Sports fans will recognize an old refrain that bespeaks a certain truth: "The best offense is a good defense". To excel at keeping the other team from scoring is not necessarily rewarded with media or fan adulation, but can be extremely helpful nonetheless.
The Trump presidency faces a crossroads. The collaborative efforts of the media/left complex and some establishment Republicans have effectively nullified his intention to seek improved relations with Russia. And their continued drip-drip-drip attacks may utterly undermine the enactment of his overall agenda.
Trump is not perfect. His address to Congress deliberately avoided the issues of religious liberty and the out-of-control judiciary. He openly advocates some progressive measures such as subsidized child care and mandatory family leave benefits. He does not always honor the constitution's limits on federal activities. His national security apparatus seems to be reverting to the default neoconservative posture often espoused by the GOP. And the enactment of parts of his agenda could potentially increase the deficit and the national debt significantly.
But the most worthy parts of his agenda-- Obamacare repeal, immigration restrictions, fixing trade imbalances, tax reform, deregulation and defeating ISIS-- are at risk if his adversaries continue to undermine his administration.
Trump needs to stop playing defense, and instead go on offense.
While the media/left and some Republicans have been trying to portray Trump as a villain over Russia, the reality is that Obama, the Clinton's, the establishment media and the democratic socialist left are the real villains. And it appears they have collaboratively orchestrated this entire effort against Trump.
Trump needs to direct his Justice Department to go after them on a number of issues:
- Fast and Furious
- The e-mail scandal
- The stirring up of violence at events and rallies
- The fraudulent, dishonest means the media and the Democratic Party employed to help Clinton's candidacy
- The surveillance of those connected to Trump during the presidential campaign season and the transition, and subsequent leaks
- Matters related to the Clinton Foundation
The Justice Department needs to commence investigations, seat grand juries and then begin prosecuting. It is time to stop playing.
And it would be a tremendous mistake for the Trump Administration to rely upon Congress to investigate. Congressional Republicans have revealed themselves to be paper tigers when going after the Democrats and the media. They tend to be most aggressive when they want to undermine conservatives.
In any event, Trump's response to the combined efforts against him must be a strong offense. Defense alone will be insufficient.
Instead, put the other side on the defensive. They have provided, after all, lots of ammunition.