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Taking the 5th, George Logan, Jahana Hayes, and Donald Trump

Logan

As the media in Connecticut is certain to notice, former State Senator George Logan is Black. The AP style book now suggests the word “black” should be capitalized. Logan is not a woman, as anyone can see, but he likely does not regard this as a disqualification for office in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Jahana Hayes, the present U.S. Representative in Connecticut’s 5th District, is a “Woman” – the media might consider capitalizing the word – and Black. At some point during his battle for the 5th District, Logan may vow, a la Ronald Reagan, to make a strenuous effort not to hold Hayes’ color or her gender against her. The danger in modern politics is that one’s political opponents gracelessly may take things said in a humorous vein seriously. Abe Lincoln could not have survived in such a poisonous politics.  

The Trump Thing

 No one will be surprised when -- not if --Trump is used by Democrats as a foil in the Hayes-Logan campaign, standard campaign procedure for Connecticut Democrats and, it hardly needs to be mentioned, national Democrat Congressional leaders such as Democrat Speaker of the U.S. House Nancy Pelosi, who loathes all things Trump.

One can only hope Hayes and an objective, non-partisan in-state media will not hold former President Donald Trump against Logan. However, Logan, used to partisan tousles – he was accused of being “a token Black Republican” by a Democrat activist in 2017 -- likely will take into account the irresistible Democrat temptation to discredit all Republican campaigners by hanging Trump around their necks like a loadstone for the purpose of garnering votes.

Having left the presidency in the hands of Joe Biden, Trump has been nominated by Democrats as their indispensable scapegoat. Pelosi numerous times attempted and failed to remove Trump from office through impeachment – once as he was about to leave office, an exercise in redundancy since the impeachment process assigns but one punishment upon conviction in the U.S. Senate – removal from office.

Asked if he would consider running for president, William Tecumseh Sherman responded, “If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve.” We know from attitudinal soundings that Trump likewise would refuse to run or serve as a Democrat scapegoat. In Trump, as in most politicians, vindication is a prime mover.

The national media, and to a lesser extent, Connecticut’s media as well, has in the near past used Trump as a foil against any and every Republican running for office, state or federal. This campaign ploy was not unexpected while Trump was President

Now that he has been an ex-President for seven long months – politically unplugged, as it were – it does seem a stroke of desperation that Democrats and the media should continue to frighten voters with impossibilities. It is not possible for Trump to affect political policy while out of office except in the same sense as it is possible for any ex-president – say, former President Barack Obama – to do so.

Still, Trump’s political remains hover in the air. When Logan is asked what he thinks of The Orange Man, he might turn the trick on his opponent.

Here is Time Magazine bidding goodbye to Trump in January 2021, seven months ago:

“This is not how Donald Trump wanted it to end,” a frank admission that the Trump terror had ended.

“He was insistent,” Time continues, “he would serve a second term. When he lost, he pushed the big lie that the election had been stolen from him, and then, on Jan. 6 — having exhausted other levers to reverse the vote count — he incited a mob to march to the Capitol.

“If that deadly insurrection (emphasis mine) was the clanging climax of Trump’s presidency, his final day in office was a whimper.”

We may notice three things concerning Time’s unfond farewell: 1) Trump truly is gone from office, taking a politically fictionalized rendition of the Trump presidency with him, 2) Trump has been politically unplugged; therefore, one may conclude, Trump no longer presents, if he ever did, a clear and present danger to the Republic; and 3) the insurrection on Jan 6 is no longer referred to as an insurrection, i.e., a violent attempt to overthrow a government. In current press accounts, the insurrection has been downgraded, more correctly, to a “riot.”

Joe Biden has been plugged into the Presidency for 7 months, a longish honeymoon.  Nancy Pelosi has for the same period of time been plugged into the office of Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. And Senator Chuck Schumer of New York has for the past 7 months assumed a leadership role in the U.S. Senate. They are all, so to speak, live wires and, as such, are prime fodder for Republican campaigners. Trump is a spent cartridge; Pelosi and Hayes are live rounds.

