• Trump The Insurrectionist

    December 29, 2023

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    CNN’s Data Reporter Harry Enten is depressed. The figures he has been examining show prices for essential goods increasing and real wages decreasing, the result of an inflationary dragon scorching the house with its fiery breath.

    Just look at this, Enten noted: “From the first year of a president’s term to now in a term -- look at this! We’ve actually had negative growth. We have actually decreased the amount of disposable income we’ve had, 2.7% for the Biden administration. Look at that. The average for the president since JFK, is plus 4.5 percent. And even in the last few months, the last six months, the growth that we’ve had — just 0.2 percent. The average six months since 1960 [is] 1.1 percent, so we’re even behind on that metric."

    “It is kind of depressing.”

    CNN, it should be noted, is not part of the Republican Party’s anti-democracy plot to return former President Donald Trump to office in 2024. Political readers should know that the station is just the opposite, consistently anti-Trump and pro-Biden. President Joe Biden’s flagging spirits – he has plummeted in reliable polls – should have been lifted by a decision rendered by the Supreme Court of Colorado that, shortly after Enten’s depression, sanctioned the removal of Trump from the state’s ballot.

    The Associated Press, suppressing its joy at the decision, noted dryly, “The Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday, Dec. 19, declared former President Donald Trump ineligible for the White House under the U.S. Constitution’s insurrection clause and removed him from the state’s presidential primary ballot, setting up a likely showdown in the nation’s highest court to decide whether the front-runner for the GOP nomination can remain in the race.

    The decision from a court whose justices were all appointed by Democratic governors (emphasis mine) marks the first time in history that Section 3 of the 14th Amendment has been used to disqualify a presidential candidate.”

    Section 3 of the post-Civil War 14th amendment reads in full: “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”

    The purpose of the amendment was to deny public office to public officials in the post-Civil War period who had engaged in a real secessionist insurrection against the national government of the United States.

    Former President Donald Trump had not caused either of the two states he called home, New York or Florida, to succeed from the Union and, whatever else Trump may be, he is no Jefferson Davis or General Robert E. Lee.

    While it is true that Trump, backed by a slew of lawyers and political confederates, contested the results of the 2020 national election, he left office peacefully following the interrupted vote, after which, it has not been sufficiently noted in news reports, national Democrats unaccountably sought to abolish the Electoral College that had decided a close election in their favor. No prominent Democrats were found screaming from the rooftops that other prominent Democrats, by ridding the nation of its electoral college, were engaging in political insurrection. Trump had, it is true, contested the electoral count, but he had not gone so far as to call for its abolition.

    We do not know at this point whether the decision of the Colorado Supreme Court has further depressed CNN’s Data Reporter Harry Enten – not likely.  Possibly the court’s misapplication of the U.S. Constitution’s 14 amendment in its effort to rid politically pristine Colorado of a noxious Republican presidential contender has lifted Enten from his slough of despond.

    In the meantime, the “swamp” Trump threatened to drain in his first term in office has since swamped him with challenging judicial affronts. Toting up all the judicial offences Trump is facing, many of them highly unorthodox, Trump will, if Democrat politicians have their way, emerge from the judicial wrack both poor and a jailbird. In addition, some state supreme courts, Colorado but not Michigan, have taken measures to remove Trump from the 2024 presidential elections. Coincidentally, the cry that Trump is a threat to the democracy of the United States appears to be lost on Democrats who fail to understand the notion of irony.

    So far, Biden, also deeply immersed in multiple corruption investigations, has attempted to explain his difficulties, both personal and political, by explaining them away, but even ardent pro-Biden neo-progressives appear to be jumping ship. Living in his own outworn political cocoon, Biden truly believes that he may, in words attributed to Lincoln, “fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time…” Lincoln, of course, added “but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

    It is the lofty ambition of ambitious politicians to prove Lincoln wrong on this last point.

    Time will tell whether they are successful.

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    Don Pesci

    Don Pesci is a political columnist of long standing, about 40 years, who has written for various state newspapers, among them The Journal Inquirer, the Waterbury Republican American, the New London Day, the Litchfield County Times, the Torrington Register Citizen and other Register Citizen papers. He maintains a blog, among the oldest of its kind in Connecticut, which serves as a repository and archive, for his columns; there are approximately 3,000 entrees in Connecticut Commentary: Red Notes From A Blue State, virtually all of them political columns stretching back to 2004. He also appears once a week Wednesdays on 1080 WTIC Newstalk radio with Will Marotti.

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    Stefan Bartelski

    "to succeed from the Union" should read "to secede from the Union"

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