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Sunday, November 24, 2019

A Quote

Sometimes all you can do is shake your head at the blatant bias of the main stream media. Ivanka Trump commented on the Democrat impeachment circus by offering the following tweet:

Apparently, the originator of the quote wasn't de Tocqueville. The Washington Post indicates that the quote "was taken from an 1888 book called “American Constitutional Law” by John Innes Clark Hare, who was paraphrasing de Tocqueville’s canonical 1835 work “Democracy in America” to make a point about the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson.

Ivanka Trump did not plagiarize the quote nor did she intentionally try to mislead. I suspect she wanted to comment on the Dems' serial attempts to remove a duly-elected president from office and thought the quote was appropriate. Misquotes happen—frequently.

Yet the trained hamsters in the media decided that the misquote was a 'scandal' and spent many, many column inches telling us that Ivanka was somehow a bad or hypocritical person for using it. Here are just a few examples:

... "Ivanka Trump defends father with fake impeachment quote ..." The Guardian

... "Ivanka uses fake quote to complain about "decline of public ..." Salon

... "Ivanka Trump Accused of Hypocrisy After Tweeting Fake ..." Newsweek

and then, of course, the ubiquitous 'fact checks' that called foul.

Not one of these supposedly prestigious news sources (I use that term very loosely) examined the quote (circa 1888) itself relative to the Dems' impeachment circus in 2019. That's because it accurately reflects the current state of affairs as the Dems struggle to remove Trump from office. Better to change the subject by focusing on the misquote rather than the substance of the quote.

If the substance is considered, it's pretty easy to conclude that virtually everything that has happened over the past three years has the Dems alleging behavior by Trump that is actually the behavior of the Democrats themselves—collusion, dishonesty, obstruction, conspiracy, corruption, election tampering—all of it.

A recent Wall Street Journal oped contains the same quote, accurately attrbuted:
“John Innes Clark Hare, paraphrasing Alexis de Tocqueville, wrote in 1889: ‘A decline of public morals in the United States would probably be marked by the abuse of the power of impeachment as a means of crushing political adversaries or ejecting them from office.’ What House Democrats are doing is not only unfair to Mr. Trump and a threat to all his successors. It is an attempt to overrule the constitutional process for selecting the president and thus subvert American democracy itself. For the sake of the Constitution, it must be decisively rejected. If Mr. Trump’s policies are unpopular or offensive, the remedy is up to the people, not Congress.”
The Democrats don't trust the people ... in fact, they view them as 'deplorable.'

Hopefully, come next November, the "people" will consider the Dems actions over the past three years and decide that Democrats cannot be trusted to lead and that their attempt to "overrule the constitutional process for selecting the president" is in itself deplorable.