It’s (Not) Dead, Jim!

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If you haven’t noticed from all the death of the Republic talk going on out there, the impending acquittal of President Donald Trump is going to signal the end of the Republic as we know it and usher in an age of authoritarianism. You know, like the totalitarianism the President has already put in place, only much bigger and scarier?

A Facebook friend of mine and I had a civil discussion about the end of the Republic. While she was lamenting the end of our great experiment, I posted a YouTube video of the scene from “Ghostbusters” (the good one, not the 2016 “woke” version) where the guys were talking about the apocalypse coming if they didn’t stop Gozer, the part that talks about “human sacrifices, dogs and cats living together, MASS HYSTERIA!” She asked me to indulge her, which I did.

But for the rest of you Leftists, I won’t. Not anymore.

For as much as you lament about the impending Senate vote proving your fears to be justified, you ignore one of the obvious duplicities of your arguments. On the one hand, you claim Donald Trump is an idiot. On the other hand, you say he’s heading up a cabal of villainy worthy of a James Bond movie. I haven’t heard that strange dichotomy since…why, it was George W. Bush! Same plays, same playbook, same overreaction, different President. It’s almost as if you guys are recycling your squawking points! And it composts quite well.

But here’s the thing, and it’s something I pointed out to my Facebook friend. The President didn’t cause the current alleged weakness in the Republic; he’s just the easy scapegoat. Since the turn of the century, we’ve seen any number of threats to the Republic coming from our elected officials. The PATRIOT Act, although passed with good intent, contained a lot of mandates that undercut individual freedom and privacy. The Arab Spring? That remains an existential threat on a global scale. Using the IRS to go after political opponents? Certainly not innocuous to the Republic when you consider the incredible (and law-defying) power they have.

And where were you Leftists when this and other actual threats to the Republic were being rolled out? With the exception of the PATRIOT Act, you were scarcer than the food at an all-you-can-eat buffet after Rosie O’Donnell and Michael Moore leave. And even with the PATRIOT Act, your opposition was targeted at the wrong parts.

That’s how I know your current freak-out is faked. You don’t give one-one hundredth of a damn about the health of the Republic. If you did, you wouldn’t be Leftists. Instead, you’re breaking out the American flags and red, white, and blue bunting to attack the Senate Republicans for voting in favor of acquitting the President and doing so in a way that draws the most amount of attention to you. While you fawn over Adam Schiff’s weaker than Mormon Irish coffee presentation, you ignore the fact he a) didn’t present a case that resembled the alleged crimes, b) has some apparent ties to some of the particulars of the investigation that would have gotten him thrown off the case due to conflicts of interest, and c) only got his pathetic case to the Senate after a rushed and extremely flawed process that defied existing precedent, and then expected the Senate to do the job he failed to do.

The House failed the country, not the Senate, and not the Senate Republicans. And if you are being honest with yourselves, you would pin the blame for the downfall of the Republic on…well, you. By your silence when it mattered because you liked the man in power undercutting the Republic and by your hyperbolic overreaction over something that doesn’t threaten the Republic because you hate the man in power, you have become the monster you have tried to create for your own ideological purposes.

Instead of hyperventilating over what you see at the death of the Republic, take account of the fact we’ve survived people in power I wouldn’t trust to run a marathon, let alone the United States, and we will continue to do so. Why? Because we’re stronger than one President or one group of people.

And we will continue to be as long as people are willing to be honest with each other. The Left isn’t interested in this because they know they will be called on the carpet for the stuff they’ve let loose on the country, just as the Right would be. Face it, there are no white hats here, just hats that are varying shades of dark gray. If you really want to save the Republic, start with cleaning up your own house, or House of Representatives if you prefer. The fact Adam Schiff is being lauded as a hero instead of run out of Washington, DC, on a rail for pulling the crap he did isn’t a sign of honesty. It’s a sign you are willing to sell out the Republic if you can justify the cause and the Republic be damned in the process.

For all the crying you do about Republicans putting party before country, you shouldn’t have such a blind spot for doing the very thing you pin on the GOP.

The Trial of the Senate-ury

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It’s a common belief among the Right that Leftists and their media cohorts exchange talking points prior to a story breaking so everyone can be on the same page. Whether this is true or not is subject to debate, but if there is a case to be made in favor of it happening, we can look to how the Senate trial of President Donald Trump is being covered. It seems everyone and their grandmother on the Left is saying the Senate is on trial and if they don’t put country before party it will prove the Senate ran a sham trial.

Call me crazy (and, believe me, the label fits), but aren’t we in the middle of a trial concerning whether President Trump committed impeachable offenses? How in the hell did it become a referendum on the Senate?

