Out of the clear blue sky yesterday, a Democrat lawyer emailed this one-liner to a China newsgroup list in reply to an article posted by the moderator on a report in the Korea Times that a reservoir dam that provides the hydroelectric power for the North Korean nuclear complex at Yongbyon had been breached:
THIS is what a real leader, a real President, a real American and a real man would do.
And then he linked to this MSN article entitled, “What Would Ike Do?” The article was an attempt to influence the nomination and confirmation process for the replacement of the deceased Ruth Bader-Ginsburg through selection of a Democrat justice just as Ike did in 1956 in order to “maintain balance” on the Court. That argument is, of course, overcome by events, as President Trump has nominated Judge Amy Coney-Barrett to the Court, as Red State colleague Streiff reported here.
However, that one-liner served as the equivalent of a red flag to a bull, and I responded as follows:
No, that’s not the way it works. One would think that you as a lawyer would know better, but then you unmasked yourself as a Democrat hack by implying that President Trump isn’t a “real leader, real President, a real American, and a real man.” And in reply to an article that was posted to the group that had nothing to do with the US Supreme Court, no less. Your gratuitous one-liner requires a detailed response:
The political divisions that existed during the Eisenhower era were kindergarten squabbles compared to today’s political chasm. For example, I don’t recall Democrat-condoned/instigated rioting and anarchy in the streets in the ’50s. Nor do I recall the Truman administration working to undermine Eisenhower’s campaign and presidency through the equivalent of an illegal counter-intel investigation and Russian and Ukrainian hoaxes, either.
There is NOTHING in the Constitution requiring a “political balance” in the USSC. The political balancing comes through elections. The 2016 election decided who would appoint nominees to fill USSC vacancies through January 2021 (and likely longer as President Trump will be reelected on 3 November). Those voters who elected President Trump expect him to nominate conservative justices just as he promised to do, not bend to Democrat-media political tactics such as a mythical requirement to “balance the Court.” The political balance is obtained, as appropriate, through elections, not arbitrary decision-making between elections regarding an ephemeral need for “balance.” You want leftwing justices for the purposes of balancing the Court? Then elect Democrats.
That MSN article you referenced is just the latest Democrat effort to stop President Trump for exercising his clear constitutional authority. Neither you nor the Democrats get to dictate what he will or won’t do. In fact, this is what is likely to happen.
And, as far as I am concerned, may it happen a couple more times before President Trump completes his second term, too. Then we will see the USSC re-balanced in the direction that the Founders envisioned and away from the activist judicial crap we’ve been subjected to over the last 60 years.
That wasn’t the end of the conversation, as he replied, some of which is repeated below:
If you believe the Republican party, and its un-American attitude and behavior is the “new normal”, and you support the utter filth that is Donald Trump, then you have no place in this country now or in the future.
I am ashamed of the United States. More than I was ashamed of my own country after I was spit upon and harassed as I sat on a bus from San Francisco Airport to Travis AFB in 1974, on my way to my first duty station as a US Navy Sailor (USS Kitty Hawk, South China Sea). More than I was ashamed of my own country after I witnessed a sitting President commit what I knew to be a war crime by invading Iraq without justification. More ashamed than the day in 2016 when I heard US Senator Mitch McConnell state publicly that he would not allow (elected, sitting) US President Obama to appoint a replacement US Supreme Court Justice during the last six months of his second term of office. DONALD TRUMP’S PRESIDENCY is the single, largest, most destructive collective mistake in history.
I retired from the US Navy in 2016, at the rank of Commander, having served during the Vietnam Conflict (war), and every war since, including my last tour in Afghanistan in 2014. Don’t you dare even think I have no right to expect more from our elected leaders, especially the elected US President. Shame on you for supporting this blatant abuse of power by both the Executive and the Legislative branches of our federal government.
To which I responded as follows:
Your despicable and hate-filled comments require virtually a line-by-line rebuttal. But before I get to that, I will remind you that, in a public forum (albeit a moderator-controlled news group), you just blatantly violated Article 88 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice:
Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.
