Jay Am­brose: The dan­ger of Trump … and oth­ers

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Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump trav­eled abroad and you al­most wanted him to stay there be­cause he put him­self first and Amer­ica last. His play­ing foot­sie with a mur­der­ous tyrant known as Vladimir Putin was the worst of it, and it’s no ex­cuse that too many on the left are up to some­thing as bad or worse.

But while no one should be say­ing that botches on one side make botches on the other OK, no one should be ig­nor­ing the way in which too many in the anti-Trump, anti- con­ser­va­tive, anti- free speech, anti- checks- and- bal­ances, proad­min­is­tra­tive state, au­to­crat­i­cally be­witched crowd are en­dan­ger­ing so, so much of our pre­cious cul­ture and sys­tem of govern­ment.

The over­rid­ing is­sue is whether we can pre­serve the best of maybe the most lib­er­at­ing, hu­manly en­rich­ing po­lit­i­cal in­ven­tion in his­tory, this Amer­ica of ours. It’s true that Trump did the idea no fa­vor when he said our govern­ment’s find­ing of Rus­sian in­ter­ven­tion in the 2016 elec­tion had met its match in Putin’s de­nial. Here is a Rus­sian pres­i­dent abet­ting in­hu­mane slaugh­ter and in­ter­na­tional dis­rup­tion re­treat­ing not an inch while our pres­i­dent’s adu­la­tion knew few bound­aries.

Trump talked about Rus­sia’s nu­clear might, and its power is fright­en­ing. Maybe, in some as yet un­no­ticed way, he’s dis­abling the worst pos­si­bil­i­ties. It seems more likely that he is dis­abling Repub­li­can chances in the midterm elec­tions as vot­ers worry whether Repub­li­cans will fight hard enough against elec­tion in­ter­fer­ence that might ac­tu­ally make a dif­fer­ence the next time.

Even a usual Trump sup­porter like Newt Gin­grich is say­ing here was “the most se­ri­ous mis­take of his pres­i­dency,” and you won­der whether “mis­take” was a tough enough word. Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Direc­tor Dan Coates says Trump was sim­ply wrong.

Of course, then you have the slippery, slid­ing for­mer CIA Direc­tor John Bren­nan say­ing Trump’s re­marks were “im­be­cilic,” “trea­sonous” and “high crimes & mis­de­meanors,” im­ply­ing im­peach­ment is jus­ti­fied. Some peo­ple fig­ure there are al­ways ways to worsen the worst, and that’s not so sure be­cause how do you worsen the FBI’s dis­re­gard of rule of law and checks and bal­ances? It is re­fus­ing to share records with Congress that just might show how ev­ery rule in the book was bro­ken by of­fi­cials spy­ing on an Amer­i­can, and Democrats don’t care.

Un­der t he Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion, Rus­sians were ac­cused by in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials of hack­ing com­put­ers at the White House, the State Depart­ment and the Joint Chiefs of Staff with­out a lot of con­cern. China stole all kinds of tech­ni­cal in­for­ma­tion from us and got per­sonal data on 4 mil­lion fed­eral em­ploy­ees, past and present. Re­mem­ber Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s firm­ness? No? And, on a very dif­fer­ent mat­ter, re­call how he re­turned bil­lions of dol­lars to Iran, en­abling more ter­ror­ism?

Trump’s sanc­tions on Rus­sians for sus­pected elec­tion in­ter­fer­ence have been tougher than any­thing Obama did, and, where Obama re­fused to sup­ply Ukraine with weapons to de­fend it­self against Rus­sia, Trump came through. Obama once said there was no way to rig a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and Democrats have stead­fastly op­posed voter ID laws on the ab­surd grounds that they are op­pres­sive.

Un­der­stand, too, that Democrats are ever more so­cial­is­tic these days and then keep in mind that so­cial­ism is a co­er­cive sys­tem. Re­call that Democrats did their best in 2014 to amend the First Amend­ment by em­pow­er­ing Congress to de­fine free speech, and note to­day that many want “hate speech” laws that would inevitably de­fine hate so loosely as to shut up mil­lions.

Keep in mind the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s au­toc­racy, as in rewrit­ing laws, want­ing to elim­i­nate some state laws by ex­ec­u­tive or­der and spy­ing on re­porters.

Re­mem­ber how, after Trump’s elec­tion, our in­tel­li­gence agen­cies sprung pos­si­bly felo­nious leaks to news me­dia that were, just maybe, a way of un­do­ing votes of the peo­ple by the sneak­i­ness of the bu­reau­crats.

What Trump said after the Putin meet­ing in Fin­land was a ma­jor mis­fire, but there are other wor­ries to keep an eye on.

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