There’s a new, highly contagious syndrome, and it has Washington, D.C.-based political elites and media in a fever. It transmits via unprotected cable TV and the internet. What is it? Few would disagree that the Washington, D.C., in-crowd is infected with Trump Hysteria Syndrome. It is spreading faster than any mass infection in recent memory.
The dictionary defines “hysteria” and “syndrome” as follows:
Hysteria is “exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion or excitement, especially among a group of people.” Syndrome is defined as “a characteristic combination of opinions, emotions, or behavior which form an identifiable pattern.”
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I am old enough to remember Watergate, the Iranian hostage crisis, Iran-Contra and Monica Lewinsky, and then there was the Obama birth certificate controversy. However, the recent “Russian election hacking scare” has generated both foam and vitriol far beyond any of these previous imbroglios.
When talking with others about these controversies, I always encourage them to ignore spoken words and look at actual actions. The words currently flying around D.C. are a confusing muddle, a real quagmire — and frankly, reality has been left behind. When psychiatrists and counselors are dealing with patients who have confused and tormented minds because of a break from reality, they often slowly remind the patient of what is really going on. So I’m going to share with you some reality in the hope that it will calm your fears and give you hope. The clouds are not nearly as dark as the media portend.
First, let’s talk about impeachment. Bill Clinton was caught giving perjured testimony about Monica Lewinsky. He was impeached by the House of Representatives. Despite all of this knowledge of his clear crimes, he wasn’t convicted by the U.S. Senate. Democrats are on a fool’s errand if they think they can remove Donald Trump via impeachment. Are they misleading their supporters about impeachment just for fundraising purposes?
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Second, despite the fever pitch of charges and counter-charges in the media about collusion between the Trump campaign and a Russia portrayed as desperately wanting Hillary Clinton to lose the U.S. presidential election, no evidence of any crimes has ever surfaced.
While the media are fixated on trying to rerun an election held seven months ago, Americans and the Trump administration are largely ignoring them. The strategy of the resistance movement has been a big loser for the Democratic Party.
A quick review of reality shows that while they are obsessing on Russia, President Trump is using the power of his office to gut the Obama legacy. Almost immediately after taking office, the president signed a string of executive orders reducing regulations that were strangling private enterprise and the economy. My favorite is the order forcing the revocation of two regulations for every new regulation issued.
Using the Congressional Review Act, Congress has worked with the president to eliminate many of Obama’s regulations.
President Trump also has withdrawn from the job-killing Paris climate agreement. According to a report by the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, the Paris agreement would have cost the United States over $176 billion every year.
Almost without notice, the Trump Justice Department has gone on an extensive campaign against criminal gangs. The sweep for gang members who had been operating trans-nationally during Obama’s tenure, such as the notorious MS-13 gang, has netted more than 1,378 arrests. In addition to the gangs being targeted, the arrests have resulted in the confiscation of over 200 illegal firearms; narcotics including cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and fentanyl; and $491,783 in currency.
So why are Democrats being seduced by dreams of removing President Trump through some convoluted Russian influence-peddling scandal? Good question, since President Trump is focused on making America safer, producing new and better-paying jobs and pushing his agenda forward.
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Republicans have made a sweep of recent congressional elections, and if Democrats can’t develop a more compelling message than “I hate you, I hate you, I hate you,” then their party is destined to continue to shrink in size and effectiveness.
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