Monday, August 07, 2023

Victor Davis Hanson: Two Sets Of Laws

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President Lincoln wisely noted that a nation cannot continue divided---it will become all of one ideology or the other---"A house divided cannot stand," he said quoting Jesus. 

Jesus also noted that man cannot serve two masters --he will ultimately hate one and love the other.

James wrote (1:8): "A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways."

Our country is caught in the grip of being a "house divided," attempting to "serve two masters," causing us to be "double-minded."

The result is instability in our government, our institutions, and our culture.

The Wall Street Journal is expressing concern. So is Victor Davis Hanson, one of America's leading historians.

Be informed, not misled.

Benjamin Franklin said, "This [the US Constitution] is likely to be administered for a course of years and then end in despotism...when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other."

The Unprecedented Jack Smith.

The piece begins, "If there’s one word to describe what everyone might wish Washington would stop producing, it’s “unprecedented.” Yet here we go again, with special counsel Jack Smith’s unprecedented indictment of a politician for engaging in “a conspiracy to defraud the United States.” Be prepared for this new and startlingly elastic precedent to ensnare plenty of others."

Jack Smith is the "hit man" lawyer representing the Biden regime's attempt to rid the country of Donald Trump.

The op-ed says, "That’s the biggest problem with Mr. Smith’s latest broadside against Donald Trump, on top of its untested legal theories and evidence of a Justice Department double standard. As former Attorney General William Barr told CNN on Wednesday, “there were reasons not to bring” the case, and among them is “the slippery slope of criminalizing legitimate political activity.”

Regardless of how you feel about former President Trump, take him out of the equation.

The New York Times has even admitted what Jack Smith is trying to do to Trump is chilling. They call it "a novel approach."

Smith is reaching back to just after the Civil War when Congress enacted the law to provide a tool for federal prosecutors to go after Southern white people, including Ku Klux Klan members, who used terrorism to prevent formerly enslaved Black people from voting. 

His approach to "getting Trump" is indeed "novel." And if it works, people like Victor Davis Hanson are wondering if that law will be used equally against a host of Democrats.

Victor Davis Hanson: "Two sets of laws."

Victor Davis Hanson is deeply concerned. According to recent polling, American people agree with his concerns in growing numbers. 

Hanson says, "Two sets of laws now operate in an increasingly unrecognizable America."

Consider the matter of unlawfully removing and storing classified papers.

Donald Trump may go to prison for removing contested White House files to his home.

So far, Joe Biden seems exempt from just such legal jeopardy. "But as a senator and vice president with no right, as does a president, to declassify files, Biden removed and, as a private citizen, kept for years classified files in unsecured locations."

Biden's team strangely revealed the unlawful removals after years of silence.

It did so because the Biden administration found itself in the untenable position of prosecuting the former president for "crimes" that the current president committed as well -- albeit far earlier and longer.

And what about impeachable phone calls?

Donald Trump was impeached by a Democratic House for delaying foreign aid until the Ukrainian government guaranteed that Hunter Biden and his family were no longer engaged in corrupt influence peddling in Kyiv.

In addition, the Left charged that Trump was targeting Joe Biden, his possible 2020 rival.

Yet Biden, with impunity, bragged that he had fired a Ukrainian prosecutor looking into his own son's schemes by promising to cancel outright American foreign aid.

And the Biden administration's Justice Department is now targeting Trump, currently the front-running challenger to Biden in 2024.

Hanson questions whether or not Smith's case against Trump can even stand.

Election denialism?

Trump was indicted by Special Counsel Jack Smith, in part for supposedly conspiratorially "unlawfully discounting legitimate votes."

Will Smith then also indict Stacey Abrams? For years Abrams falsely claimed that she was the real governor of Georgia. She toured the country in hopes of "discounting" the state vote count.

Or maybe Smith was referring to the conspiracist and former president Jimmy Carter.

He alleged that Trump in 2016 "lost the election, and he was put into office because the Russians interfered on his behalf."

Will Smith charge Hillary Clinton?

She serially libeled Trump as an "illegitimate" president.

Clinton hatched the Russian collusion hoax, and bragged she joined the "Resistance" to continue her attacks on an elected president.

Or maybe Smith meant the Hollywood crowd.

Lots of actors cut commercials after the 2016 election -- begging viewers to pressure the electors to ignore their constitutional duties to honor their states' popular vote and instead swing their ballots to Hillary Clinton?

Hanson then asks the following:

Was not that "insurrectionary?"

Or was Smith thinking of January 2005?

Then, 32 Democratic House members and Sen. Barbara Boxer tried to nullify the legally certified vote in Ohio -- to thereby elect the loser John Kerry.

How about destroying evidence?

Trump was also indicted for allegedly attempting to erase video material from the security cameras in his house.

Yet Hillary Clinton, with impunity, eliminated subpoenaed communication devices and thousands of emails.

Violations of security? Trump was indicted for supposedly loosely talking about classified material to visitors at his home.

So, will prosecutor Smith's indictments also extend to Hillary Clinton? She sent classified documents illegally over her unsecured private server.

FBI Director James Comey memorialized a confidential presidential conversation.

Then, he deliberately leaked what properly was a classified document to the media. It was all part of Comey's Machiavellian gambit to prompt the appointment of a favorable special prosecutor.

Hanson's list of concerns is much longer, but you get the point.


Hanson concludes: "Out of pathological hatred or fear of Donald Trump, the Left has crafted one set of laws for themselves and another for all other Americans."

"They smugly believe their own moral superiority grants them such a right to apply laws unequally -- or to ignore them altogether."

"To retain power at all cost, and to destroy a political rival, left-wing Democrats are systematically dismantling the constitutional foundations of the United States as we once knew them."

Ben Franklin also said, "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom: As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more needs for masters."

It is time for our nation to return to the God who has blessed us. It's time for the Church to speak truth to the culture. And do so without hesitation or fear.

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Engaged. Be Bold. Be Prayerful.