Donald Trump may indeed be guilty of the charges for which he was indicted a couple of weeks ago… or maybe not. He may even end up being convicted. Regardless, assuming he’s on the ballot, I’ll be voting for him, even if he’s dressed in stripes sitting in a jail cell.
Why? Not because I don’t take seriously the handling of classified records or trying to “obstruct” the Justice Department. Indeed both are serious. But even if Trump were guilty of both, even if he violated the letter and the spirit of the law, those violations are nothing when compared to the weaponization of the federal government we’ve observed over the last decade and a half.
The Democrat party has spent much of the last fifteen years turning the federal government into an American Stasi to be used against their political opponents in a manner unprecedented in American history.
Barack Obama took aim at the Constitution early on when in 2010 his Justice Department targeted the press under the guise of “national security”. They seized records from FOX News reporter James Rosen and accused him of “Espionage” for his reporting on American policy towards North Korea. Three years later they used similar tactics against the Associated Press.
Not content to eviscerate the freedom of the press, Obama next set his sights on freedom of speech, this time harnessing the IRS to undermine the Constitution.
Other presidents have been accused of using
the IRS against opponents, but they were pikers when compared to Obama’s war
on speech in which the IRS sought to smother
hundreds of grass roots Tea Party organizations in their bassinets, before
they could even crawl. The likely result
of that “mistreatment” of grassroots opponents was that Barack Obama won
reelection despite having 5 million fewer votes than he did in 2008. Contrast
that with Donald Trump, who grew his vote total by 12 million in 2020 but
somehow “lost” his reelection bid.
As a result of the Justice Department’s persecution of Donald Trump, not only was his term hobbled by investigations, but at the same time he had to survive attacks from virtually every corner, including legislators allegedly on his side. Perhaps most perniciously, largely because of their weaponization of the Justice Department, more than half the country doesn’t trust the “premier” law enforcement agency in the nation. In 2023 fully 70% of the American people feel like our elections may be compromised by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. To put that in perspective, after decades of the media propaganda machine lying about police hunting black men, black Americans still have a higher opinion of local police than Americans in general do of the FBI.
By 2020 the apparatchiks in the Justice Department had decided that they were America’s white knights and were going to save the country from having to endure another term of Donald Trump as president. As the election was wrapping up the New York Post ran a story about a laptop owned by Joe Biden’s son Hunter. The laptop was full of information about drugs and prostitution and various other illegal activities that the younger Biden participated in. More proe problematic however were the emails and other information that implicated Joe Biden in various schemes whereby his son and brother were handsomely paid by various foreign entities for his (Biden’s) influencing American policy while Vice President. The FBI worked back channels with America’s modern public squares, Twitter, Facebook and other media outlets to both censor the story and suggest that it was Russian disinformation at the same time.
The FBI white nights succeeded in their quest to save the nation. In an election that turned on less than 100,000
votes, fully 13 million Americans (16% of
Biden’s “84 million” voters) said they would have changed their vote had
they known about the laptop story. That
is what you call a coup d'état. But as
it was the Democrats and the Justice Department leadership running the coup, there
was no problem.
Once in office Biden lost no time in seeking to weaponize the DOJ against Trump supporters, including hundreds of Jan 6 protesters, some of whom never even entered the Capitol. On the 29th of January, 2021, a mere 9 days after taking office, the administration set about plans to target conservatives by gaming out scenarios about vulnerable citizens facing “radicalization” by pro-life advocates and small government proponents. The following year the Justice Department would target as “domestic terrorists” parents concerned about what was being taught to their children in public schools. Later FBI management would be accused of forcing agents to fabricate “extremist” and “white supremacist” cases because “The demand for white supremacy vastly outstrips the supply of white supremacy”. And just to put a fine point on it, in April Biden blasted “Those MAGA Republicans” as the real problem America faces.
Which brings us back to Donald Trump and last week’s indictment. The reality is, there’s likely not a single voter in America who is going to be swayed one way or another based on the outcome of that case. If elections were about the candidate, last year Pennsylvania Democrats wouldn’t have elected to represent them as Senator a guy who would have trouble completing a kindergarten art project over an erudite, if slightly odd, cardiothoracic surgeon. Americans of every stripe understand what the choice is in 2024. Most certainly there are voters who are turned off by some of Trump’s antics and statements, but the reality is anyone who says they would be willing to vote for Ron DeSantis but not Donald Trump is lying… either to themselves or to you. They’re simply looking for a fig leaf to cover their consciences so they can vote for a Democrat.
While at the end of the day the choice may ostensibly come down to a doddering Alzheimer’s patient vs. a convicted ex president, or even a “vapid pander bear” vs. the “Grand Wizard” of the KKK, the reality is the choice on the ballot next November is stark: The continued weaponization of government against the citizens or a resurgence of the freedom and limited government that are at the foundation of America’s greatness. The Democrat Party and the rest of its swamp cabal have clearly demonstrated they are more than willing to ignore the Constitution and use the police power of government to coerce, control, and if necessary crucify anyone not willing to go along with their cancerous progressive agenda. Donald Trump doesn’t want to let them do that.
Trump may be a highly flawed man, but as the nation watches its government being transformed into a repressive, progressive Borg, who better to lead the charge to destroy it than the man who has weathered its slings and arrows for the last 8 years? More than perhaps anyone in America, Trump understands the threat because he’s experienced firsthand the danger it poses. And unlike most, he recognizes who the real target is, something he pointed out to supporters in 2019: “In reality they’re not after me, they’re after you. I’m just in the way.”
Sitting in a jail cell or out on the campaign trail, Donald Trump is the touchstone of the Republic. We either go forward as a nation of laws limited by the Constitution or we transform into a nation of men governed only by coercion and brute force. There is no middle ground. Given that I’ll take the guy in stripes every time.