Skip to comments.Americans Should Demand an End to This Impeachment Absurdity
Posted on 11/20/2019 5:59:42 AM PST by billorites
It has now become a frequent occurrence to wonder if I have taken leave of my senses and am imagining the unutterable nonsense being uttered by apparently normal, functioning news readers and commentators on television and in print.
This began when the Washington Post reported the Republican talking point two-and-a-half years ago that the Steele dossier had been commissioned and paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. I had just finished Hillary Clintons book What Happened about the election, the outcome of which she attributed to Trumps treason with the Russians and being shivved in the back three times by Jim Comey. I wandered aimlessly, like a zombie, through the media, looking for confirmation that the Russian collusion whopper had been abandoned and that its authors were testing the nations air raid shelters for refuge.
Comey was negligent in not taking Clintons evidence under oath. He exceeded his authority in overlooking her lies and in saying she would not be prosecuted. When her victory seemed secure, he went through the charade of briefly reopening the inquiry. Presumably, he will be prosecuted and disbarred and further punished according to the law, but not for giving Clinton the shiv. It will be a spectacle worth waiting for, given Comeys bloated sanctimony. And if he imagines his lawyer, Patrick Fitzgerald, will be of much use to him, with his long record of dishonest prosecutions, Comeys disillusionment will be becoming. The film rights will be valuable.
It hardly need be noted that the Steele fiasco, an admitted pastiche of lies and defamations, not unverified intelligence or even, as Hillary henceforth described it, campaign information, simply vanished but the criminal assault on the Trump presidency by those whom it had displaced, burbled on for more than a year. The country was still recovering its balance from the atmospheric decompression of the Mueller inquiry, not even defended by its geriatric nominal chief author, when the whistleblower emerged. Everyone knows his name, and that the whistleblower protocols had to be altered to permit his hearsay to qualify.
We know he wasnt a whistleblower, just a former Biden political helper misrepresenting what he had been told of a conversation the president had with the president of Ukraine. First, he said, President Trump had threatened to withhold aid Congress had approved if the authorities in that country did not investigate the activities of Joe and Hunter Biden in Ukraine. In fact, the money was not withheld, the request and the aid were not related, the Bidens havent been investigated, the Ukrainian president has denied there was any pressure, the Democrats will not allow the so-called whistleblower to testify and be questioned, Trump did not direct findings on the Bidenshe just wanted to know what happened, and the president has a perfect right to conduct foreign policy as he wishes.
At first, we were told Trump was using government money to extort a smear of Biden, but there was no connection and he wanted the facts, not a smear and didnt even get that. Again, warped by the observation that sophisticated societies will respond rationally to emergent facts on matters of public interest, I awaited the evaporation of this latest farrago of desperate partisan nonsense. But the Democratic National Committee made no secret of the fact that it consulted a public relations firm and went through focus groups and the like to find that the most damning charge against the president was bribery, the crime used along with treason in the Constitution to justify recourse to impeachment. Treason hadnt worked and back they all came, like synchronized Radio City choristers, with incantations of bribery directed at the president.
Now they say he bribed the Ukrainian president with aid in exchange for the presumed campaign advantage of learning why the young Biden was getting the unheard-of fee of $87,000 a month from a notoriously corrupt energy company, an industry in which Hunter Biden had no experience. This, they said, was the bribe, even though Congress voted the aid, and President Trump never got the information he was seekingthe facts not a smear, a question all politically interested Americans would also like to have answered; and there is no persuasive evidence of any connection between the aid and the request for the facts anyway: not a bribe, not a crime, nothing wrong.
The polls dont move, the airwaves are empurpled with gasps of horror at these unnewsworthy banalities. The most inveterate liar in the history of American politics, Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who makes Joseph R. McCarthy seem like a soothsayer, continues as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to deny Republicans the right to cross-examine or call their witnesses. Meanwhile, the media just romp along like a pantomime horse nodding at this relentless avalanche of imbecilities and outrages.
