Our Orange Revolution

Scott Lincicome, bless him, has come up with the perfect title under which to cover the big Trump-Ukraine scandal. What better inspiration to take for the latest revelations that the Orange Man is Bad than Ukraine’s 2004-5 Orange Revolution?

Back then, if you will recall, Ukrainians came out into the streets to protest a 2004 presidential election rigged by the Putin-backed candidate, Viktor Yanukovich. The protests led to a carefully monitored revote in which a clear victory went to the pro-Western candidate, Viktor Yushchenko. Yanukovich returned to office in 2010, but his massive corruption and hostility toward integration with the European Union led to a series of street protests that caused him to flee to Russia in 2014.

Now Ukraine is at the center of geopolitics again, in a way I am sure it never wanted to be.

The latest revelation, which has revived the impeachment investigation against President Trump, is that our president used a July 25 telephone call with Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to demand as a “favor” in exchange for US support that Ukraine launch an investigation into Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

This is a clear abuse of presidential power. Donald Trump is using the diplomatic powers of the presidency, which are supposed to be used only on behalf of the national security interests of the United States, and employing them for his own private benefit, in this case for domestic electioneering. This is exactly the kind of abuse of power for which the process of impeachment was devised.

I have just stated the essence of the situation in clear and simple terms, but we’re going to have to spend a lot of time plowing through the obfuscation that has been deliberately piled up around this case. Let’s take the issues one at a time.

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