The term-limited president listened while his aides related news of a youthful, totally unanticipated candidate for president. He had just shown up and asked for an audience with America’s voters. Audience warily granted, the candidate delivered a brash message promising a Yuge reversal in America’s fortunes, much for the better.
Not knowing if he would immediately be shown the door, candidate Trump was surprised to hear voters in many state primaries say, “You’re what we’ve been waiting for. Your journey is making you stronger. Keep doing what you’re doing.” Meanwhile the politicians in each state tempted, “You’re tired. You need to rest. Have dinner with us. Spend the night. Heed our expert advice. We know politics. You don’t. First, don’t Tweet so much and let us defend you.” Candidate Trump rebuffed each and every offer, refused to eat or drink what they set before him. For he knew deep down he must ever be on offense to win, and these Republican experts knew only “Defense, Defense. Boom Boom. Defense Defense.”
President Obama listened as his aides went on and on about Donald Trump, how he had no respect for the Swamp, but full respect for voters, all voters. Having heard enough, Obama sent them away. He seethed and raged, within himself. He had not wanted candidate Hillary Clinton to succeed him in office to begin with. She had no connection with voters. No articulate message of “sharing the wealth” similar to what Elizabeth Warren consistently, effectively delivered. Why had he made that infernal “deal with the devil?” he wondered. (He knew the answer: because his dreadful campaign required that handshake with Bill Clinton to win against one of the poorest candidates Republicans had ever nominated to high office, Senator John McCain.)
But then again, Obama remembered the Clinton arrangement would not have been necessary at all if he could have but known beforehand candidate McCain would, just before the 2008 election call off his campaign, make a hurried, mighty cannon ball splash into the Congressional pool, briefly oppose a bail-out at the outset of the financial crisis before dramatically fizzling out, effectively adopting the Bush/Obama bailout scheme as his own. Out loud, Obama fumed, “I could have become president in 2008, without the Clintons. #@&%!”
Then, brilliant Constitutional scholar he always thought he was, Obama remembered his part-time senior lecturer gig at Chicago University Law School. Nearly crossing himself, amazed as he was that he was suddenly reverencing the founders of our nation for the very first time in his life, Obama willy nilly blessed them for handing him on a platter Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the US Constitution. Fortunately he had remembered the US Constitution includes a special provision specifically for the purpose of removing from office an electorally decided upon president whose chief fault is success as a disruptor, entrepreneur, and influential businessman with international holdings and global business dealings.
Recklessly ignoring the advice of his teleprompters he grasped the never before used Emoluments Coup Provision tucked away by our founders two plus centuries ago for such a time as this. The applicable portion of Article One, Section 9, Clause 8 of the US Constitution reads:
No title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emoluments, Office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign state.
Now, according to Robert G Natelson of The Independence Institute, Obama is way off base. Natelson states the meaning of emolument at the time of the drafting of the US Constitution, in all three instances, was: “compensation with financial value, received by reason of public employment.” According to his originalist definition Trump has not violated the emoluments clause.
But, and maybe President Obama is behind this if rumors are true, two hundred Democratic Party office holders took hold of Obama’s treasure find and dragged President Trump into court, accusing him of violating the emoluments clause, conveniently applying an entirely new definition, a definition Washington Post admits would have likewise embroiled an earlier world renowned entrepreneur and businessman, our first President, George Washington, in impeachment proceedings.
As hinted, according to the Left, the newfangled emoluments definition targeting Washington then and Trump today justifies relentless investigations into absolutely every area of activity of any such disruptors, entrepreneurs, and influential businessmen with international holdings and global business dealings; especially should they happen to advance to the office of President. Because they reasoned, to be that successful such a man as Trump or Washington must have been shady, corrupt, unfair, and selfish beyond degree to become a card carrying member of the 1%.
As the story goes, receiving an update from aides that President Trump had finally been sworn in as President of the United States, the former president asked where the new president was at the moment. They responded, “A most interesting turn of events, Mr President. Remember how candidate Trump would not eat or drink the advice of any expert political advisor around the country before he became President?” “Yes?” “Well, it seems, now he is imbibing Washington, DC that is. Paul Ryan has Trump’s ear night and day. Why, they share meals. Ryan already has the president convinced repeal and revise are synonymous terms. He is successfully convincing the president Congress is soooooo sloooooowwwww for a good reason.
"It’s unbelievable. He was so tough, so brave at rallies with voters around the country in the face of political operatives pushing back on him in every state of the union. But now, here in Washington, he’s bought into the notion conservative issues no longer apply that brought the House to majority three times, the Senate to majority for Republicans twice, and won the White House for Republicans the last time because, they reason, 2018 is just around the corner. Ryan’s even been heard humming that old Top Gun bar tune, ‘You’ve lost that conservative feeling. Oh Oh….’ All seventeen national security agencies agree. Ryan is humming about the President."
Moral: A sacred text relates how a new president kept to his vision, was incorruptible the first time when he refused to bend to the will of powerful political advisors during his run-up to the national convention. But later, standing in front of a different audience he leaned, acquiesced to misrepresentations made by Paul Ryan and others. According to the original text Obama was the fiend. He took down the new president. He made misrepresentations leading to the new president’s demise. But in context of what has transpired over the past several months of President Trump’s young administration, Speaker Ryan has been the culprit in Obama’s stead, assuming the role of infamous former president. Ryan made the misrepresentations that led a new president down a path to a lion in wait, poised to pounce.
[Or perhaps a more accurate version of the truth regarding these events can be found in I Kings 13.]
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