Yesterday, an overzealous prosecutor, Alvin Bragg, the District Attorney of Manhattan, and a grand jury criminally indicted former President Trump. A court has not yet convicted the 45th president, but we expect him to appear next week in front of officials to be photographed, fingerprinted, and potentially handcuffed.
A year ago, citizens in the subcontinent were stunned to learn that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, the former playboy cricket captain turned politician, was deposed from office. His political opponents, aided by the dreaded ISI (the country’s intelligence agency), engineered a no-confidence motion forcing him to step down.
Once out of office, Khan became a victim of government oppression. He was charged under the country's antiterrorism act in August. Later, he faced charges of selling state assets when he was Prime Minister, adding a corruption angle. This week, an Islamabad court issued a non-bailable arrest warrant. Pakistan was doing what it does best - deny a lawfully elected leader the chance to complete a full five-year term in office.
Now turn to America where an intensely focused resistance movement has taken aim at Donald Trump, Pakistan-style, since the summer of 2016. Every imaginable group — the Democrats, the media, progressive activists, the so-called Deep State (officials of various government agencies and lobbyists in Washington), the Hollywood elite, the Never-Trumpers in the Republican Party, and even foreign leaders and the foreign press — sought to deny him victory in the 2016 election.
On the day Trump was inaugurated, the Washington Post ran a story that said it was time to plan for his impeachment. A few months later, a special counsel was appointed to investigate his Russia-Russia connections. Immediately after the special counsel delivered a report exonerating him, the Democratic Congress used information from a whistle-blower to bring impeachment charges for an inappropriate call that Trump made to current global media star, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy.
Trump survived the first impeachment fine, but his detractors weren't done with him. The media, which led the charge, covered him non-stop, all negatively, ignoring his policy successes. His tax cuts were popular with businesses and the GOP. A trade deal with Mexico and Canada called USMCA, which has significant protections for American workers, reset relations with the two countries. His ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy curtailed illegal immigration to a trickle compared to the mess today at the Southern Border.
America became energy independent for the first time in over 50 years and became a net exporter. No new wars were fought. Trump ordered a drone strike against a militant Iranian general after withdrawing from the JCPOA. He teamed up with Russia and Israel to destroy the ISIS in Syria. Trump had sown the seeds for what would eventually become the Abraham accords to get two Arab nations, Bahrain and the U.A.E., to recognize Israel. In December 2019, Trump was unstoppable and cruising to re-election.
Then, Covid-19 hit. The economy tanked as nearly 40 million people lost their jobs. The media had finally found a sweet spot. It could finally report negative stories about the economy for the first time since Trump assumed office. And in a gift to the Left, George Floyd happened. Trump was immediately framed as the reason for the racist behavior of a few bad apples in police forces. They played his "very fine people on both sides" tape from Charlottesville again and again.
Trump warned that with Democrats pushing for universal no-excuse mail ballots and relaxed voter integrity rules for access and counting, the 2020 election results would be suspect. Biden won the presidency by campaigning from his basement. The nearly four-year effort by the resistance was finally successful.
But no one in the media expressed curiosity to investigate the fantastic result. No American president had ever lost reelection if he won more votes than his first time. Trump had won 11 million more votes. He naturally felt entitled to a review - but took it too far when the tired courts did not accede, and he championed the events of January 6.
Safe in the notion that Trump was defeated, the Democrats wanted to seal their victory by never allowing him back to the White House. They successfully spearheaded a second impeachment in the House but could only get to the Senate after Trump left Washington. The only Constitutional remedy for impeached presidents is removal from office. The Senate did not convict. Trump was free to pursue a second term, although all of Big Tech had suspended him for life.
Disappointed in the Senate outcome, wily Nancy Pelosi constituted a partisan Congressional oversight committee with two RINOs. Using taxpayer dollars, the J6 committee unleashed a prime-time summer spectacular. On December 19, the committee unanimously referred Trump to the Department of Justice for criminal investigation and potential prosecution for his efforts to overturn his loss in the 2020 election. The DOJ is yet to make a determination as to what to do.
Meanwhile, the chief prosecutor of Fulton County, Fani Willis, continues to investigate if Trump broke the law when he allegedly tried to apply pressure to overturn the 2020 Georgia election.
And last August, the FBI raided Trump's home in Mar-a-Lago, alleging that he kept classified records. This investigation is also ongoing and has become vastly more complicated to the Left's liking when sensitive documents were found in Biden's and Mike Pence's homes.
America, the world's oldest democracy, has become no different from Pakistan, Syria, Egypt, and other nations, where political persecution is as routine as the morning sunshine.
The saving grace is that, unlike those countries, targeting a former U.S. president has never happened before. There are numerous questions for which no answers are imminent. Can Trump be convicted, although the statute of limitations expired in 2018? Can he pardon himself if he wins in 2024, although a state court has sentenced him? The law is vague and unsettled; the courts do not have precedents to decide these conflicts.
But that America has come to this point is depressing. America has become the world's laughing stock because the Left's hatred of Trump has destroyed the shining beacon on the hill.
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