NOTE: We are pleased to welcome our friend, local author Claston Bernard who has penned the following Opinion.
In the October 18th, 2016 presidential debate between then-candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the question was asked of candidate Donald Trump, If he loses, will he accept the result of the election?
Trump’s then said, “You’ll just have to wait and see.”
The Moderator, Chris Wallace of Fox News Network then said this; “There is a tradition in this country, in fact, one of the prides of this country is the peaceful transition of power, and that no matter how hard-fought a campaign is, that at the end of the campaign that the loser concedes to the winner. Not saying that you’re necessarily going to be the loser or the winner. But that the loser concedes to the winner, and that the country comes together in part for the good of the country. Are you saying you’re not prepared now to commit to that principle?” This transcript according to VOX.com.
The New York Times headlines the next day October 19, 2019, read; Donald Trump Won’t Say if He’ll Accept Result of Election. The article went on to accuse then-candidate Trump of potentially casting doubt on our democracy.
In that very debate, Donald Trump was charged by candidate Clinton that if he got elected, he would be a puppet for the Russian President, Vladimir Putin.
Such a profound statement was this by Hillary Clinton, what was she inferring that night? As it turns out it was not President Trump who got played like a puppet by the Russians, it was many in media, the American people and most of all, some of the leadership at the FBI and the CIA through a fake dossier paid for by Hillary’s campaign. This propaganda dossier has kept the American public in a state of heightened expectation like never before. It promises to show the American people what a fraud and criminal is President Donald Trump. In the end, after over thirty plus million dollars of taxpayers spent and no crime or coverup revealed, the hoax fell with a dud.
Long ago we were warned of the grave threat the former Soviet Union, now Russia posed to our democracy, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Was this one of those moments? I would say yes, but incredibly, instead of dealing with the Russians we have turned on each other. The Russians have succeeded in appealing to our enemies within while sitting back in stupendous awe as we self-flagellate ourselves, how proud would the former Soviet Union be?
In a recent address to graduates at Hunter’s College in the state of New York, former Candidate Hillary Clinton, who still has not accepted the results of the 2016 presidential election had this to say; “democracy feels far from secure.” And as we all know by now, that ever since the President Trump won the presidency, he has been accused of colluding with the Russians to win. After more than two years of investigation by specially appointed counselor Robert Muller, an investigation that vindicated the President, but was muddied by Muller’s only press conference after the findings were released weeks earlier in which Muller stated “If we had had confidence the president clearly did not commit a crime we would have said so,”
Hillary Clinton, incredulous response to Muller’s statement to the graduates at Hunter College was,” We are witnessing an assault on the rule of law and the foundations of our democracy,” in regards to the Trump allegations.
Robert Muller rightly pointed out the threats posed to our democracy by alleged Russian government officials meddling to change the outcome of our election, a fact acknowledged by Mrs. Clinton who said this deserves every American attention. However, instead of condemning the Russian government for the assault on our democracy and the Obama’s administration for not protecting the American people from such rogue government actions, she attacked President Donald Trump for doing what Americans elected him to do.
Why has Congress not addressed the assault on our Democracy by Russia, especially those in the House of Representatives who seem bent on impeaching President Trump for a fictional crimeless allegation? Do the Democrats in the House of Representatives believe that by starting an impeachment proceeding against our duly elected president that “We The People” think they’re acting in good faith? Now the Democrats in the House of Representatives are using McCarthyism to go after the President’s finances, families and associates in the guise of transparency, but we all know this is tyranny.
How weak and pathetic are we to ignore the threat of a foreign power to this great Republic in the name of partisan politics in search of bigfoot, or the loch ness monster? It is cowardly to continue on this path of trying to undermine the Presidency. The world is watching, and they see how cowardly we have become as a nation driven by the lust for power and partisan bickering, they smell blood, and fear, our enemies are waiting for the right moment to launch an assault to take us back to the dark ages. Why are we so afraid of dealing with the Russians? After all, that is where the evidence from special counsel Muller’s investigation has taken us, minus his atrocious press conference.
The question I am now asking the Democrats and the never Trumpers including Rep. Justin Amash, now that the special counsel investigations are over, can we all move on? Can we now get meaningful bi-partisan legislation that will deal with the Russians, China, and other foreign bad actors?
Lastly, Hillary Clinton, will you please stop playing the victim? You lost, move on, stop assaulting our democracy; it is nauseating. It is horrifying that Mrs. Clinton has not conceded and continues to denigrate our democracy. No longer in this hoax, we trust.
Claston A. Bernard is Author of book, “Outcast-No Room at the table for Conservative blacks” a two-time Olympian, Commonwealth Games Champion and NCAA champion.