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President Trump and surviving Democratic deceit

Written By | Apr 5, 2017

WASHINGTON, April 5, 2017 — Two major stories now in the news focus on investigations into improper, possibly illegal behavior. Democrats want to investigate possible connections between President Trump and his staff and the Russian government. Republicans want to know whether government employees loyal to the Democrats have surveilled Trump, then leaked embarrassing information to the media.

Both stories are important, but which should Americans be most concerned about?

The investigation into the Democrats’ claim of collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign has so far produced no evidence. Some members—mostly former members—of the Trump team have had dealings with high-ranking officials of the Russian government, but impropriety has been found and most involved business dealings.

Russians aren’t the only ones undermining US democracy

The Democrats argue that we cannot have a president who has colluded with the Russian government for personal gain. They want this investigation to continue and they are sure evidence will be found.

Some of Trump’s team had discussions with Russian officials, but Republicans claim that everything was completely above board. Trump knows he did nothing wrong and believes that everyone on his staff is free of wrong doing.

Trump believes that the Democrats are pressing this investigation for two reasons. First, they still can’t believe that they lost the election and remain determined to resist Trump at every step. That will be easier if they can discredit Trump and cripple his presidency, which proof of Russian collusion would do.

Second, Democrats are trying to divert attention from what the GOP believes is the real scandal: The Obama administration improperly and perhaps illegally surveilled Trump and his top advisors, then leaked information to the mainstream media. New revelations support their position.

President Obama’s national security advisor Susan Rice apparently gathered the information improperly, and perhaps illegally; she denies the charge. The information that she gathered was leaked to the press; she says she had nothing to do with the leaks.

Are the Democrats being deceitful again?

President Obama established a pattern of deception with the American people. He believed that deception was necessary to pass laws or take actions that he believed were beneficial to the American people. He deceived us on healthcare. He deceived us with foreign policy. And he deceived us about his economic policy.

Trump vows to find and punish White House leakers

The deception started by Obama now is the normal course of business for the Democratic Party. They believe that their party knows what is best for the American people. President Trump believes that the people know what is best for them. He is trying to restore the freedoms that Obama’s policies have taken away.

The Democrats seem to be following a losing strategy. Perhaps the negative campaigns that focused on “don’t vote for him because he is so bad” may have been effective in the past, but in 2016 Trump showed that it didn’t work anymore. He emphasized a positive message: “let’s make America great again.”

The Dems boosted by the mainstream media are continuing to deceive us. Let’s fully investigate the Russian involvement in our last election. So far, there is no evidence that any votes were tampered with, but there is evidence that Russian hackers were able to spread false information. I suspect we will find no collusion with Trump’s team.

More importantly, let’s find out about Susan Rice’s involvement. She must be placed under oath since she has a history of being less than truthful with the American public. Then we can find out if there was any improper or illegal activity. We can also find out how many others were involved as well as the motivation.

President Trump has already taken action, through executive order, that will get the economy moving and make us more secure. He is trying to solve big problems in an environment where his own party has differences and where the deceitful Democrats just want to resist.

Trump will unite his party. But will he be able to survive the deceitful Democrats?

Michael Busler

Michael Busler, Ph.D. is a public policy analyst and a Professor of Finance at Stockton University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Finance and Economics. He has written Op-ed columns in major newspapers for more than 35 years.