Hi, folks, I’m back! I’ve been gone for a while. The good medical people at the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital removed one-third of my right kidney because of a cancerous tumor. All cancer has been removed, and they say I’ll be making a full recovery.
(Liberals, make up your own joke here about my left kidney now being the good one.)
Reading The Post-Intelligencer, I see very little has changed on the Opinion Page, namely the April 25 and May 9 columns of Tony Kendall.
They contained the key words I expected them to: “impeachment,” “authoritarian,” “Russian conspiracy” — the last one because only liberals can declare a conspiracy and get positive press for it.
Then there’s the description he usually has for President Donald Trump: “Lying, racist, bigoted, misoygnistic, nativist, xenophobic, wanna-be authoritarian-in-chief … Der Leader Trump.” And Mr. Kendall tops it all off by declaring Trump voters to be “unwashed.”
First there was “deplorable,” now there’s “unwashed.” Trump has been declared guilty in spite of being cleared by the investigations of the FBI, a House committee, a Senate committee and a special counsel — guilty of Russian collusion while at the same time overlooking a century of Soviet spying since the 1917 Russian Revolution.
Mr. Kendall, among others, has declared for impeachment. It is an all-too-familiar story. We saw it once before with the 1988 wrongful impeachment of Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham.
“Impeachment first. We’ll find a reason for it later.” Or if there are reasons, they turn out to be “Charge 1. He won the election” and “Charge 2. He defeated our candidate.”
There has been a constitutional crisis. It has been declared not only by Mr. Kendall, but also by the national news media. It was the phrase used 386 times by the cable news networks in a single day, May 14.
What’s left out is that in their view, the crisis began when Trump was declared the 2016 presidential election winner. (But as recently as last month, Hillary Clinton was still saying the election was stolen from her.)
Mr. Kendall, among others, is celebrating the idea of Congress impeaching Trump, no matter how remote the possibility is.
We on the right have other occasions to celebrate. Among them, at least in my view, is the 40th anniversary of the Reagan Revolution.
To some, that began with the 1964 “Time For Choosing” speech. To others, when he was elected California governor in 1966. To still others, when he was elected president in 1980.
To me, the Reagan Revolution began on May 11, 1979. I was watching “The Tonight Show,” starring Johnny Carson.
He had just finished his monologue and was at his desk after the first commercial, and began doing a comedy routine he had every year, telling about the new TV pilots that might be bought by the three (at that time) networks and would air that September.
First, Carson would read the list of real TV pilots, then he’d read a group of fake pilots for his comedy routine. It was the fourth real TV pilot he read to the audience that drew my notice.
“IFR, Institute For Revenge” — the story of a top-secret U.S. government agency specializing in getting even with criminal big shots who use loopholes and technicalities to escape justice.” (Similar to the American TV show “Leverage” and the British show “Hustle.”)
When he got done reading it, there was a huge round of applause from the audience. For a moment, Carson looked shocked at the audience’s reaction. I wasn’t.
The “Tonight Show” audience was famous for being a cross section of the country, and had let their feelings be known on many occasions.
They were Americans, like me, people who were surviving and putting up with two and a half years of Jimmy Carter, a bumbling liberal president who could tell you what the problems were; however, he believed that was the limit of his job description.
He was president of a country whose people had decided, “That’s not good enough.”
American voters, like those in the “Tonight Show” audience, were no longer going to be accepting a policy of “business as usual.”
They were going to vote out of office any officeholder who advocated the same stale politics. They were going to join the banner of bold, unmistakable colors Reagan spoke of at the 1976 Republican National Convention.
Sound familiar? Like maybe election night, 2016? We will find out later in the 2020 election.
This just in: Hillary Clinton’s lawyers have said there’s been no collusion. Stay tuned for more.
In closing, I would like to acknowledge the passing of Lt. Col. Richard Cole, the last remaining member of the 1942 Doolittle Raiders.
The mission he became famous for can be seen in the film “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” on Turner Classic Movies.
He was 103 years old and, five years earlier, he flew and landed a B-25 bomber similar to the one he flew on his most famous air mission.
Turner Classic Movies — when movies were movies.
Lt. Col. Cole — when heroes were heroes.
MICHAEL SKAGGS lives at 185 McClains Road, Paris. His email address is email@example.com.