On Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump for allegedly asking the Ukrainian president to investigate Joe Biden. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy responded: “Facts be damned. Democrats are insisting this is their moment to impeach President Trump. Speaker Pelosi’s decree changes nothing.”
And, thus, without even intending it, Mr. McCarthy just stumbled into what will be the campaign slogan for the Democratic Party from now until November 2020.
It doesn’t matter which candidate prevails in this clown-show of a primary our country is presently forced to endure. The campaign tagline for the eventual nominee, whether it is Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren or Kamala Harris, will be, “The facts be damned. Impeach Trump!”
Consider the following.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s former chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, is caught admitting the real motivation behind the Green New Deal has little to do with climate change but is instead a bold-faced move to seize control of the world’s economy. “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal,” said Mr. Chakrabarti, “is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all. Do you guys think of it as a climate thing?” Because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.”
The Democratic response? “The facts be damned. Republicans are destroying the Earth. Impeach Trump!”
Black and Hispanic unemployment reach record lows as the U.S. Labor Department reports the smallest gap between minority and white unemployment ever recorded in the nation’s history.
The Democratic response? “The facts be damned. Republicans are racists. Impeach Trump!”
Rasmussen tells us that voters continue to say President Trump has been better for young blacks than President Barack Obama. Thirty-three percent of likely voters report that life for young African-Americans has gotten better since Mr. Trump’s election, compared to just 13 percent who said the same at the end of Mr. Obama’s presidency.
The Democratic response? “The facts be damned. Republicans are hurting blacks. Impeach Trump!”
Socialism continues to fail in every country it has ever been tried. Venezuela. Cuba. China. North Korea. Soviet Russia. Economies are destroyed. Freedom is stolen. Human dignity is lost.
The Democratic response? “The facts be damned. Socialism is good. Capitalism is evil. Impeach Trump!”
Women lose their sports, lose their scholarships and lose the right to even have their own restrooms because of the misogynistic delusions of the rainbow cabal and LGBTQ fascism.
The Democratic response? “The facts be damned. Republicans oppress women. Impeach Trump!”
Planned Parenthood leaders are caught bragging about selling human lungs, legs, hearts and heads. Life is sacrificed for Lamborghinis.
The Democratic response? “The facts be damned. Republicans don’t care about children. Impeach Trump!”
Young boys and girls are trafficked and sold for sex by the tens of thousands through porous and unsecured borders.
The Democratic response? “The facts be damned. Republicans are inhumane. Impeach Trump!”
Public schools care more about teaching young boys how to use a condom than how to develop character. Chivalry is mocked. Masculinity is toxic. Victimization trumps virtue. Government-defined consent supplants God’s Ten Commandments.
The Democratic response? “The facts be damned. Republicans are anti-education. Impeach Trump!”
STDs are pandemic. Twenty-five percent of millennial-aged women are now infected with a sexually transmitted disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that male-on-male sexual activity results in an overwhelmingly disproportionate number of deaths from AIDs.
The Democratic response? “The facts be damned. Republicans are prudes. Impeach Trump!”
The list goes on and on. Rep. Ilhan Omar proves she’s an anti-Semite. Mrs. Harris mocks due process. Mrs. Pelosi disparages religious freedom. Pete Buttigieg creates his own religion. Beto O’Rourke says, “Hell yes,” he’ll ignore the U.S. Constitution. Sen. Bernie Sanders promises confiscatory taxes. Ms. Warren is the “chief’ of cultural appropriation.” And Mr. Biden boasts of choosing “truth over facts.”
The Democratic response? “The facts be damned.” Impeach Trump!”
In his book, “Truth Decay,” Douglas Groothuis writes, “If the idea of objective truth falls into disrepute [i.e. if ‘the facts be damned’], politics devolves into nothing but image manipulation and power-mongering.”
He goes on to argue, “Intellect loses its virtue when it ceases to seek truth and turns to the pursuit of political ends. Social consensus and the duties of shared citizenship become irrelevant and impossible as various subsets of the population — differentiated by race, ethnicity and sexual orientation — grasp for power …
“[When] law is not grounded in a moral order that transcends [power] it becomes malleable and ultimately arbitrary … When reasonable debate serves no purpose in achieving knowledge of the truth, all that remains are the machinations of power … Citizens become tribes of people with little sense of the public good. The maxim of ‘speaking truth to power’ is transformed into ‘mobilizing our power to overcome [yours].’”
“Machinations of power.”
“Our power over yours.”
Remember these warnings the next time you hear someone shout from the stump, “the facts be damned.” Then go vote for their opponent.
• Everett Piper, former president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, is a columnist for The Washington Times and author of “Not A Day Care: The Devastating Consequences of Abandoning Truth” (Regnery 2017).