Thursday, February 07, 2019
The peaceful transfer of power
© 2018 Jim Spence
Throughout history, the cancer of totalitarianism has metastasized in nations when dictators emerged and seized power in societies after successfully blurring the lines that define the concept of fundamental fairness.
America, we have a problem. The problem is not temporary, it is chronic. And it could be fatal. There are several ways to identify and illuminate America’s life-threatening problem.
Let’s begin with the bedrock of our republic. This bedrock is the peaceful transfer of power. Peaceful transfers of power have been the hallmark of the United States of America since the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. We are not talking about the incoming and outgoing presidents shaking hands on inauguration day. That didn't always happen. We are talking about all the players in and around government respecting the outcome of elections because our rules reflect respect for the wishes of others we disagree with.
The last time an organized resistance to the peaceful transfer of power in America occurred, was back in 1860. Ironically, it was also the Democrats in 1860, who objected to their loss of a presidential election.
...Some groundwork is in order. U.S. Democrats wanted slavery in 1860 and they want socialism (a form of slavery) now. Understanding what adherents of socialism have done globally to prevail is useful. Socialism is an economic model that does not work. It has never worked. In most places where socialism actually prevails politically, power is held by single party rule and unconstrained dictators who re-write provisions of their nation’s constitutions to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power.
Make no mistake, as the title of this piece indicates, the peaceful transition of power is the key to this discussion. The legacies of socialists: Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Castro, Kim, Putin, Xi, and Maduro (in today's starving Venezuela), have a common thread. Each dictator harnessed the power of a “deep state” government structure to destroy all chances that any opposition could ever achieve a peaceful transfer into power.
...The evidence of 21st Century corruption in the deep state that governs America is extraordinary. There are seemingly isolated incidents, like Lois Lerner’s efforts at the IRS to destroy GOP-sympathetic fundraising efforts, by stalling the approvals of 501-c-3 applications. Though seemingly an isolated incident, so criminal was her behavior, Lerner was forced to exercise her 5th Amendment rights against self-incrimination when she was questioned under a subpoena. Tragically but predictably, the deep state never prosecuted Lois Lerner for her crimes. This abuse of fundamental fairness is a now a problematic pattern, not an isolated incident. Allowing cheating hurts all of us.
Other crimes, which are closely related to Lerner’s crimes, are simply not being prosecuted either. The Inspector General Report on the actions of the FBI last summer left zero doubt that the deep state is not just an ultra-powerful political force in America, it is a political force willing to illegally use the vast resources of the federal treasury to help the party of the deep state…….the Democratic Party……win what should be free and fair elections. Their goal is to thwart all opponents not just Trump.