Impeachment—The Democratic act of desperation that may lead to their Ruination – By Yvonne Sam

  By Yvonne Sam

The Dems are playing with fire but it will not be Trump who gets burnt.

It has become apparent that the Democrats are seemingly in desperate need of guidance before their eventual riddance.  Do they really believe that an impeachment just before a general election is the correct thing to do or the right way to go morally and politically?  There they are, fully convinced that with President Donald Trump’s call to his Ukraine counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky  they have him exactly where they want him.

We have all travelled down that road before. The Russia probe was supposed to terminate in impeachment. It did not. Claims made in the book Fire and Fury written by Michael Wolff were supposed to end the presidency. Again they did not.  Neither did the raunchy tales of Stormy Daniels, nor the testimony of Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer. The truth be told neither did a plethora of other allegations, slanders, and stories some true, some not true at all.         

This time is no way, shape or form different and it is my belief that the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is fully aware of this. She has been pressed hard and hard pressed to pursue impeachment by her younger more radical colleagues, in and out of “the squad”, as well as their activist supporters, and many of the party’s presidential hopefuls. She has valiantly fought the war on crazy and has resisted until now.

Her current decision to change course and proceed with impeachment is more likely than not the culmination of the pressure along with the cumulative effect of frustration that none of the prior predictions came true. Sadly frustration and anger are bad leaders and lead to bad decisions — decisions of which the Democrats are likely to pay a costly price.  None of the fuss has done any lasting damage to the President. His approval ratings have bounced around in more or less the same range since he assumed office.

Joe Biden bears the greater political risk. Democrats are obsessed with the part of the phone call where Mr. Trump and Mr. Zelensky discussed the potential sale of javelin missiles to Ukraine and the location of servers examined by the American cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike.  The President is particularly interested in the servers because he strongly feels that they could shed some new light on the hacking of Democratic National Committee servers in 2016.  The president also brings up Joe Biden saying , “ There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the attorney general would be great  Biden went around saying that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it…. It sounds horrible to me”.

In that and other statements, Democrats see an impeachable offense. Many others see it as one head of state asking another for an investigation into potential corruption involving the Bidens.

Let us hang on to some other facts here; Hunter Biden was on the Board of Burisma, a huge natural gas company in Ukraine, earning a monthly salary of as much as $50,000 U.S. Why was he there?  Incidentally at the same time he was there, his father Joe was overlooking American policy in Ukraine, and later talked boastingly about how he had pressured Ukraine to fire a prosecutor there.

Irrespective of what view one may hold, there is absolutely no way to look into the honesty and integrity of Donald Trump’s telephone conversation with Zelensky, without also asking some uncomfortable questions about Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine during Barack Obama’s second term and Joe Biden’s actions while Vice President.  Before attempting to expose the closet of the Republicans, Democrats should first ensure that their closet contains no skeletons or trace of fossils.

The Democrats are treading on dangerous political ground. Impeachment is a matter of the utmost national importance, and its success requires broad public support. To open impeachment proceedings against Richard Nixon the vote in the House was 410-4, against Bill Clinton it was 258-176. The political outcomes are well known.  When Republicans allowed their animus against Bill Clinton to override their political instincts, they suffered, the Clintons did not.

Surely the Speaker Nancy Pelosi knows (or should she be told), that there are not 67 votes in the Senate to convict President Trump of anything relating to his phone call with President Zelensky. Hence it is just political theater. The issue is that as it plays out over the next year, everyone will get the joke. The House is going through the motions to stoke its own base before the elections, just as Newt Gingrich did in 1998. This in turn will energize the Republicans to rally behind their leader. The danger on the Democrats’ side is that they will demoralize their most loyal voters when they realize the joke is on them. There will be no resignation, and no conviction in the Senate.  There will however be an election. By focusing on their obsession with Donald Trump  Democrats are relinquishing the opportunity to talk about concerns such as –wages, employment, the shrinking middle class or any of the issues that motivate voters.

After two and a half years of hearing about Russia, Russia, Russia , there are very few  swing voters who want to spend the next 14 months hearing about Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine. The present political problem is just more psychodrama on the Washington stage in the Democratic Theatre of the Absurd. However, as engaging as it may be for those deeply involved in politics, for the journalists and the media who cover it and for the people who are deeply ideological, is totally irrelevant and unappealing to many voters who just simply and rightly want to know what Washington is going to do for them.

Meanwhile back to reality. Everyone knows that Speaker Pelosi’s relentless pursuance of impeachment will not result in a conviction in the Senate, and the removal of the President from office. So it is hard to look at this move as anything other than an act of desperation.—an affirmation that there is no Democratic candidate likely to beat Donald Trump  head-to-head on issues such as China’s  mercantilist trade policies, stagnating wages, the shrinking middle class, and immigration.

