by Never-Trumper Yuval Levin, of the National Review.
I agree with much of the column, but strongly disagree with a few key points that he makes. The overall thesis of the piece is contained in this quote:
“My sense of the basic facts at issue is that the president’s defenders and his critics are each right about different things.”
Well, yeah…but, as always, it is those devilish details that determine exactly who is right about exactly what. So, Levin believes that:
“The investigation has been undermined, impeded, and obstructed by Trump and those around him, including through demands by the president for personal loyalty from law-enforcement officials and firing or causing the dismissal of a director and deputy director of the FBI.”
Did the president demand “personal loyalty,” as James Comey claims, or did he ask for “honest loyalty,” as Trump claims? If Comey is telling the truth , well then, Trump was behaving in an autocratic way…if Trump’s version is the truth, then he was asking for the same kind of honesty that any executive would expect from a director who reported to him. And, depending upon which version you believe, Comey’s firing was either an attempt by the president to impede a legitimate investigation, or the dismissal of a disloyal and dishonest subordinate.
I believe that we are still months, if not years away from knowing what has really been going on for the last two years (possibly longer), involving the Obama administration, the Clinton campaign, the Trump campaign and administration, and the Deep State. Levin’s article points out:
“That everybody has a point is really not great news. Each side is making, in its way, an argument about the corruption of our institutions of self-government, and if all were right then the evidence for such corruption would be all the greater. The dynamics created by the resulting standoff seem likely only to further corrupt those same institutions.”
Big Government = Big Corruption. It’s essentially the libertarian argument, boiled down to it’s basic premise ~ Limit government in order to protect liberty.