Because the Left needs the Senate trial to be about the Senate, more specifically Senate Republicans and not about the weakness of the House’s articles of impeachment.

I’ve made my opinions on the two Articles of Impeachment previously, so I won’t delve too much into them except to say I’ve seen three year olds give better arguments on far less important matters than the House Democrats have so far on impeachment. Since the House went all-in on Impeach-a-Palooza, it appears they didn’t plan for what they would do if they got it, and it shows in their lack of preparedness and in their repetition of their talking points in lieu of new information or even new tactics.

While the Left has been creaming their jeans over Rep. Adam Schiff’s presentation of the House’s case for impeachment, it’s honestly come off to me like a kid who didn’t read the book he or she was supposed to read and then wing an oral book report on in front of the entire class. Schiff may sound like he’s on top of things, but it’s in the content where the presentation falls apart. How exactly is that an indictment of the Senate? If anything, it’s an indictment of the House because they approved the Articles of Impeachment in the first place.

So much of the ire against the Senate revolves around whether they will call witnesses. The Left desperately wants the Senate to do so, which is why they’re trying to shame Senate Republicans into doing it instead of, you know, having it already done when they were the ones in charge of the impeachment inquiry. Then again, if you remember waaaaaaay back in December, the House Democrats called witnesses to give powerful testimony that amounted to, at best, second or third hand information. One of their witnesses even contradicted their narrative during his testimony. And to think a good number of politicians went to law school without learning the first rule of witness testimony is to know what they’re going to say before they take the oath. What’s more, the House tried to cover up the lack of first hand knowledge by having witnesses talk about their own integrity and qualifications, none of which had anything to do with whether the President was guilty of bribery, extortion, or any of the other charges levied against him. How exactly is that an indictment of the Senate?

The larger rhetorical offensive in play is designed to conflate any action not directly in line with the way the Left expects things to be done as a gross violation of protocol and decency. Granted, this is Congress we’re dealing with here, so they could be right about the decency part, but the protocol part isn’t tied to a desired outcome. And if we’re being completely honest here, the House Democrats broke protocol by going ahead with impeachment without Trump Administration witnesses instead of getting a court to order the witnesses to testify. Now that they’ve gone this far, the House Managers are trying to get the Senate to do the work they should have done before now. If the Senate refuses, however, it’s still not a reflection on them for not allowing witnesses; it’s a reflection on how shoddy a job the House did. And do you know how I know?

Jerrold Nadler maligning the Senate as being guilty of a cover-up…before the Senate had a chance to take up the House Managers’ arguments.

It’s almost as if the Left wants the Senate trial to go poorly so their self-professed self-fulfilling prophecy will come true and they can say, “See? We told you it was rigged!” Then, they will use this narrative to help their attempt to retake the Senate and, presumably, impeach the President all over again provided he gets reelected. Judging from the current clown car of candidates, I don’t think he has much to worry about in his reelection bid.

Meanwhile, both houses of Congress may be in play while the President is running. If Republicans get what they want, they will regain the House and keep the Senate, and the Democrats want the exact opposite. I think the 2020 Congressional elections will come down to whether the public favors impeachment and removal. For once, the Left is playing a long game, but they’re playing it badly. Not only has support for impeachment slipped lower than an earthworm’s belt buckle, but it’s actually drawing people to Trump. Guess what accusing Senate Republicans of a cover-up is likely to do.

If current trends continue, the Left will be reliving 2016 in a few months, just on a much larger scale. The more the Left pushes the idea the Senate is on trial for what they do or don’t do in the Senate trial of President Trump, the more it will backfire. 

Impeachment of the President

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This meme is now floating around Social Media so it should be debunked for the nonsense and misinformation that it contains.

There were 4 charges against President Clinton when the US House started impeachment proceedings against him. 2 counts of perjury, that is lying to a grand jury while under oath. 1 count of obstruction of justice and 1 count of abuse of power.

The US House succeeded in impeaching President Clinton on 2 of the 4 charges. 1 charge of perjury and 1 charge of obstruction of justice. The impeachment trial was handed to the US Senate which ended in an acquittal.

Per Article 2, Section 4 of the US Constitution. The President and all civil Officers of the United States shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Not the speculation of, hearsay of, rumors of, alleged crimes. Just like any Citizen, even the President is to be given a fair trial. When the President is tried for Impeachment within the US Senate, the Chief Justice presides over the trial and there must be two thirds majority to gain a conviction. And the US House determines if the President or any other civil Officer is going to be impeached.

As of yet, there is no evidence that our 45th President has committed any crime that is impeachable by the US House. Only memes, misinformation, and nonsense posted on Social Media. You cannot impeach the President for winning the election because you voted for another candidate.