Editorial: Panic mode: Inflation, immigration, insurrection, inquisition, ad infinitum

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Column By Mike Bibb

Not unexpectedly, the Jan. 6 House Committee has subpoenaed former President Donald Trump to testify before their inquisition on his alleged involvement concerning the Capitol Hill “insurrection” in January 2021.

The Democratic spin machine keeps spinning, nearly two years after Trump left office.  With midterm elections a few days away, Dems are panicking they will lose a substantial number of House seats and, a few in the Senate.  

Instead of concentrating on a crumbling economy, open border madness, criminal mayhem in the streets, an illegal drug epidemic, stalled stock market, soaring fuel costs, rising interest rates, massive COVID-19 fraud, runaway government spending, Saudis ignoring Biden’s appeal for more oil, international tensions and a President/Chief Executive/Commander-in-Chief/Big Guy who appears incoherent much of the time, Dems are more concerned with sitting in judgment of a former president who hasn’t been in office for a couple of years.

It’s as if they continue to believe Trump still wields the wands of power while Biden is more occupied with the flavor of his ice cream cone.

In the meantime, Russia and Ukraine are slugging it out in Eastern Europe as China’s military and economy are rapidly approaching levels rivaling our own.

Unbelievable.  It took less than two years of Joe’s feckless guidance to plunge us into this sinkhole.

Still, the delusional cast of characters on the Jan. 6 Congressional Committee appear clueless as to what is going on outside their own insolated bubble.

Their myopic views are limited to a single thought: The Jan. 6 Capitol Hill “insurrection” was the most catastrophic event ever to rock our country, and Trump was a big cause of it.

Who knew it was worse than the burning of the White House in the War of 1812, the Civil War, the stock market crash of 1929, Pearl Harbor, Sept. 11, 2001, or the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic?

Trump and his “Mega MAGA’s” – as President Biden calls them – were primarily responsible for the chaos and carnage at the Capitol, even though there was only a single death of an unarmed woman at the hands of an armed police officer. 

Shoving, bumps, and bruises, but only one fatality.

The officer was later given a commendation for his heroic action. To him, I guess the 120-pound Air Force veteran looked like a charging grizzly, rampaging through the corridors of the Capitol, endangering friend and foe.

She had to be stopped.  From the side of a hallway, the cop shot through a broken glass door window into another room, striking the lady in the neck.  She died, and he got a medal.

Trump wasn’t in the building, or outside ushering in protesters.  However, several police officers were.  Videos show them opening barricades and voluntarily allowing hundreds of folks to enter the Capitol.

How come there have been no Congressional investigations into the behavior of the Capitol and D.C. police forces?  Many seemed complicitous in the affair, assisting demonstrators into various offices and meeting rooms.  

The police were the only ones carrying guns.  None of the protesters were armed.  No buildings were burned or trashed beyond repair.  Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, and the D.C. mayor didn’t deem it necessary to deploy the National Guard.  No police officers were killed or died that day.

If there were, why haven’t their names been published?  Who are these alleged slain cops?  Surely, such a horrific event would be well documented, and suspects charged.

Nothing.  It was more liberal fabricated spin.  Instead, several protesters remain in jail awaiting trial and sentencing for such heinous crimes as sitting in some politician’s seat or propping their feet upon a Congress person’s desk.  Or, “impeding the duties of Congress.”  Or, “trespassing” in a public building (after being let in by the cops).

The “insurrection” was over by late afternoon, and Congress resumed its business.

It was probably one of the shortest and least successful insurrections in world history.

Twenty-one months after leaving office – and a few weeks before a national election – the Jan. 6 Committee decided to subpoena Trump on Oct. 21, 2022, to question his involvement in the affair.

Predictably, it’s almost a certainty the nine-member council will determine Trump is largely to blame for the ruckus and should be punished accordingly.

I imagine their decision has already been foreordained – they just need to go through the formality of a pseudo-investigation to make it official. 

In a letter to Trump’s legal team, House Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson and Vice Chair Liz Cheney hinted at the future outcome of  their hearings, “In short, you were at the center of the first and only effort by any U.S. President to overturn an election and obstruct the peaceful transition of power, ultimately culminating in a bloody attack on our own Capitol and on the Congress itself.” 

If Trump refuses to participate in this circus, what happens next?  Don’t know, but Ms. Cheney indicated the panel would “take the steps we need to take.”

What does that mean?  Not sure, but there’s at least one certainty Trump can count on; he’ll have every Constitutional right and court procedure available to any other United States citizen.  

There’s one thing we’ve learned over these past several years, Democrats – with the help of the media – are mentally obsessed with portraying Trump as a demonic tyrant.  They’ve tried removing him from office via numerous investigations, impeachments, raiding his home, insulting his supporters, and making life miserable. 

Now, they are determined to prevent him from running for office in 2024, by instigating another superficial proceeding.

However, time is short.  The 117th Congress permanently adjourns on Jan. 3, 2023 – so does RINO Republican Liz Cheney’s third term.  Remember, she suffered a beat-down in her state’s (Wyoming) August primary elections, losing by over 30%.  It’s believed her incessant hounding of Trump helped cost her job in Congress.

“I have said since Jan. 6, that I will do whatever it takes to ensure Donald Trump is never again anywhere near the Oval Office – and I mean it” she warned in her concession speech on Aug. 16.

Sounds ominous.  “Whatever it takes” could be interpreted in many ways.

The newly formed 118th Congress, minus Liz, may have a totally different political party configuration – more favorable to Trump. 

That is, if Republicans and Independents get off their butts to vote and if the election is on the level.  If not, expect a resurgence of the same Dem spin machine foolishness.

The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author.