A 21st Century Fairy Tale – Or Is It?

Once upon a time in America, there lived a very large group of people who had only one thing in common; they did not play well with others.  They were called Democrats.  They were evil and extremely power-hungry, and they could never be counted upon to play by the rules of the game.

But then, on June 16, 2015, a “golden knight” with long, flowing tresses descended an escalator in the lobby of his towering headquarters in mid-town Manhattan.  He was accompanied by his beautiful Slovenian-born wife, a famed fashion model named Melania.  His name was Donald J. Trump and he had come to save us from the political and economic excesses of the Democrats.

Approaching a microphone, he launched into a long recitation of the myriad problems we face as a nation.  He proclaimed, “It is time to take our country in a bold new direction.  It is time to get Americans back to work… That is why today I am declaring my candidacy for President.”

He concluded by saying, “Quite simply, it is time to bring real leadership to Washington… The fact is, the American Dream is dead – but if I win, I will bring it back bigger, and better, and stronger than ever before.  Together we will Make America Great Again!”

It was a seminal moment in American political history. 

In the months that followed, Trump slugged and insulted his way through a crowded field of Republican primary candidates.  And when the gavel fell at the close of the 2016 Republican nominating convention, he found himself as the Republican Party nominee for president of the United States.  As an outsider, a non-politician from the business world, his campaign style was, at best, unorthodox.  He was crass, vulgar, and totally lacking in eloquence or political acumen.  He never seemed to know what to say or what not to say, and every time he opened his mouth to speak, even those among his most avid supporters held their collective breath.

Democrats, meanwhile, were being Democrats.  After a painful and unexpected loss to Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic primaries, former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton was finally able to capture her most coveted prize, the Democratic Party’s 2016 nomination for president of the United States.  Longtime political professionals were confounded.  Republican pros were convinced that Democrats had nominated their worst possible candidate, while Democrats were likewise convinced that the Republicans had done the same.  If nothing else, the 2016 General Election campaign promised to be a race to the bottom of the polemic barrel.                                                                                

However, being a man not known for his coachability, Trump decided to “just be Trump.”  But Clinton and her Democratic co-conspirators were taking no chances.  They launched an all-out effort to destroy Trump by any means necessary, preferably by infiltrating his campaign and convincing the American people that he was a Russian agent who took his marching orders from Russian president Vladimir Putin.

It was a plot so bizarre that it could only be implemented by enlisting the participation of the party’s most powerful operatives.  The co-conspirators included the President and Vice President, the Attorney General, the Director of National Intelligence, the Director of the CIA, the Director of the FBI, and the White House national security advisor, along with a substantial number of second level executives from each of the federal law enforcement agencies. 

Under normal circumstances, their master strategy might have borne fruit.  But they could not have known that, on Oct. 28, 2016, just 11 days before the Nov. 8 election, the FBI director would send a letter to Congress announcing the reopening of the investigation into Clinton’s handling of classified documents during her tenure as secretary of state.  The Clinton campaign was unable to repair the damage in that short period of time and on November 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.

Clinton was thrown into a thunderous rage.  Reports from those present in her hotel suite described a violent rage in which she threw objects against a wall while hurling profane insults at senior staff members.  She even went so far as to refer to the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, a black woman with an afro hairdo, as a “brain-dead buffalo.”

Days later, when Clinton had regained her composure, she was more determined than ever to sabotage the Trump presidency and to destroy Trump in the process.  In their efforts to infiltrate the Trump campaign, they conspired to obtain three Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants from the FISA court.  To do so, it became necessary to provide the secret court with supporting documentation that they knew to be false and/or unsubstantiated… all of it attested to, feloniously, by top officials of the Justice Department and the FBI.

A second element of their plan was to arrange for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate charges of Russian interference in the 2020 presidential campaign, and then tie those efforts to Donald Trump.  Former FBI director Robert Mueller headed the investigation, aided by a staff of eighteen hand-picked attorneys… thirteen of whom were known to be Democrats and unfriendly to Donald Trump.  The investigators completed their work some two years later, in March 2019, having found no evidence of collaboration between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives… just in time for the beginning of Trumps 2020 reelection campaign.  

At their 2020 nominating convention in Milwaukee, Democrats chose former vice president Joe Biden, of Delaware, as their candidate for president.  It would be Biden’s third attempt at winning the nomination.  His first attempt, in 1988, ended abruptly when he was charged with plagiarizing a speech by British parliamentarian Neil Kinnock.  In his second attempt, in 2008, he had trouble raising money and was never able to rise above single digits in the presidential preference polls.  However, when Barack Obama won the 2008 Democratic nomination, defeating both Biden and Hillary Clinton, he chose Biden as his running mate.  Thus, Biden’s eight years as vice president served as his stepping-stone to the 2020 nomination. 

During the 2020 campaign, Trump ran on the simple, but effective, theme of “Promises Made – Promises Kept.”  During his term in the White House, Trump fulfilled more campaign promises than any previous president.  Among his major accomplishments were unprecedented economic growth, tax relief for the middle class, massive regulatory reform, renegotiation of international trade agreements, energy independence, response to the Covid-19 pandemic, appointment of conservatives to the federal bench, security of the country’s southern border, Middle East peace agreements, rebuilding the U.S. military, and reformation of the Department of Veterans Affairs.   

