Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) is already drafting articles of impeachment related to Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, believing there’s enough evidence of Trump’s obstruction of justice to begin an impeachment inquiry (not to mention Trump’s blatant violation of the Constitutions emoluments clause by profiting off his presidency, and much else).
But Democratic leaders are pushing back, warning there aren’t enough facts to justify an impeachment inquiry at this point, and, in any event, such an inquiry would politicize ongoing congressional investigations.
I will leave to Constitutional Law Professors, you know, what President Obama was supposed to have been, to figure out if there's a way to combine Impreachment with a Comstitutional Amendment. I would like to see a Constitutional Amendment making it unConstitutional to Tweet on Twitter or anything like that, While at it we could do some other useful things like kill off Citizens United and the Electoral College, lock in Net neutrality, admit Puerto Rico as the 51st state, and re-establish The War Powers Act to make congress persons have to vote for the use of Armed Forces, giving then again the only power to declare was, even little ones, just a few of my national betterment suggestions
Whether rump quits of his own volition, is forced out by the republican leadership or is impeached and convicted, the republican party will no longer have any moral authority to lead. It will be a lame duck Pence and R majority Congress limping its way to the 2018 and 2020 elections. Couple that with the complete repudiation of Reagan trickle down economics that we just witnessed in Kansas, and you have a gaping maw for the progressive movement to jump into, whether through the DP (as I see it, still not likely) or independently, to finally give the country a real peoples' agenda and break the back of the power brokers once and for all. It is a moment that I think the Left is finally ready to seize.
Congressional Republicans need Trump's voters' support to win their 2018 elections. If they so much as accuse Trump of spitting on the sidewalk they will lose that support. Trump voters have zero tolerance for anybody criticizing their hero.
In view of that world of metrics and money that Congresscritters operate in, is there ANY incentive for the GOP to take any action against Trump irrespective of how many crimes he commits ?
Ok, Bush invaded Iraq and killed hundreds of thousands of people. Obama followed and continued the same in Libya, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere. Both have never been brought to justice for their crimes; and are living quite the nice life in retirement.
Now along comes Trump who timidly insinuates he may want to change course with the direction of US foreign policy and the establishment is clamoring for his impeachment.
Although I concur that every POTUS of the past three decades including Trump should be brought to justice and incarcerated, the fakest of the fake news during that past year is that there is a "Trump revolution", asserting that Trump is "changing course" domestically and/or internationally.
All evidence and action since Trump announced his first appointee shortlists within days of the November 2016 election confirm that rather than a "revolution" or "change of course", Trump is simply accelerating all of the trends embraced by every POTUS since Saint Ron's regime to transfer wealth from the 99% to the 1%.
Anybody who lauds Trump's embracing tyrants and autocrats around the world (who are part of the problem), while alienating nations that are part of the solution, is more warped than Trump is.
True true true. But really a false analogy logically speaking. But your point is well made. However, let's not overlook two facts:
Trump wants to increase military spending 10%, and has stated that with terrorists we should "bomb the hell out of them". So do we expect any downsizing of MIC?
Trump is a narcissist with the following all too evident symptoms, and one with supreme military might and seems more than willing to use it. I don't think having a mentally unbalanced, completely inexperienced in government and political positions, leader with the football is such a keen idea.
In many cases, people with narcissistic personality disorder:
Are self-centered and boastful
Seek constant attention and admiration
Consider themselves better than others
Exaggerate their talents and achievements
Believe that they are entitled to special treatment
Are easily hurt but may not show it
Set unrealistic goals
May take advantage of others to achieve their goals
Other common traits of narcissistic personality disorder include the following:
Preoccupation with fantasies that focus on unlimited success, power, intelligence, beauty, or love
Belief that he or she is "special" and unique, and can only be understood by other special people
Expectation that others will automatically go along with what he or she wants
Inability to recognize or identify with the feelings, needs, and viewpoints of others
Envy of others or a belief that others are envious of him or her
Hypersensitivity to insults (real or imagined), criticism, or defeat, possibly reacting with rage, shame, and humiliation
Arrogant behavior and/or attitude
Here is an oranges to oranges comparison:
On his first day, Trump broke 13-14 specific Contract with America 1st day promises. On their first days, Obama and Bush did not break any such promises, because they were smart enough, experienced in government and politics, not to make outlandish claims. So he achieved 4-5 maybe. The remaining 13-4 were lies enacted on day 1.
But Democratic leaders are pushing back, warning there aren’t enough facts to justify an impeachment inquiry at this point, and, in any event, such an inquiry would politicize ongoing congressional investigations. Baloney.
"The advantage of introducing a bill of impeachment now – even attempting to do so – is that such an action might itself galvanize the vast majority of Americans who want Trump out of office. It could mobilize and energize people around the most important immediate issue facing the country."
Kudos to Rob Reich on this central point. My bet is that the Rethugs get the Orange Tweeterpie before the Dems. He won't last a year. The Dems will claim victory of course, but then they'll have to actually think of a real political strategy and winning program - which Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein and others have laid out there. We'll see how the post-Trump Dems respond. Not holding my breath on that one.
I don't see any way the Republicans hold impeachment hearings unless even more damaging information comes out. Yesterday, the heads of national intelligence and the NSA refused to say if Trump tried to get them to hold off on investigations of his connections to Russia. It was rather extraordinary that people in such high positions in the government would refuse to tell Congress the truth. So far Comey is the only one to come forward. He is sort of like the new John Dean. And there may even be tapes to back him up it the tapes were not erased. The past is almost repeating itself.
Trump is a ruffian mob boss authoritarian misogynist pig, casino head alcoholic gambling and scantily-clad virile dancers. Donald Trump despises the poor and pushes against walls, the middle class wage earner struggling to pay debt.
My crystal ball says no impeachment proceedings will occur, much less a conviction. A florid narcissist caving because his adoring fans are not quite as adoring is a possibility--he decompensates publicly or finds some lame way to save face (in his twisted thinking) and he's o-u-t.
Now will somebody please tell me how religious-maniac (closet sinner) Pence and conscienceless and heartless subhuman Ryan are a better path for us 99%ers no matter how many...or few.... months are left before the next presidential election?
There is time. Lets get a full understanding of the republican and Trump agenda. Lets get a full understanding of the democrats agenda. Will republicans vote to raise the debt limit?Why are democrats supporting an increase in the military------the corporate media paint this increase in the military as something that must happen-----the false framing of a real debate.
At the same time it is mind blowing how the media and politicians are not sure if Trump committed obstruction of justice-------and the same could be said of Clinton when her lawyers deleted 30,000 e-mails. A two tier system of justice.
You don't think that appointing some of the slimiest foxes to guard the many henhouses in the US amounts to hurting Americans? You don't think that making a fool out of himself on the international circuit is hurting Americans? Or pulling out of the Paris agreement? That taking away people's medical insurance and retirement despite promises not to isn't hurting Americans.