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Beyond Impeachment: Challenges Facing the U.S. Left in 2020, by Peter Hudis; LA Progressive

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This is not to say Trump doesn’t deserve to be impeached for flagrantly trying to pressure a foreign country to interfere in a U.S. election and lying through his teeth through the whole process. Yet it’s also the case that he should have been impeached long before his call to the President of Ukraine for far much more egregious crimes. Denying Trump a second term  does matter. Political democracy is under attack around the world today. Trump is just the vile American expression of a global phenomenon. If this effort to undermine and destroy political democracy succeeds, the door will be closed to even discussing the path to a new, non-capitalist future, let alone actualizing one. Trump will remain in power through 2020, regardless of the impeachment process; our job is to ensure he remains there no longer.'
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From the article, this take-away---because I cannot say it better:

"When it comes to the political impact of the impeachment process one cannot blame Pelosi and the centrist Democratic Party leadership for the fact that the bulk of Trump's backers continue to support him. The vast majority of that ilk would support him whatever the case because they favor his decrepit policies."

The Republican Party today is less a party than a cult centered on egotistical self-aggrandizement run amok. For a large section of bourgeois society, there is nothing to believe in any more other than grabbing as much as you can at the expense of those less privileged than yourself even if it means destroying society in the process."

"The more pertinent issue is whether the impeachment process as conducted by the House Democrats has done anything to mobilize the majority of people in this country who oppose Trump and want to see him gone? There is little evidence that it has. If anythingand especially thanks to the recent British electionsthere is a growing sense of despair that he may be headed to re-election."

"If you face a powerful and serious enemy, you've got to fight him with all the political ammunition at your disposal. Narrowing the terms of impeachment to two items in a series of hearings (initially closed to the public at that!) and which lasted barely a month hardly counts for that."

"Moreover, that the effort to undermine Joe Biden spurred the Democratic establishment to impeachment makes it clear that the gravest affront in their eyes is to come after one of their own. (Would they have tried to impeach Trump if he were recorded trying to undermine the campaign of Bernie Sanders? It's hard to imagine that they would, since the emails from the Democratic National Committee in 2016 purportedly obtained by the Russians showed that the DNC and Hillary Clinton conspired, in ways bordering on illegality, to deny Sanders the nomination.)"

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