History tells us that the first American whistleblower was Paul Revere, on horseback, in the middle of the night, carrying a lantern, and warning, “The British are coming.”
And thank goodness for whistleblower Paul Revere, otherwise Americans might have been caught sleeping by the British, and the USA could have ended up another Canada. Not that everyone doesn’t admire Canada; the upstairs tenant of North America, below the Arctic in the attic.
However, today there is another whistleblower, and that individual has triggered the impeachment of Donald Trump, and Donald Trump demands that this, “traitorous, never Trumper, democratic, whistleblower, snitch,” be exposed, arrested, jailed and thrown to the other side of the wall.
The trigger consisted of revealing a quid pro quo telephone call to the newly elected Ukrainian president, Zelensky, that if Zelensky wanted the $391 million defense weapons appropriated by the Congress to fight the invading Russian forces, Zelensky had to announce his government was looking into the fraud committed in Ukraine by Trump’s presidential opponent, Joe Biden.
But the Russians are coming!
Trump says, So what! I want dirt on Joe Biden.
Ukrainians are dying in the eastern front fighting the Russians. Ukrainians need defense weapons. Too bad. Announce you have started an investigation of Joe Biden and his son.
Trump says, “That wasn’t a quid pro quo telephone call. It was a perfect telephone call. Read the transcript. Or I may read the transcript in a fireside chat like Franklin Roosevelt used to do.”
Two problems with that possibility: the transcript has already been doctored, redacted, censored, has missing sentences, is a joke, not accurate, sort of like Trump’s bone spur claim; and Roosevelt is spinning in his grave.
How many Ukrainians have died fighting the invading Russian forces because Trump held back the defensive weapons already approved by Congress? There is blood on Trump’s hands, for a petty, small-minded, unscruplous, destructive act.
It wasn’t just quid pro quo. It wasn’t politics, as usual. It wasn’t a perfect telephone call.
It was blackmail. And blackmail is how a loser, lacking self-confidence will win an election.
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