HUMAN EVENTS: Congress is letting Biden get away with what they impeached Trump over

On December 18, 2019, the House of Representatives officially filed articles of impeachment against then-President Donald J. Trump. Among other things, the three-page document charged President Trump with abuse of power, because he had allegedly conditioned US military aid to Ukraine on Ukraine opening an investigation into his then-challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden. That this was done to aid President Trump’s reelection campaign and thus for his “personal political benefit,” the House charged, was a corrupt motive which “used the powers of the Presidency in a manner that compromised the national security of the United States and undermined the integrity of the United States democratic process.”

The aid in question was “the release of $391 million of United States taxpayer funds that Congress had appropriated on a bipartisan basis for the purpose of providing vital military and security assistance to Ukraine to oppose Russian aggression and which President Trump had ordered suspended.”

Why, you may ask, are we reminding you of a five-year-old failed impeachment? Well, because apparently, when a Democrat does this, it’s no longer an impeachable offense.

This week, news emerged that President Joe Biden’s White House has put a hold on approved ammunition shipments to Israel – ammunition shipments which, like the military aid to Ukraine which President Trump put a hold on, were approved by bipartisan acts of Congress. The official story is that the ammunition has been stopped because the Biden White House opposes Israel’s military operations in the city of Rafah, which began this week regardless.

We, however, were not born yesterday. Nor are we ignorant of who Joe Biden is. While the ostensible humanitarian motives for Joe Biden’s stoppage of ammunition shipments would make sense coming from an arch-progressive, “Squad” style president (which, we pray, we will not live to see assume office), from Joe Biden, this act makes little sense. As Reuters noted last October, Biden has spent decades as an unflinching ally of the Jewish state. In fact, during his 36 years in the Senate, Biden got more donations from pro-Israel groups than any other member; a whopping $4.2 million in donations.

This is not the record of someone who second-guesses the Israeli government, or the cause of Israeli nationhood. This is definitely not the record of someone who would make it more difficult for the Israelis to arm themselves by holding up arms shipments. Why, then, is Biden doing this? The answer, we think, has less to do with Gaza than with Dearborn, Michigan. Do you remember that Biden lost to the “uncommitted” option in Dearborn – which has a substantial Muslim population -- in this year’s Michigan primary? Pepperidge Farms remembers, and so do we.

Given that Michigan is a swing state, and Biden needs every vote he can get, therefore, let’s put together the evidence: measured in donations, Biden was the most pro-Israel politician in the US Senate. Then, he became president, and as soon as his reelection campaign ran into trouble (due primarily to his abysmal governing record), it became clear that he would need every vote he could get, including from viciously anti-Israel Muslims in Michigan, and from the woke fanatics who make up his party’s organizing arm and who are presently doing their best to make America’s elite colleges unlivable. In response, Biden, who had never shown a jot of concern over Israel’s actions before, suddenly not only became a born-again Hamas apologist, but even actively obstructed military aid to Israel which Congress had already approved. In short, he executed a political about-face unexplainable by any other means than that he needs to appear anti-Israel to keep his campaign afloat. Which, in the parlance of the House of Representatives circa 2019, is a corrupt motive which, we would argue, “compromise[s] the national security of the United States and undermined the integrity of the United States democratic process.”

So what’s the difference? Well, for starters, unlike with President Trump, Biden doesn’t yet have an Alexander Vindman to worry about. Remember him? The little lieutenant colonel whose allegiance to Ukr—er, we mean Our Democracy (TM) was so strong, goshdarnit, that he just had to blow the whistle on President Trump’s allegedly “corrupt” actions? If you don’t remember, then just picture the Pillsbury Dough Boy after a particularly rough turn in an Easy-Bake Oven and put him in uniform and you’ll get the picture. The point is, unlike President Trump, Biden has no “whistleblower” like Vindman to actually come out and say what we can all tell: that this bizarre turn in US foreign policy is nothing but a feeble attempt to boost his reelection prospects.

However, this is only a symptom of the real difference, which is that Vindman knew very well that his “whistleblowing” would be immediately believed and turned into a cause celebre by elite liberal America. He knew, in other words, that his “whistleblowing” would get a challenge-free hearing in the media.

But would the same thing happen if a pro-Israel Vindman analogue came forward to accuse Biden? To ask the question, unfortunately, is to answer it: the media would bury the charges (if it covered them at all); pro-Hamas protesters would immediately dox the whistleblower and then protest/self-immolate outside his house; the Department of Justice would immediately set to work digging for typos in tax returns the “whistleblower” filed as a college student in order to charge him with tax fraud. We could go on, but you get the picture. The path to fame, fortune, and adulation that was clear for Vindman, in other words, would be totally closed to anyone who came forward to tell the truth about Biden’s treatment of Israel.

All of which is just the long way of saying that the real difference between President Trump’s impeachment for abuse of power and President Biden’s seemingly infinite discretion over Congressionally-approved military aid is that Biden is a Democrat. And the Democrats have made it very clear for decades now that, in their mind, rules are for suckers. Consistency is for suckers. Standards are for suckers.

This isn’t hypocrisy; it’s hierarchy. Biden is allowed to do this because, according to our self-anointed betters, he is “supposed” to be the type of person who becomes president, and Trump was not. Which means that leaving Israel to twist in the wind after the worst attack on Jews since the Holocaust is perfectly acceptable behavior from him, while President Trump having the audacity to try to negotiate with Ukraine during peacetime was a dastardly threat to our National Security (TM) and Democracy (TM). We almost have to thank the Left for making its double standards so transparent; if nothing else, it shows that they are simply impossible to reason with. The only thing you can do is beat them.

And we – and President Trump – will.
 

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