Quick Thoughts on Impeachment

by Travis

As the inquiry into the impeachment of President Donald Trump are winding to a close, and the House of Representatives prepares for a full vote, I realize two things to be true:

  1. We have ample overwhelming evidence of multiple crimes and impeachable offenses committed by the President – both during and before the (illegal) Ukraine bribery scheme to (illegally) extort Ukrainian officials in the (illegal) solicitation of in-kind campaign contributions from foreign nationals in exchange for the release of (illegally) withheld military aid to Ukraine funds obligated by Congress, a scheme which benefits Russia most of all – and for which, he will be impeached in the House on party lines; and
  2. Barring an unknown bombshell, the Senate – where representation is skewed in favor of less-populated states – will likely acquit him and prevent his removal, also on party lines.

Some GOP Senators will claim that while the President’s scheme was corrupt, possibly criminal, and perhaps undermined our national security, they do not have sufficient evidence for their purposefully murky criteria for impeachment and removal; and although the White House is defying subpoenas to produce related documents, they will decline to produce them.

If this moment plays out this way, it will be because:

  1. An overwhelming majority of Americans simply do not care enough about their government to have any opinion whatsoever on the matter; and
  2. A majority in those less-populated states choose to believe disinformation instead of the testimonies of Trump’s very own staff.

Our elected officials will be deciding, on our behalf, that:

  1. The President is above the law; and
  2. Their own partisan political careers are more important than the Constitution to which they took an oath.

At that moment, we will collectively and subtly redefine our system of government, slipping from a Republic to something else, wherein we, the American population, are not citizens but subjects of the state and its magistrate, who now hovers just above the law.

At which point, those of us who actually do care must look to the past and decide what to do in the present in order to preserve the future.