Sad but true the Democrats by choosing impeachment are choosing the ground on which they want to fight the election. Shaky ground to say the least, and above all it imperils their front runner, and avoids the very issue that motivates voters in must-win states.

That does not sound like winning to me.  Sounds like an in kind donation to Trump’s campaign.

. Impeachment or bust!

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Comments

  • kamtanblog  On October 3, 2019 at 4:15 am

    Interesting but speculative.
    Will Humpty Dumpty be pushed,
    removed, or do the PM TM UK
    thing and step down ?
    November 2020 we will know ?
    2 March 2020 guyanese fate will be known/sealed. Another coalition government
    after results announced (in secret deal).

    Not long now
    UK DDay earlier 31 October 2019

    Kamtan UK

  • brandli62  On October 3, 2019 at 6:38 am

    The commentary of Yvonne Sam is deplorable and is full of false statements. She seems to be living on an other planet. She has obviously not realised that Donald Trump represents the most serious threat to American democracy in its history. He is corrupt and all his actions are made for personal interests and not in the interest of the American people. Why would he otherwise defend Vladimir Putin and the Russia, despite the clear evidence for Russian interference in the 2016 elections? Unlike Ms. Sam wants us to believe, the Mueller report did NOT exonerate Trump from any wrong doing and from obstruction of justice. As a sitting president, Mueller decided that he could not charge him. Mueller had made this point also clear in his testimonies at congress. Trump is a serial layer, which has been extensively document. The Ukraine scandal is well documented and there are sufficient witnesses to provide testimony of Trump and Rudy Giuliani’s plan to use the Federal Administration and foreign governments to dig up dirt against one of his opponents in the 2020 elections. It is the duty of Congress to investigate these allegations that were raised by a half a dozen witnesses. The fact that Trump is so outraged about a possible impeachment is the fact that he knows he was doing wrong. Trump needs to be impeached and brought to court. He is an imposter, serial liar, and has damaged the reputation of the US world wide. Unlike the constant propaganda on Fox News, Trump has made the US weaker rather than stronger!

    • Emanuel  On October 3, 2019 at 8:05 am

      I fully agree with you. She needs to take a rest. She writes drivel most of the time but is blissfully oblivious to it sadly.

    • Leonard  On October 3, 2019 at 6:26 pm

      Check your spelling kid. Better yet why don’t you write as you are so bright. perhaps Emanuel can join you — as he is blissfully uneducated. The lady is only giving her opinion. If she is writing drivel, why is the editor accepting her views? and if you and Brandi are so smart stay far from responding to drivel.

      • Emanuel  On October 4, 2019 at 1:39 am

        To defend the drivel by Sam about mentally ill, out-if-control narcissist says a lot lot about you.

        The irony is, you pick on people’s spelling mistakes and educational level as if you are an accomplished genius, implying that the less educated are not entitled to voice an opinion.

        Classic example of the pot calling the kettle black. Get over yourself your highness.

      • Leonard  On October 4, 2019 at 7:12 pm

        Emanuel,
        I will close by quoting a phrase: Proverbs 23: 9: Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words. It is clear that you have an axe to grind against Donald Trump and is using your minute of fame afforded you by Mr. Bryant. All you have done is piggybacked on to the spoutings of Brandi a verbose termagant, with you both overlooking the real gist of the article. Avoid using words with which you are unfamiliar. the term irony is not applicable here as not only are we strangers, but it was just your grammatical errors that were being pointed hence your assumption about genius is inapt. Does it take a genius to point out grammatical and spelling errors. the consider computers modern day geniuses. Also the very term genius does not need a qualifying adjective hence accomplished is totally unnecessary. You were not called any names so cease the drivel about pot calling kettle black.
        I strongly recommend that Mr. Bryan start censoring dullards like yourself who pose responses.
        Why not look for another article and give your feedback be it good or otherwise. look at the article — Rosh Hoshannah 2019 How the celebration divided the Jews. .

      • Emanuel  On October 4, 2019 at 10:01 pm

        You are clearly unhinged.

  • brandli62  On October 3, 2019 at 6:43 am

    If you want the read a different view of Trump’s misuse of office please read this commentary in the Washington Post entitled ‘A presidency of one’: Key federal agencies increasingly compelled to benefit Trump by Philip Rucker and Robert Costa:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-presidency-of-one-key-federal-agencies-increasingly-compelled-to-benefit-trump/2019/10/01/f80740ec-e453-11e9-a331-2df12d56a80b_story.html?wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 3, 2019 at 9:03 am

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 3, 2019 at 9:26 am

    American Hustle

    What Mueller Found — and Didn’t Find — About Trump and Russia

    Stephen Kotkin | Foreign Affairs

    Trump’s flaws and transgressions are now well documented.