In the coming campaign for the 5th, Logan may want to stress that Hayes has consistently voted in lockstep with Pelosi and Schumer on border policy, and that the Biden administration has executed a sharp left turn from Bismarckian Realpolitik to a flaccid diplomacy with a hegemonic Iran, a militarily developed, spook- filled China, and a proto-Stalinist Russia. 

Generally, most people understand that politicians -- especially those who have spent much of their lives in politics – lack modesty. Trump is pretty much the opposite of modest. We should regard self-referential politicians as teetering on the solipsistic edge of egomania. Because Trump could, when focusing upon important policies, forget his place in the political sun, he falls a few steps short of egomania. But there is no question he was – note the past tense -- an immodest self-referential politician who tended to use superlatives much more often than necessary.

Trump’s Pluses 

The puritanical notion – bad in one, bad in all – appears to be the dominant utilitarian political strategy of Pelosi, Schumer, and members of the all Democrat Connecticut U.S. Congressional Delegation. At some point, strategy will collide with reality. But some of Trump’s significant policy initiatives were as sound as the liberty bell. They should survive his character defects and be unabashedly defended by Republicans.

Trump properly refused to regard the border between the U.S. and Mexico as little more than a demarcation line on a map. That he was right to do so became apparent after his border policy had been dismantled by the incoming Biden-Pelosi-Schumer administration. Border States are now screaming HELP!, as border crashers from multiple countries easily avoid legal immigration processes, guided into the United States by cash-thirsty coyotes, some of them connected with south of the border drug cartels.

Speak softly but carry a big stick is always good advice. With regard to Iran, Vladimir Putin’s Russia, and Communist China, Trump sometimes wielded a big policy stick.

The Biden administration, following in the “lead from behind” footsteps of the Obama administration, prefers diplomacy to untoward confrontation. 

Iran, in particular, loves American diplomacy, which is why, during President Jimmy Carter’s administration, Iranian revolutionaries abducted and provided for 444 days compulsory housing for most of the diplomats associated with the American embassy in Tehran.

Diplomatic engagement with Iran dating from the Carter administration has consistently failed to produce real dividends, instead producing a surfeit of dead-end diplomacy. Iran has continually supported terrorist activity against Israel. Speaking of which, Trump’s efforts in the Middle East – especially his diplomatic prowess in persuading several Arab states to formally recognize the state of Israel -- 73 years after a courageous Democrat President, Harry Truman, in May 1948, extended formal recognition to Israel – have been successful and strategically useful.

Most recently, the Biden administration announced a diplomatic entente with those in Iran who, smarting under Trump’s Big Stick trade restrictions, continue to regard his and all presidential administrations following the Ayatollah Khomeini's Islamic Revolution in Iran, including Biden's, as the “Great Satan” and Israel as a non-state destined to be pushed into the sea.

Trump was not an anti-vaxxer

Democrats are going to have some difficulty juggling the two following propositions: 1) Trump supporters are anti-vaxxers, and 2) Trump is largely responsible for hastening the process of creating quickly successful anti-Coronavirus vaccines now being peddled by Democrats. It is as if Jonas Salk were to be accused by fanciful medical “experts” of being pro-Polio.

Taking the 5th

Connecticut’s 5th District has not been a problem free zone for Democrats. The 2014 battle for the 5th was, this writer reported in “Taking the 5th”, full of starts and stops. A wrench was thrown into then Speaker of the State House Chris Donovan’s campaign for the 5th by the same FBI that had twice wrestled former Republican Governor John Rowland to the ground.

Following an FBI sting operation involving bundled campaign contributions, Donovan surrendered the sweet spot to Democrat Elizabeth Esty who, with two years in the State House of Representatives under her belt, went on to defeat in the general election a far more experienced Republican Party nominee, longtime State Senate leader Andrew Roraback, who served 17 years in Connecticut's General Assembly and, astonishingly, never missed a roll call vote.

Mystifyingly, major Connecticut newspapers endorsed Esty over Roarback, a Republican “moderate’ who had advertised himself as being fiscally conservative and socially liberal. Roraback’s socially liberal bona fides were in good order. His cousin, Catherine Roraback, Connecticut Commentary noted in 2016, “played a prominent role in litigating Griswold vs Connecticut, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that upended opposition to birth control throughout the nation.”

