As reprehensible as President DonaldTrump’s public behavior has been, it is certainly arguable that Democratic behavior in the U.S. Congress has been equally sophomoric. The obvious point is that when Donald Trump unexpectedly won the presidency in 2016, the Democrats became sore losers and plunged the Land of the Free into chaos. Before he was even inaugurated, the Obama administration wiretapped President Donald Trump’s campaign on questionable grounds. Once Trump was inaugurated, the FBI, with no oversight from the weaseling Attorney General Jeff Sessions, loosed more wiretaps, conveniently not telling the duly elected President about the investigation. Once Trump got wind of this, he predictably fired James Comey and the Democrats promptly unleashed a plague upon the land via the Mueller investigation.
When the Democrats gained power in the U.S. House in 2018, things came to a head. Cutting to the chase in Congress after Mueller couldn’t deliver the goods, Speaker Nancy Pelosi simply announced without a vote that Trump “had betrayed his oath of office.” Using secret hearings with convenient leaks to a compliant press by the slick Alan Schiff Pelosi easily rammed through impeachment articles in the House with no Republican votes.
Because of this misbehavior the 2020 Alaska Congressional election is especially significant. Since Don Young has effectively done nothing over the past 10 years, it is likely that whoever wins the Democratic and independent primary (Current candidate websites are www.alyse4alaska.com and www.billhiblerforcongress.org) on Aug. 18 will be the next Congressperson from Alaska. The question before us is: Do we let what many feel is a congressional travesty continue? Although we Democrats can’t control the President’s behavior, we can control our own. Many of us feel that Democrats in the House are, depending on your preference, acting like spoiled partisans or persistent predators.
This behavior is not acceptable. Consequently, whoever wins on Aug. 18 should go to Washington, D.C. and work in a bipartisan manner to move the country forward. This will likely require helping Pelosi to an honorable retirement from Speaker; or failing at that, caucusing with the Republicans, who currently appear more sensible than House Democrats. This extreme partisan behavior in Congress simply cannot continue.
William D. Hibler III
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