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Our wrong post-election world

After November 3, the meaning of some words and concepts changed abruptly. Have you noticed how new realities have replaced old ones?

The media interrogation of the president is now out of date. The time for gotcha questions has come and gone. Why ask a president if he’s a traitor or a crook when you can focus on his favorite taste of milkshake or compliment him on his socks?

The old truth before the elections was that new vaccines would take years to develop. The new post-election truth is that getting new vaccines out nine months from now is no big deal.

Charging a first-time president after his first mid-term election – in a purely partisan vote for political reasons other than “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors” of the Constitution – is now a terrible idea.

It would be worse to appoint a special adviser to harass a president for making unfounded agreements with China. An even more frightening notion would be a conservative dream team of partisan attorneys pursuing President Joe Biden with a 22-month blank check for $ 40 million.

It would be unprofessional for university psychologists and doctors remotely to diagnose President Biden’s mental capabilities in a popular way.

Certainly, it would never be discussed that Justice Department officials are considering wearing a wire as part of an entrapment plan to remove President Biden by the 25th Amendment. That would be almost an attempted coup.

It would be almost as bad for the FBI director to “commemorate” his private conversations with Biden on FBI devices. He could then pass such memos on to the press in case he gets fired for secretly investigating Biden for “Chinese agreements” and then lying about such a probe.

What happened to the Logan Act? Not so long ago it was believed to be a much-needed guard rail. Now wouldn’t it make sure that members of the president’s transition team don’t call foreign leaders while Donald Trump is still president? How did it suddenly become a dead, ossified relic?

Leaking classified material would be the worst thing government officials could do. Imagine if a Trump holdover dug into the new Biden administration posted a transcript of Biden’s private conversations with the Mexican President or the Australian Prime Minister.

Such a breach of trust would be almost as bad as an anti-Biden mole trying to defy the president’s orders. Imagine if this anonymous employee received a statement in the New York Times claiming that a cadre of old Democrats was shocked by Biden’s cognitive decline and opposition to his instructions.

Is extending security clearances to former senior officials who have become cable television experts still a bad idea? For example, who would want to see former director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, issue warnings on Fox News every night? With a wink to his “confidential sources,” Ratcliffe could propose conspiracy theories that Biden is confronted with bombing over his family misfortunes with the Chinese.

Is it still important that we maintain the tradition of high-ranking retired military officers – all subject to the requirements of the Single Code of Military Justice – and not belittle the President?

Who wants former Pentagon officials, some of whom serve on the boards of military contractors, to warn us that Biden should be removed because of cognitive problems? Of course, generals and admirals shouldn’t compare the policies of President Biden to those of Mussolini or the Nazis.

At least there is no longer any “dark money”. The old idea that right-wing billionaires pour money into candidates’ political campaigns was supposedly a dangerous practice. It would be far more bourgeois for leftist billionaires to put hundreds of millions of dollars in the coffers of impartial state bureaucracies entrusted with ensuring the sanctity of national elections.

And it seems that after, and not before, an election is the right time to announce important news.

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Like a $ 900 billion stimulus package?

Like a revised Fannie Mae report on the economy?

How about the links between a Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee and an alleged Chinese spy?

Like a federal investigation into Biden’s son and his potential profiteering from wealthy Chinese elites affiliated with the Chinese government?

It’s easy to keep track of our brave new American world.

Just think of anything that the “animal farm” media labeled bad before November 3rd as good now. And remember, whatever was labeled good two months ago is actually bad now.

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