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Blatchford: Playing the what-if game leads to startling political conclusions

What if the young people of today come to view today’s politics of personal destruction as normal? It seems that they seldom see the quiet, rational discussion and exchange of differing ideas or thoughts, so normal in the past.

I’ve found myself playing the what-if game. The first what-if involves Donald Trump having been welcomed and celebrated as the legally elected president of the United States. What if opponents dropped the claim that his election was illegal? Oh, wait! They have. What if the phony claim that he was incompetent to serve had never been contrived? Right. They’ve ceased waving the 25th Amendment.

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How different might things be if national politicians would accept the winner of elections regardless of their background? What if Trump, a non-politician, had been accepted by the establishment? I suspect that he would have been rejected even if he had been as mild-mannered as the still-ineffective Mitt Romney.

What if Hillary Clinton hadn’t become the most whiny loser in the history of either party? What if she had even accepted a small portion of responsibility for her loss? And lastly, what if she had undergone 50% of the scrutiny applied to the president? Where might she be today?

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Only occasionally do we hear the Trump investigation compared to Watergate. The Watergate investigation properly began with a crime — the illegal break-in. The investigation was to prove the facts. That is as it should be. What if the Trump investigation was ruled by the same parameters? Instead, we had an investigation in search of a crime. To date, the alleged crime has yet to be identified. What if you could name and prove the crime? Eh? Mueller couldn’t, and he was touted by most of the establishment as extremely competent.

What if people would cease clutching at straws to keep the phony investigation rolling? If they stopped, we could all take a deep breath and relax. But that is not to be. There are those who continue to claim that Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice because he told someone to obstruct. No matter that they refused. No matter that no obstruction took place. The fact of the matter is that obstruction of justice needs an actual obstruction to be a crime. What if wishing for obstruction was a crime, or telling someone to do it who ultimately refused? If those could be crimes, call in the thought police. Thankfully, even in today’s world, wishing for something is not criminal.

What if people remembered that sharing tax returns is not a requirement to be president? The sharing is optional. Because it’s been done, some consider that to be precedent. It’s a precedent, perhaps, but not a legal one. What if people recognized every person’s right to financial privacy? What is unprecedented is having a private businessman as president.

What if Dems were able to recognize the sarcastic humor when Trump asked Russians to assist in finding the emails Hillary had destroyed? What if those Dems who did recognize it hadn’t decided to twist it into some nefarious intent?

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What if the masses had received adequate civics education in middle school and high school and they understood the purpose and theory behind the electoral college and why winning the popular vote is not the best way for a country to be fairly represented?

What if all high school graduates understood that the United States government was not established as a democracy? This was intentional and well considered by people who studied various forms of government. What if everyone understood that our actual form of government is variously described as a representative democracy, constitutional democracy, federal republic or a constitutional federal republic? No lessons are to be looked for here. If you’re curious, look it up. It’s better retained through study.

Finally, what if those who oppose were not so vindictive and less like zealots bent on the destruction of another human being? I recall Hillary once accusing the opposition for what she called “the politics of personal destruction.” I wonder if leftists have mirrors?

OK, let’s twist it a bit. What if Trump had behaved in a more politically correct fashion? What if he had behaved more like an establishment politician? Know what? Hillary would be in the White House. He was elected because of his differences. He’s dancing with those what brung him.

I fully understand that Trump is not without imperfections. I also understand, however, that the opposition has cut him no slack.

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