Quid pro quo. We've heard a lot about this term and I'm sure if you are like me you are sick of hearing it. It really isn't very complicated and it's very common in everyday life, but since today the news is ablaze in commentary regarding the current House of Representatives secret hearings in their impeachment charade, it is worthy of discussion. When we want to buy a product, we apply quid pro quo in determining whether or not the price we pay for something is reasonable for what we are acquiring. With regard to the law, are the damages awarded for what we have suffered or adequate punishment meted out sufficient to satisfy making the wrong righted by a court of law? And in politics, is the balance between what we receive in terms of political goals a fair trade off for the action taken?
Quid pro quo goes into every decision we make and it's natural and it's more than just dollars and cents for we can't always put a price in money on what is done. Whether it be spending our money, planning to get married or even practicing our faith, we all are looking for something in return for our decisions. Would you waste your money on something that was junk? Would you get married if you thought the person of your dreams wouldn't love you also? Would you believe in the Lord if you didn't think there was a positive benefit from doing so, you know, like everlasting life? And so, when a President of a nation makes a decision to do something for another nation, he also expects the country that he represents to get something of value in return. To do otherwise would be a dereliction of duty. So, instead of everyone worrying about a quid pro quo, realize that they are just another normal activity in government just like anywhere else. We're not talking about bribery here, but something that will make things better for the nation. For a nation not to expect a quid pro quo in dealing with many different nations and parties is nonsense. The leader, as the representative of the nation, has to know that it is of value to those he represents in terms of making their lives safer or better in the long run. So, in this sense, a quid pro quo is an appropriate means of doing so. After all, he has to deal with a lot of rough hombres, some who are much different from us. It's a rough world out there.
Quid pro quo, collusion, obstruction of justice, and all such terms when used in a political game routinely get subverted and misused. What we Americans have to do is pay attention, not to the soundbytes, but to the whole story. This takes research and time, but you won't get it just reading the New York Times, the Washington Post and most of today's media, which have taken a totally one-sided position like we've never seen in earlier times. They hammer the President unmercifully while refusing to look at a very sordid quid pro quo from the past administration by none other than Vice President Biden on behalf of his son. Hunter Biden was facing involvement in a prosecutor's investigation of Burisma, a Ukrainian company on whose board he sat and earned over fifty thousand dollars a month, despite of having any experience with a company of this type. How did Hunter get that gig? When his father stated that he would refuse to deliver a billion dollars as aid to Ukraine unless the prosecutor was fired, which that government did, that was not an appropriate quid pro quo since it was a family benefit, a misuse of taxpayer funding which would be a misappropriation of funds. And for all the hype by the mainstream saying there is no evidence, just Google "Biden's Council of Foreign Relations video of January 2018" and you can listen to the former Vice President's own words as he bragged before that body about what he had done. No wonder President Trump had concerns about giving money to the Ukraine and how it would be expended. That's a perfectly sound view and it is now waylaid into a secret investigation with Soviet style investigative processes used directly against the duly elected President of the United States who isn ot even aware to have his counsel present. Frankly, it is a national disgrace and it's just another iteration of the Mueller fiasco.
Shameful situations like this point out the need to look at new and different sources of information from alternative sources. Good examples would be the American Spectator, the Washington Examiner, the Powerlineblog (excellent analysis of events by great attorneys) or even World Net Daily, or if you don't understand the real meaning of the Constitution you can take a course on it from a free on-line program like that offered by Hillsdale College. Then, after comparing works like these and many others out there, you can still read the mainstream media and compare content and value from both perspectives. It might change your outlook significantly, but, the main point is to never accept the words of someone else without your own verification by doing your homework. We're in trying times and it's up to us to do our part to make sure that freedom under God and the Bill of Rights doesn't perish because of our own laziness and stupidity. There are people in certain high places who hope we stay stupid so they can use us at the ballot box for our votes only, then indoctrinate us to death. Such a course will lead to tyranny and the death of our nation as we know it. If the current quid pro quo fiasco isn't put to rest, our entire legal process will officially be turned upside down.