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Failure to Impeach Trump Is a Way to Reaffirm Him

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Would the American people re-elect a president caught in the midst of a multi-faceted impeachment inquiry? One never knows.

Or would the American people be more likely to re-elect a president free from any impeachment inquiry?

With no commanding presidential candidate likely to emerge till well after the Iowa caucus on February 3, 2020, the center of Democratic Power is now in the House of Representatives, largely in the hands of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi is so determined to give Trump a pass on impeachment that Trump's lawyers cite her position in their court briefs. That seems like a pretty bad place for a supposed opposition party to find itself.

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Pelosi and other Democratic Party leaders have indicated a willingness to pursue impeachment if "the people want it." Then the same leaders do little or nothing to encourage the people to want it. That is the opposite of leadership. That is also a failure to understand how the impeachment of Richard Nixon became supportable through the conscientious evidence-gathering that persuaded the public that Nixon had committed impeachable offenses.

Pelosi is slippery to the point of dishonesty on the question of impeachment. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote a long wet-kiss article titled "It's Nancy's Parade" in the Sunday Times of July 7. Dowd asked Pelosi if she had said about Trump, as reported, "I don't want to see him impeached, I want to see him in prison." That's a classic false-choice deflection to begin with, but Pelosi danced it disingenuously further:

"I didn't exactly say that... You can't impeach everybody. People wanted Reagan impeached but that didn't happen. O.K., they impeached Clinton for something so ridiculous getting impeached for doing a dumb thing as a guy. Then they wanted to impeach Obama... [Trump] has given real cause for impeachment."

This is scattershot distraction Trump-style, seeming to make some point while avoiding the underlying question. If Trump, as Pelosi says, "has given real cause for impeachment," then why has the House not begun to impeach him?

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There is a glaring omission in Pelosi's list of recent presidents Reagan, Clinton, Obama, but neither Bush. The second Bush lied the country into war, a war that continues to cost us. Even that was not enough for Pelosi. She opposed impeaching Bush for the war crimes he so plainly committed. Does she lack principle? Does she lack courage? Does she always make her decisions on the narrowest partisan political calculation? What is really going on?

Democrats have the power to initiate impeachment proceedings. Democrats have the power to control the pace of those proceedings. There are numerous impeachable offenses, in almost every area climate, immigration, census, war-making, regulating contrary to statute, emoluments the list of failures to faithfully execute the laws or the office of the President is long and easily demonstrated. Even Pelosi says, "he every day practically self-impeaches by obstructing justice and ignoring the subpoenas" -- which he is allowed to do with impunity.

There are about 80 Democratic House members reportedly in favor of moving ahead on impeachment. That leaves another 155 Democratic House members either uncommitted or opposed to impeachment. These Democrats are not outspoken on the question and many of them oppose impeaching a flagrantly dishonest, probably criminal president, mainly because it might put their own re-election at risk. No profiles in courage there. We saw them flex their muscles recently when they forced Pelosi to capitulate on protecting immigrant children and accept the Senate bill that would do little to assure that the Department of Homeland Security follows the law.

Pelosi misleadingly talks about impeachment, characterizing it as if it's a compact, unitary event. It's not. "Impeachment" itself is only a formal accusation, a Congressional indictment that requires an investigation of uncertain length by the House Judiciary Committee, including having hearings, drawing of articles of impeachment, publicly debating and voting on them, and delivering those approved to the full House for a final vote. Only then do the articles of impeachment go to the Senate for a trial of indeterminate length and a final vote.

The impeachment process for Bill Clinton began in January 1994 with the appointment of a special prosecutor (Ken Starr took over in August 1994). The process ended more than five years later when the Senate acquitted Clinton on February 12, 1999.

The impeachment process for Richard Nixon began formally with the creation of the Senate Watergate Committee in February 1973, less than eight months after the Watergate burglary. The House Judiciary Committee started its investigation in October, voting for articles of impeachment at the end of July 1974. Nixon resigned on August 9, before the full House considered the impeachment articles. That abbreviated impeachment process took about 550 days.

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As of July 9, the November 3, 2020, presidential election was 483 days away. That is plenty of time for the House Judiciary Committee to accomplish something meaningful without having to risk defeat in the Senate.

So it's a calculated question for 2020: Would a prolonged, careful, substantive impeachment inquiry make Trump stronger or weaker by election day? Would a prolonged period of sniping at Trump's faults, without daring to impeach him, make Trump stronger or weaker on election day? Regardless of who the Democratic candidate turns out to be, it seems more likely that he or she will be strengthened by a House impeachment inquiry carried on with integrity before the election. Yes, it will be partisan, but that is offset if it is also principled. But first, Pelosi has to help it happen. According to Dowd:

"Now Pelosi is in her element, ready for the fight of her life with Trump... Pelosi keeps moving forward, a shark with a permagrin... If combating an inhumane Trump requires a superhuman effort, Pelosi may be just the woman to do it."

But Dowd does not say how this will be done. She supports the hope with an anecdote about Pelosi carrying on bravely at an Irish political event just after having her right hand smashed in a car door. This shows grit, to be sure. But it was only for one night, and the struggle with Trump has more than a year to go.

