Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Miles from the Mainstream
D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

A Cursory View of the
Politics of September

September 5, 2019 --

Congress returns on September 9. The third round of Democratic presidential debates will be held September 12 in Houston, and carried by ABC. Four days later, September 17, the UN General Assembly convenes (the general debate opens on September 24) and Israelis will go to the polls, hoping that this time their parliamentary elections will result in the naming of a prime minister. After the balloting last April, Prime Minister Netanyahu failed to gain a majority in the Knesset, and scheduled this election "do-over."

Prime Minister Netanyahu traveled to Ukraine, meeting President Volodymyr Zelensky, August 19. The subjects the two leaders were reported to have discussed included security and economic issues. They signed agreements for closer cooperation in agriculture, high tech, education, culture and sports. A free trade agreement between the countries awaits ratification. Ukraine will open a high tech and investment center in Jerusalem and Israel will open a similar center in Kiev. The Ukraine center could be a step towards moving the country's embassy to Israel's capital.

There was also a report that Ukraine wants Israel to regard the Soviet-directed famine in Ukraine, taking two to three million lives, as a "Holocaust." President Zelensky invited Israeli companies to do business in Ukraine and said that Prime Minister Netanyahu is "a reliable partner and friend of Ukraine." There was some speculation in Israel that Netanyahu's trip was intended, in part, to gain the votes of Russians and Ukrainian Jews now living in Israel.

The prime minister last traveled to Kiev in 1999 and in elections, two months later, he lost his post. Should history repeat and the prime minister fail to form a government after the September 17 elections, LPR expects that the left in the U.S. will take it as a sign than President Trump will be defeated in 2020.

It is possible, also, that one or more reports on the origin of Russiagate will be completed in September. Andrew C. McCarthy, author of "Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig and Election and Destroy the Presidency" has appeared on conservative radio talk programs like the John Batchelor Show and stated his conclusion that the Obama administration colluded with the intelligence community to defeat Donald Trump and, after his election, to undermine his presidency. He pointed out that the Obama administration did not make much of Russian meddling before November 8, 2016; it was only after Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election that the Obama administration raised Russian meddling as a serious matter.

Joe Walsh complains that the president has had nicer things to say about Russia's President Vladimir Putin than about our intelligence agencies. But what will Walsh say after it is reported that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA head John Brennan, and former FBI Director James Comey worked from a narrative that falsely sought to create the impression of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign? Within five months of the president's inauguration, the anti-Trump forces maneuvered to establish a special counsel for the purpose removing the president, and based on an obstruction of justice charge, if a Russian-Trump conspiracy could not be established.

President Trump vowed, in 2016, to drain the political swamp. The swamp's continuing power is indicated by the fact that so long as questions about Russiagate remain open, the 2016 election really cannot be said to be concluded. The reports of the Department of Justice inspector general, of Attorney General William Barr and U.S. attorney John Durham should make clear to the American people how the intelligence community sought to employ a false narrative to unseat a president, using a scenario worthy of a John le Carre spy novel. The "swamp's" purpose, fearing its own destruction, was to discredit the president. Perhaps it can be said that with full disclosure of Russiagate, including its origins, the 2016 election will come to an end. But the ad hominem campaign to unseat the president will continue, to be expressed, in part, via the Democratic debates

There are several more Democratic debates to occur this non-election year, with another six to take place from January to April, 2020 It is far too early to predict who will likely remain as presidential candidates through the primaries, much less who the nominee will be to face President Trump. We can expect the debates will continue with accusation that the president inspires bigotry and even violence.The emerging truth about Russiagate is not likely to temper anti-Trump hostility among the left and the Never-Trumpers. House Democrats will continue their efforts to undermine the Trump administration. For the left, cooperation with the Trump administration for the common good is an impossibility. The left would be satisfied only if the president were to accept all its demands, unconditionally.

The August 25, New York Times front page carried this headline: "Democrats Seize on Trade Chaos/To Undercut Trump on Economy." The chaos alluded to is the trade war with China and the resulting stock market swings. The article does not report calls from Democrats to support the administration as it responds to unfair trade practices by Beijing. Rather, the Times reports that the Democrats are seizing the trade conflict as a new opportunity "to unseat a president."

For nearly three years, the left has been preoccupied with unseating a president. No doubt many in The Resistance thought his presidency could not last a year. Then, with the appointment of the special counsel, without the president's knowledge, the hope was that the Trump presidency could not survive investigation. It is now September, and it appears the only political thought held by Democrats in Washington is unseating of the president. The 2020 election is 14 months away, and the Democrats still cannot accept the results November 8, 2016.