For all the thundering about impeaching President Trump (which I’ll remind you started about five minutes after CNN admitted he’d won the election), once again Wednesday, the House voted 332-95 to table the latest impeachment resolution from rabid anti-Trump Texas Rep. Al Green. Since the number of Democrats willing to go on record as supporting it has risen from 66 a year-and-a-half ago to 95 now, Green says it’s only a matter of time before it passes. Yep, at this rate, I figure it will pass just about the time Trump is wrapping up his second term.
The problem, aside from voters who like having a booming economy and record low unemployment no matter much it rankles House Democrats and who don’t want Trump impeached, is that pesky matter of “grounds.” They keep thundering about all the “high crimes and misdemeanors” Trump has committed, but when pressed to name one, the Dems go into their best Jackie Gleason impression: “Homina-homina-homina…”
Russian collusion? Thoroughly investigated by three government entities, and no evidence was found of any. Obstruction? The Mueller probe went on for two years and cost $30 million; if he wanted to obstruct it, he did a lousy job of it. Financial corruption? Trump walked away from a multibillion-dollar business and is donating his salary back to the government. The Mueller probe guilty pleas? All process "crimes" and unrelated issues from years before the targets' brief involvement with Trump. He was just accused of having the most corrupt Administration in history by a freshman Congresswoman who is herself under scrutiny for everything from alleged bigamy to tax irregularities to anti-Semitism, yet she failed to name a single example of his so-called “corruption.”
Green offered a clue by saying, "The president has committed an impeachable offense. Yesterday, we condemned him for that. Today is our opportunity to punish him." And what did they condemn him for? Writing some tweets they didn’t like. I need an expert legal opinion: Is offensive tweeting a high crime or a misdemeanor?
Can you imagine Hillary having to go through the intense and relentless levels of hostile investigation and prosecution Trump and his people have endured? She would've been sentenced to spend more time in prison that the cornerstone of the Bastille.
When you press them very hard, you learn that their grounds for impeaching Trump are that they really, really, really don’t like that guy, and they are still really, really, really, really angry that he won the election.
Come back to us with another impeachment resolution when you can add at least five more “really's” to those “grounds” of yours.
In a world filled with important real news, what we're mostly hearing today is breathless commentary about all the hand-wringing and pearl-clutching over President Trump’s “offensive personal insults” of people who call him a corrupt, cold-hearted, lying, child-killing, racist, sexist, homophobic Nazi – and of those same people’s outrage over the crowd at last night’s Trump rally chanting “Send her back” when he mentioned Rep. Ilhan Omar, which they should have known would just feed the fire (although to be fair, they might have meant “send her back to Minnesota,” which probably would’ve sparked a chant from Minnesotans: “No, please don’t! No, please don’t!...”)
Trump supporters should realize that they shouldn’t give the Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) anything that they can make into a distracting anti-Trump story instead of what should be the real story (the long list of genuinely offensive quotes from Omar that Trump read off, highlighting the glaring gap between Congressional Democrats’ feigned hysteria over his comments and their defense of hers.)
In watching some of the yak-yak over this political theater, I saw a representative for the leftward view on Fox News claim that the Democrats have to go after Trump tooth and claw because during the 2016 election, they adopted the philosophy of “When they go low, we go high,” and they lost. First of all, I guess that tells us they hold to their high moral principles only as long as it helps them win elections.
Also, I have a follow-up question: at what point in the 2016 election campaign did the Democrats ever “go high?” Was Hillary taking the moral high ground against personal insults when she said at least half of Trump’s supporters were a basket of irredeemable sexist, racist, Islamophobic, homophobic, xenophobic deplorables? (I know she said that; I still have my “Proud member of the basket of deplorables” T-shirt.) But wait: Trump started all the name-calling, right? He’s the one who “lowered the tone of political discourse.” Funny, I seem to recall the left smearing Tea Party members with the homophobic term “teabaggers” and referring to George W. Bush as “Chimpy McBush-Hitler.” (Probably shouldn’t have put all that viciousness on the Internet if you didn’t want it to be viewable forever.)
So pardon me if I don’t rend my garments over what a mean brute that Trump is for suggesting that people who do nothing else 24/7 but badmouth America might be anti-American. I reserve my anger for real outrages, like the fact that we actually have an elected Representative (one the entire Democratic Party is rallying to defend) who just introduced a House resolution, wrapped in the cloak of defending “American values,” that would support the odious boycott movement against Israel, which she compared to the Boston Tea Party.
She also compared Israel, a staunch US ally and the only real democracy in the Middle East, to Nazi Germany and the USSR.
Someone should inform her that “USSR” stood for the “Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.” She should have to apologize profusely for offending her fellow socialists by comparing them to a successful, freedom-loving, capitalist democracy like Israel.