Imagine for a moment that you are in a position of power. Now, imagine that recently you’ve made a number of bad decisions, big mistakes, and the people who decide whether you keep your position are not pleased … not at all pleased. How do you react? What steps do you take to try to salvage your job? I can’t speak for everyone, but I think I would be working extra hard to try to right my past wrongs, to put my “nose to the grindstone”, work extra hours trying to do a better job, to show my superiors that I was worth keeping on.
Donald Trump is in a position of great power. We can argue ‘til the cows come home about whether he should ever have been handed the keys to the Oval Office, but it is a moot point, for he is there. He has made so many mistakes over the past three years that in the business world, he would have been ousted long before now. But in the past few months, he has made grievous mistakes, and there is reason to believe he did so with the intention of destroying the country’s democratic principles. His superiors, at least the majority of us, are looking to end his employment via the constitutional process known as impeachment.
Under this threat, one might expect him to “man up”, admit to his mistakes and work extra hard to try to salvage his job. But nooooooo …. instead he is ramping up his vitriolic rhetoric, lashing out at all he perceives as ‘enemies’, and turning our federal government, with the help of certain members of Congress, into a damn three-ring circus!
Yesterday, just as a Pentagon official was about to testify before a closed-door hearing of the House Intelligence Committee, a group of some thirty republican congressmen forced their way into the secure facility on Capitol Hill. Their intrusion caused a five-hour delay in the proceedings, wasting time and taxpayer’s money. In addition, they were taking pictures and texting on their cell phones in an area where, for security reasons, cell phones are strictly forbidden. Are these really the people we elected to represent us in Congress, or a bunch of juvenile delinquents???
Let us be clear here … we are currently at the ‘inquiry’ stage of the impeachment process. Inquiry … as in collecting information, interviewing witnesses, trying to piece together the details of any impeachable offense Trump may have committed. This stage of the process is, and has always been, handled by committees and not open to any outside the committee. Soon enough, the information they have collected will be made public, but that time is not now. Now, the republicans that disrupted the process yesterday, led by none other than the little scrapper Matt Gaetz, claimed that the democrats were trying to withhold information from republicans, but it should be noted that there are nine republicans on the House Intelligence Committee who were to sit in on the interview!
It was later reported that Trump was aware beforehand that the republican congressmen planned this little drama show and, in fact, encouraged it.
As evidence mounts that Trump did, in fact, use the threat of withholding U.S. aid to enlist the aid and assistance of a foreign power to benefit none other than himself in next year’s election, the republicans seem to have thrown professionalism and caution to the wind and are acting like I would expect a group of five-year-old children to act. And now this …
None other than the two-faced Lindsey Graham proposes to introduce a resolution condemning the impeachment inquiry! The “resolution” will be co-sponsored by Moscow Mitch McConnell. Now, mind you this resolution is worth about as much as the piece of paper it will be written on and carries no weight, but … its intent is to stop the bleeding. Trump’s approval rating has been declining and congressional republicans who have tied their fortunes to his are running scared. This is Lindsey’s way of saying to the masses who support Trump that he did nothing wrong and that the whole impeachment process is just the mean ol’ democrats who are still pouting over losing in 2016 trying to strike back at poor, innocent little Trumpty Dumpty.
What Lindsey, Mitchie, Matt and all their other ignoble cohorts would do well to remember is that this impeachment is not only sanctioned, but also mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the very document they took an oath to uphold. This impeachment is also long overdue. There was sufficient evidence in Robert Mueller’s report that Trump had committed impeachable offenses, but Speaker Pelosi held off beginning the process. It is obvious that Donald Trump thinks of this nation as his own personal playground. He takes liberties that no other president in the history of the nation has ever done before. If I didn’t have a horse in this race, it would almost be laughable, but since I have to live in this country, I find nothing funny in any of this.
That bad employee, rather than trying to shape up and do a better job, is instead trying to burn the company down. It is time … past time … to hold Trump AND those like Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell and others who defend the indefensible, accountable for their actions, accountable for turning the U.S. into a laughingstock and our lives into the Nightmare on Elm Street.