Wenzel here.

1 comment:

  1. Would this theater be pursued if the Dems had a candidate that could defeat Trump?