Boy do we live in interesting times.
What was it that Hegel said about history and happiness? The pages of history regarding happy times are empty, or something like that. Nobody talks about when things are great.
Oh, we all think we remember when things were great. “Why can’t we go back to the good ol’ days?”, I always hear. Why can’t we? Because we progress, I say. Because the good ol’ days actually sucked, I add. History has a skewed lens. I suppose so does prophecy.
But we live in interesting times, to be sure. These times will be remembered.
This week, at long last, the Congress opened an impeachment inquiry on the president. I know for some people out there, some people very close to me, this seems like a travesty of justice. The greatest president of all time, the most mistreated world leader ever, is being chased down by those rotten liberal democrats in another witch hunt. Anything to bring down greatness, right? So jealous are those progressive libtards. They never had a leader they could count on, who didn’t lie to them, who did what he actually said he was going to do. Traitors.
The American people by and large agreed with that stuff. Well, not all of it. Really, not much of it. But they have been largely against impeachment overall. Who can say why? Donald Trump had a positive favorability rating from the American populace for about a week after inauguration and has been in the negative ever since. Most people don’t like him. Most people see through him. If we’re to believe the reports, many Republican senators would vote in favor of impeachment if it were a secret ballot. Even some of his ardent supporters in my circle secretly tell me they wish he’d shut the hell up.
So why are we against impeachment overall? Are we still?
Flash polling in the days since the Wall Street Journal broke the Ukrainian story show that support for impeachment has ticked up, so maybe it was just a matter of time. When you have a president who lies an average of 15 times/day, on record, I suppose it is. The Mueller Report, as damning as it was, didn’t move the needle, so why this? The Mueller Report was long. It was drawn out for a couple of years. The White House mafia boss bullied it from his pulpit the entire time. Maybe it was largely misunderstood and produced fatigue instead of the necessary outrage.
This came suddenly, from a right-leaning periodical, and it was easy to understand. Nancy Pelosi rounded up the democratic troops in the house in a hurry and got the investigation underway posthaste.
Let’s remember, though, that that is all this is. An investigation. Impeachment doesn’t mean ouster, it means investigation. Will this investigation lead to ouster, or resignation as in the case of Richard Nixon’s similar path some years ago? The Senate ultimately decides the verdict, the Senate has a Republican majority and the vote is not private, so that outcome is highly doubtful. Still, one never knows.
The important thing is the process. A man who has lived a lifetime of corruption and deceit happened into the Oval Office and is living a presidency of corruption and deceit. Were he a competent man, as well, we might be in some real danger in America. Tyranny often follows such a path. But, luckily, Donald Trump is an incompetent boob who always steps into his own shit. Luckily there are people around him willing to do the right thing when it is called for. And thank goodness our president is so dumb.
But boy do we live in interesting times.