Thoughts on Events the Week of December 12

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on December 19, 2019

Impeachment Inquiry:  As expected, the House Intelligence Committee submitted its report to the House Judiciary Committee, which voted to send the articles of impeachment to the full House next week. (Since I am writing this late, we now know that the House has impeached Trump.)

I’ve been ambivalent about whether impeaching Trump was useful. I was inclined to remove him from office via the next presidential election. However, there are two good reasons to impeach Trump now.

First, when the charge that Trump extorted Ukraine – a classic example of a high crime about which the Founding Fathers were specifically concerned – was documented and corroborated, the House had no choice at that point. Second, Trump might win the next election! He won the last one with fewer votes than Clinton. If that were to happen, Trump would have gotten off Scott free, which would have done irreparable damage to the Constitution.

What will happen next is predictable, but still unassured. But one thing is now certain. The mark of Cane is upon Trump, so to speak. He will be remembered in history as the third president to be impeached. He can never escape that legacy.

The caterwauling, lying and coverup by Republicans and Trump has been odious, but one of their claims galls me the most. I’m used to the lies, insults and vulgar language by now, but I am deeply offended by their claim that the impeachment is illegitimate. In fact, impeachment is clearly spelled out in the Constitution and is perfectly legitimate. I would argue that the House is the only Constitutionally specified body that is doing its job properly these days.

Brexit: The Brits voted again, and Boris Johnson won a landslide victory. I assume this means Britain is fairly and truly going to be out of the European Union soon. You don’t often see a country shoot itself in the foot like this, but apparently this is what the people want. Xenophobia runs deeper through the British body politic than I understood. Oh, well.

Worst state: Texas announced this week that it will not spend a dollar to help with the 2020 census, because it is trying to suppress the count of minority voters. This contrasts with many states that are supporting the census financially because they want a good count. Besides, Ted Cruz. For both, or either, of these reasons, Texas get the cup this week.

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