In his sixty two hundred (!) word essay “The Empire Strikes Back” Michael Anton narrates the Deep State and Democrat controlled Media’s Ukraine-gate maneuver and how it’s supposed to justify impeachment and removal of President Trump. Suffice it to say it is ponderous to read through the machinations they are going through to justify their treason and depressing to realize what nakedly illegal practices of their own they are trying to protect with the smokescreen of impeachment. The Deep State and the Elites feed from the trough of federal spending that is funneled to lawless countries like the Ukraine.
I won’t attempt to even summarize his essay. If you have an interest in these matters, which I do, you might read it. But I’d like to quote some ideas from his conclusion. Anton thinks that it is unlikely that even the craven Senate Republicans would be stupid enough to convict the President. But if they did, he had this to say about the consequences:
“And it might. It worked against Nixon. It almost worked against Reagan. But let’s be clear: if it works this time, there are only three possible outcomes:
First, deplorable-Americans will meekly accept President Trump’s removal, in which case the country as a self-governing republic will be finished; the elite coup will have succeeded, their grip on power cemented. With all due respect to the vice president, this is not the way—these are not the people on the backs of whom—he should wish to enter the Oval Office. And I am confident he will not.
Second, deplorable-Americans will revolt at the ballot box and punish the elites in a series of elections that put in power serious statesmen intent on rooting out corruption and reestablishing democratic accountability.
Or, third, deplorable-Americans’ attempt to set their government aright via ballots will not avail, as it has not so often in the past; they will realize that it has not, conclude that it never will, and resolve by any means necessary to get out from under the thumbs of people who so obviously hate them and wish to rule them without their consent.”
That third outcome is the Dissident Right’s refrain, “we can’t vote our way out of this.”
And as to the outcome for the Senate Republicans if they did convict the President:
“Oh, and let’s also be clear about something else: if the Republicans “collude” with this sham and force the removal of a president whose approval rating within his party hovers north of 90%, and whose voters scarcely understand—much less agree with—the “case” against him, they will destroy the party forever. I don’t often make predictions, because I’m not good at it, but this one is easy. They will have removed all doubt that they are anything but ruling class apparatchiks, adjuncts, and flunkies of the administrative state from which they take orders.
And let none of them dare gaslight us with the trite dismissal that Trump’s removal would not overturn the 2016 election results because the president’s replacement was also elected. Trump’s intraparty enemies hate him, and wish to be rid of him, precisely because he is not one of them, because he stands for, and represents, something fundamentally different. Getting rid of him is, for them, a way to get back to business as usual. But there is no going back. A few of them in safely anti-Trump states or districts may survive the president’s removal but the vast majority will not. A new party—a Trumpian populist-nationalist party—will arise from the Republican Party’s ashes. More blue-collar in economic orientation and less in hock to coastal and financial elites, it will do a better job of attracting Democrats and independents—possibly pointing the way to the first real national majority coalition since the Reagan era. And that new party will not welcome the traitors, who will have to make do with contributorships on CNN and MSNBC. Assuming any slots are available.”
This assessment seems quite likely. And the Senator I’d most enjoy seeing bounced out of his seat is Mitt Romney. I would hope that Utah would enact a recall law specifically to remove him if he were stupid enough to aid in the removal of a popular president. In fact, even if the conviction is unsuccessful, if Romney votes for it, I hope the people of his state remove him for that alone.
Anton worked for the Trump White House in addition to being an academic. He is almost uniquely positioned to discuss the reality of our present situation. What I find interesting is that even a mainstream and serious commentator such as Anton is now pointing to the apocalyptic realities of what would happen if the Uni-party Establishment decides they can overturn the 2016 election results by removing a popular president. What that tells me is that the intelligentsia on the actual right has reached the same boiling point as the rest of us. When a policy wonk joins the Deplorables it won’t be long before the pitchforks and the torches start showing up on the scene.