It’s been over a year since the election that totally amazed America. To those who voted for Donald Trump it was a refreshing miracle, as the “rust belt,” the much-maligned coal miners, those who were tired of watching ISIS grow stronger, those who hated the fact that America had a president who refused to even identify our sworn blood enemy by its proper name, had finally had their voices heard.
The fruits of their votes are reaching fruition as the economy sizzles, their burdensome taxes have been modified, their 401Ks are prospering, new jobs and old companies return to our shores, and the violent gangs that plague the nation are being rounded up and jailed or deported.
The other side, at least the official part of it, is still staggering around in denial and disbelief trying to figure out how America could have gone for such a brash, outspoken outsider who holds no fear for Washington, nor the media they carry around in their hip pockets.
They can’t accept the fact that the “great unwashed” had chosen this usurper over their hand-picked, well financed, forty-year veteran of the political wars. After all, it was her turn. Wasn’t she endorsed by “the one who could do no wrong” and practically every A-list Hollywood celebrity, every establishment politician, even some with an “R” beside their name?
Wasn’t she the darling, even the face of liberal doctrine, progressive, feminist, pro-choice, urbane, holder of prestigious degrees, ex-senator and rightful resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?
How dare this glorified upstart construction, businessman from New York, who had never served in any political capacity come forth and spoil the coronation!
How could this have happened?
What could have gone so wrong? They had the money; they had the media; they had the star power. I mean, hell, they even had Oprah!
And so, the upper echelon of the Democratic Party decided that they had not done enough, that it was not what they had done, but what they had not done that had cost them the election, and they embarked on doing more, much more of the same.
They never considered the fact that they had chosen a candidate with enough baggage to bring down a 747. She was unlikable, untrustworthy and spoke to the American people like an Ivy League college professor lecturing a class, disdaining millions of them as s “basket of deplorables.”
Another thing is, and a most important one, after eight years of Barack Obama, the absolute idol of the media, the elitists’ dream, the man with the pen and the phone, who consistently cowed the milksops in Congress and regularly tested the limits of accepted doctrine, who had no fear of confronting religious organizations concerning their constitutionally protected rights, champion of any term abortion on demand, who viewed America as an unjust nation that needed a comeuppance – which he was happy to start the process for – the Democrats took comfort in their fawning media coverage and comforting poll numbers and conveniently forgot about the working people and “flyover country.”
They’d do what they were told. No need to interrupt the celebrity-laden sound bites and appearances on the prestigious TV news shows where the hosts fell all over themselves to make their candidate appear as the savior of the nation.
No need to go to Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and all the other perennially blue states. They would fall into line; they could just be taken for granted.
After all, how could America not be ready for four more, or I’m sure in their thinking, eight more years of the Obama Doctrine? They’d elected him twice. They’d swooned at his rallies. The media had hung on his every word and supported his undertakings, and sugar coated every failure.
The passing of the scepter was a mere formality. One night in November and it would all be over. Release the balloons; uncork the champagne.
And then along comes this, this unsophisticated city slicker, with unruly orange hair, who actually called their ideal candidate, “Crooked Hillary.”
He has no right to be president. We’ll show him.
And so it began, “THE RUSSIAN FARCE,” and Democrats like Adam Schiff went so far out on the limb that when, and if, it is all proven to be a hoax, he is going to have a heck of a time finding a way to get back on solid ground.
As I write this piece, it is the day after the Nunes Memo has been released, the Democrats and mainstream media are in full rebuttal mode, the Republicans insisting that they’ve found – if not the smoking gun – at least one of the bullets.
As for me and my humble thoughts, if Trump or any of his cabinet or official associates are guilty of colluding with the Russians or any other foreign power, I want them charged and punished.
Conversely, if the Obama administration, the Hillary Clinton campaign, the FBI, the Justice Department or any other government entity, past or present is guilty of obtaining a FISA warrant under false pretenses, being instrumental in helping the Russians obtain 20 percent of our available uranium … if the DNC is guilty of stacking the deck against Bernie Sanders or any other candidate, if there has been a quid pro quo policy in Hillary’s State Department or Loretta Lynch’s Justice Department, I also want to know about it, and I want them charged and punished.
If there is ever to be any more trust between we the people and the U.S. government, there has to be a special counsel appointed to investigate the goings-on on the Democrat side, and not some Potomac political hack, but a total outsider, whose politics are not so rigid as to make him or her partial in the undertaking.
America is in the middle of a full-blown constitutional crisis. There’s smoke on both sides of the aisle, and the fire needs to be located and every iota of scandal on either side brought out into the sunshine of public scrutiny for the people to understand and judge for themselves.
We are not serfs. We are a free people who pay the taxes that keep this government in business, and it’s high time for transparency. We’ve had enough translucence and opaqueness, and hiding behind the wolf of national security is not acceptable any longer because no matter what they say, the pertinent part of this evidence can be presented without compromising any part of national security. Most of it is domestic, and we already know about how law enforcement goes about obtaining evidence in this country.
Besides, whatever happened to the liberal philosophy that exposing government secrets in a good cause is perfectly plausible? Remember the Pentagon Papers?
Wonder if the Washington Post will apply the same principles to the current situation as they did when they printed Daniel Ellsberg’s Vietnam-era revelations.
But the truth has a strange way of coming out anyway because it is indestructible.
There are many prominent professional and political careers on the line here, but when it comes to justice, nobody is above the law. And we’re talking about the relationship between the people and the government of the greatest nation the world has ever known.
So, forget political parties. Level the playing field. Let a special counsel for both sides chop the log, and let the chips fall wherever they will.
What do you think?
Pray for our troops, our police and the peace of Jerusalem.
God bless America
Charlie Daniels is a legendary American singer, song writer, guitarist, and fiddler famous for his contributions to country and southern rock music. Daniels has been active as a singer since the early 1950s. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008.