A recent Politico story doesn’t quite get it right. What’s missing from this story is more important than what it says (and implies).
While the media are dumping on Trump for (the unconfirmed allegation of) not paying taxes for many years, they aren’t focusing on the fact that the IRS is not accusing him of breaking any laws or not paying what he owed. While Hillary and the New York Times both used the same tax laws to carry over losses to reduce their own taxes. Trump by all accounts has acted within the law.
Republican Never-Trumpers are screaming about Donald Trump’s behavior as a candidate and bemoaning his lack of political skill and inconsistencies as a candidate. Yet they never note how well he is doing in this race in spite of all his real and perceived weaknesses as the presidential nominee.
What we are missing is any discussion of why the American people have shown so much (appropriate) anger at Washington and politicians this year and as far back as the 2010 elections. That is an anger at the corruption of politicians and the absence of the Rule of Law which those politicians have allowed to dominate our political system.
Donald Trump has not been even accused of breaking any laws. He’s only been accused of being rich, using the tax code to reduce his taxes and being a ‘loose cannon’ in his approach to his political effort.
In the meantime, Washington politicians like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Congress have performed as follows:
1) Obama has used the IRS to attack and thwart the efforts of his political opponents.
2) The IRS destroyed evidence which was under subpoena for congressional investigates.
3) Barack Obama has used executive power to thwart the will of Congress and legislate from the White House changes in policy which only Congress is authorized by the Constitution to change.
4) Nancy Pelosi’s and Harry Reid’s Congress bypassed normal legislative process and rules to pass a massive, now-failing healthcare program.
5) Hillary Clinton used a private email server to illegally transmit classified information in defiance of her responsibilities as a government employee.
6) When Hillary Clinton’s emails were under subpoena by the FBI and Congress in conjunction with ongoing investigations, she had records destroyed.
7) When Hillary Clinton left her position as Secretary of State, she unilaterally refused to return records she was required by law to return which she illegally held on a private computer.
8) The Clinton Foundation took in millions of dollars from corporations and foreign governments during Hillary’s tenures as U.S. Senator and Secretary of State which in numerous cases led to favorable treatment and corrupt dealings which financially benefited the Clintons.
9) Congress and the Obama administration have ballooned our federal debt over the last eight years and seem intent upon doing very little to change course. Sure, the sequester temporarily stopped the bleeding until Congress and the president reversed it.
10) Barack Obama neglecting his duties as president has contributed to the rise of ISIS in his foreign policy and the re-emergence of the racial divide by his actions on the homefront.
I could list many more significant ways the federal government has thwarted the Rule of Law, acted in irresponsible ways with our tax dollars, allowed corruption to balloon in federal agencies and ignored the will of the American people so starkly expressed in the 2010 elections.
The media and many politicians are throwing up accusations against Donald Trump as shiny objects in an attempt to confuse the public about the real problems with government. The anger which has sprung up as a result of neglect and abuse of political power is the genesis of the success of Donald Trump. And it keeps him in this race.
Yet we find ourselves in the same circumstance modern elections regularly cause and against which many Americans bristle. Honor and a discussion about the hard facts of government are put aside as the media and politicians make the political game more important than the advancement of the freedom of the American people.
Donald Trump–for all his good and bad qualities–is the answer to this problem. And in the Will of Providence, he may be the instrument of change needed to reverse a system which has gotten off its constitutional tracks.