A friendless Esty left the U.S. House in 2018 after she had “failed to discharge her chief of staff, accused of having abused a woman in her office… Connecticut’s two U.S. Senators were among the last to commend U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty for having ‘done the right thing’ by resigning.”

Who is GeorgeLogan?

Logan is not an unknown on the Republican side of the political barricades. His campaign site describes him as “a family man, engineer, community leader, and a small business owner.”

Logan's grandparents, people who obviously knew how to stay together during difficult struggles, were Jamaican. They moved from Jamaica, south of Cuba and the Dominican Republic, to Nicaragua, to  Honduras to escape the Great Depression. Stars and stripes shining in their eyes, they then moved to the United States and flowered.

Logan’s manners have a touch of island sweetness to them. That Caribbean music has taken him in its undertow is not at all surprising. Jamaica is the musical seat of reggae and rap, which developed from Ska, a late 1950’s genre that combined in a musical stew elements of calypso, American Jazz and rhythm and blues. Logan played some of Jimi Hendrix’s greatest hits on his Fender Stratocaster at Toad’s Place in New Haven.

As a father of three, two girls and a boy, he stands an exemplar of responsible fatherhood for the single most neglected underprivileged group in the United States, urban African American boys.

Having graduated from Trinity College with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, Logan received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Bridgeport. He has been employed with Aquarion Water Company for 30 years, first as an engineer, then moving up the corporate ladder to environmental management and community relations.

Logan’s political experience is deeper than that of Hayes when she was first elected to the U.S. Congress. He spent two terms in Connecticut's State Senate fighting, according to his campaign site, “backbreaking tax hikes and fiscal mismanagement. He tackled the tough issues facing the wellbeing of his community and brought people together to fight the opioid epidemic to find solutions that work.”

Inflation, which has increased by leaps and bounds during the Biden administration spending spree following the Coronavirus pandemic, is a matter of great concern to him “The cost of everything from a gallon of gas to food, childcare and healthcare,” he reminds potential voters, “is rising due to inflation, taxes and one-size-fits-all policies that are breaking the backs of our workers, families, and small businesses. Simply put, a dollar doesn’t go as far as it should.”

A businessman himself, he notes that “small businesses continue to struggle,” most especially after a disabling pandemic now waning. “Congress continues to pass partisan bills that check Washington D.C.’s priorities but miss the rest of America.”

The fiscal instability caused by a lumbering Big Government points to a Reaganesque solution: “We don’t need to grow government. We need to grow a healthy economy and that starts from the bottom-up by letting workers, families, and job creators decide how to spend their hard-earned money, not politicians in Washington.”

And finally: “The status quo isn’t working for the people of Connecticut, and it’s certainly not working in Washington, D.C., either. It’s time for someone different to tackle the problems we face and provide a diversity of ideas, solutions and life experiences that break the mold with radical sensibility over radical partisanship.”

Logan faces three immediately pressing problems: 1) He does not presently live in the district he would represent, if elected, to the U.S. Congress. Logan has pledged to move into the 5th District. Collectively, the members of Connecticut U.S. Congressional Delegation, all Democrats, represent the whole state. Democrats in the delegation have marched in lockstep with Democratic presidents and Democrat congressional leaders. Hayes’ lockstep march has been nearly flawless; 2) Campaign fundraising is always a problem for any non-incumbent politician. Virtually all the members of Connecticut’s U.S. Congressional Delegation have jump-started past campaigns with million dollar war chests; 3) The media in Connecticut, non-contrarian and non-confrontational to the status quo, has clearly signaled its ideological preferences since 2008, when the last fiscally conservative, socially liberal Republican serving in the Congressional al Delegation, Representative Chris Shays, surrendered his seat to Chis Murphy, presently Connecticut’s post-modern ultra-progressive Junior U.S. Senator.

Numbers 1 and 2 are manageable. Number 3 lies outside the province of many Republicans who find during campaigns that, like Blanche Dubois in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, they must throw themselves on the often hostile “kindness of strangers.”

 


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