The United States has led the free world for the best part of a century, producing a record number of truly great world leaders, among whom it can be confidently predicted, objective future historians will unhesitatingly include President Donald Trump.
It was Winston Churchill who not only handed the mantle of world leadership to a hitherto reluctant United States, but who also delivered the special relationship involving crucial war-time support, a reason why he is still so highly regarded in the United States.
This regard extends neither to Barack Obama nor Joe Biden who both cavalierly removed his bust from the Oval Office. It was Donald Trump who restored Churchill to his place of honour.
These acts are not without deep meaning and significance.
America’s position is under challenge for the simple reason that Beijing has been so generously favoured by successive US administrations. How else is it that a country, ravaged by Maoist thugs so oppressively that within living memory refugees would swim through shark-infested waters to reach Hong Kong, has now become America’s leading economic, technological and military rival?
We must not assume that this flows from any naïveté on the part of American politicians.
The communists began by relying on the principle most famously enunciated by Sun Tzu, that the supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
They also calculated that they could subdue this enemy through greed . In words attributed to Lenin, ‘the capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.’
Greed in business is one thing. It is another to use greed to penetrate the very citadel of government. Forget the 6th of January, the Capitol was long ago penetrated by those who noticed the practice of swamp politicians inexplicably becoming significantly richer than when they entered Congress.
That renowned expert on government accountability, Peter Schweizer, identifies the simple and effective strategy Beijing adopted.
Seek out the political elites and give them commercial deals. Those deals were vastly more significant than the riches American lobbyists would produce.
And not only in America.
Schweizer ominously adds “They’ve also done this in Australia…”.
With the Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and his wife, Schweizer says she at least inherited a shipbuilding business before the communists courted them. But in the Biden case, he says there was ‘no legitimate businesses. The Bidens brought ‘nothing to the table, no expertise, no background’.
Little wonder that over the last few decades, a stream of concessions has been made to Beijing culminating with lucrative membership of the World Trade Organisation. It was only for successive administrations to go soft on breaches of trade law, currency manipulation and the forced acquisition and theft of valuable intellectual property, while simultaneously ‘managing’ US national decline, the end of manufacturing usefully supported by the global warming myth and the massive loss of US jobs with wage stagnation.
At the same time ‘concern’ would be routinely expressed about horrendous breaches of human rights and of international law culminating with the effective annexation of the South China Sea. All this, along with scourge of illegal and at times criminal immigration, was normally ‘off the table’ in most elections.
But when Trump won the Republican nomination it became clear that this outsier was different. His agenda centred on making America great again, standing up to Beijing, requiring free-loader allies to pull their weight, waging peace not endless wars, restoring manufacturing, stopping illegal immigration, energy independence, full employment and rising wages and standing up for First and Second Amendment rights while reigning in activist judges who had notoriously invented a constitutional right to abort..
Apart from the Republican runner-up, Senator Ted Kruz, no other Washingtonian politician talked about these issues. And from his victory, despite massive daily opposition, both legal and illegal, from the swamp and its allies, Trump was unusually determined to fulfil his promises, including something his predecessors failed to fulfil , moving the embassy to Jerusalem.
His advancement of peace in the world was so wonderfully exceptional and so unprecedented that I joined three eminent Australian law professors to nominate Trump for the coming 2021 Nobel Prize. There can be no more worthy recipient.
Now that Trump’s great achievements are being reversed almost daily by Biden, the agenda is back to managing American decline. Camouflaged by occasional tough but empty rhetoric about communist outrages, the disaster will soon become obvious to the American people, and not only the millions who voted for him. That is why the Left is so terrified of him, they are planning a dubious Senate trial . This is both to disqualify him and to terrorise anyone tempted to follow him in draining their revolting swamp.
Trump was entitled to do what Democrats did for four years, challenge the election results. Those who say his behaviour was abhorrent are completely wrong. Indeed, given the mountains of powerful evidence available, including the suppression of scrutineers and the open-and-shut case of serious constitutional breaches brought by Texas, he had a duty to challenge this.
What should raise everyone’s suspicion is the desperation with which the media suppressed even the very existence of this evidence, just as they did the Hunter Biden laptop scandal. Just ask why was it necessary for every report from almost every journalist to qualify Trump’s claims with the blatant lie that they were ‘baseless’ or even ‘evidence-free’?
Nor was it wrong for Trump to hope Pence would not see his role as a mere rubber stamp and give his imprimatur to highly questionable and clearly unconstitutional votes.
The Chief Justice is reported as unwilling to preside, wisely so as the Court may well be asked to rule on its constitutionality. Without him there can be no trial and, in any event, a congressional trial of a private citizen, the notorious old English bill of attainder, is constitutionally forbidden.
Trump will forever remain among the greatest of presidents and will be eventually remembered by most Americans as such.
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Professor David Flint is an emeritus professor of law and was chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Authority and the Australian Press Council, president of the National Federation of the English Speaking Union, Associate Commissioner with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and convenor of the Committee of Australian Law Deans. He has been National Convenor of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy since the 1999 referendum campaign. The author of several books, he has published widely on topics such as the media, international economic law and on the Constitution. At Barcelona in 1991, he received a World Jurist Association award as World Outstanding Legal Scholar. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1995.