While working on my computer yesterday I put CNN on the television. I don’t usually do that, but I wanted to watch the impeachment shenanigans as they unfolded. As a Canadian, it really is none of my business, but I hope you will indulge me as I express my opinion.
In a word: Bullshit
The whole process of determining whether a president has engaged in impeachable activities becomes null and void if elected officials are going to be toadies and vote along party lines. I was not there at the time, but I can’t believe the framers of the U.S. Constitution had that in mind. Having ‘control’ of congress should not translate into a license for the total disregard of the rule of law.
The current president, with his loose-cannon, bombastic rhetoric (verbal diarrhea) has instilled in his fellow Republicans a deep-seated fear. If you don’t support me, I’ll trash-talk you at every opportunity as you try to be reelected id his approach. Regardless of party affiliation; he’ll go after his own should they turn against him.
In this process, there are many losers but just one winner: the only victor is the president who will run victory laps for weeks to come. The American people lose because they still have to watch the once dignified Office of the President continue to be reduced to a sophomoric mere shadow of its former self. How can anyone not be ashamed at the image of the president at a Super Bowl dinner standing and pretending to conduct the music during the national anthem? No respect for the Office, now none for the national anthem.
But perhaps the biggest losers in the impeachment fiasco, and they have only themselves to blame, are those Republicans, and I have to believe there are some, who voted for their political future rather than for what they know deep down is right. Cowards.
Politicians are thought of as people who will say or do anything to get elected or to gain power. A statesman is someone who does everything for the common good of the people he or she represents.
There are too many politicians and not enough statesmen. And that’s a shame.