On the Possible Impeachment
In this country everyone is supposed to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. And so it should be with Donald Trump. Impeachment is the equivalent of an indictment. It’s not in itself a conviction. After an “indictment” by the House of Representatives there’s a “trial” in the Senate.
Now here it gets interesting because juries are supposedly impartial. In civilian courts the prosecutor and defendant get to interview potential jurors and dismiss those they feel are prejudiced in a way that is detrimental to their side. Impeachment is different. The Senate is the “jury” in impeachment, period. No one gets disqualified. Being overwhelmingly Republican, odds are there won’t be the required two-thirds majority to convict. So, when all is said and done Trump will remain President.
This is not without precedent. Only two presidents have ever been impeached — Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton — and neither was convicted by the Senate. (Nixon came close to impeachment but saw the writing on the wall. “You can’t fire me, I quit!)
Many Democrats have wanted to steer clear of impeachment feeling it’s not to their strategic advantage. They’ve preferred to focus on the 2020 elections instead. Now they don’t have much choice. The capitalist class has ignored many of its supposed rules and norms these past few years. There comes a point they need to stop or descend into complete chaos. They’ve tolerated a lot with Trump’s boorish behavior, but I don’t think they’re quite ready to sacrifice everything.
Trump, his supporters and enablers are of course crying foul, witch-hunt, fake news, presidential harassment and the like. I guess we’ll see. By the rulers’ standards — pre-Trumpian at least — this latest allegation about the Ukraine call seems pretty serious. Clinton’s lie about oral sex pales a bit in comparison, but nonetheless he was impeached amidst howls of anguish and outrage by Republicans.
Along for the Ride
And so here we are. It’s difficult to know where all this will end up but it will be interesting to watch. As someone who was deeply engrossed in the Watergate scandal and followed those hearings closely, I find this is fascinating. Back in 1973 I stayed up late every night watching as the Watergate hearings were replayed on PBS.
Social media is full of commentary, serious and humorous. I must say this meme posted by my husband on Facebook today cracked me up.
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