When William Faulkner received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950, the possibility of World War III was never nearer. Red China had invaded South Korea. The Soviets had nukes. We had nukes. He addressed that in his acceptance speech, he reassured a troubled world.
He said, "I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail."
Shortly after his presidency began, the deep state saddled Donald John Trump with a bogus investigation into a collusion that did not exist complete with co-conspirators created for the occasion by corrupt Obama officials and supporters.
In his report to Bill Barr, Bob Mueller included all sorts of things unrelated to his finding that there was no collusion, including hearsay about the president's reaction.
According to Mueller who was not in the room and has no recording, President Donald John Trump said, "Everyone tells me if you get one of these independent counsels it ruins your presidency. It takes years and years and I won’t be able to do anything."
That was my thought as well.
Given the way Patrick Fitzgerald used the Valerie Plame leak to punish Dick Cheney by proxy -- convicting his chief of staff of not being truthful about an unrelated matter -- I feared a presidency in peril.
But President Trump went about his business. He squawked from time to time about the witch hunt on Twitter, but he did not allow the Mueller investigation to define his presidency.
Instead, he defeated ISIS.
He clipped corporate taxes.
He cut personal income taxes.
He dropped the health insurance mandate.
He moved the embassy to Jerusalem.
He brought manufacturing back.
He pushed unemployment to the lowest since the Beatles broke up.
He got new construction of the wall despite Democrat promises of not giving the project even one dollar.
Here is a list of 289 of his accomplishments. The list is six months old.
When Mueller began, I feared President Trump would fall in the innocent man trap. People charged with crimes often do not take it as seriously as they should in the beginning. Just because an accusation is preposterous does not mean it is less than serious.
President Trump played it cool, lawyered up, and set out what he set out to do as president. Rudy Giuliani was a trusted friend and advisor throughout.
Our president neither underestimated nor overestimated his opposition. He sized Mueller up and dealt with him accordingly.
Ken Starr said, “Not only was there was no obstruction there was cooperation.”
He said President Trump did not like Mueller just as Clinton didn't like him.
Starr said, “There is a difference between having thoughts and this is another dimension that really did surprise me how open and frank the conversations are with the president of the United States that then become disclosed and are now in the public domain.”
That helps Donald Trump in the next phase of all this: purging federal law enforcement and national security of its partisans and corruption.
This case should have been closed a year ago. Mueller dragged it out perhaps to provoke President Trump into firing him, but like many Manhattanites, Mueller underestimated this outer borough bloke. Donald Trump was schooled in fighting the government back by Roy Cohn.
President Trump also learned from Bill Clinton's handling of the Ken Starr investigation. Clinton survived by attacking Starr.
Democrats want the same outcome of an impeachment as they believe even a botched one would end his presidency.
But they promised us collusion and delivered President Trump dropping an F-bomb. In private.
The press meanwhile continues to pretend they won a game they lost badly. Susan B. Glasser assured her elitist readers at the New Yorker, "The Mueller Report Won't End Trump's Presidency, But It Sure Makes Him Look Bad."
'Tis a participation trophy. Donald John Trump walked off with the gold, silver, and bronze medals. He refused to let the lies bring him down.
President Trump now serves as an example for any man who faces outrageous accusations from his opponents. He fought back.
The last two years were bad, but times were far darker 70 years ago.
Nevertheless Faulkner said, "I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet's, the writer's, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help a man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail."
The poetry of President Trump is in his tweets.