The immediate impetus for me leaving the Democratic Party and beginning this daily column I call View from the Side, was Nancy Pelosi’s statement that impeachment of the criminal president wasn’t “worth it.” The foolishness of that position, much less of stating it out loud, was so immediately apparent to me that all I could do was quit the Party as loudly as I could in objection to it.
My view on impeachment hasn’t changed since then. I’ve explored that issue in almost every column I’ve posted, though my own ideas and endless links to the views of politicians, scholars, and lawyers. This essay I called “Which Side Are You On?” stands out.
For today’s View from the Side, I’m trying hard to understand this impeachment debate among the Democrats, the why and why not of it. So I’m going to lay out the arguments on both sides, those for and those against impeachment, as I understand them. I realize my knowledge is incomplete, and I’d love to get some feedback about what I may have left out or misstated.
First why. Then why not.
Why Impeach Trump? Here’s why:
For caging children, for caging whole families like animals, for letting them die in custody. For calling them animals. Impeach!
For enabling, empowering, and enthusing racists, nazis, and criminals. Impeach!
For undermining our electoral system and our democracy for personal gain. Impeach!
For obstructing justice, ignoring legal subpoenas, refusing testimony, instructing subordinates to lie. Impeach!
For using the power of position to gain personal profit for himself and his family. Impeach!
For attacking the free press as enemies of the people. Impeach!
For violating the separation of powers established by the Constitution. Impeach!
For empowering those who would take away the constitutional right of women to control their bodies. Impeach!
For using the powers of office to attack his opposition. Impeach!
For threatening war under false pretenses, using that threat for political purposes. Impeach!
For refusing to cooperate with legitimate investigation by Congress. Impeach!
For hiding his tax records and financial history from Congress and the American people. Impeach!
For ignoring science and continuing to commit ecocide on the planet. Impeach!
For refusing to allow needed legislation to move forward. Impeach!
For violating numerous laws of campaign finance, bribery, and emoluments. Impeach!
For nepotism and bribery, placing in his cabinet people unworthy of office. Impeach!
For demanding high level security clearances for aides against the insistence of CIA. Impeach!
For continuing contact with known criminals and with agents of foreign nations. Impeach!
For conduct unbecoming of the President of the United States. Impeach!
For violating the Constitution and his oath of office, for endangering the security of this nation and the lives of its people.
Why not impeach Trump? Here’s why not.
It might lose. Don’t impeach!
It could be divisive. Don’t impeach!
So, what did I forget to include in my list? And which side are you on? Let me know, if you feel like it. Thanks!
I’ve mentioned recently that the time for impeachment is running out. As the election gets closer, the possibilities of impeachment get less. And, Cassandra insists I mention yet again that the Democrats will lose the 2020 election, if they don’t impeach the sitting criminal.
Tomorrow will the last day of this Re-View of the Side, in which I’ll look back at the biggest reason for this blog, which is the current and future environmental crisis.