After watching the Left and the Right go on about President Donald Trump’s impeachment, I made a startling observation: impeachment is making everyone stupider. In my case, I feel myself getting stupider by watching people pontificate about impeachment while getting basic facts wrong, like what counts as impeachment.
Needless to say, I’ve been very depressed lately and wished the Sweet Meteor of Death had actually hit us in 2016.
A lot of this stupidity comes from a lack of even basic knowledge of civics and the Constitution. Turns out this kind of coursework isn’t even a requirement in many schools or it’s so slanted as to be utterly useless. We know more Kardashians than we do branches of government or Amendments in the Bill of Rights, but we have to be first with the hot takes so we appear to be informed. That’s why so many people on Twitter believed President Trump was impeached last week before the full House of Representatives cast a single vote in favor of the articles of impeachment. And I honestly believe a number of those same people think if Trump is impeached that Hillary Clinton becomes President. I even read a tweet from a Leftist saying President Trump is suspended from Presidential duties until the Senate trial is done.
Now, where did I put that booze?
The Right isn’t much better lately. The White House and many Trump-supporting pundits have advanced the notion the President isn’t really impeached because the House hasn’t officially presented the articles to the Senate. A novel idea, but with one major flaw: The House approved two articles of impeachment. You can look for any procedural loophole you want, but you can’t overlook the votes. Donald Trump is the third President in our history to be impeached. Period. End of discussion. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.
And where are our leaders in this mess? Well, they’re busy promoting the narratives their side wants to hear and believe, or they’re staying silent (I’m guessing to either stop themselves from looking foolish or to stop people from telling them off). Yet, if something erroneous comes out about them or affecting them directly, they will be the first ones breaking their silence and calling out the falsehoods because…reasons!
When you combine the lack of information, the absence of substantive pushback beyond “Nuh uh!”, and media and political inaction/fear, we have the perfect storm of stupid. And for people like me who know a thing or two about what’s going on, it’s tiring. So, I have a simple request.
Do Not Stupid Here.
I know it doesn’t make sense, but it’s an English translation of a sign in a foreign country that I’ve often wanted to adopt as a personal warning to others. And lately it’s become more of a necessity to let people know I’m not down for the clown show. If you want to discuss impeachment with me, all I ask is you come with an open mind and a logical, fact-based argument. And, no, “Orange Man Bad” or “Trump Good” doesn’t quality as an argument.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a video of a Yule Log burning that has my rapt attention.