I wish I was writing this after the State of the Union address. I’m certain it would be far more interesting; at least I believe I would have much more content to work with. Not that the past several weeks haven’t been newsworthy.

I made this analogy once before and I’m going to do it again even if someone thinks it’s inappropriate. In the Gospel of Mark, Chapter 3, Jesus cures a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath after challenging the Jewish leadership about whether it was right to do it then. Once he had cured the man, the Pharisees conspired with the Herodians to find a way to put him to death. The power elite were threatened to the core by Jesus Christ.

Before I finish the analogy I want to make this point. I believe that the Washington power elite, including the Clintons, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Barack Obama, were responsible for the political and social climate that resulted in the election of Donald Trump - forget the Russians.

Secondarily, there are also those in the Republican Party who bear some collateral responsibility because they were jealous and/or too frightened to challenge the overreach of the Democrat elites.

Back to the analogy, even before his election, there have been people in government and political supporters who began working to ensure Donald Trump never became president. And once he was elected they began working in earnest to destroy him personally and professionally.

The tactics of political assassination have worked almost 100% of the time. The fact that they have not worked this time has enraged his opponents to the point of hatred. Nothing short of hatred explains the amateur-hour actions that led to and include the House of Representatives impeachment farce. And I mean farce in every respect. Things could have been so much better for the entire country if the party had accepted Donald Trump as the duly-elected president.

I believe Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated this wasn’t political; this wasn’t partisan; this wasn’t personal; this was patriotic. It was everything including childish, sophomoric and churlish, but it wasn’t patriotic. When I see some Democrat politicians suddenly verbally wrap themselves in the American flag it makes me nauseous. This is the same flag that is nowhere to be seen during the Democrat debates!

I have said in the past that I believe the president’s tweets aren’t helping him. He certainly has a short fuse. As to his being a bully, I believe there are many similarities between President Obama and President Trump in the way they approached solving many issues. One could successfully argue they have both used their power to force things to happen.

Bullying? Abuse? Not necessarily in my book. I believe the impeachment process was an attempt at bullying that has fallen just as flat as all previous efforts by the Congress.

Isn’t it really all about who has and who doesn’t have the power?

You can perceive the hatred in the vitriol and ranting expressed locally in some of the letters that appear in the Brainerd Dispatch, the pineandlakes Echo Journal, and the Northland Press. The hatred demonstrated during the impeachment process has been palpable and is behavior unbecoming many members of our Congress.

I am concerned that the political party of President John Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, Lloyd Bentsen, Joe Lieberman and many other statesmen and women will destroy itself. And that certainly won’t be good for the country either.

Well, that’s the way I see it.

P.S. For the record, if anyone cares. I do not watch Fox, CNN or any other news channel. They are all depressing. I usually watch the CBS Evening News and WCCO local news and read extensively. And that’s it. I’m pretty good at thinking and analyzing for myself.