I haven’t posted anything political in a while but in light of recent events I do feel some sort of comment is reasonable. But before I make my feelings known, let me preface my comments with a few facts that I have alluded to before:
In general: I am not a Democrat, or a Republican. I did not vote for Hilary or Donald. I am not a 100% liberal or conservative but rather a blend based on the topic on the table. In a room of tribals from either side, I am the oddball…...which means I am rarely if ever in a situation where I have a tribe of my own. I am a fan of our history but not a rose-tinted acolyte of anything in a powdered wig. And lastly, I may not be a genius, but I am certainly no idiot, despite what some either-side tribal might want to think.
This young lady represents our current situation. Her 'red, white, & blue' goes from far left to far right. But wouldn't it be so much better to head towards the middle?
With regard to the current events of our day: I watched nearly every minute of the impeachment proceedings with my own eyes and ears. I have not had to rely upon the slanted media coverage from either polarized tribe to instruct me as to what I should think I heard. I clearly saw and heard for myself. So, I am not parroting anyone.
And now onto my reaction to the proceedings: I have never seen such a travesty of what should be a non-partisan proceeding. But despite many evasive and nonsensical defense arguments throughout the 'trial', let me say that I do not feel the second charge of obstruction was handled properly in this case. In fact, a LOT poor decisions were made by the Democrats. If a charge of obstruction was to be pursued, it would have behooved the House Democrats to conduct their pursuit of documents and witnesses more in line with precedent, even as I admit that such precedent is not a Constitutional requirement. Still, by not doing so they handed a defense over on a silver platter. I also think the Democrats botched the potential for a stronger obstruction case with regard to the Mueller report. Ignoring that report was a huge, tactical error that I could write about for way longer than this post.
As for the first charge? I cannot fathom how anyone could watch the entire process from the House to the Senate as if they were a juror and not see a clear abuse of power. It’s clear even without Bolton. Obviously Romney agrees.
A candid image, shot from a forbidden cell phone, of a Republican Senator listening to the House Mangers' arguments.
I will say that as an Independent who leans “small L” libertarian, there are not always third party candidates on the ballots that I vote on. As such I have sometimes had to make decisions on whether I will go with the Democrat or the Republican on the ballot. In the past I have voted for both. Going forward, however, I cannot see myself ever doing this again. If a legitimate third party whose platform aligns with mine is not an option, I will vote Democratic from now on, not because I love them (because I definitely don't) but because I simply cannot vote for a member of a party that has no intention to ever act as a reasonable check on the executive branch regardless of the evidence presented. In other words, while I could share certain views with the Republican party of the past, I no longer see anything of that party in that body now. Whatever was left got buried in John McCain’s casket.
Hypocrisy however, was rampant on both sides. That's the weakness with both parties. Neither one has substantial integrity.....but from what I heard, the Republicans have none at all.
But while I have unprecedented disdain for this Trump-Party, my real disgust still remains firmly directed at a public that condones it. I’ve said before that I am no fan of Mike Pence, but I can easily discern that a Pence presidency would pursue a nearly identical agenda to that of Trump, but without the corrupt, rotting baggage. I would have respect, though maybe not agreement, with voters who would see things for what they are and replace the corrupt mafia boss currently violating every law and precedent without even a modicum of decency with their white-haired choir-boy of conservatism. But to look at this self-serving, and lying piece of shit and see a savior renders anything these sorts of people say, suspect.
What I DON'T buy into: I am sick of hearing from Democrats that the Constitution has been somehow irreparably destroyed because Republicans would not vote for witnesses or conviction even though no party whose president was in office has ever voted for conviction in the past. Nonsense! Until legislation is enacted to amend the Constitution, it will stand as it always has. The issue is not that the Constitution is in danger or worse, broken. Integrity is what is broken, and has been long before Trump or McConnell. The Constitution works just fine, it's the folks selectively ignoring the parts they find inconvenient that aren't working properly. Saying the Constitution is broken is like blaming the car instead of an incompetent or impaired driver when there's a collision.
It doesn't look destroyed to me. Ignored? Well, that's a different story.
Going forward, the Constitution is still there to protect us from tyranny. It hasn't gone away. It just has to responsibly used.
And I am sick of hearing from Republicans that this was all about overturning an election and the will of the people. Hogwash! First, the evidence is damning. Second, if removed from office, Hilary Clinton would NOT become president. Pence would, and as stated earlier, he would undoubtedly pursue an identical agenda. Third, Trump won the election without the popular vote, so even if removing Trump reversed the presidency towards a Democrat, it would only be overturning the election, but NOT "the will of the people". Let's try not to forget that little inconvenient truth.
I fear several potential outcomes:
-I fear 4 more years of an empowered Trump with a Republican Senate or House. Checks and balances only work when there are checks and balances.
-I fear 4 more years of stagnation with a Trump rendered impotent by a Democratic House and Senate, and they in turn rendered impotent by him.
-I fear 4 years of a revenge-oriented far left Democrat who would now have carte blanche to violate everything reasonable since Trump and his party have opened the door to that. Socialism via executive order anyone? You asked for it!
-I fear almost anything that follows because of what has become the "new normal". Any party with unlimited power, which is what they will now have with any majority and the inexplicable support of voters who are fine with it all, will function one step closer to the kind of authoritarianism past Americans have claimed to disdain. Like I said, the Constitution is still there. Conniving politicians are nothing new. But that "We the people" part? Now THAT'S what's broken.