My wife and I were sitting in a Five Guys beanery the other day enjoying a burger that I needed like a hole in the head. Across the room I spied a guy munching on a burger he didn’t need either. Our similarities seemed remarkably alike. The man appeared about my age, had my pleasingly plump build, the same pale features, and both of us sported white beards. Like me, he was wearing a bright red T-shirt too. Upon eyeing the T-shirt, it is then I realized how far apart we really were.
My T-shirt said “Indian Motorcycle.” His T-shirt blared “Impeach Trump” in large white block letters. Considering myself slightly to the right of Rush Limbaugh, you can imagine the myriad of thoughts that race through my head when I see such a proclamation. What would make a person so passionate in his thought process to publicly accuse a sitting president of the United States of impeachment ten months into a presidency? I wondered, does he really know what impeachment is?
Then, on November 15th, Rep. Steve Cohen of TN publicly announced his declaration of impeachment towards President Trump. Cohen is still upset that Trump did not say what Cohen and his ilk wanted him to say regarding the Charlottesville VA melee. In other words, “you didn’t say what I thought you should regarding a clash between two groups of idiots, therefore, you should be removed from office, regardless of the fact that 63 million people voted for you!” And this dude is the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee on the Constitution and civil justice?
Standing next to him was Rep. Louis “Earmuffs” Gutierrez, former Chicago alderman. This man is so far Left he makes Chuck Schumer look anti-elitist. One might reasonably believe Gutierrez, as well as fellow NY Rep. Adriano Espaillat, a Dominican-American, might have ulterior motives for wanting impeachment, such as their opposition of anyone cracking down on illegal immigration. Readers might recall that illegal immigration was a key reason the president was elected.
Then there is the Rep. Al Green of Texas in the bunch. Seems like just about every other day Green stands up on the House floor for five-minutes to repeat a mantra for the impeachment of Trump. I wonder if other House members use this time for bathroom breaks? His beef – besides believing Trump to be a xenophobe, racist, bigot, and sexist, is the misguided belief that Trump did not have the authority to fire James Comey. He also states that any one of the 63 million people that voted for Trump is a racist. If one is condemning that many people in a single brush stroke, you might wonder about his sanity and soundness for public office.
Rounding out the entire five representatives wasting our time on impeachment proceedings was Marcia Fudge of OH and John Yarmuth of Kentucky. Oddly, Rep. Maxine Waters was not mentioned in the group, indicating the group might have some standards. Research was unable to find much on why Fudge or Yarmuth would or would not back impeachment proceedings. In fact, historical research on the rather accomplished Yarmuth led me to be totally mystified why the Louisville Democrat might be associated with such a group of dingbats representing only one percent of the House in backing impeachment. Even Nancy Pelosi is not in step with this bunch.
Only two Presidents, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, have been impeached and none successfully. Andrew Johnson was impeached by the House in 1868 after he fired his Secretary of War, Edward Stanton. He was acquitted later that same year.
Bill Clinton was impeached by the House in 1998 for his affair and cover up of the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Just three months later he too was acquitted.
As both presidents were cleared, it would appear that the process was nothing more than political theater. While I believe Clinton’s actions with Ms. Lewinsky to be reprehensible, and have written about it, I believe acts of political theater to be even more intolerable. It wastes time and taxpayer money.
According to Dictionary.com the definition of the word impeach means charge the holder of a public office with misconduct. Our Constitution further states the reasons for impeachment to be treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors. Now I ask, which one of those Constitutional edicts has Trump committed? This is not just a rhetorical question, folks, I’m really asking you. If there are any readers out there that have an opinion with some legitimate substantiation that our president has committed one of these acts, please email me.
I’m all ears.