FBI's Mar-a-Lago Raid Presents a Time for Choosing: The Regime, or America | Opinion

It wasn't enough for The Regime to concoct claims of treasonous Russian collusion to spy on his campaign, and then use the subsequent "investigations" to divert and destabilize his administration while covering up its misdeeds.

It wasn't enough for The Regime to execute two farcical impeachments and sabotage his every act in open insubordination and contempt—effectively forestalling a peaceful transfer of power, and depriving Americans of a full four years from which we would have all more richly benefited.

It wasn't enough for The Regime to do everything in its power to "fortify" the 2020 election against him, just as it wouldn't be enough for The Regime to disqualify him from the 2024 ballot—in defense of "democracy," of course—under the fraudulent pretext of an "insurrection."

The Regime wants President Donald J. Trump arrested, shackled, and left to rot in prison.

It is vengeful, rabid, and out for blood.

Monday's raid of Mar-a-Lago by the FBI—the latest in a string of third-world acts by an agency that considers itself so untouchable that its leader apparently deemed it acceptable to cut short a Senate oversight hearing days before the raid to jet off to a mountain retreat—is the first in a series of events poised to culminate in the attempted prosecution of Trump.

The specific legal grounds for the raid, like the grounds for the coming indictment, are really beside the point.

Trump's crime was, and always has been, that he threatened The Regime's power and privilege—in so doing, representing tens of millions of Americans who The Regime considers an impediment to its total control, and who it holds in utter contempt.

That's all the "predication" The Regime needed to pursue him from the day he emerged in Trump Tower to declare himself an unprecedented political force, and, since, treat all manner of like-minded Wrongthinkers the same.

The pretense of the rule of law is gone, and to delude oneself into thinking otherwise after the two-tier, Soviet standard of justice we have seen applied again and again over the last six years would be dangerous folly.

Supporters of former President Donald Trump hold
Supporters of former President Donald Trump hold flags in front of his home at Mar-A-Lago on August 8, 2022 in Palm Beach, Florida. Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images

Having suffered what it perceived to be a near-death experience in the election of Donald Trump, The Regime must now show that anyone and everyone from the lowliest of non-violent January 6-ers held in pretrial detention to Trump himself can, and will, be crushed if they dare to not submit.

Those celebrating the Mar-a-Lago raid are condoning the very authoritarian behavior they claim to decry.

They are cheering on the transformation of America into something beneath a banana republic, into something even more demoralizing and devastating: the greatest nation in the history of mankind being reduced to a decaying and decadent dictatorship of the Woketariat.

We find ourselves in a dire circumstance in which our every critical institution is being, or has been turned, against itself, and trained on the very public it was supposed to serve.

The raid of the estate of a president by a lawless security apparatus on behalf of his successor represents the crossing of a civilizational Rubicon.

This is a time for choosing far starker and more precarious than the last time the phrase was used, because we have for so long chosen wrong.

Today, the choice is this: You either stand with our totalitarian regime, or you stand with the Americans it seeks to bring to heel.

Those who are silent will be complicit in the horrors to which our nation will be subjected.

Ben Weingarten is a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, fellow at the Claremont Institute and senior contributor to The Federalist. He is the author of American Ingrate: Ilhan Omar and the Progressive-Islamist Takeover of the Democratic Party (Bombardier, 2020). Ben is the founder and CEO of ChangeUp Media LLC, a media consulting and production company. Subscribe to his newsletter at bit.ly/bhwnews, and follow him on Twitter: @bhweingarten.

The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.