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Which Party is 'Wagging the Dog'

By Rob Tenery, MD on July 3, 2017

Wag the Dog is a 1997 black comedy film that was loosely adapted from Larry Beinhart’s novel American Hero. The story begins just days before the presidential election, when a Washington, D.C. spin doctor is called in by the White House staff to distract the electorate from the President’s sex scandal by hiring a Hollywood film producer to construct a ‘fake war’ with Albania.

The ‘fake war’ was a distraction--- intentionally diverting the focus of the President’s promiscuity by creating interest in another area. The Democratic leaders in Washington are masters of this technique.

For example, take the current upheavals in Washington. Investigations are opening up in both houses of Congress and a special prosecutor has been appointed by the Justice Department to determine if Trump or any of his transition or administration teams had improper or illegal connections with the Russians. To the date of this writing, there have been no facts to support these claims. 

Instead, why are the legislators not holding hearings to investigate the accusations that President Obama, Susan Rice, Loretta Lynch and James Clapper illegally surveilled the Trump transition team? Or the accusation that Hillary Clinton obstructed justice when the authorities were trying to get her emails that dealt with top-secret information on her unsecured server. What about the pay-to-play involving the Clinton foundation when Clinton was Secretary of State?

The Democrats, although not in the majority in either house of Congress or the White House, have mastered the art of diversion. They’ve forced hearings in the House and the Senate and now they’ve finagled the appointment of a special prosecutor, Robert Mueller, to investigate Trump’s firing of FBI Director Comey, who turns out to be a close confident of the Director. One has to wonder how unbiased Mueller’s findings will turn out to be.

There is little question that there are good reasons for our elected bodies in Washington to convene hearings in order to bring more clarity to problems that they are asked to legislate. But witch-hunts are hard to justify!

These elected representatives are sent to the nation’s capital to do the people’s work, not rack up points for their own political future. Cost estimates range as high as over $30 million/day when both houses of Congress are in session.* Another source by the Congressional Research Service  puts the expenses to the public for floor costs at $53, 534/day and $592,000/day for member salaries when the House of Representatives is in session.**

As the Democrats continue to drag out their mostly unfounded allegations that Trump and/or his transition team had inappropriate relations with the Russians, it is the public that is forced to pay the bill. Then they call for hearings as to why the President fired the Director of the FBI, when only a short time earlier, they were asking for his resignation over how he handled the Anthony Weiner emails just prior to the election. These same Democrats seem oblivious to the Obama administration’s opening up NSA’s globally intercepted personal communication to the other 16 intelligence agencies and often unmasking these individuals identities when this information had nothing to do with a threat to national security.

This is the Party of selective blindness that appears to have no ‘game plan’ other than to delay and divert; only squandering the public’s money to further their own careers. The analogy in Wag the Dog, almost got it right! But instead of the dog wagging his tail, it’s lifting it’s leg!

*      Skeptics, Picakhu

**  The Impolitic





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