Reflecting the traditional political timidity of mainline Democrats, Pelosi has taken potshots at fellow Democrats in the House like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, mocking the Green New Deal, or Ilhan Omar, reinforcing the right wing's anti-Semitic canard. Pelosi has demonstrated that, in a pinch, she does not have their backs or Rashida Tlaib's or Ayanna Pressley's. Pelosi again denigrated all four women of color to Dowd. This is ugly, gratuitous infighting, not principled leadership. Little wonder, perhaps, that Corbin Trent, an aide to Ocasio-Cortez, told reporter Ryan Grim that the Democratic leadership is "driven by fear. They seem to be unable to lead."

"The greatest threat to mankind," according to Trent, a co-founder of Justice Democrats, "is the cowardice of the Democratic Party."

The Democrats Pelosi denigrates are all agents of change. Pelosi talks about defeating Trump, but she doesn't embrace much change of any other sort. She cavils at the more ambitious proposals of Democratic presidential candidates. Why has the House pushed so little legislation that challenges the status quo? Is there anything Pelosi truly believes in besides herself? Dowd characterizes her as the most powerful woman in the country (with Trump the most powerful man). She seems to have made the calculation that she'd rather preserve her speaker-ship than take any serious risk. Are the ambitions of a 79-year-old multimillionaire really more important than the good of the country?

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Pelosi appears to be more interested in getting rid of Progressive Democrats than she is in eliminating Trump. IMHO she has lost any idea of reality as she continues to hold on to playing up to her sugar daddies and not the American people. The agenda she is holding to has little or no regard for the majority as is shown in the fact no bills that favor the average citizen has been passed in over three decades. It may take a psychiatrist to tell her that her time has come as she is definitely not listening to the people.

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This was entered twice and I do not know how to delete on of them.

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Obviously, Pelosi prefers "investigating" rather than "impeaching" Trump - for W Bush, however, she did not even bother to "investigate" him. For Pelosi, it seems to be all about the "political capital and favor" of the president - an endearing "compliment" her way from the president "will go a long way", a friendly "smile" from the president, a friendly, gentle, "handshake" from the president,

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and Pelosi seems to become nearly "oblivious" (to thirty five Bush Articles of Impeachment completely "ignored" by Pelosi, potentially endangering the American people and the nation's justice system) to "the rule of law" (that "no one is above the law" - e.g., #NurembergCrimes) when it comes to "impeaching the president". Trump #ArticlesOfImpeachment #FedRateHikes - "nine interest rate hikes" so far" for Trump from the fed, "a delayed reaction" of up to six months or more for a negative impact (fed caused "boom or bust") on the economy (fed's fund rate of 2.75 or more), which could cause "a recession" or a "stock market crash" for Trump in 2019/2020, in effect, "impeaching the president" for Trump's 2020 reelection bid (the fed put "on high alert" to destroy Trump's presidency after Trump threatened to end the fed's "independence" in 2016 when he "casually" tweeted "it's so important to audit the Federal Reserve" (a "private" #bankingcartel).

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  1. We admitted we were powerless over stable billionaire geniuses - that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our Fondling Father's wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove (impeach) all these defects of political character(s).
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our public servant's shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons (nations) we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people (nations) wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to heathens at U.N. and to practice these principles in all our (consensual) affairs.

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Pelosi has a long history of protecting the rabid right; she represents the poisonous, corporate-loving puppet masters which continue to hollow out and destroy the last remnants of the now totally impotent and corrupted Democratic Party.

Her corruption is only equaled by her greed. She has profited to the tune of millions by partaking in Congressional 'insider trading' -- an offense non-congressionals go to prison for -- but she and others in Congress gave themselves a free pass on.

Pelosi hails from the same cesspool as the rest of our "representatives" who, the day they took office, wiped their ass on the Constitution and used their newly acquired positions for obscene profit and power while consistently giving the American people the middle finger.


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Not only will trump not be impeached, but we will be re-trumped.

She needs trump as POTUS so she, and the rest of the Republicrats, can keep the charade going of the two party system.

The only goal is to keep the corporations running the show.

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My conscience would never allow me to vote Republican, but Pelosi, and the many other established members of Congress (Democrat/Republican), along with some of the newly elected members are why I won't vote for any Democrat.


There will be those who accuse me of throwing away my vote and enabling tRump a second term, but I say BS to you! Both Democrats/Republicans are the reason why the country is in the cluster-mess it self created and neither Democrat/Republican have the interest to correct it, as they are too busy ripping off the taxpayer!


The Democrats lost their way after abandoning the Carter Energy Policy and allowing the Clinton's/Obama's to hijack the party and reason why the Democrats lost to Trump. Debbie Wasserman Shultz diid no favors for the Democrats with her antics in 16 and surprised she has not suicide-d herself for Hillary.


With so many bat-dung crazy members of Congress, the Executive and Judicial, this country has done one wicked roller-coaster ride with Reagan, Bu$h I & II along with Slick Willie and the globalist stooge Obama; culminating in Shyster Don to collapse the $. What a bunch of hooie! I have seen this country pursue the most misguided domestic/foreign policies to enslave its citizen's the past 40 years.



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Regarding Wasserman-Schultz: few paid close attention to the fact that just as Bernie Sanders was overtaking Hillary for the nomination, Wasserman--the very first to claim that Russia was interfering with the election--used this ploy to divert the glory away from Bernie, thinking it would go to Hillary by default. More than any one individual she is responsible for the Trump filth we are attempting to survive. There never was a Russia-gate and Wasserman and the DNC have, like all obscenely corrupt manipulators, walked away unscathed.

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Too soon to decide not to vote for candidates not even nominated.


Not to say that won't turn out to be a good choice.


But wait and assess.


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