Writing at The American Conservative, Pat Buchanan explains that despite the media hysteria, President Trump is “deregulating the economy, cutting taxes, appointing record numbers of federal judges, reshaping the Supreme Court,” and most grating to America’s elites “intends to carry out his campaign pledge to improve relations with Russia.” Trump is attempting to reshape foreign policy outside the Cold War posture that has dominated America for 70 years. That posture has empowered the elite institutions built on the fear of war with Russia, and Trump threatens their reason for being. Pat writes (abridged):
“Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
Under the Constitution, these are the offenses for which presidents can be impeached.
And to hear our elites, Donald Trump is guilty of them all.
Trump’s refusal to challenge Vladimir Putin’s claim at Helsinki — that his GRU boys did not hack Hillary Clinton’s campaign — has been called treason, a refusal to do his sworn duty to protect and defend the United States, by a former director of the CIA.
Famed journalists and former high officials of the U.S. government have called Russia’s hacking of the DNC “an act of war” comparable to Pearl Harbor.
What explains the hysteria?
The… explanation for this behavior is the simplest one: America’s elites have been driven over the edge by Trump’s successes and their failure to block him.
Trump is deregulating the economy, cutting taxes, appointing record numbers of federal judges, reshaping the Supreme Court, and using tariffs to cut trade deficits and the bully pulpit to castigate freeloading allies.
Worst of all, Trump clearly intends to carry out his campaign pledge to improve relations with Russia and get along with Vladimir Putin.
“Over our dead bodies!” the Beltway elite seems to be shouting.
Hence the rhetorical WMDs hurled at Trump: Liar, dictator, authoritarian, Putin’s poodle, fascist, demagogue, traitor, Nazi.
Trump is edging toward the defining battle of his presidency: a reshaping of U.S. foreign policy to avoid clashes and conflicts with Russia, and the shedding of Cold War commitments no longer rooted in the national interests of this country.
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