WASHINGTON, December 9, 2017: Once upon a time, he was good enough, smart enough and, doggone it, Minnesotans liked him. But Thursday, former comedian turned U.S. Senator, Al Franken, announced he will resign his seat while insisting he used his “power to be a champion of women” while in office. Its been a week of Democrats phony virtue signaling.
Then Franken got to the heart of the matter.
“I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office.”
Would you like fries with that nothing burger?
You see, Special Counsel Robert Muller’s investigation into President Trump’s alleged “collusion” with the Russians is going nowhere. And as former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Andrew McCarthy, has written in National Review Online and said in interviews, plots to commit crimes are called “conspiracies” under the law.
“Collusion” is a term that applies to co-workers cooperating on company projects or conversing with relatives on the telephone. It was CNN on-air personality Van Jones who best described the Trump-Russia “collusion” nonsense,
“The Russia thing is just a big nothing burger.”
Democrats and their allies in the mainstream media have been on a downward spiral into madness since Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton a little more than a year ago.
Nancy’s Armageddon signals Democrats’ phony virtue
It didn’t help that Trump’s dramatic shift in military policy from that of his “lead-from-behind” predecessor is on the verge of defeating ISIS; that his emphasis away from expanding the welfare state to expanding the U.S. economy has pushed markets to new highs and unemployment to new lows; that Trump’s announced plan to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem threatens to drive a wedge between traditional Democratic Jewish voters and their party’s hard left anti-Semites.
This explains why Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi described the deranged left’s predicament under the Trump presidency as “Armageddon.”
“Evil appears as good in the minds of those whom gods lead to destruction,” said Greek playwright Sophocles. Poet Longfellow amended it to say, “Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad.”
And this madness has led to a desperate and self-destructive form of retroactive virtue signaling. Lefty media types are being fired left and right and Democratic pols are apologizing to womanhood – through clenched teeth – before resigning from Congress for offenses committed, in some cases, decades ago. The latest effort toward Democrats phony virtue capaign.
Sex, lies and Bill Clinton
There is no question that Trump engaged in bad behavior, but that is not an impeachable offense. President Bill Clinton, on the other hand, ran afoul of the law and was impeached by Congress not because he sexually harassed Paula Jones but because he lied about it in a sworn deposition.
And the crime of perjury carries with it a penalty of no less than five years in federal lockup.
Private citizen Clinton avoided prosecution and time behind bars by signing a document for the Justice Department admitting to his perjury just hours before leaving office. He was disbarred from practicing law, was fined $90,000 by the court for his false testimony in the Paula Jones civil suit and ended up settling with her for $850,000.
Today, network news, leading newspapers, Hollywood production companies and Congress are clearing their ranks of handsy misogynists so as to claim the moral high ground ahead of an all-out sexual harassment impeachment push against Trump.
But the Trump collusion narrative, thanks to the president’s tweets, has diminished the mainstream media’s credibility in the eyes of the public. This also holds true for Special Counsel Robert Muller’s FBI inquisitors, who peruse a “nothing burger” after exonerating Hillary Clinton for her illegal handling of State Department emails.
All for nothing
But the phony Trump investigation, like the Democrat’s phony virtue signaling, is nothing more than a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Meanwhile, Trump will have greatly diminished ISIS, illegal immigration will slow to a trickle (not with a border wall but through enforcement of existing immigration laws), and corporate and middle-class tax cuts will fuel a world-class economic boom.
This will most likely assure the coming of Nancy Pelosi’s so-called “Armageddon.” That is to say, four more years with Donald Trump in the White House.
And the sacrifice by Stuart Smalley’s alter ego and former U.S. Senator, not to mention that of his friends in politics, show business and the news media, will have been for nothing.
But they can comfort themselves reading poet William Blake:
“I was walking among the fires of Hell, delighted with the enjoyments of Genius; which to Angels look like torment and insanity.”