Congressional Oversight or Abuse of Power?

Where's the Real Threat to Our Democracy?

May 20, 2019


 
Congressional oversight has become nothing but a dangerous toy in the hands of children under the leadership of Jerry Nadler. His patently partisan and petty agenda is making a mockery of the 
legitimate oversight responsibility of Congress, and distracting Congress from its real responsibilities to the American people.    

You’ve got to hand it to Nadler and the Democrats. They know just how to sound righteous, patriotic, and even noble when they want to. For two years, they posed as champions of democracy, railing about treason at the highest levels of government. “America deserves better!” they proclaimed. And today when they pontificate about abuse of power, threats to our democracy, the rule of law, and congressional oversight responsibility - why, it’s nothing less than inspirational!

Their tenacity - maybe obstinacy is a better word - is also unsurpassed. Even after the Mueller report established once and for all that there was never a smidgeon of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, Nadler and the Democrats remain undeterred in their desperate quest for the moral high ground.

But there’s another facet to the Democrat Party, one that contradicts that noble facade, a darker, more cynical side. It emerged the night President Trump won the 2016 election. The new Democrat mantra was touted by party members from top to bottom. Even their defeated presidential candidate proudly recited it: “Resist, insist, persist, and enlist.”

From the beginning, Democrats in Congress decided they would never work with this president. Fulfilling their real congressional responsibilities became unimportant to them. And it was more than just mindless obstructionism. It was a determined effort to scatter throughout the land the seeds of hatred, suspicion, and division. The slanderous brand of “traitor” was just the beginning. Because Trump is committed to border security, they decided they could label him and his supporters as racist and xenophobic. In fact, they did, and are doing everything they can to convince the country that Trump opposes American values, and that he is unfit for office.

But America, itself, once the source of immeasurable pride to both political parties, became collateral damage to Trump-hating Democrats, eager to enrage their base. In answer to Trump’s signature campaign motto, Andrew Cuomo publicly offered this disgusting observation: “America was never that great.” That sentiment, almost word-for-word, was echoed by another Democrat, one who’s actually campaigning for the presidency.

Even the Democrat candidate who lost to Trump in 2016 suggested that she was cheated out of the presidency, whining that our presidential election, a hallmark of our democracy, was somehow unfair, perhaps even fixed. As a life-long Democrat Hillary Clinton certainly knows a thing or two about fixing elections, but no one has ever produced a shred of evidence that Russian interference changed a single vote in the 2016 election.

Their unbridled hatred of President Trump seems to extend to everything he touches, and their plan to reclaim the White House is becoming apparent: Tarnish the president and everyone associated with him, and convince the voters that his administration is hurting the country.

Their agenda is also reflected in their impeachment fixation. One highly visible Democrat Congresswoman began babbling about impeachment before Trump was even inaugurated, and she’s never stopped babbling. Despite the absence of any act that even approaches a “high crime or misdemeanor,” other Democrats have joined her refrain. During the hearing on William Barr’s contempt citation, Rep. Hank Johnson revealed the unvarnished truth when he rhetorically asked, “How can we impeach without getting the documents?” Having already decided on the punishment, Democrats are now desperate seeking a crime.

So now Nadler and his committee, proceeding at breakneck speed, have managed to cite their first Trump appointee with contempt of Congress. Their justification? The Attorney General declined to provide the committee with an unredacted version of the Mueller report. He declined to violate federal law by revealing on-going investigations, grand jury, classified, and other protected information. As Nadler and his committee of crusaders make plans to recklessly target others in Trumps’ administration, the awesome responsibility of congressional oversight is beginning to look more like a dangerous toy in the hands of children.

After their vote, Nadler again felt that urge to sound righteous and noble, “We did not relish doing this.” They were defending the very essence of our democracy, he claimed.

But their history of hate reveals their true purpose. Objective Americans recognize political motivation when they see it, and they know that abuse of power can occur at any level of government.

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Peter Lemiska has spent more than 28 years in government service. He is a former Senior Special Agent of the U.S. Secret Service and an Air Force veteran. His political commentaries have been widely published on line and in print.