    Yet he has NOT perpetrated a catastrophe remotely on the scale of the Iraq War or the Global Financial Crisis.

    The Mueller report makes clear that Trump the politician resembles Trump the businessman.

    Before he became president, whenever he got into trouble – which he constantly did – he would sue, obtaining a settlement to extricate himself.

    Trump and his businesses got involved in around 3,500 lawsuits, in a majority of them as the plaintiff.

    If all else failed, Trump would declare bankruptcy. Between 1991 and 2009, his companies went through six corporate bankruptcies under Chapter 11.

    But although he had to relinquish many of his properties, he avoided having to file for personal bankruptcy.

    His presidency is effectively a seventh bankruptcy. But once again, it might not be a personal one.

    Instead, it might be America’s bankruptcy: A chance for the country to cut its losses and start afresh.

    Trump’s carnival-barker, confidence-man persona is anything but alien to the United States. His marketing prowess, applied to the political world, is outrageously good.

    Consider the take on the Mueller investigation that Trump tweeted in JUNE 2017:

    “They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice.”

    Pithy — and, in its self-serving way, PROPHETIC.

    Trump’s rise looks like a great American hustle, despite the international links.
    Candidate Trump appears to have desperately wanted to build a high-margin Trump Tower in Moscow at least as much as he wanted to be elected president.

    Mueller’s report also captures the parallel pursuits of the innumerable wannabes, hangers-on, and swindlers who gravitated toward Trump and his campaign.

    Like a crime thriller, the report brims with shady characters, and, true-to-form, some of them beat the rap – or at least they have so far. But they’ve gotten away with it owing not to their criminal ingenuity.

    “The evidence was not sufficient to charge that any member of the Trump Campaign conspired with representatives of the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 election,” the report concludes — but only because doing so was simply beyond them.

    It turns out there really is a “deep state” out to thwart Trump after all, but its operatives are not alleged liberal Trump haters in the FBI but Trump appointees in his administration — and when they secretly manage to thwart him, they shield him from prison.

    In revealing all of this, Mueller’s report is certainly thorough — but also worryingly incomplete.

    Mueller decided not to issue subpoenas when they seemed guaranteed to be tied up in court, apparently mindful of moving expeditiously in order to wrap up before the 2020 campaign took off.

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 3, 2019 at 9:37 am

    Did US Intelligence Eliminate a Requirement That Whistleblowers Provide Firsthand Knowledge?

    This conspiracy theory about the “deep state” got shared widely by the president and his supporters.

    So how did the claim come about?

    Tom Devine, legal director for the watchdog non-profit Government Accountability Project informed that it is true the wording on an explanatory form for whistleblowers was changed, but the rules were not.

    The Disclosure of Urgent Concern form the Complainant submitted on August 12, 2019 is the same form the ICIG has had in place since May 24, 2018, which went into effect before Inspector General [Michael] Atkinson entered on duty as the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community on May 29, 2018, and
    following his swearing in as the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community on May 17, 2018.

    “No bureaucrat has the lawful authority to change the rules of the game for whistleblower rights,” Devine told us. “Not even the president can change that unilaterally.”

    Government whistleblowers who report allegations of wrongdoing based on hearsay are still valuable resources in ferreting out government waste, corruption, and wrongdoing.

    “If we restricted all credible government investigations to those with whistleblowers who have firsthand information, we’d cancel out 90% of law enforcement activity,” “Whistleblower investigations are routinely based on hearsay.”

    The [Intelligence Community Inspector General] ICIG’s Sept. 30 statement additionally noted that the whistleblower’s complaint did NOT contain only second-hand, “unsubstantiated assertions.”

    The whistleblower checked TWO relevant boxes: The first box stated that, ‘I have personal and/or direct knowledge of events or records involved’; and the second box stated that, ‘Other employees have told me about events or records involved.’

    In summary, the ICIG statement said:

    The whistleblower submitted the appropriate Disclosure of Urgent Concern form that was in effect as of August 12, 2019, and had been used by the ICIG since May 24, 2018. The whistleblower stated on the form that he or she possessed both first-hand and other information.

    The ICIG reviewed the information provided as well as other information gathered and determined that the complaint was both urgent and that it appeared credible.

    From the moment the ICIG received the whistleblower’s filing, the ICIG has worked to effectuate Congress’s intent, and the whistleblower’s intent, within the rule of law.

    The ICIG will continue in those efforts on behalf of all whistleblowers in the Intelligence Community.

    Bethania Palma | Snopes

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