Quote Of The Day
I am VERY certain the Founding Fathers knew what they were doing back in the day. I am NOT as certain that anyone today knows what the Founding Fathers thought they were doing back in the day. -Me
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Morality or Strategy?
Pelozi’s “breaking news” announcement that she is not favoring impeaching the President.. at this time… is the day’s apparent shocker… but then again, it’s not a real shocker. My own opinion about impeaching Trump forms the theme for this blog, but I have endeavored to acknowledge the national divide, a kind of reactionary fear, especially from right wing Trumpsters who seem to support Trump to the end of time no matter what he does (or doesn’t) do, and I have made a post or two, and many blog replies elsewhere, about being wary of carrying forward an impeachment.
You can get this off the media.. but this is what she told The Washington Post magazine…
“I’m not for impeachment, This is news. I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before. But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.”
Conversely, she went on to say… when Pelozi was asked whether Trump was fit to be president, she countered:
“Are we talking ethically? Intellectually? Politically? What are we talking here?”
“All of the above. No. No. I don’t think he is. I mean, ethically unfit. Intellectually unfit. Curiosity-wise unfit. No, I don’t think he’s fit to be president of the United States.”
In a way, her above “un-fondness” for the President seems a bit contrary to not wanting to pursue impeachment. After all, if the guy is as “bad” as she has stated then why not impeach? In fact, when we compare the possible impeachment of Nixon and the impeachment of Clinton… the things Trump has done to encourage impeachment are far more serious.. yet we have a fear of a segment of the population becoming in some form.. reactionary, feeding a broader political disenfranchisement and suspicions of conspiracy.
The Morality Of It All –
Given the nature of pretty much everything Trump has done regarding his un-traditional presidential performance… the current articles of impeachment filed is below at the end of this post and illustrates the reasons that seem to pass for high crimes & misdemeanors. So given that Trump’s “crimes & misdemeanors” are likely far more serious than Nixon or even Clinton, we are left with the rather moral question… do we impeach now based on Trump’s alleged violations to date, knowing full well it likely will not pass the Senate? Do we impeach after the Mueller report or the results of any of the other investigations that might include complicity by the President, in order to gain more Senate GOP support? Here’s the moral dilemma… do we put off impeachment for fear that Trump’s supporters/base might be reactionary? In a way it feels as if Congress is being held under some duress from going forward according to the Constitution for fear of a segment of the population. There’s a moral obligation to impeach if the guy is really THAT bad as President. There’s also a moral obligation to consider what could happen with the country given the divisiveness and vitriol environment.
The Strategy Of It All–
There may be more than enough on the moral side to impeach Trump. But there’s no doubt Pelozi will see the lack of support from the Senate GOP not completing the impeachment process. Suddenly there’s some bounce in poll numbers favoring the President, as happened in Clinton’s impeachment when the Senate failed to pass on his. So waiting until there’s more solid proof of some direct legal complicity by Trump from Mueller and/or the other many investigations and getting enough Senate GOP support to tip the scales to actually remove him from office seems to be a good strategy.
On the other hand, do we impeach at all… preferring to just let the clock run out to the election, during which Trump will simply continue another two years of goofy Tweets and crazy policy to further anyone left in his base into dropping their support of him. He is, after all, his own worst enemy. Nonetheless, waiting until the election won’t heal the national divide but it will serve to temper any right wing reaction given a national general election is a tough thing to presume a national conspiracy. If anything the Russians seem to be able to do that far better than any home-spun conspiracy.
Pelozi’s Dem Opponents? –
There are a number of Dem members of the House that don’t favor Pelozi’s position on impeachment. I don’t necessarily fault them at all. They are indeed marching to the tune they feel is moral and correct for them… and maybe with their respective constituents. I think what Pelozi and most are talking about is.. let’s be patient a bit longer and see the results of the many investigations. I will be the first to admit that each day Trump is in office is yet another day of him being a clear & present danger to the country. But in this case it might be wise to assure the “win” from a better position that garners the most GOP support and doesn’t offend a portion of the electorate. In the meantime the House can use their role to provide some control to Trump’s antics… hopefully.
The following are the articles of impeachment as submitted.. thus far.
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