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Impeachment Proceedings – Profound Strategic Error

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Like finding Cold Fusion, the Northwest Passage, or Big Foot, impeachment is a consuming passion – a fixation for House Democrats.  Any sighting, inapt combination of words, or excuse to push the gamble is ample.  Note: That is not how most Americans feel – and it is their money being squandered.   

A non-partisan Pew poll, taken September 19th, found Congress is the least trusted institution in America.  Only four percent believe Congress is effective, only 12 percent believe members care, and only 16 percent believe they act ethically.  That should be a wake-up call, but Congress stumbles on.

This week’s pitch for impeachment proceedings – based on an innocuous call between President Trump and Ukraine’s President – ups the ante.  This rush to judgment may be the most profound strategic error in living memory.  In short, Democrats have overplayed their hand.  They are wrong, and some know it.

Around the country, a swelling sense of indignation is afoot.  Americans want their Congress to govern, not play “gotcha” – especially not with impeachment.  Respect for Congress is plummeting, if that is possible.  According to the Pew study, only four percent believe Congress is held accountable for lapses.  One can only wonder where this will lead. 

As the storm gathers, there is growing disbelief at House Democrats’ impeachment-mania.  In their first year, House leaders achieved nothing – except to inflame public opinion with press conferences, hearings and wild accusations.  The entire, wasteful Mueller mess came to nothing.  Appropriations bills remain unpassed, the US-Mexico-Canada trade deal languishes, border wall is unfunded. 

Objectively, House Democrats have tilted hard left.  They mistake and misstate US and world history, misunderstand economics, show no grasp of tax law, and misuse the public trust.  They allow their caucus to become a bullhorn for socialism, anti-democratic, anti-capitalist, anti-constitutional ideas, like Medicare-for-all and “the green new deal.”  These departures from American tradition are ill-conceived, unworkable, and cost 30 trillion dollars each – over the existing 23 trillion-dollar national debt.

Since we must, consider the impeachment gambit.  A “complaint” – which may prove unworthy of whistleblower protection – was filed by an anonymous intelligence staffer, based on rumors heard, alleging facts proven untrue, and implicating a former Democratic vice president. 

An overzealous House, desperate for an impeachment trial, did not await legal process. They did not allow the Inspector General, Director of National Intelligence, Attorney General and White House Counsel to consider Executive Privilege, then release complaint and transcript.  They pounced.

House Democrats opted for a bum’s rush, started impeachment proceedings – no full House vote, no dialogue, just venting of spleen.  They did so despite White House release of the complaint and transcript, no redactions, restrictions or claims of Executive Privilege.   The transcript rebuts the hearsay complaint, but on comes the rush – facts notwithstanding.  Have you ever seen such an irresponsible act? 

Never mind that impeachment is, by definition, a constitutional process that imposes an incalculable burden on the nation.  It pits institutions against each other, was considered an extreme remedy for “high crimes,” divides parties and inflames passions, disunifies the nation, destroys any hope of legislation, upends regular order, and can paralyze national security.  

Who in their right mind would choose this course – unless forced by a high crime?  But there is no high crime.  The transcript disproves allegations of extortion; there is no indication of threats to withhold monies for personal gain – as a former vice president did when coercing the same government to fire a prosecutor investigating his son.  President Trump withheld nothing, threatened to withhold nothing, and the transcript shows that clearly.

So, what did the President do? He conducted an open-ended conversation with a foreign leader about a range of topics, including concerns over potential illegalities by a former US official – under Ukrainian and perhaps also American law.  Is that a high crime?  Hard to see how.  

Since everything this president does is misinterpreted – and this is the third time a confidential call with a foreign leader has been leaked – he might better have let the Attorney General, Secretary of State, or Ambassador seek legal clarifications.  But not doing so hardly seems cause for impeachment.  

To understand congressional intent, consult last week’s hearing.  The House Intelligence Committee glibly misrepresented the call transcript.   Taken to task, they claimed “parody” – but that is not how it came across.  Let’s be clear:  Impeachment is no joke, no painless process, no game.  It is deadly serious – and should not be subject to “parody” by a committee chairman.   

