Rebuttal to Madeleine Dean’s Opinion Letter: An Alternate Take
Madeleine Dean’s December 20th opinion letter published in The Philadelphia Inquirer attempts to explain why impeaching the President was such an imperative by boldly proclaiming that “President Trump withheld essential military aid to Ukraine – a democratic ally under siege from Russia – unless the country promised to help him cheat during the 2020 election.” If that wasn’t clear enough, she goes on to say “More simply, President Trump used American foreign aid as an asset that he could trade for personal favors. This is the definition of corruption, and impeachment is the only appropriate remedy.”
Holy smokes – serious charges, no doubt, but are they founded upon any semblance of truth? Dean apparently thinks so, as her statements here seem to suggest at minimum a ‘quid pro quo’ existed between President Trump & the Ukraine. But as Dean herself admitted at her “Mimosas with Mad” fundraiser at the Philadelphia Country Club on November 23rd, she has difficulty actually pronouncing “quid pro quo“, so that moniker is conspicuously missing from her above leveled charges.
Also oddly missing from her entire misinformed opinion piece is the usual Democratic blather (i.e. talking point) about how the President allegedly strong-armed a hapless ally into doing his sinister biding to selfishly aggrandize himself & further his political career. If true, such an ally would undoubtedly feel (at the very least) a sense of victimhood & resentment, and presumably wish to let the entire world know about their diminished plight.
Yet strangely enough, when the very leader of said nation, President Volodymyr Zelensky, has had the opportunity to publicly unload on his ‘oppressor’ the United States & President Trump, he has steadfastly refused to do so – on multiple occasions. According to an article by Greg Wilson of Fox News from October 10th, for example, Zelensky specifically told reporters that his controversial July call with President Trump involved no bribe, blackmail or quid pro quo, as impeachment-minded Democrats claim:
“There was no blackmail,” Zelensky said. “They blocked this money and nobody asked us [for] anything.”
And most recently in a new interview with Time and several European publications, he denied once again that he and Trump ever discussed a decision to withhold reportedly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine for nearly two months in the context of a quid pro quo involving political favors:
“Look, I never talked to the president from the position of a quid pro quo,” Zelensky was quoted as saying.
Dean is either in complete denial regarding the veracity of these statements, or in blissful ignorance regarding their very existence. Either way, in reflects poorly upon her, and her entire party. Instead of acknowledging these statements made by Zelensky, she would rather argue that the current impeachment craze “isn’t a mere policy disagreement – and it is certainly not about personal feelings.” Rather, it’s all about removing a “would-be autocrat” from office for “love of country“, and a “carrying out a generational duty to protect our democracy“, whatever the hell that means.
But perhaps Dean’s most damning charge she levels against the President in defense of impeachment is that “President Trump has undermined Americans’ right to choose our own leaders and determine our national destiny.” What, after all, could be more un-American than that? Of course, Dean fails to explain exactly how merely requesting that a foreign power of no significant consequence (known for corruption) should investigate, well, corruption in their country involving a private American citizen (also of no significant consequence) rises to the level of ‘high crimes & misdemeanors’ justifying removing from office a duly elected President of the United States.
Ultimately, Dean’s faux, self-righteous indignation expressed in her opinion piece rings as hollow as the Democrats’ concocted case against our President. It’s a wonder then how such an intelligent, accomplished & dedicated public servant as Madeleine Dean (who I’ve met personally) can still support this impeachment craze.
Alas, as Voltaire once said, “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” Absurd indeed our Dean’s unfounded accusations, but the greatest ‘atrocity’ here would be to remove a Democratically elected President over the delaying of aid to a foreign nation that eventually was given, concerning an investigation that never happened. – Charles Martel