December is usually an open month for the Pilgrim, but I can’t resist some year end comments on the impeachment show trials along with a couple of personal items.
First, the impeachment “inquiry”. The so-called Pelosi “moderate” Democrats couldn’t hold off their party’s hard left wing nuts, aided and abetted by a compliant media, and were forced to proceed with this latest round of complete madness of an inquiry conjured out of a lineup of hearsay witnesses and frustrated foreign service officers with their litany of innuendo mainly based on their personal resentment of the Commander in Chief.
Let’s understand what’s going on here—no doubt the majority of career foreign services officers serve their country patriotically, but there are large numbers of them who deeply resent the fact that Donald Trump is their boss and who are part of the “resistance” to anything he stands for that has been in place since he was elected. I have my own problems with some elements of Trump’s foreign policy and other aspects of his administration, but these people believe that America’s foreign policy is proprietary with them, not the President whose will they serve. Without their aggressive support of this resistance and that of rogue elements of the FBI and intelligence community, we would not have had a Mueller investigation or an impeachment inquiry. There is no case for either. What Trump did and said on the Ukraine/Biden matter is clear to me, problematic at best, and not becoming to a President, but it’s a political issue, so let’s settle it on Election Day 2020.
And think about this: Does Speaker Pelosi really want to preside over an impeachment by the House decided on strict party lines which will certainly result in an acquittal by the Senate, an effective exoneration of Donald Trump?
On a personal note, over the next several weeks I will be giving some thought to the future of The Texas Pilgrim as it enters its 21st year of publication—frequency, format, content priorities, etc.—so if you have thoughts, critique, or suggestions, please let me have them.
And if you have a late teenager or millennial around the house or neighborhood who missed (or misunderstood) the past two decades, my book The Texas Pilgrim: 20 Years of Reflection and Commentary is available for last minute holiday gifts on Amazon at https://amzn.to/2WWNdjM or just go to www.texaspilgrim.com and click on the book cover.
Many thanks for your continuing support and have a great Christmas season and a happy and prosperous New Year!