Then, House Democrats tried to slip a Watergate mickey into the record, and not subtly – saying delayed release was a “cover up.”  Only neither the complaint nor transcript were withheld – and neither redacted, thus no cover-up.  Having lived through Watergate, this is no Watergate.  Everything was released – to Congress and the public.    

This farce is worse than the last.  The so-called non-partisan whistleblower not only got facts wrong but enlisted a partisan lawyer to trot out legalese to obscure a material fact – that the whistleblower knew no material facts.  

Any lawyer worth their salt knows what happens to a hearsay complaint, where nothing is known, false facts are alleged, and interpreting them against the accused produces no claim – that complaint is dismissed. 

Congress should know something:  All this smoke and mirrors, hype and gripe, does not escape Americans.  They are not stupid, even if House leaders think so.  They may not be constitutional scholars, but they know when they are being played – and they resent it. 

The impeachment game has gone too far.  Taxpayers’ money and time are being squandered.  House Democrats overplayed.  They are wrong, and some know it.  This may be the most profound strategic error by a US House in living memory.  I guess, we will see.  What we will not see- is what does not exist, namely grounds for impeachment.  


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Vicky
3 years ago

Never know what polls they are talking about just more negativity from the left. Just awful! Trump 2020

Hal Morris
3 years ago

Democrat voters do not care about the truth! The Liberal state is so incredibly biased to their self deserving philosophy that truth be [email protected] They are ready to fight in the streets to prevent opponents from expressing their position or point of view. Republicans, especially conservatives, are to docile to win anything. Conservatives will continue to lose “the battle” until they are prepared to get off of their lazy backsides and assemble in mass everywhere to affirm their right to express their opinion publicly. Mass assembly will show unity and imbolden the more timid to participate. Doing nothing, the current status quo for most Republicans, is the roadmap to FAILURE!

PAUL KNOWLES
3 years ago

With the DemoRats talking impeachment — all it does for me is make me want to vote for President Trump a 100 times – if I only could. This will serve to galvanize Trump’s base and expand it with Independents.

Mike Roman
3 years ago

Why should we not expect, responsible House members to seek sanctions against the above mentioned House member who stated the “parody”? Such behavior is conduct unbecoming a House member, or any Governmental Official!

Why do we have to endure such clonish behavior from people who are paid to represent us? They should be reminded that if we indeed had a socialist state, said member would have been escorted from the House Chamber and summarily executed for such a clonish act…

Jerry H
3 years ago

“According to the Pew study, only four percent believe Congress is held accountable for lapses” – I am still wondering when Congress has ever been held accountable. Sure a few of them lose their seats in elections but as a whole nothing changes. They commit insider trading and sexual assault and we pay when they get caught. They sleep at their desk or play video games while others are speaking but get reelected. Now they are spending millions of our dollars to impeach someone that we legally elected knowing the senate won’t kick him out of office and yet I will bet with anyone here that nothing will happen to them in the next election. A few will get kicked out on both sides of the aisle but for the most part they will all be back and even if the power shifts to the conservative side nothing will change they will still complain and cheat and sexually assault and go to free dinners and resorts and when they finally do decide to hang it up they will be rich beyond their and our wildest dreams.

David
3 years ago

I would like to know who is taking care of the business of doing the job of being a representative in the house since they are so consumed with trying to impeach President Trump. Who is looking into all the allegations about Biden, Obama, Hillary, Schiff and all the others. Who is taking on the enforcement of making senators pay their taxes, who is holding senators responsible for using tax dollars to pay for their sexual misconduct, who is watching the money spent on trips by senators and luxuries that they enjoy. I thought we had a system of checks and balances, if we are looking into one elected officials dealings, all of our elected officials should be under the microscope and I don’t mean only the ones in office but past elected officials.

Nebraska Jerry
3 years ago

I am about a third of the way through the book, “Ball Of Collusion” by Andrew C McCarthy, and I gotta tell you, this is a must read for everyone. Not just Americans, everyone on this planet needs to know how this witch hunt got off the ground and who the actors are behind this attempted overthrow of our country. As I read I am tempted to go find a highlighter to mark certain paragraphs, but soon realize that I would soon run out of highlighter ink! If I were one of the bad actors in that book, I know I’d be packing my bags and getting outta town ASAP, lest a tar & feather mob show up at my door.

