Like We Don’t Know Any Better

Those who will not support impeachment are acting like we as a nation don’t know any better

The impeachment hearings are not a waste of time. It evinces a sense of or a semblance to our democracy. It is quite surprising that the checks and balances of our three branches of government are being suppressed or undermined by a malefactor president, and also questioned by his loyal subjects along party lines in defense of the indefensible. It is incredibly strange to see elected members of our government, whose sworn duty is to perform checks and balances and to uphold and protect the constitution, ignore the very essence of our allegiance to the flag — indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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There is no justice to be had when it comes to the high crimes and misdemeanors of Donald Trump, who has also broken his inaugural vows to uphold the constitution. The arguments presented by republicans, the White House, and even by the moderate support is against holding the president accountable for his abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

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We are suppose to be okay with that I suppose. As president, Trump it seems is uniquely entitled to abuse presidential powers for his own personal benefit. Therefore, it is unquestionably permissible for President Trump to call on or bribe foreign countries — whether they are geopolitical allies or adversaries — into investigating his political rivals in quid pro quo fashion to secure his coming reelection— with a lame attempt at passing it off as rooting out corruption.

“Can you believe that I will be impeached today by the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, AND I DID NOTHING WRONG!” — President Donald J. Trump -tweeted at 7:34 a.m.

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Sir, I still can’t believe much less that you are even president.

Furthermore Mr. Trump, has done plenty that is wrong. According to federal campaign finace law federal officials are prohibited from soliciting a foreign nation with or for anything of value for the purposes of influencing any election, including your own. This amounts to bribery even though the crimes in Trump’s many instances would be rendered inchoate offences.

Mr. Trump’s presidency has come at a looming overarching cost to Americans. Trust. As president of the United States we are suppose to trust the president with our lives. We are suppose to trust Trump’s instincts — even though they are seen as baser instincts. We are suppose to trust and rely on his intelligence and competence. So far we have seen only to trust that President Trump will persistently offend, corrupt, belittle and berate, or give us more reasons not to trust him. Too many feel that Trump’s presidency and the divisiveness it cultivates is worth it when they haven’t even looked at the many receipts.

Alexander Hamilton who authored The Federalist Papers №65 wrote that impeachment is intended to address “the abuse or violation of some public trust.”

We are about to not have any trust in the Senate either to have a fair trial after impeachment. The Senate Leader and other prominent members of the Republican Senate have already stated that this trial will “die quickly”.

Again this is in stark contrast to what Hamilton considers a “sufficiently dignified” or “sufficiently independent” body.

The delicacy and magnitude of a trust which so deeply concerns the political reputation and existence of every man engaged in the administration of public affairs, speak for themselves. The difficulty of placing it rightly, in a government resting entirely on the basis of periodical elections, will as readily be perceived, when it is considered that the most conspicuous characters in it will, from that circumstance, be too often the leaders or the tools of the most cunning or the most numerous faction, and on this account, can hardly be expected to possess the requisite neutrality towards those whose conduct may be the subject of scrutiny.¹

Today’s Senate is everything but dignified and independent. The 100 hundred members are hardly a representation of the diverse makeup of the United States. There are only 25 women serving in the Senate and it obviously lacking both racially and religiously. So the House of Representative may be the most diverse ever on record but the Senate reflects a characteristic disproportion in contrast. This we know.

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There are no nonwhite freshman senators. www.pewresearch.org

Trump is also not being charged with impeachable offences stemming from his persistent gaslighting meant to foment and incite racial discord. Trump’s domestic policy unlawfully discriminates and promotes acrimony towards the LGBTQ community. The statistics provided in the graphic above makes those charges unlikely to make the articles of impeachment, even though it infringes on the rights of fellow Americans and makes life for these groups of citizens precariously dangerous and socially contentious.

Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) sent a memo to fellow lawmakers arguing that Trump’s “impeachable racist, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, transphobic, xenophobic language instigating enmity and inciting violence within our society” should be taken under consideration, as he has argued since backing impeachment in 2017.

But because a win is a win

No matter the immeasurable cost to civility the republicans will continue to seek and maintain their stronghold on power as it it remains valuable to them and their party’s interest.

But this goes beyond party and seeps into the identity crisis of America. This is no different than when your true self is at odds with what you do for a living or if it is at odds with your family, or even your marriage. When nationalism is at odds with being an American we lose ourselves in this psychological conflict.

And we all lose no matter what. We not only lose our moral compass we lose our indivisibility, justice systems, and the equality we seek and defend for all. If shaking up government was an overriding factor in Trump’s electoral college win: Did that shakeup have to come replete with racism, anti-immigration rhetoric, boorish statesmanship, corruption and incessant mendaciousness?

We know better and that’s why we confront the vagaries of this president and his autocracy, his corruption, malfeasance, injustice and inequality and justifiably call for his impeachment. We know better because indivisible, we do it for justice and liberty for all.

It appears the more that I write the better I perceive.

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