WASHINGTON: The best thing to come out of last Tuesday’s Republican failure and flip of the House of Representatives to Democratic control was the forced departure from the Justice Department of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Don’t let the door hit you on the way out
In the most pertinent sentence of his letter to the president, Sessions wrote:
“At your request, I am submitting my resignation.”
His firing is, by far, the best decision of President Trump’s tenure in office and long, long overdue.
Republican Failure: Recusal and Russia collusion
It was the phony charge (by the Clinton-paid-for Christopher Steel dossier) that the Trump campaign conspired with Vladimir Putin’s Russia to steal the election of 2016. All of that starting the “Trump/Russia collusion” conspiracy theory.
This absurdity has filled the headlines for nearly two years, augmented by Obama’s weaponized intelligence community, which has waged a relentless misinformation campaign against the new administration through its contacts (if not plants) in the press.
You may recall that Sessions himself was accused of nefarious dealings with Russia’s ambassador to the US. But that association, it was later revealed, was the same as fellow Senators (including ranking Senate Democrats) relating to US foreign relations.
But this did not matter. As the New York Times observed in March of 2017,
“Many top Democrats demanded Mr. Sessions’s resignation, and a growing number of Republicans declared that he should not take part in any investigation into the [Trump/Russia collusion] case, given his own still largely unexplained role in it.”
Ah yes, Democrats, the media and “a growing number of Republicans.” That corrupt cabal is Washington’s most reliable and nefarious collection of colluders.
Abdicating his responsibility
Just three weeks after his confirmation as US Attorney General, a contrite Sessions told the Washington press corps:
“If a specific matter arose where I believed my impartiality might reasonably be questioned, I would consult with [Justice] department ethics officials regarding the most appropriate way to proceed… my staff recommended recusal. They said that since I had involvement with the [Trump] campaign, I should not be involved in any campaign investigation. I have studied the rules and considered their comments and evaluation. I believe those recommendations are right and just. Therefore, I have recused myself in matters that deal with the Trump campaign.”
In a rush to protect his perceived “impartiality,” a sacrifice to his stupid conceit, Sessions gave Democrats, the media, and never-Trump Republicans the weapon they craved. And Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s witch hunt continues merrily along today.
Republican Failure: Anatomy of a dying political party
The Republican Party is a sad shell of its former self. Since President Ronald Reagan’s departure from public life, the ideology that calls itself “conservatism” has been deluded considerably thanks to its many bastardized and weak-kneed incarnations.
This was best exemplified by the “compassionate conservatism” of President George W. Bush.
Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard described this dishwater philosophy in prose befitting the lowest form of Orwellian doublespeak:
“Sure, some conservatives are upset because he [Bush] has tolerated a surge in federal spending, downplayed swollen deficits, failed to use his veto, created a vast Department of Homeland Security, and fashioned an alliance of sorts with Teddy Kennedy on education and Medicare. But the real gripe is that Bush isn’t their kind of conventional conservative. Rather, he’s a big government conservative. Using what would normally be seen as liberal means – activist government – for conservative ends.”
Early on in the administration of George W. Bush’s “activist government,” toxic subprime lending expanded during a remarkable “alliance of sorts” with Democrats. In a speech Bush delivered in 2002, he said:
“We can put light where there’s darkness, and hope where there’s despondency in this country. And part of it is working together as a nation to encourage folks to own their own home.”
And so, toxic subprime mortgages were bundled and sold internationally by corrupt investment banks like Goldman Sachs. Therefore triggering an international economic crisis that we are only now, thanks to President Trump, emerging from.
Trump’s defeat of 2016 GOP presidential primary candidates representing conservatism’s every facet, proved that for a growing number of the voting GOP base, small and big government conservatism’s platitudes ring hollow.
Hello patriotic populism
Trump’s political philosophy is, to paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, as simple as the old widow’s dance: “America First.”
Gathered around these two words are principles such as secure borders, equitable trade agreements with friend and foe alike, sharing the burden of military defense with our European allies, repeal of Obamacare, dismantling President Obama’s executive orders restricting business and job creation, and placing Constitutional originalists on the US Supreme Court.
And it was not Democrats who stopped the repeal of Obamacare. It was self-described “maverick” and anti-Trump Republican icon, John McCain. You remember him, don’t you? He’s the conservative who allegedly ran against Barack Obama in 2008.
No Friends of Trump
The conservative intellectualoids at National Review and among the Orwellian deep thinkers at Fred Barnes’s Weekly Standard are no friends of Trump. Why? You see, Trump is no Reagan, who signed “immigration reform” legislation in 1986, which he promised would end illegal entry into America.
That never happened.
Nor is Trump like former President George W. Bush, who promised a kinder, gentler immigration reform bill in 2007, crafted by John McCain’s bipartisan “Gang of Eight,” which eventually became a Republican failure due to public outrage.
It may be time Republican voters relinquish, as Abraham Lincoln once said, “the dogmas of the quiet past.”
Perhaps it’s time to build a more sustainable GOP on the rubble of the tired left/right arguments that no longer inspire Americans. Yet another Republican failure means it is time for tired conservatism to follow Jeff Sessions into retirement and obscurity.
America First patriotism will carry Donald Trump to a second term as president in 2020. And it can regain GOP control of the House for far longer than eight years.
Top Images: Fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, ABC News screen capture.
Donald Trump inset from NBC’s “The Apprentice,” screen capture.