I know I haven’t talked a lot lately about the impeachment thing and, to be honest, I haven’t heard much from others about it, either. I do read about it all the time and hear the pundits discuss it. I love a good debate even when both sides of it are completely biased. It adds nuance to my perspective.
As some of you know, I don’t have a particularly biased perspective. I love the liberal and the conservative mind. I am a member of no party or religion. I do have an anti-Trump bias, for sure, but I explained that way back in the beginning. It has nothing to do with his politics and everything to do with his character. When I was young and living in San Diego, I had a boss that absolutely worshiped Donald Trump as a “self-made man.” Because of my boss’ obsession with Trump I took an interest in him, too. I quickly saw through him, but understood why others might fall for his lifetime con.
Cocksure people, even when entirely incompetent and reprehensible, tend to gain followings. By never admitting you are wrong you convince others of the same.
My point is my dissension from the world of Donald Trump goes back decades. He was a bad man with a long con in the 1980s and he remains the same today. I have no political bias against him.
I have many conservative friends and most of my family is conservative, too. I like them. I like their resolute stance on their beliefs and enjoy the ideas of conservatism as much as the ideas of liberalism. Both have their place in the world. At all times, as I have said, we need the conservative to stand stalwart for the status quo as much as we need the liberal propensity for progress and change. It is in the combination of these forces, in a democratic venue, that humanity prospers.
By the same token I am a fan of the politician, of the businessman, and of the journalist. Every politician has the opportunity to be a good human or a bad human, every businessperson the same, every journalist, the same. Each can chase the truth and work for the common good or work only to enrich themselves and further their personal narratives. It is in the symbiosis of these forces that we progress. Government is as important as private business is as important as media. When I hear anyone attack any one of those institutions in favor of the other I defend the other. We need them all to be powerful and effective. Again, for the common good.
Donald Trump, I shouldn’t have to point out here again, is not a man for the common good, and never has been. He is in favor of Donald Trump, and Donald Trump alone.
For that reason, I found him to be the worst possible presidential candidate in 2016, and he has continuously proven that he is the worst possible president for our time or any other. His many transgressions lend credence to the Democratic desire to prosecute and impeach him. I absolutely understand the animosity for the man, and absolutely support doing the right thing about it.
I also absolutely understand the support for the man, as well. Conservatives have had their way of life come under assault in recent decades, and Donald Trump promised to counter that assault. In fact, he has, which is why those who adore him see him as an American leader who “finally does what he said he would do.”
But I haven’t talked much about impeachment because I wanted to see it play out. One doesn’t have to be amazingly astute to suspect beforehand how it would go: the blue side of the country would resolutely support impeachment and the red side of the country would resolutely challenge it. We are a deeply divided country, from the commoner on the street to the halls of the Senate.
But as I’ve watched, with no real love of either political house – red or blue – I’ve been torn. Yes, I want the country and its leaders to do the right thing for the right reasons. Because of that I believe in the impeachment process, and in the impeachment of this president. He is unworthy of the office that he holds, and he flouts the rule of law and the processes of democracy at every turn. At the same time, impeachment opens a terrible chapter in our history and sets a frightening precedent that, once done, cannot be undone.
And for what?
Donald Trump will be impeached today. I have no doubt about that. The numbers are there in the House. But Donald Trump will not be convicted or removed from office from this impeachment. I have no doubt about that, either. The numbers to protect him are there in the Senate.
So, in the end, impeachment will only tell us what we already know and, undoubtedly, divide us even further. Sometimes the right thing to do is also the wrong thing to do. That’s what makes this whole process, and indeed life, so complicated.
I was asked why I haven’t said much about it. This is my answer: I completely support the impeachment of Donald Trump but find the process of doing so irrelevant. Maybe even damaging.
When he wins the trial in the Senate his supporters will rail on about the waste of money and time spent on this process, and they will be right about that. But the Democrats are probably doing the right thing, anyway, and following their consciences and the will of their constituents. The bottom line for me, however, is that if Donald Trump were a man of better character this whole thing wouldn’t be necessary.
That’s what I take away from it. Really, it’s what I brought into it in 2015. Not Donald Trump, I said. Not Hillary Clinton, I said. Leave the corruption outside and send better people in. There will always be tumult in Washington, no matter who resides up there, but we are only asking for ever greater trouble when we send the worst people in at the start.
Whether we are liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat, we need to choose our leaders more wisely.
We don’t ever have to be here again.