W.S. Lester
3 years ago

Greetings One and All,

The House controlled, “so called” Democratic Party, and their ever constant Anti-American, Anti-Constitutional speaker, that’s right, Nancy Pelosi, along with the likes of the four *squad members*, and their individual, and or collective rantings, of how real Americans need be conducting themselves. When in fact, there are very few, if any at all within the “so called” Democratic party, who/whom ever acknowledge that what their Party members conduct has been, and or actually Is; To be genuinely Wrong in nature and scope from the start!.

So what is the answer here?. From my stand point of view, based upon my being a Genuine American Born Patriot, Tax Paying Voter Citizen; And my having had endure the likes of what the “so called” Democratic party members have continued to advance upon doing To Our Country, instead of their doing FOR Our Country; Whereas the “Witch Hunting Hoard of Socialist Minded Criminals” on the hill in delta charlie (DC), are the ones who/whom genuinely desire to be Fired, Impeached, and or Imprisoned for their Criminal Conduct/Actions against “WE THE PEOPLE” of OUR United States Of America!.

The question which remains though, with regard to the House controlled “so called” Democratic party members; Is who to actually start with, with regard to their being Fired, Impeached, and or Imprisoned of the “so called” Democratic party member(s)!.

Start with Speaker Pelosi, then Mr Nadler, then the Squad members, and of course, let us not forget Mrs Clinton!. Of course there are a host of other personnel who need be *ousted*, and, with Our Nation’s 2020 election proceedings, on the fully view-able horizon, there are many a “so called” Democrat; And mind you, some Republicans as well, who shall Not see themselves maintaining their seats in Our Country’s House and Senate!. This shall be good for Our Country, this shall be good for Our Nation, to oust the many individual(s) who simply do Not listen to what “WE THE PEOPLE” have been saying to those “ILL Minded, or Socialist Minded, and or, Ultra Leftist Radicals; Of whom, by their very own display of DIS-Concern for the Genuine American Tax Paying Voter Citizenry; That the “Swamp Mites” on the hill in delta charlie (DC), are soon to Loose any and all ability, of their continual damaging endeavors upon Our Country, upon Our Nation, period!.

Those who have continued to do Harm to Our Country, to Our Nation, from well inside Lady Liberty’s Borders, are soon to feel the full on might, of WE THE PEOPLE!.

Enough, is Bloody Well Enough..

Thank you all for having made the time, and for having taken the time to read what I have posted herein.

“IN GOD WE / I HAVE ALWAYS TRUSTED”

“MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS OUR UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ALWAYS”

Be Well America,

“Semper Fi, Semper Fi Indeed”

thumpersdad
3 years ago

IF the Dem’s truly want IMPEACHMENT, they should have the intestinal fortitude to vote ON THE RECORD to begin the formal procedure! The “establishment RINOs” have once again shown their true color–YELLOW!! A sitting President is generally considered the head of their party, but establishment RINOs can’t seem to grasp this simple concept. Force the Dem’s to PUBLICLY “vote their conscience”!

Sam
3 years ago

Can you imagine just how many good things Congre$$ could get done if they would quit playing politics against POTUS and work with the folks across the aisle? I’ll never vote for another Democrat again, ever. Might not vote for a Republican either, but NO MORE Democrats for me!

Chuck
3 years ago

This whole thing seems to be a thinly veiled attempt at a coup de tat

Ruth F.
3 years ago

If there is anyone that needs to be impeached it is all of those crazy Democrats that has been running around investigating the President and costing the taxpayers billions of dollars which could and should be put to good use elsewhere. they haven’t legislated or done any work fo r the citizens,why don’t we withhold thier pay until they get in there and go to work.