Fox News host Chris Wallace solemnly stated that Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine, was a powerful witness. A powerful witness to what? She had no evidence of any illegality committed by the president, and this is an inquiry into whether the president committed high crimes. Schiff started to read to her a tweet the president had just sent out saying that everywhere this ambassador had gone had turned out badly and that she was a partisan opponent of his and was disliked by the government to which she had been accredited. Schiff called it witness intimidation. She responded that she did not know the presidents motives but that she felt very intimidated.
Again, I thought my ears were deceiving me; Ukraine is a wild and woolly place and if she was intimidated by that, Trump didnt get her out of there fast enough. Lets have more robust ambassadors!
It might have been understandable if Yovanovitch had said she found it intimidating to be a featured witness where she didnt have any relevant evidence for this spurious kangaroo court and publicity-fest. Schiff and the rest of the lynch mob not only want to defame and impeach with no evidence, but they also want to turn the White House into a judgment-free zone where the chief resident cant express an opinion, like in a kindergarten for challenged children.
Reports that the Republican Senate leaders will prolong the trial to inconvenience the six Democratic senators running for their partys nomination are nonsense. The country would resent it, the Trump campaign has no fear of any of them, and only Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders still have their heads above water anyway.
If the Democrats actually vote this out for an impeachment trial in the Senate, they will pay for it at the polls. But if they do, it is so feeble and ludicrous, I suspect the Republican majority will refuse to hear it, or will send it to the Supreme Court for referral, contending it does not reach the constitutional threshold of possible conviction to bring the countrys business to a stop for six weeks, especially in a year where the people themselves will decide whom they wish to be president.
Americans should pause to remember how far this has sunk: the idea is that the presidents request to know the facts about the Bidens financial involvement in Ukraine, after congressionally voted aid funds to Ukraine had been resumed, with no demonstrated connection between them, as the Ukrainian president affirms the absence of pressure, is held to be offering a bribe to elicit information American voters would wish to have but which has not been produced, within the presidents authority over the conduct of foreign policy, and that this should be judged by two-thirds of U.S. senators to be a high crime on the scale of bribery or treason, and President Trump should be removed from office because of it.
Any American adult who believes any substantial part of that should seek psychiatric help at once, regardless of his healthcare plan. Henry Kissinger is fond of quoting Metternich that public policy is a drama that ends by following the script to its conclusion or because the audience mounts the stage and stops it. What is left of American national dignity requires that the audience mount the stage, stop the media auto-da-fé and let their congressmen and senators know that this farce must end. There was never a legal basis to it and there is no longer even an entertainment justification for it. It merely makes the United States appear absurd, to itself and to the world.
Oh sure, like the dims give a rat’s patoot what the American people want. This is about a leftist power grab that was supposed to be relatively easy once Clinton was elected. Except she wasn’t. Pelosi is terrified Trump will win 2020 and appoint more conservative judges. Tick tock, RBG. Tick tock.
The dems think they are winning. Fortunately for us it’s a Charlie Sheen type of winning.
"You are in a position to demand nothing..."
“Americans Should Demand an End to This Impeachment Absurdity”
They should, especially since most aren’t watching & don’t really seem to care. But they won’t.
The media is suffused with the word “impeachment.” It has become like breathing We need a new version of the drinking game - every time that word is used, an anti-American Marxist coup plotter needs to be brought to justice by American patriots, since the DOJ never seems to finish its investigations and actually indict anyone of prominence.
I said this yesterday, but I think it bears repeating. The Dims are fools, but they’re not dummies. They know this isn’t going well, and I fully believe they’re already huddled behind closed doors trying to find a way to back out while still saving face. Nothing has been presented so far that comes anywhere near the level for impeachment. The Dims may still double-down and impeach the President, but it’ll die in the Senate. They also know it only makes Trump stronger for 2020.
Must suck to be a Dim.
Although the author’s run-on sentences are headache inducing, his larger point is well taken. Where is this generation’s Joseph Welch to say to Schiff “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”
We do demand it but we lack congressional representation
I would demand that Schiff and Pelosi be incarcerated as soon as the house is done with their session.
Why bother? Democrats are communists, they dont listen to the people, they OWN the people.
Get rid of the Democrats, then you can end these farces...thats what it will take.
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