Deceiving and being deceived

Many different news reports are characterizing the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment. Depending on which news organization reporting, the President is either the worst violator of high crimes and misdemeanors in American history, or not. After reading the report, it takes an extraordinary imagination to conclude that this impeachment “inquiry” report is anything more than a political document aimed at the next election. The House may impeach President Trump because it is majority Democrat, not because Trump acted to bribe, endanger national security, or impede what is in reality a fraudulent and politically motivated rigged investigation. 

The report states: “…the impeachment inquiry has found that President Trump, personally and acting through agents within and outside of the U.S. government, solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, to benefit his reelection.  In furtherance of this scheme, President Trump conditioned official acts on a public announcement by the new Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, of politically-motivated investigations, including one into President Trump’s domestic political opponent.  In pressuring President Zelensky to carry out his demand, President Trump withheld a White House meeting desperately sought by the Ukrainian President, and critical U.S. military assistance to fight Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine.

“The President engaged in this course of conduct for the benefit of his own presidential reelection, to harm the election prospects of a political rival, and to influence our nation’s upcoming presidential election to his advantage.  In doing so, the President placed his own personal and political interests above the national interests of the United States, sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election process, and endangered U.S. national security.” That’s the viewpoint. Notwithstanding that the US has a corruption investigation agreement with Ukraine and there was corruption involving the Biden family; that national security was not compromised; and no bribes occurred. As 2 Timothy 3:13 says, “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” But there is even more hypocrisy.

The Preface of the report refers to President George Washington’s warning: “In his farewell address, President George Washington warned of a moment when “cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.” Indeed, Washington’s warning is more than obvious today, but the accuser is the violator of the very accusation. Who, we might ask, are those unprincipled actors trying to usurp the power of the people by destroying the engines that lifted them to their unjust dominion? Who fabricated charge after unproven charge to overthrow an elected president even before he took office? Who accuses to cover up their deceitful deeds? And of whose spawn are they?

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Bill Wilson