His energetic campaign schedule was one that would have defeated a man one-fourth his age, but he clearly relished the energy he drew from the immense crowds he attracted in rally after rally… sometimes as many as four in a single day.  

Biden, on the other hand, after making his acceptance speech in Milwaukee, flew back to Delaware and hid out in the basement of his home for the entire campaign.  He made no major campaign appearances, and when he did he appeared to be not totally in control of his faculties.  Rumors circulated that he was well into the early stages of Alzheimer’s.  To even the most casual observer, it appeared that Trump was destined to win a second term in a landslide.

However, Democrats were unconcerned.  Although Trump was able to demonstrate conclusively that he had earned the right to a second term, while Biden appeared unwilling to plead his case before the American people, Democrats knew that the outcome of the election was never in doubt.  The February 15 edition of Time Magazine contained a 27-page report titled, “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election.”

The article described in minute detail how a large network of left-wing conspirators arranged the outcome of the election.  They freely admitted that “They got states to change voting systems and laws (illegally and unconstitutionally) and helped secure hundreds of millions in public and private funding.”  The authors attempted to minimize the crime of the co-conspirators, saying, “They were not rigging the election; they were fortifying it (emphasis added).”  

However, as that band of conspirators worked day and night to rig the election in Biden’s favor, we were learning some very interesting things about Biden and his family.  For example, while it is no secret that Biden has a reputation for caressing, nuzzling, and sniffing the hair of women and girls during televised White House ceremonies, it was interesting to learn that Biden was accused of sexually assaulting a former senate staffer, Tara Reade.

It was also learned that, during Biden’s tenure as vice president, Barack Obama had named him the primary contact for China and Ukraine.  During that period, it was not unusual for Biden to have his son, Hunter, accompany him as a passenger on Air Force 2 during trips to Beijing and Kiev… excursions that proved very profitable for the younger Biden.

On one such trip to Beijing, Hunter Biden obtained a $1.5 billion “loan” as capitalization for a joint venture private lending corporation.  On yet another trip to Kiev, he was named to the board of directors of Burisma, a major Ukrainian natural gas producer with a less-than-sterling reputation, at a reported salary of $80,000 per month.  Clearly, none of those development would have occurred had his father not been vice president of the United States.

And while Joe Biden has insisted that he and his son have never discussed his son’s business ventures, there is much eye-witness testimony to the contrary.  In fact, a video clip has circulated on American television in which the former vice president is seen boasting that he forced the president of Ukraine to fire a federal prosecutor who was investigating Burisma, the company on whose board Hunter Biden served.  As Biden related the story, he told the Ukrainians that they had just six hours to fire the prosecutor.  If they failed to do so, he would see to it that Ukraine would not receive a $1 billion foreign aid loan that had been approved by the U.S. Congress… an impeachable offense that defines the term “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

However, the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, a violent assault on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, followed just two weeks later by the Biden inaugural ceremony, tended to divert attention away from the Biden corruption and sexual harassment stories.  Instead, the political corruption scene shifted to Albany, New York, where the Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, is under attack from all sides.  In addition to being blamed for the avoidable Covid-19 deaths of some 15,000 elderly nursing home residents, Cuomo faces ugly sexual harassment charges by three young women. 

But Cuomo’s difficulties are insignificant in the story line of our 2021 fairy tale.  What is significant is the fact that Cuomo’s offenses and his potential impeachment are almost certain to shine new light on Joe Biden’s corrupt dealings and his long history of sexual harassment whenever the Covid-19 pandemic begins to fade from the headlines.

As matters now stand, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris enjoy a 306 to 232 vote lead over Donald Trump and Mike Pence in the 2020 Electoral College tally.  However, what happens in the months ahead when Joe Biden’s high crimes and misdemeanors become headline news and his physical and mental capabilities becomes a major issue?  His crimes are such that he could easily be forced to resign, if not impeached.

However, should the Republican controlled state legislatures then pursue in the courts what they know to be fraudulent vote tallies in the November General Election… e.g., Republicans in the Pennsylvania legislature have found that the number of votes cast in Pennsylvania exceeded the total number of registered voters in the commonwealth by 170,830 votes… the federal courts could strip Biden-Harris of Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes, reducing their electoral vote count to 286 votes.  And when the courts strip Georgia’s 16 electoral votes from Biden-Harris because some 66,247 seventeen-year-olds were allowed to vote in that state, the Biden-Harris total will be reduced to 270 electoral votes.  When they lose just one more electoral vote, they will fall below the 270 votes necessary to be elected president and vice president.

At that point, the Constitution requires that the election be sent to the House of Representatives where each state is allowed just one vote, no matter how many members are in each state delegation.  In that event, Republicans hold a majority in 27 state delegations while Democrats hold a majority in just 20 states.

So, a hearty welcome to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.  Could it happen?  You bet!  Anyone who has lived through the first twenty years of the 21st century would be wise not to bet against it.  And may we all live happily ever after.   

Paul R. Hollrah is a retired government relations executive and a two-time member of the U.S. Electoral College.  He currently lives and writes among the hills and lakes of northeast Oklahoma’s Green Country

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