Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) isn’t your stereotypical Republican on Capitol Hill. He has no problem calling out both sides for their continuous outrageous spending and has voted against legislation his caucus generally supported if it did not meet his limited-government philosophy. This is why his Conservative Review Liberty Score is 96%, second highest among lawmakers. It’s also why his perspective on impeachment is so important. He has made it clear he puts country over party.
Massey has opposed impeachment since the middle of the House hearings when it became clear there was nothing being brought to light by Democrats that rose to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors. Today, he made a point that has been made before, but perhaps never quite as simply as he did in this Tweet:
If withholding foreign aid is an impeachable offense, why did Joe Biden threaten to do it?
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) January 23, 2020
The similarities between what President Trump’s team did and what former Vice President Joe Biden personally did with Ukraine are striking. Both wanted something they claim was tied to corruption. Both had a perceived benefit they’d receive as a result. But where things deviate is in how it all played out. Biden got what he wanted in exchange for allowing funds to flow. President Trump received nothing and Ukraine still got their aid before the deadline.
Let’s break it down point-by-point:
- President Trump wanted Ukraine to investigate 2016 election interference and Burisma, the company that had employed Biden’s son, Hunter. Biden wanted the prosecutor who was investigating Burisma fired.
- President Trump’s requests were not met. Biden’s were met immediately – in less than six hours by his telling of the story.
- President Trump did not receive benefits from Ukraine’s actions. The investigation into Biden’s son’s company was ended immediately, preventing prosecutors from looking into corruption that some, including respected investigative journalist John Solomon, have said paid Hunter Biden handsomely.
- Despite the delay, President Trump released the aid to Ukraine within the deadline. After complying to Biden’s demands, Ukraine received their billion-dollar loan guarantee.
The only argument Democrats can make to justify Biden’s threat is to say he was doing it strictly because of the corruption of Viktor Shokin, the Prosecutor General that Biden had them fire. Democrats have to pretend like the tremendous benefit the Biden family received as a result of Shokin’s firing was incidental and played absolutely no part in motivating Biden’s actions.
They must also pretend like it’s common practice for an American administration to call for the firing of a prosecutor in an allied nation who had no direct dealings with U.S. affairs. It has never happened in the history of the United States, but by their reckoning, there was nothing out of the ordinary. The fact that Hunter Biden was shielded from a potentially devastating investigation was just a coincidence if Democrats are to be believed.
If the bar of high crimes and misdemeanors has been brought down so low to include President Trump’s so-called abuse of power, then Joe Biden should be criminally charged for his similar but fruitful actions in Ukraine. Instead, he gets a pass.
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Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
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