Last week I wrote a post titled “Mad as Hell!”, and then after some thought, I had a sneaking suspicion that there would be more to come, so I added “(Part I)” to the title. Lo and behold, I was right. I can only wonder how many parts I will end up with.
The word of the day is … well, actually there are several words of the day: stonewall, injustice, dishonesty, and I could think of more, but why bother? Yes, I am talking about the Mitch McConnell Dog-and-Pony show happening as we speak in the Capitol building in Washington D.C. McConnell and his cronies seem to be programmed to say one word only: NO. No, you can’t subpoena documents from the White House. No, you can’t call John Bolton or Mick Mulvaney or Robert Blair or Michael Duffy or virtually any other witness. No, you cannot subpoena documents from either the Department of Defense or the Office of Management and Budget. What a SHAM this trial has already, after only one day, turned into.
My question … at least my first one … is this: If McConnell and the other 52 republican fools in the Senate truly believe that Donald Trump is NOT guilty of any wrongdoing, then why the hell are they so afraid of any witness testimony or document review? It seems to me that if they believe he is innocent, they would welcome such witnesses and evidence, to show the American public once and for all that Trump did nothing wrong. So … all this subterfuge, all the games that McConnell is engaging in … they point heavily to the fact that McConnell and the entire rest of the right side of the aisle in the Senate are altogether too well aware that the defendant, Donald Trump, is guilty as charged … and then some.
And if you thought that Chief Supreme Court Justice John Roberts presiding over the trial would bring even an element of fairness, then think again, for he is proving himself to be naught more than just another of Trump’s hired goons. History will not be kind to him, nor to any of the actors in this dog-and-pony show, but they don’t seem to think past the nose on their faces.
Granted, we all knew that at the end of the day, Trump will be acquitted because … for some reason that as yet eludes me, they seem scared shitless of Trump and will throw their very careers in the trash to bow to his wishes. However, one would think they would at least … at the very least … give the appearance of a fair trial. But nooooooo … they might as well stand up and say, “Trump is guilty as hell and we therefore find him innocent.”
The thing that disturbs me most about this is not that Trump will remain in office until he is (hopefully, fingers crossed) voted out in November … I already had that one pegged from the first time the word “impeachment” was mentioned. No, what is most disturbing and should scare the hell out of us all is the precedent this sets.
At just over 8,000 words, the U.S. Constitution does not cover all bases, but merely lays the foundation for a government based on democratic principles. Specifics are left to two things: laws and precedent. Both, once set, are difficult to reverse. If a fair trial, at least on the surface, is conducted and Trump is yet acquitted, it would be no different than when Bill Clinton was impeached but acquitted at trial. However, if this trial continues to be a sham, a circus according to the wishes of Mitch McConnell, the precedent it sets is that no president is ever likely to be impeached again. But … even that is not the worst of it.
The very worst is that in using his office, his power, for personal gain and political purposes, Trump effectively tore down any constraints or barriers to unlimited power. Checks and balances? Where??? Congress is tasked with overseeing the executive branch, and yet they have handed him the keys to the kingdom and said, “Do whatever you wish … we won’t stop you.” The judiciary has largely said the same. Where, my friends, do you suppose that leaves us … the 330 million people of this nation whose voices have been stifled by the very people we voted into office and whose salaries we pay?
We have laws in this country … laws that are not being enforced today, laws that are being laughed at by the very people we have entrusted to enforce those laws. Imagine if you vandalized your neighbor’s car and ten people were standing on the street and saw you. One of them finally calls the police while you continue to use your baseball bat to break every window in the car. Now imagine that at your trial, not a single one of those ten people are called to testify. A neighbor’s home security camera caught the whole incident on video, but that is not allowed at your trial, either. That is exactly what this impeachment trial is. There is no doubt that what Trump did was wrong, nor is there doubt that he did attempt to use the leverage of assistance to the Ukraine in order to force them to publicly announce an investigation into Trump’s political opponent, Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. There’s not a shred of reasonable doubt. But … if no evidence is allowed to be presented, if no witnesses are allowed to tell what they know … where’s the damn justice???
Too many times already in the past three years, Trump has gotten by with abusing the power of his office, with obstruction of justice, with endangering the nation and its people. If he is not held accountable now, then folks, we have an autocrat, an “Imperial President” who has no bounds, no conscience, and no reason to honour his oath of office. The republicans in Congress are in the process of creating a monster, one that will destroy this nation.
I have emailed the republican senator for my state, Rob Portman, twice within the past ten days and have not received a single response, which leads me to believe that as a citizen and taxpayer, I have no voice in my government. And that leaves me mad as hell!