I can’t say for sure that this spells a crack in the liberal wall of nastiness, but it just might be so. Even if not, it’s a welcome breath of fresh air from somewhere it could not have been expected. The Pittsburgh Post- Gazette has published an editorial on Thursday that genuinely, truly departs from the typical Left-wing flapdoodle that flows like molten lava out of nearly every other traditional news outlet in America. The editors have not only written truthfully, itself a departure from the mendacious drivel that is standard fare on the Left, they have managed to impart common sense wisdom as well.
Here is an excerpt from Let the people decide: A special prosecutor shouldn’t negate an election:
Let’s be honest, all of this is about squeezing, delegitimizing, and, if possible, ultimately removing Donald Trump from office. Neither of these cases, and none of the case being built with the president as target, so far as we know, are about Russian interference in our elections, or political corruption. They are not about justice. They are about politics. They are about getting Mr. Trump.
Many Americans think Mr. Trump should be removed from office for bad manners, for political and personal immaturity, and for degrading our politics and diminishing the presidency. But none of those is a crime, just as cheating on your wife is not a crime and employing snake oil salesmen is not a crime.
The voters elected Donald Trump. Why not trust them to decide if he should have majorities in Congress in 2018 or be removed from office in 2020?
Recall that many of them, a majority in the requisite states, knew he was far from a perfect person when they elected him in 2016. But he has given them lower taxes, fatter 401(k) accounts, a more muscular war on terror and a start at fair trade. Those people feel he has kept faith with them. And they will lose faith in the system if he is hounded from office by a prosecutorial coup.
Remember when candidate Trump said he might not accept the outcome of the election and liberals, properly, were aghast? Remember when he led chants of lock her up, lock her up at his rallies and the pundits (properly) said: My God, are we a banana republic in which the losing candidate goes to jail and the justice system is wholly politicized?
This captures my thoughts exactly. Who would have thought such good faith candor and wisdom could come from the editors of a big city newspaper?
I was a fan of Ted Cruz. I found Trump repulsive. When he won the GOP nomination I realized I had to learn more about him. I already knew the alternative was not just worse, but coming after the eight years of Obama would likely spell the end of America as we know it. I despised Bill Clinton for his sleaze but most of the country cared more about the good economy that existed at that time. Whether they believed he was responsible for it or not (I didn’t) they didn’t want to upset the apple cart by giving the presidency to Al Gore.
That reflects wisdom on the part of the people. Choir boys generally don’t grow up to be good politicians. If a politician is effective in ways that benefit people, especially the middle class, most people think that is good enough. Unless we’re talking about a Vladimir Putin type, I think this is wise.
I could take issue with the Post-Gazette on one minor point. Trump hedging on whether he would accept the outcome of the election was justified, I think, by the history of Democrat election cheating.The Democrats count on the votes of dead people, illegal aliens, and finding boxes of uncounted ballots most of which voted for Democrats, in the trunks of cars. Why should anyone automatically accept in advance the outcome of an election run by such crooks?
More wisdom from the Post-Gazette editors:
Then there is the matter of a prosecutorial society. Do we really want to live in a polity in which a thousand little Javerts are always on a crusade against the sinners and the neer-do-wells? The New York prosecutors who broke Cohen reportedly did so in part by floating the possibility of jailing his wife, who had signed joint tax returns. That is known as a prosecutorial pressure point. So one wonders, paraphrasing Shakespeare, whether the cure for the disease of corruption is worse than the corruption.
But, lastly, if a special counsel or special prosecutor can negate a presidential election, we really are a banana republic and the republic is truly dead.
Donald Trump is a passing thing. Whatever good or harm he can do is fleeting. Not so the extra-constitutional remedies for him. Those will reverberate and corrode our national soul.
You will want to read the whole thing. It’s all good. Who would have thought such good faith candor and wisdom could come from the editors of a big city newspaper? More please.