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The highest mountain in Kansas

The highest “mountain” in Kansas is called Mount Sunflower. Not really a mountain, it is the highest natural point in Kansas at about 4,000 feet above sea level. It is more like a rolling hill than a peak. You could fall off it and maybe sprain your ankle.

Tourists  frequently stop to take selfies next to the modest metal marker. 

In a nation which has produced “political” mountains such as Washington, Lincoln, FDR and Reagan,  Joe Biden and the president he seeks to unseat are the highest mountains in Kansas, rolling hills of raw political talent—although in Trump’s case he may be approaching Death Valley.

Neither man would be worth more than a political footnote in a normal era because neither is outstanding in any way. During his 40 years of non-accomplishment in U.S. politics Biden unsuccessfully ran for president several times, and was always an also-ran. He has been the Zippy Chippy (the losingest racehorse in history) of American politics.

The last time the infinitely more talented Barack Obama dispatched him easily and chose him as his running mate—probably because he knew he wouldn’t have to worry about him conniving behind his back, unlike say, Hillary. Biden is a windbag of Santa Anan magnitude who has benefited greatly from being stuck in his basement in Delaware during the COVID shutdown where he can’t threaten to beat somebody up or harm himself outside of suggesting that anyone who is black and doesn’t vote for him isn’t actually black.

The first time Biden withdrew from the running for president in 1987 (yes, he has been running that long!)  it was because of a scandal where he plagiarized the work of other politicians. Given his inability to string a coherent sentence together, he may have felt it was better to put someone else’s foot in his mouth. 

Still, even though he is making a play for late stage Alzheimer’s voters—always a hard group to get to the polls, Democrats feel that a Biden half asleep is better than Trump fully awake.

Four years ago, forced to choose between the obnoxious Trump and the most unattractive candidate since Richard Nixon, I voted Libertarian. Trump won anyway. This time, I will vote for Trump, although I fully expect Biden to win.

What has changed?

Well, one thing is true. I don’t particularly like Trump. However, I dislike his enemies and their extremism in the name of thwarting everything Trump says or does even more than I disapprove of his rhetoric and meanness.   It’s hilarious to watch them go overboard in their explosive reactions to his every Tweet. But  “owning the libs” and making their heads explode is not the same thing as governing effectively. Or leading. Or inspiring. None of which Trump does much of.

But there is another, far more important reason to vote for Trump.

For me, it was the illegal, immoral and anti-democratic—and let’s not put too fine a point on it—attempted coup against a duly elected president that began the moment he was elected and continued for three years until the impeachment acquittal by the U.S. Senate, and which simmers to this day in the fevered brains of Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff.

On Sunday U.S. Attorney General Barr, who combines bulldog and bloodhound in one man with an elephant’s hide, agreed when Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo  asked, “A source said to me a couple of years ago, speaking of the Russia collusion story, that this was the closest the United States ever came to a coup to take down a president since the assassination of Lincoln. Is that an appropriate statement?” 

Barr carefully replied: “In this sense, I think it is the closest we have come to an organized effort to push a president out of office. I’m not reaching a judgment to what the motivations there were.”

Barr knows time is not on his side in turning up all of the miscreants in this tawdry story—as the Trump presidency appears to circle the drain. 

Barr is working overtime with prosecutor and U.S. Attorney John Durham to get as much out in the open and perhaps nail a few of the most prominent players before the Biden administration takes over. This week he said, “In terms of the future of Durham’s investigation, he’s pressing ahead as hard as he can. And I expect that we will have some developments, hopefully before the end of the summer.”

There had better be, because you can forget about them having any impact much after that.

Once January rolls around we can expect Biden to begin energetically whitewashing what is easily the biggest political scandal in U.S. History. This is especially likely if Biden wins the White House, AND Dems keep the House and retake the Senate. The scandal will be memory holed and the “scandal-free” Obama administration will once more be the nursery rhyme credulous journalists repeat as they lay themselves down to sleep at night.

The Russian Collusion scandal easily dwarfs Watergate and is only challenged in scope by the stolen election of 1876 when a duly elected Democratic candidate, Samuel Tilden, was blocked from taking office by a brazen Republican campaign to overturn enough electoral college votes to elect the GOP Rutherford B. Hayes in his place. 

We have trouble marshaling sympathy when an unpleasant, even despicable person is pilloried by illegal, alarming means. We figure  he had it coming. It’s similar to being moved when awful people are prevented from exercising their free of speech, even though the whole point of the First Amendment is to protect hateful speech.

Yes, history will eventually get it right, but after how long? A century after Woodrow Wilson’s presidency we still haven’t come to terms with how monstrous he was. 

For me, the crazy train ride that is Trump is preferable to a clearly socialist agenda under the red banner of Sleepy Joe’s allies. But more important, only by a Trump victory will we discover the true extent of our nation’s greatest political crime. And punish those responsible so that nothing like it ever happens again.

*Note: Opinions expressed by columnists and letter writers are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the newspaper.

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