It’s official. I’m not saying that wearing a ball cap with ITMFA made any measurable difference, but hey, you never know, right? The thing is, it’s official. We’re actually going to impeach the motherfucker already.
I wish I could be happy about this. But I can’t. I’m not happy for two reasons. First, impeachment is an awful thing. It’s an awful thing even if the president deserves it (and Comrade Trump truly deserves it). Impeaching the president is like agreeing to have a gangrenous foot amputated. You don’t really want to do it, but you know it’s necessary in order to survive.
The other reason I’m not happy is because it looks like there’ll only be two articles of impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. They’ll focus entirely on the Ukraine mess. I understand this as a strategic decision; I get why Congressional Democrats have chosen this approach. I know it makes sense to streamline the process in order to limit the ways Republicans can fuck with it — because they will. The fewer the moving parts, the less that can go wrong. I get it.
But I’m not happy with it. I’d like to see more public hearings in the House — hearings on topics like criminal obstruction of justice, emoluments violations, or campaign fraud. I’d like to see some focus on Trump’s domestic crimes, which are just as troubling as his foreign fuck-ups. I think there’s also strategic value in that. I suspect there are a lot of voters who don’t much care what happens in Ukraine; it’s a long way off, in a place they’re never going to visit, and where they don’t know anybody. They may be sorry Ukrainians are fighting a war, but they don’t feel it’s got anything to do with them. On the other hand, a lot of those same voters would likely be pissed off if they felt Trump was using his office to pad his own pockets like a cheap crook.
I’d like to see an impeachment process built around the massive scope of Comrade Trump’s corrupt practices, but I’ll take what I can get. I’ll take it because I know how highly improbable it is that the Senate will fulfill their constitutional duties and convict. Still, impeachment is the right thing to do.
And you never know, do you. I’m certain there are Republican senators who would like to see Trump gone, but have been too cowardly to do anything about it. Maybe one or two of them will find some courage. Maybe if one or two of them decide to vote to convict, others will take heart and step up. Maybe it’s actually possible that Trump will be tossed out of office.
It could happen. I wouldn’t bet my paycheck on it, but it could happen. So I’ll continue to wear my ITMFA cap, even if it doesn’t have any measurable effect. I mean, you never really know, do you.
As much as I can acknowledge the fact that impeachment is the “right” thing to do, because precedents, the whole thing is pointless and will amount to absolutely nothing. The process will end, the Senate will let him go, he will still be the President, and his base will be further galvanized.
If it does amount to one thing, it will be that: a galvanized middle-right. “Ha haaaa, stupid Democrats, you lose again. Losers.”
FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS!
There is no point to any of this.
LikeLiked by 1 person
I fear that’s entirely correct.
I completely disagree that the impeachment process is pointless. It may not (almost certainly will not) result in Trump being removed from office, but to do nothing is to accept that Trump and his followers are correct in their belief that they’re above the law.
I also disagree that it will “galvanize the middle-right” because there IS no middle-right anymore. If you support Trump, you’re an extremist. If you support Trump, you’re in favor of authoritarianism. If you support Trump, you’re essentially abandoning the concept of free and fair elections — and there’s nothing middle-right about that.
I understand the ‘fewer moving parts’ argument, but he’s done SO MUCH ILLEGAL SHIT! It’s almost like Comrade 45 is Foghorn Leghorn and the Dems are the dog…and the orange turd knows where the end of the chain is.
LikeLiked by 1 person
Yeah, it’s frustrating. Although now that I’ve actually read the articles of impeachment, the language allows for a broader scope than I originally thought. For example, the second article refers to “President Trump’s previous efforts to undermine United States Government investigations into foreign interference in United States elections,” which allows them to argue about the Russian interference in the 2016 election.
I’d much rather have seen more articles of impeachment, and more dealing with his long history of fraud, but it’s not quite as limited as I originally thought.
LikeLiked by 1 person