jOIN ME FASTING AND PRAYER AT LEAST 1 DAY A WEEK
3 years ago

The Democratic Party is so DIRTY, and dishonest along with the main MEDIA it is astounding and they would destroy our freedoms and country with their stupidity, which is putting it mildly. GOD and HIS Intervention is the reason President Trump was elected and we MUST continue to pray for GOD’s protection and Blessings on Our current President and all who embrace His protection. WE need to ask GOD to remove ALL the DIRTY individuals DEMOCRATs AND REPUBLICANS alike who are working against making AMERICA GREAT AGAIN…GOD knows the end from the beginning. GOD ALONE KNOWS THE HEARTS OF EVERY INDIVIDUAL. i PRAY FOR ALL OF THEM TO COME INTO A SAVING KNOWLEDGE OF OUR lORD jESUS cHRIST..BUT I ALSO PRAY GOD WILL REMOVE THEM FROM ANY PLACE OF POWER, SO THEY CANNOT HURT OUR PRESIDENT AND COUNTRY, AND THE FREEDOMS WE ENJOY AT THE COST OF SO MANY WHO HAVE SERVED IN ALL THE WARS AND POLICE ACTIONS AND MADE THE MAXIMUM SACRIFICE, AS WELL AS THOSE WHO HAVE SUFFERED INCREDIBLY SERIOUS INJURIES, AND MUST LIVE WITH THE RESULTS OF THOSE INJURIES THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. i believe we must fast and pray for our President and country, as well as GOD’s Ability to bring the TRUTH to LIGHT and to WAKE up ALL AMERICANS REGISTERED TO VOTE IN ALL PARTIES, AS TO THE DESTRUCTIVE FORCES WORKING WITHIN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AT THE NATIONAL LEVELS AND BRING HILLARY AND BILL CLINTON AND OBAMA, COMEY, MCCABE AND ALL THE OTHERS, TO JUSTICE, TO ANSWER FOR THE CORRUPTION, AND DAMAGE THEY HAVE CREATED IN OUR POLITICAL ARENA, IN OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM, IN CONGRESS AND ALL AREAS OF OUR GOVERNMENT. THEY HAVE COMMITTED TREASONOUS ACTS TIME AND TIME AGAIN. WE MUST HUMBLE OURSELVES AND PRAY FOR GOD TO RESTORE THIS COUNTRY AND CLEAN UP THE MESS AS ONLY HE IS ABLE BY GUIDING PRESIDENT TRUMP AND OTHER PATRIOTS TO REVEAL THE TRUTH TO OUR FELLOW AMERICANS IN THIS COUNTRY AND THE WORLD.

James Hollingsworth
3 years ago

Wonder why people hate Trump ? The darkness always hates the light ! The darkness in their hearts hates the light in Trump that’s loves this country and cannot be bought ! Concerning all voters : May eyes of their spirit be enlightened and the eyes of their understanding be opened to see the truth that you have spoken and deal with this accordingly at the polls !!!

Tom B.
3 years ago

Why can’t these people who take oaths of office to protect the people and county be held accountable for their treasonous self interests . They should be hung by the neck in the public square , and all their assets reimbursed back to the people who their supposed to work for. Not the other way around. Time will only tell if the people stay all too complacent to let it keep happening. Like Bernie says, Americans would love to pay higher TAXES. Idiots !

Jocelyne M
3 years ago

Don’t know about anybody else, but enough is enough!!! Those self righteous horse’s behinds (mostly the D’s and those few R’s that follow along like idiots) have done nothing but work at dividing this nation and bringing it down to the poor state it was in due to the current President’s predecessor. They have done squat for their constituents or this country as a whole. Hopefully they will be shown the door, big time, come the 2020 election. The D’s, especially, love to see this nation and its people down and out, so that they can throw out a bone or two and expect us all to kiss their rings and be eternally grateful !!!

Darlene
3 years ago

Sickened by the whole mess. They are determined to undermine our duly elected President by whatever means possible. The dems are on a hate fest and they really don’t care what the American majority wants. They are grasping at straws while all along ignoring the corruption in their own camp. Shameful, just shameful.

Pat R
3 years ago

House Democrats are appearing more daily how immature and child-like they are. They are behaving in the non-intelligent manner in which they seem to think/believe of the general public. If We the People haven’t already surmised Congress does not abide by laws on the books (border security), this most recent impeachment process proves it. Their own legal restrictions are being tossed aside by proceeding with impeachment proceedings without a House vote. They are now blatant in “by any means necessary” to get rid of Trump (even illegal). Seems impeachment procedures should begin for some Democrat representatives for not abiding by House rules, doing so blatantly and collectively in an all-out coup attempt.

Ray
3 years ago

We must fight for truth, justice and freedom…

Amelia Little
3 years ago

Well written!!!

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