Thoughts on Events the Week of September 23

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on October 6, 2019

Impeach?:We now have an official impeachment inquiry, and I’m ambivalent about it, for three reasons. First, impeachment is a political rather than a legal exercise. It’s hard to imagine that the House won’t vote to impeach, or that Moscow Mitch McConnell won’t choke the impeachment baby in its Senate crib as early as possible. So, as a way to get rid of Trump, it’s probably a waste time.

Second, impeachments can have a way of blowing back. Just ask Republicans after the Bill Clinton impeachment. In this case, however, it probably won’t make as much difference. Trump has been committing high crimes and misdemeanors since the day he walked in the White House door, and yet Trump’s base hasn’t cared so far, so they are not likely to care now.

Third, impeachment proceedings will take up time that could be used to legislate important issues. Just kidding. The legislature isn’t doing anything anyway. My biggest regret is that we pay these people to do nothing.

On the other hand, how can the House not proceed with an impeachment inquiry? Their hand is now forced, morally. The President has committed a high crime. You know it. I know it. Everybody knows it. Even Trump knows it; he’s admitted openly.

So, though there is peril in it, I think the impeachment inquiry is mandatory now, or that part of the Constitution becomes a joke and we are left with no recourse with which to address malfeasance.

I would rather, given the timeline, throw Trump out the old-fashioned way, with an election (I think it would hurt his ego more), and perhaps this inquiry can help with that. I am a believer in corrosion, and I’m thinking that Trump’s antics are undermining his standing over time, and by the 2020 election, we all, even many of those who support him, will conclude that we just don’t want four more years of him. The evidence that comes out of the inquiry should only accelerate that corrosion.

Football: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners romped over Texas Tech. The Red Raiders were so overmatched that there’s not much we can learn from this game that we didn’t already know. OU is going to score a whole lot of points, and their defense is improved. The question is, will this combination be enough to win out. I’m confident that if OU does, they will be in the playoffs.

We learned something about the Dallas Cowboys in their loss to New Orleans, however. Dallas was exposed. Their offense was stifled by a good defense. The defense played well enough, but against a backup quarterback.

The Cleveland Browns pulled out a win, which is more than can be said for the Arizona Cardinals. The Browns are going to win a few more games than the Cardinals, because they are a better team. But both are far from prime time.

Autumnal Equinox: This reassuring event occurred this week. I enjoy the four dates – the solstices and equinoxes – that mark the extremes and balance of our journey around the Sun and think about what the ancients thought of these phenomena. Today, I use them as reminders to fertilize my garden.

Status of the states: Who cares?

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