So let me go ahead and stake my ground clearly, from the
I am not now, nor do I perceive any situation in the future
that would lead me to endorse the candidacy of Senator Elizabeth Warren for
president in 2020.
With that out of the way, I have to say, she might have a
On Saturday, Warren announced her intent to run for the nomination as the Democrat’s opponent to take on Donald Trump in 2020. It wasn’t that big of a surprise.
Given what we’ve seen since 2016, we can expect pretty much
all Democrats to run on several things: pushing a socialist agenda and opposing
Trump on “moral” grounds.
The eventual nominee will be whoever comes off as most
socialist and has the biggest megaphone to decry Trump’s lack of morality.
For the liberals rifling through their neighbors’ pockets,
trying to get everything free they can, that will suit them, just fine.
Reading the tea leaves of the 2018 midterm election, Warren began her announcement speech by appealing to the downtrodden masses.
During her kickoff speech, Warren, a consumer protection advocate and former Harvard Law School professor, attacked Trump as being part of a “rigged system that props up the rich and the powerful and kicks dirt on everyone else.”
For those wondering, Warren’s net worth is somewhere in the
range of $5 million to $15 million, depending on who you ask. She recently
received a $300,000 book advance, and is listed as the 24th most
wealthy member of the Senate.
Yeah. She’s not the richest, but she’s not hurting, either.
So while Warren puts on that bit of political theater in a
10-day tour of the early presidential primary states, including California and
Georgia, I have to focus on something else she said, in order to point out that
she may be on to something.
“Every day there is a racist tweet, a hateful tweet — something really dark and ugly,” Warren said during a campaign event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “What are we as candidates, as activists, as the press going to do about it? We’re going to chase after those every day?”
Well, that much I won’t agree with. It’s not something
racist every day.
You can point to something incredibly idiotic every day. You
can point to something hateful or mean-spirited most days, but we’ve become a
little too quick to call something “racist” in order to drive some desired
Then, there’s this:
She added: “Here’s what bothers me. By the time we get to 2020, Donald Trump may not even be president. In fact, he may not even be a free person.”
She’s got a point.
There are about 17 Trump-related investigations currently ongoing. Axios gave a rundown of the scandal back in December 2018.
Investigations by special counsel Robert Mueller:
Russian government’s election attack (the Internet Research Agency and GRU indictments)
Middle Eastern influence: Potentially the biggest unseen aspect of Mueller’s investigation is his year-long pursuit of Middle Eastern influence targeting the Trump campaign.
Paul Manafort’s activity
Trump Tower Moscow project
Other campaign and transition contacts with Russia
Obstruction of justice
Investigations by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York:
Campaign conspiracy and Trump Organization finances
Trump super PAC funding
Investigations by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia:
Maria Butina and the NRA
Investigations by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia:
Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, the alleged chief accountant of the Internet Research Agency who was indicted separately earlier this fall, charged with activity that went above and beyond the 2016 campaign. Why she was prosecuted separately remains a mystery.
Turkish influence: Michael Flynn’s plea agreement includes some details of the case, and he is cooperating with investigators.
Investigations by New York City, New York State and other state attorneys general:
Tax case: In the wake of an N.Y. Times investigation that found Trump had benefited from more than $400 million in tax schemes, city officials said they were investigating Trump’s tax payments, as did the New York State Tax Department.
The Trump Foundation
Emoluments lawsuit: The attorneys general for Maryland and D.C. sent out subpoenas earlier this month for Trump Organization and hotel financial records relating to their lawsuit that the president is in breach of the “Emoluments Clause” of the Constitution, which appears to prohibit the president from accepting payments from foreign powers while in office.
And there’s a mystery investigation from an unknown office:
Redacted Case #2: A second, redacted Flynn investigation could be one of the other investigations mentioned here. It could also represent another as-yet-unknown unfolding criminal case or could be a counterintelligence investigation that will never become public.
And let’s not overlook the fact that Democrats, who now have
control of the House, plan on reopening their Russia probe, as well as
aggressively going after Trump’s tax returns.
With all this going on, it’s hard to imagine that Donald
Trump walks away, completely unscathed. At some point, his contemptible,
corrupt past is going to catch up with him.
This is the reason conscientious Americans need to apply principles
when giving someone the sacred trust of their vote.
In 2016, I found both candidates loathsome, corrupt, and morally unworthy of my support.
It’s not that I am such a perfect person. I screw up, every day. It is, however, as I’ve attempted to point out on so many occasions. There is a moral litmus test for those who aspire to seats of power. It is necessary, because if someone is horrible as a private citizen, they do not suddenly become moral or just when given the reins of power. It only amplifies their worst impulses.
Hillary Clinton is off the table and no longer an issue, thank
Trump, however, did not get better. He has not grown into
his job. He has not proven me wrong or pleasantly surprised me.
He’s every bit the trollish, inept, dirty mountebank I’ve said
he was from day one.
His stain continues to permeate the Republican party, and it
will be indelible.
For all the regrets I have in my life, withholding support
from Trump will not be one of them.
So while I find Elizabeth Warren to be another rich
Democrat, pandering to those she wouldn’t allow into her home, unless it was
through the servants entrance, and otherwise laughably out of touch with the
realities of middle America, she’s not wrong to consider it may not be Democrat
X versus Donald Trump in 2020.
It could very well be Democrat X versus Mike Pence.
This is providing the
unnervingly servile Pence doesn’t fling himself down a flight of subway stairs,
in the event of Trump’s removal.
The GOP must suspect the danger Trump is in, as well. They’ve
moved to shut down a Republican primary, in order to protect Trump’s candidacy.
Were Trump a strong candidate going into 2020, the party would not fear the
voice of the voters, stepping up to present another candidate for
It’s something to think about, and if Elizabeth Warren is
bringing it up, you can bet every other potential Democrat nominee is thinking
about it, as well.