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Random Thoughts this July

July 19, 2019 --

Mid-July has the worlds of international golf and tennis turning to the United Kingdom. We have already had the Wimbledon championships with Romania's Simona Halep defeating Serena Williams for the women's title and Novak Djokoovic outlasting Roger Federer, for the men's crown, in the longest Wimbledon final, lasting 4 hours and 57 minutes.

(In the fourth round, Halep defeated the 15-year old sensation Coco Gauff, youngest qualifier in Wimbledon history.)

Next, from July 18 to July 21, will be the British Open at the Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland.

(And then, too, this July there is the Jeremy Hunt - Boris Johnson battle for U.K. prime minister, with voters being members of the Conservative Party)

Also July 21, Ukraine will hold parliamentary elections, and President Volodymyr Zelensky's Servant of the People Parthy is expected to win more than 45% of the votes. President Zelensky was reported, July 11, to have spoken by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, with the view of renewing Ukraine peace talks, this time to include the United States and Great Britain along with Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia.

LPR likes the idea of participation by the Trump Administration in Ukraine talks, if only to make up for the Ukraine meddling of the Obama administration, reportedly led by assistant secretary of state Victorial Nuland. It is to be hoped that such expanded talks will talk place before the end of summer.

On July 24, Robert S. Mueller III is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee, and LPR expects that radical Democrats will use the occasion to press for impeachment of President Trump, while Republicans will try to find out why Mr. Mueller did not look into anti-Trump bias as the chief motivating factor of Russiagate, which may be defined as a disinformation campaign to smear the president as an agent of Putin.

LPR has a hunch that radical Democrats want to utilize Mueller's report to promote impeachment talk as the presidential campaign approaches the primary season.

LPR agrees with the argument of president's counsel that Congress has no right to expose merely for the sake of exposure, nor does Congress have authority to bootstrap the Mueller Report into a legitimate subject of legislation.

LPR expects, however, that nothing will deter radical Democrats from their goal of subverting the 2016 election result and seeking to force the removal of President Trump -- and perhaps, in this regard, they are encouraged by a U.S. role in the successful ouster of Ukraine President Victor Yanukovych in February 2014.

For a person afflicted with Trump Derangement Syndrome, the president regularly assaults the Constitution and has, quoting Roger Cohen in The New York Times, July 13, "contempt for the rule of law, a free press, an independent judiciary, gays, minorities, women's reproductive rights, the safety of migrant children, truth an decency." This Cohen column is typical of the anti-Trump disinformation campaign carried out by the media, led by The New York Times.

Further evidence of anti-Trump bias is evident on all the Sunday morning news interview and discussion programs -- with the exception of Fox News, which, nevertheless, regularly includes anti-Trump observations.

Impeachment was on the mind of Rep. Rashida Tlaib (Mich), from the time she took office, last January. as she took office, Rep. Tlaib said that a day or two before she told her son, "we're gonna go in their and impeach the motherf---ker. She elaborated in a Detroit Free Press op-ed that she co-wrote, setting forth a range of questionable "impeachable offenses." The column asserted: "We already have overwhelming evidence that the president has committed impeachable offenses, including...obstruction of justice, violating the emoluments clause; abusing the pardon power, directing or seeking to direct law enforcement to prosecute political adversaries for improper purposes, advocating illegal violence and undermining equal protection of of the laws...etc. etc For Rep. Tlaib, it would seem that the president must be impeached simply because is the president, because the radicals want to control presidential power. Tlaim cohort Rep. Ihlan Omar (Minn.) was quoted in The Wall Street Journal, July 15, as telling a gathering of leftwing activists in Philadelphia: "'We aren't in the business of asking for power, we're in the business of grabbing power'" (Is that a way to express one's commitment to democracy?)

July 14, a presidential tweet elicited more calls for impeachment. In a tweet apparently intended to criticize the radicalism of Rep. Tlaib, and her colleagues, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) and Ilhan Omar, the president said, in part, ""Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it can be done.'" In an earlier tweet, the president indicated that the four congresswomen "Whenever confronted, they call their adversaries, including Nancy Pelosi, 'RACIST.'" (Mr. Trump might have been referring to the suggestion from Rep. Ocasio-Cortez to The Washington Post that Speaker Pelosi had singled out "women of color.") The president did not back down on Monday, suggesting that if the congresswomen don't like the United States they should leave.

What these congresswomen clearly do not like is the fact of President Donald Trump. This is not to suggest that the president should put an end to tweeting, but he might give others a chance to defend him against unjustified attack, indeed against attacks which carry the threat of undermining our democratic traditions.

For example, on July 15, President Trump got support from an ally, Senator Lindsay Graham (S.C.) Appearing on "Fox and Friends, (Fox News Channel), the senator referred to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez "and this crowd"as "a bunch of communists," and agreed that they hate the United States, and Israel, and are "anti-Semitic and anti-America." Sen. Graham advised the president, "Don't get down -- aim higher," and instead of talking about them "personally, [t]alk about their policies." (An aide to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez was quoted as saying that the Green New Deal was concerned less with climate change and more with changing the country's economic system.)