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Assault on America, Day 187: Independence Day and the crisis in Democrat electoral confidence

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Independence Day is one time every year when all Americans should reflect back on what it means to be free… and for lack of a better way to put it, “independent” too.

Yet in 2019 it’s becoming more and more difficult to do so. Two hundred and forty-three years after the Founding Fathers irreparably severed the political bonds between the thirteen united colonies and the mother country, Americans are still arguing about “legitimacy” and the comparative value of our government institutions. While it’s healthy for any free society to constantly question its leaders and their motives, some of what we’re seeing lately is just plain stupid, inane and (insert-your-adjective-here).

Starting with 94 year-old former President Jimmy Carter’s stated opinion that President Donald Trump wasn’t legitimately elected. It doesn’t get any dumber than this, folks. Tyler O’Neil reported at PJ Media, “[F]ormer President Jimmy Carter suggested that if Russians had not meddled in the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump would have lost to Hillary Clinton. … ‘Russia has been proven by our Intelligence Community to have interfered with one of our human rights, which is the right of free and fair elections. What’s your reaction?’ [historian Jon] Meacham asked Carter.

“’Well, the president himself should condemn it, admit that it happened, which I think 16 intelligence agencies already agreed to say,’ the former president responded.

“’There’s no doubt that the Russians did interfere in the election, and I think the interference — although not yet quantified — if fully investigated, would show that Trump didn’t actually win the election in 2016. He lost the election and he was put into office because the Russians interfered on his behalf,’ Carter declared.”

God bless Jimmy, right? The kindly old peanut farmer Carter, out of office for almost four decades now is still making public appearances and expressing opinions on contemporary politics as though he’s continuing to receive daily intelligence briefings in his caretaker’s reception room. One might point out that Carter wasn’t exactly astute on handling foreign policy way back when he possessed all his faculties and real information from which to conduct meetings -- what gives him the authority to be listened to now?

People don’t have enough to do in their lives if they’re actually making an effort to go and listen to Jimmy Carter (that’s so 70’s -- who would remember, Joe Biden?) talk about what he thinks of Donald Trump -- or anyone else. I doubt Barack Obama -- or even Bill Clinton -- ever consulted their fraternity (of the presidency) member for his thoughts on international crises and possible American responses (then again, judging by their ineffectiveness, maybe they did).

A quick perusal of history shows Carter’s time in office was one of the most inconsequential and potentially destructive of any president in history in terms of relations with the world. Carter’s spineless and feeble administration enabled and emboldened enemies all over the planet. If the American public education system was worth anything at all, the Carter term would be held up as a shining example of “what not to do.”

It also shouldn’t be pushed to the side that Carter had Russia/Soviet issues of his own. When the Russians invaded Afghanistan the hapless Carter’s retort was to announce a U.S. Olympic team boycott of the Moscow Olympics. Real brave, huh? Why not go onto the enemy’s home field and give them an athletic butt kicking to show ‘em who’s boss?

It’s one thing for some brainless Hollywood celebrity, congressional Democrat or late night TV comedian to mumble something so imprudent about Trump, but a former Oval Office occupant saying the American electoral system failed to do its job?

After all, Carter is prominently mentioned in every discussion ranking the bottom tier of worst presidents ever alongside James Buchanan and Herbert Hoover. What’s he remembered for? American hostages in Iran, a failed military attempt to rescue them, double-digit inflation rates and interest rates so high no one could afford to buy a home. After Watergate people were looking for leaders they could trust as well as stand up to the cultural forces eroding the fabric of the country.

Oh yeah, then there’s Carter’s infamous “Malaise Speech” where he basically argued America’s best days were behind it, in part because the people were dissatisfied with the direction of the country. We’re rapidly approaching the fortieth anniversary of that sorry televised presidential address (delivered July 15, 1979) to the nation where Carter said, “The erosion of our confidence in the future is threatening to destroy the social and the political fabric of America.

“The confidence that we have always had as a people is not simply some romantic dream or a proverb in a dusty book that we read just on the Fourth of July. It is the idea which founded our nation and has guided our development as a people. Confidence in the future has supported everything else -- public institutions and private enterprise, our own families, and the very Constitution of the United States. Confidence has defined our course and has served as a link between generations. We’ve always believed in something called progress. We’ve always had a faith that the days of our children would be better than our own.

“Our people are losing that faith, not only in government itself but in the ability as citizens to serve as the ultimate rulers and shapers of our democracy...”

The American people weren’t losing confidence in themselves, they just didn’t trust elected leaders who were so willing to capitulate when things got tough. Carter and establishment congressmen from both parties started the process of giving away the Panama Canal, for example, for no legitimate reason. Then Carter pulled the rug out from under the U.S. military, severely weakening its power, readiness and morale.

And, we don’t have a democracy, we have a republic. Americans would instantly be better off if we’d make this point and reinforce it over and over again. The lack of confidence Carter mentioned was caused by ineffective government policy advanced by a bankrupt political party with solid majorities in Congress and possession of the White House. Thankfully, the Reagan “revolution” was forming to stem the tide. President Trump is having a similar effect now, though the forces opposing him are just as determined to bring him down.

Is there any less a “crisis of confidence” in our current political situation? Doddering old fool Carter might’ve actually uttered the words, but aren’t all the 20202 Democrat presidential candidates and congressional leaders essentially echoing the same tired message, namely that Americans don’t trust that their president was elected fairly and he serves with the full weight of legitimacy and credibility that the office represents?

For two and a half years now citizens have been served a daily shovel full of hooey about how Trump sought out and used Russian help to beat Hillary Clinton and win the presidency when it was the Democrat herself who hired underlings to dig up false dirt on Trump -- based entirely on rumors spread by Russians -- to try and discredit him before the election and the months after he took the oath of office?

Robert Mueller issued his report yet the Democrats’ blubbering hasn’t stopped.

The media doesn’t help dispel the lies, either. Becket Adams commented at The Washington Examiner, “For all the effort the press puts into agonizing over right-wing conspiracy mongers, it would be nice if newsrooms devoted even an ounce of that same energy worrying about the Left’s conspiracists.

“I am talking about the Democratic election truthers. They are loud, they are proud, they are a hell of a lot more high-profile than social media trolls. What's more, their lunacy goes basically unchallenged by the same national reporters and commentators who have written nonstop for the last three years about the dangers of right-wing political agitprop.

“Few if any in the news media have seen it necessary to challenge these election conspiracies… But you better believe national newsrooms will find the time to hunt down obscure blue-collar workers, Reddit users, and a woman in Florida who uses Facebook, all in the cause of rooting out the evil of right-wing political agitprop.”

Adams makes an excellent point. Democrats and leftists hoot and holler over supposed election irregularities involving Republicans (that have been proven patently false, by the way) yet ignore the absurd assertions of their own. The media investigates Republicans and basically allows Democrats to say whatever they want. And that obviously includes Jimmy Carter.

Americans aren’t obtuse enough to buy the hypocrisies propounded by the media. What comes around goes around -- Jimmy Carter should know it better than any.

Independence Day means more than an excuse to get together with friends, consume adult beverages and host outdoor barbecues. It’s a time to reflect on the value of freedom and truth -- and the threats to those precious rights we’re seeing right now from Democrats of all ages.

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