“The Truth Matters”
Sometimes, it has been said, the cure is worse than the disease. That may be true with the Trump presidency. Can Trump be impeached without evidence of a crime? What would be the effect of impeachment? What constitutes a “high crime”, what a “misdemeanor”?
What those who find Trump’s presidency a blight on the history of America and an embarrassment before the rest of the world want may not be satisfied by impeachment. President Clinton was impeached and remained in office because, while he was impeached by the House, he was not convicted by the Senate. Trump could be impeached and stay in office. However, what if the Senate found it in themselves to convict? In some ways the worst thing that could happen would be an act that removed Trump from office because that would leave the office for Vice President Pence. Admittedly, Pence does not appear to be the morally depraved person that the president is, but he is a man whose whole stance is motivated by a puritanical view of morality.
It has been said that Pence will not meet with women alone, that he wants to go everywhere with his wife. Is this because he fears rumor if he is seen in the presence of a woman other than his wife? Is he afraid that he will not be able to behave himself? What is likely is that a Pence presidency would be marked by attempts to impose his view of morality on the nation. So, Pence for Trump might be a bad trade.
Secondly, if, as it seems to be, Trump has been involved in criminal activity, he should be charged and prosecuted. A slap on the hand impeachment without conviction would hardly be sufficient punishment to dissuade other crooks from entering office.
One advantage of pursuing impeachment would be that Mr. Trump would be so involved with tweeting about the process that he could not put all of his attention to running for a second term. A second term of Trump seems unthinkable, but then a first term did, too. We now know that a significant proportion of the American public is deranged enough to think that Trump is a good president. Michelle Bachmann has made this statement about Trump, “He is highly biblical, and I would say to your listeners, we will in all likelihood never see a more godly, biblical president again in our lifetime. So we need to be not only praying for him, we need to support him, in my opinion, in every possible way that we can.”
Biblical? In what sense? Ms. Bachmann believes in the Deep State and thinks that whoever/whatever that is, is determined to destroy Trump. She is not sure what the intent of the Deep State is, but she thinks it may be either to sway America toward Marxism or guided by an Islamic Jihad.
We know that Mr. Trump has surrounded himself with individuals willing to lie for him. Sarah Sanders, the white house spokesperson, has admitted lying under oath.
This is not, however, about Ms. Sanders or Michelle Bachmann; it is about theri ilk, people who confuse politics, religion, and racism and serve it up as a dish for social conservatives. It is, also, about the willingness of those who support conservative racist views to lie to protect their champion. This paradox is not lost on conservatives who warn that this characterization of Trump as biblical could unseat Republicans.
If the Republican Party is to be unseated in 2020 the left needs to understand the evangelical Christian, white supremacist minority that Trump has courted for the last several years. While White progressives have imagined, and characterized, those people to be a fringe element, they are much more than a fringe. They are a large segment of America.
Democrats and progressives need to understand that, and to prosecute the case against Trump and the Trump machine accordingly. Of the three branches of government the GOP and conservatives control two and a half branches. The Supreme Court and much of the lower court system have been packed with conservatives and that branch cannot easily or quickly be taken back. The presidency can, however, in 2020, and there is a possibility that a majority can be won in the Senate. Considering the fact that Democrats had six seats up for grabs in 2016 where Republicans only had two, the outcome in the Senate could have been much worse. Fortunately, the demographics seem to be shifting in some areas. Districts in California that had been solidly Republican for decades voted for Democrats this year.
According to Cook Political Analysis, “In 2020, there are 21 Republican Senate seats up to just 11 for Democrats, not counting the Mississippi and Minnesota seats held by Hyde-Smith and Democratic Sen. Tina Smith, respectively (both seats, created by vacancies, are up this year and again in 2020). The numbers in 2022 are very similar: Twenty-two Republican seats are up to just 11 for Democrats.”
Setting politics aside, the case against Trump needs to be pressed in order to keep future wrong doers from assuming that they can get away with anything while in office because a sitting president is immune from prosecution.