Impeachment: The Disintegration of the Democrats and the American nation – By Yvonne Sam

By Yvonne Sam

In the partisan context it has been talked about so much that it is now seen as nothing more than a mere electoral ploy.

It is becoming extremely hard to take the issue of impeachment seriously.  Plainly put impeachment has jumped the shark.  Recent behavior of the Democrats has left serious- minded politicians wondering if President Trump for political advantage is trying to goad Democrats into impeaching him. Gone is the established assumption that impeachment itself would be a blot on Trump’s reputation.

Frankly speaking, it would be impossible for any sane member of the Homo Sapiens genre to imagine a more preposterous scenario under the Constitution and in the history of the Presidency.  From the outset the constitution framers intended impeachment to be treated as a highly serious option restricted to the most extraordinary, deplorable violations of the rule of law. They knew that elected politicians would not be free of political motivation.   

Notwithstanding, they also made successful impeachment and removal very difficult, specifically to discourage Congress from taking the whole process lightly. They chose words with grand implications – “high crimes” – to underscore that removing the president outside of elections must not be undertaken lightly. The undermining of the constitutional ideal is near-total. It is almost ridiculously comical. Current discussion treats impeachment as a trivialized ploy within the ordinary game of electoral politics. The blame for this development goes to both parties.

On the Republican side, there has been much jocund speculation that a Democratic effort to impeach Trump would bring out the Republican base in huge numbers, Meanwhile, the President himself is clearly toying with the possibility that this might be true – accordingly, his recent efforts seem to be daring the Democrats into action, or at least making them appear like wimps if they do not impeach him.

On August 9, 1974 Richard Nixon resigned from the presidency to avoid the historic disgrace of impeachment. This is the only time a U. S president has ever done so. On the other hand President Bill Clinton was impeached on December 19, 1998, by the House of Representatives on grounds of perjury. While he toughed it out famously, there is no existing doubt that his impeachment, however motivated by partisanship, became an ineradicable stain on his personal and presidential legacy. Republicans pushing for Clinton’s impeachment were not implying that that they wanted to make it harder for his vice president, Al Gore, to win the next election.

Instead they were simply making the argument that Clinton was a genuine criminal who had subverted the justice system by lying under oath. Whether or not one believes that Clinton was guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors, it matters nevertheless to a great extent that he was just the second president in 200 years to be impeached. When critics of the Trump presidency started discussing impeachment almost as soon as he took office, they meant to do much more than achieve some political advantage.

House Democrats have made it agonizingly clear since the 2018 midterm election, that discussing impeachment is primarily or even exclusively a tool to weaken Trump’s chances in 2020. You almost never hear a Democrat say, “We have a moral duty to impeach even if it will cost us the election in 2020.” Instead, the idea of impeachment and the idea of electoral advantage have become indistinguishably interweaved.

The Democrats fixation with Donald Trump can be conceptualized as an obsession.  The nation and others have seen the initial impeachment efforts, the failed attempts to nail him under the emolument clause, the Russian collusion hoax, the Logan Act and the 25th Amendment; the Mueller investigation; the demand for his tax returns; and the psychodramas involving Michael Avenatti, Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels.

The unrelenting progressives have needed a new Get Trump fix about every two months. More practically, their fixation also substitutes for a collective poverty of ideas. The Democratic Party has no plan to secure the borders other than to be against whatever Trump is for. They would not build a wall, deport illegal entrants, end sanctuary cities, fine employers or do much of anything but allow almost anyone to enter the U.S.

Democrats have occasionally talked of putting into action reparations for slavery, a wealth tax and free college tuition, and of eliminating college debt, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Electoral College. Yet they have never spelled out exactly how they would enact such radical proposals that likely do not appeal to a majority of the population. As they prepare for 2020, for now, no one has much of an idea what Democratic candidates would actually do, much less how they would do it. Instead, the fallback position remains perpetually that “Trump stole the 2016 election,” “the Mueller report did not really exonerate Trump of collusion and obstruction,” and “Trump must be impeached or somehow stopped from finishing his first term.”

The progressives suffered a brief identity crisis when the Mueller report found no collusion and no indictable grounds for obstruction of the non-crime of collusion The temporary paralysis was elicited by the terror that without a crusade to remove Trump, they might have to offer an alternative vision and agenda that would better appeal to 2020 voters.

The Democratic establishment has morphed into something like novelist Herman Melville’s phobic Captain Ahab, who became fatally absorbed with chasing his arch-enemy the albino whale Moby Dick. This great white whale once ate part of Ahab’s leg, and he is demanding revenge — even if such a never-ending neurosis leads to the destruction of his ship and crew.

Democrats can never pardon Trump for unexpectedly defeating supposed sure winner Hillary Clinton in 2016 and then methodically — and loudly– undoing the eight-year agenda of Obama. Be that as it may, President Trump seems to have escaped all of the Democrats’ efforts to spear and remove him before the 2020 election.  However, like Moby Dick, he is suggestive of a weird force of nature whose wounds from the constant attacks only appear to make him more indestructible and his attackers even more obsessed with their prey.

Even if the quest to destroy Trump eclipses every other consideration and necessitates the destruction of the modern Democratic Party, it seems not to matter to these modern Ahabs. Getting Trump is all they live for — and all they have left.  Trying to impeach may a sad lesson electoral lesson teach.

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  • wally n  On 06/05/2019 at 12:10 pm

    You managed to walk that thin line, called “closer look”. I was amazed that Democrats could spend years doing nothing but Trump hating, and their supporters said NOTHING! but I remember just like Guyana, recently. Conclusion, Refreshing. Keep it up.

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