Election 2018: Bananas and Wrong Predictions

‘Transparency in a democracy will only confuse people.’

Sir Humphrey Applebee, “Yes, Prime Minister”


By Ladson F. Mills III

I love bananas, but not in my republic.

America’s descent into the world’s largest Banana Republic will unlikely occur at the hands of an outlandish, bemedaled, military

Ladson F. Mills III
Columnist, Author

strongman. America’s decline will come in the shape of a sterile, formal, courtroom carefully crafted with trappings of legality.

Lawsuits and litigation are a critical component to the Democratic Party’s election strategy. Democrats believe that what cannot be won though elections can be obtained through a leftward leaning judiciary. And the consequences to the country be damned.

Spending the days prior to the November 6th election outside the country afforded me an interesting perspective. America’s news cycle has become like a crowded room in which the doors and windows are closed, and the volume turned high. The pre-election news cycle is even more mind-numbing.

It was refreshing not to have the airways dominated by inside the beltway elitists carried away by the sound of their own voices. At the end of the day, however, I still managed to get it wrong. Before departing England, I shared with friends that regardless of the election’s outcome, Americans would awaken Wednesday to a radically different country. Nothing could have been further from the truth.

Democrats took back the House of Representatives but the minority party typically does in an off-year election. Despite desperate efforts by the left, there was no blue wave. Republicans held the Senate and possibly increased their majority. As to how many is yet to be determined because the anticipated post-election lawsuits have already begun. Although the election results were all too familiar this is not to suggest there were no unsettling consequences.

Maxine Waters will now chair the House of Representatives Financial Oversight Committee. This will most assuredly come as good news to her. Regularly cited by the liberal watchdog “Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington” as one of the most corrupt members of Congress, she will now be able to protect her family from their tendency to profit from her position. The House Judiciary Committee will be chaired by Jerrold Nadler. Basking in the glow of anticipation seems to have exposed Nadler’s arrogance. His phone conversation on a train overhead by journalist Molly Hemingway was revealing. Nadler spoke of his intention to maneuver President Trump toward impeachment. It is something he previously attempted to President George W. Bush following his mid-term election loss.

There was a time when such indiscrete comments might be dismissed as placing politics above principles. Nadler’s behavior is in a league of its own raising questions as to what if any principles he might have once embraced. Nadler was heard lamenting that Democrats would be held responsible for the economic downturn that their policies will assuredly bring. Rather than express concern for hard-working families who will be affected by the economic decline, Nadler only spoke of the political consequences that affect him.

Having spent decades in an organization that prints its own money and grants itself raises regardless of job performance, Nadler is insulated from the consequences under which most of us must live. Or as they say back home, it’s not bad work if you can get it.

Representing the Fourth Estate CNN’s Jim Acosta sought to add his own dramatic spice to the election results by staging a tantrum during a post-election White House press conference. But in exposing the deficiencies of the modern journalist, he is not alone
Who could fail to have been uninspired by the low- toned rhetoric of “Miami Herald” columnist Leonard Pitts in his branding all Trump supporters as “ignorant” and “intolerant.” If Mr. Pitts’ observation is accurate, then his inoculation for the disease failed.

One could hardly fail to notice the supposedly damaging evidence leaked from Robert Mueller’s investigation late Friday afternoon following the election. This well-orchestrated, expertly timed attack on President Trump is indicative of more to come. With the Democrats now in control of the House, millions more will be spent in search of any issue no matter how obscure to discredit, ruin, or possibly impeach the President. The most blatant and despicable example, however, was the attempt to distort the President’s
reasons for cancelling his cemetery visit to honor Americans killed during World War I during his recent visit to France. MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski suggested the President’s cancellation resulted from his desire to be a “dictator” or “tyrant.”
Her partisan irrationality is eerily reminiscent of reporter Ellis Henican’s attempt to discredit President George W. Bush in the aftermath of 9/11.

Speaking to the BBC, Henican made disparaging remarks against President Bush for not immediately returning to Washington following the attack. One can only be mystified that a reporter failed to grasp the implications of exposing the President and Commander in Chief to unknown dangers during such a critical time. Henican’s observations to the foreign press was
more indicative of partisan political sniping than serious journalism.

President Trump has proven himself a strong supporter of the military and veterans. He was a guest in a foreign country and subject to aviation regulations beyond his control. If the flying weather was judged to be unsafe, he acted correctly in not exposing his crew and others to danger. (The previous paragraph was written on the day prior to the White House press release revealing the President’s decision was a weather cancellation. The analysis was based on the author’s five years’ experience flying military aircraft.) Further revealed in the press release was that travel by car would have necessitated a two-and-a-half-hour trip each way causing extensive travel interruptions for the populace.

Having recently lived in the community where Vice-President Joe Biden regularly vacations, I was amazed by the logistics involved in travel, even for a Vice President. It ties up an enormous number of law enforcement personnel as well as negatively impacting locals for hours. It is hard to fathom the logistics that would be required for the President in a foreign country. Perhaps Ms. Brzezinski, having become accustomed to being ferried about by personal drivers, has forgotten that despite the perks of the very important, regular people have lives as well. President Trump did not forget.

I was wrong concerning the aftermath of the recent election. America did not awaken to change. Regrettably, we all too quickly returned to business as usual. But I would be cautious if I were in positions of political leadership or even high visibility journalism.

Bananas may not be desirable in a republic. They are, however, a crucial component in creating splits.

Ladson F. Mills III, a former Marine Corps Line Officer and Navy Chaplain, is the founder of Setebos-Sixpence Freelance Writing Ltd. He lives with his wife in Charleston, South Carolina. He is a regular contributor to The Covert Letter and Virtueonline. Mills’ book, Abandoned Shipmate, The Destruction of Coast Guard Captain Ernie Blanchard, is scheduled for publication.