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President Trump and the Chicago Way

By  |  March 8, 2017, 11:10am  |  @wpatrickf

Rep. Steve King R-Iowa had an interesting take on President Trump’s claim of being the target of a wiretap. (via RedState):

“That doesn’t necessarily prove that there wasn’t a rogue intel operation going on that wasn’t encumbered by, or just decided not to be encumbered by, the legalities,” King said in an interview with Iowa’s Sioux City Journal. He went on to offer that perhaps President Trump wasn’t referring to Obama, specifically, but was speaking in the broader sense of the Obama administration ordering a wiretap.”

A rogue intel operation? Rep. King might as well said the obvious, blatant illegal acts commited by some in the intelligence community dedicated to bring President Trump down.

Each time a new President is elected, American politicans and media alike have trumpeted the supremacy of the US republic, due in no small part to “our peaceful transition of power”.  There was always an uneasy truce between the two political parites, with an accepted quid pro quo understanding. The incoming administration wouldn’t perform a deep dive on potential wrongdoing by the outgoing party, and the departing party and media would give the new President a honeymoon period.

This time? Not so much. From the Republican Convention on, President Trump has taken fire from all sides. The vocal oppostion from the Democrats was to be expected. What was breathtaking in its audacity is the apparent sabotage by outgoing President Obama, as well as the vociferous open warfare the President has faced since he took the oath of office. There can be no doubt, this President has had no honeymoon period and has had no respite from relentless attacks daily.  There is also absolutely no reason to believe President Trump will get relief anytime soon.

“The Untouchables”, a 1987 movies starring Sean Connery and Kevin Costner is memorable for this short dialogue:

“You wanna get Capone? Here’s how you get him. He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue! That’s the Chicago way, and that’s how you get Capone!”

It is time President Trump though his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions discovers his inner Connery and begin to fight back in a manner the opposing forces will understand: the Chicago Way.

General Sessions can start by prosecuting former Attorney General Eric Holder on any myriad of alledged criminal acts, and then proceed to work his way through the Obama administration. IRS Commissioner Koskinen for alledged perjury along with Lois Lerner and anyone else involved with targeting almost 300 conservative groups. Leaving the IRS, General Sessions can take a left turn into Foggy Bottom and concentrate on Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy, Brian Pagliano, Jake Sullivan, Cheryl Mills, and Huma Abadin. He can then capped it all off by serving Hillary Clinton the numerous grand jury indictments she so richly deserves, and less we forget, he can make sure Mr. Bill recieves his just desserts as well.

The best defense is a good offense. This administration needs to go into attack mode and put those who have declared war on notice that they will not take it anymore. There is important work to be done, and this nonsense has to stop.

The President has political capital. The trust, faith and goodwill of the majority of those who voted for  him. That political capital is fungible though; therefore, he would be well advised to begin spending some of it now, or this will only get worse.