The above is quoted from this source.
By the way, you can be recalled to active duty and court-martialed accordingly. One would think that as a “lawyer” you would know this already, but then Democrat clowns like you think you can get away with murder – just like Obama and his minions think they can regarding Crossfire Hurricane and efforts to impeach President Trump on baseless charges.
First of all, I note that you did not reply to a single fact presented in my email. And that’s because you know damn well that I am right. That you chose to respond emotionally and attack me personally confirms that you are just like the average mindless Democrat these days who has swallowed whole the endless lies about President Trump propagated over the last 4 years by the Democrat-media complex. Did you EVER wonder why not a single one of their baseless charges over the last four years has ever stuck? If there was direct evidence of ANYTHING, don’t you think he would have been long gone and in jail by now? How many more lies along these lines can you swallow before your start questioning the liars themselves?
And yet here you are making baseless, emotional charges and repeating clichés based on lies probably gotten from the Democrats and their lickspittle media. I await your substantiation of any of your ridiculous claims (e.g., “the Republican party, and its un-American attitude and behavior”) with facts and evidence. I remind you that it’s not the Republican Party that:
- Is aiding and abetting lawless in the streets (and are de facto against law and order).
- Is covering for the likes of Comey, McCabe, Yates, Strzok, and others who committed sedition against a sitting president of the United States.
- Is actually funding and raising money off two domestic terrorist organizations, Antifa and BLM.
- Is prolonging state economic shutdowns for the ChiCom virus baloney, as discussed here.
- Has a presidential and VP candidate who have yet to condemn the BLM/Antifa violence.
This would be your Democrat Party, i.e., the REAL source of the “unAmerican attitude and behavior” about which you shed crocodile tears.
You’re ashamed of the US? On what basis? It’s a cliche. What are you “ashamed about”? The budding peace deal in the Middle East that has eluded every president over the past 70 years except for the political outsider Donald Trump? That we finally have a POTUS who is pushing back against the ChiCom menace who have been eating our lunch since Nixon opened China in 1972? That we have a president who delivered on criminal justice reform targeted at black Americans when the likes of Obama talked about it and did nothing? That we had a president who delivered the lowest unemployment across minority groups in American history until the Democrats and ChiComs teamed up on wrecking the US economy with the virus? That we finally have a president that is ending foreign wars in the Middle East.
Come on. Be specific about what makes you ashamed of the US.
You claim to be a retired commander who served from the Vietnam era to 2016. Fine. I just hope you didn’t let your gross biases affect your performance or influence any peers or subordinates because your geopolitical notions are despicable. Just because you served doesn’t mean you get a free and unchallenged pass on your stupid beliefs. For example, if you truly believed that Bush 43 “committed a war crime” by invading Iraq (never mind that the US Senate including John Kerry and Hillary Clinton voted for the 2003 war resolution!), then you should have resigned your commission in protest. But the fact that you didn’t shows you to be the gutless, characterless hypocrite that you really are.
BTW, I served for 30 years myself beginning during the Vietnam era and retired as an O-6. I’ve seen abuse of power first-hand and been a victim of it. You say, “Shame on you for supporting this blatant abuse of power by both the Executive and the Legislative branches of our federal government.” WTF are you talking about? Again, be specific and get past your ridiculous clichés and emotions. Prove your point. You’re supposed to be a lawyer capable of building a logical, fact-based case. So far, you’ve proven you are nothing but an empty suit.
The real abuse of power is laid directly at the feet of Obama, Biden and their minions. Pure sedition, about which more is learned with each passing day. Why don’t you read this late breaking news about the Obama FBI frame job and wise up?
Lastly, please explain EXACTLY what you mean by this phrase: “the despicable behavior of these last four years.” You must mean the Russia hoax, the Ukraine charade, and other Democrat-media criminality. Or are you one of those who values form over substance and protocol over results?
Thus ended a microcosm on political dialogue in 2020.