Imagine you lived in a small town and gradually the "criminal element" (with significant outside help from another town) begin to totally take over your community.
Fairly quickly the word got around that these people were organized crime killers and thieves. They also had agendas which resulted in the murder and rape of your community environment.
(1.) They were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of your citizens, many of them children. They did this in a variety of ways, many of them involving horrific torture. Naturally, the deaths would be in the hundreds of thousands if their cancerous evil had penetrated your entire country and not just a small community.
(2.) They left your community in financial ruin. The money set aside for infrastructure repair was STOLEN. The money set aside for social security was STOLEN. The money set aside for retirement plans was STOLEN. The money set aside form health programs was STOLEN. And they basically stopped all taxes on the pig rich pigs of the community and transferred 90+ percent of the working class wealth to the pig rich pigs of the community -- with whom they were bed mates from hell.
(3.) They also managed to use your children as cannon fodder for immoral and manufactured wars against other communities.
(4.) They also were responsible for the assassination of many of your honorable elected officials
In short, it was as if your innocent community was invaded by an army from hell. The bottom line is that they murdered your children, your fairly elected government, the sense of human security that goes with things like social security, retirement funds, and health plans. And the far most catastrophic atrocity of all, is they put Mother Nature on a non stop diet of ground glass, i.e., they systematically destroyed the life and death ecosystems of human existence.
OK, now let’s imagine that many of the community members gradually, gradually became "activists" (ultimate heroism) and gradually, gradually confronted and even overwhelmed these monsters from hell.
So, full circle. The community almost miraculously got its soul back and the "criminal element" was no longer "one up", but "one down". In short the criminals, traitors, and murderers suddenly found themselves on the short end of the stick (after incalculable death, torture, murder of Mother Nature, and the TOTALLY BANKRUPTCY of the community) and the time had finally come to talk about accountability.
May I say that again, the time had FINALLY come to talk about accountability?
Now here's the moment of truth, since broadly generalizing, it turned out that the community was divided into two radically different camps about what to do about accountability.
One point of view basically says, "Oh well." In other word, these are the people (practically none of whom were ever activists) who see themselves as people who pour oil on troubled waters. The truth is that they don't want to be involved in any kind of accountability with "teeth". They have encyclopedias of reasons (rationalizations?) for continuing the cowardly passivity into which they escaped while the activists were fighting the good fight to take back their community. These are the people who NEVER help the Little Red Hen to bake bread and are dripping with such phrases like: "let's not be negative", "don't dwell on the past", "let's be bipartisan about everything", and "the past is over and done with, so let's focus on the future".
The other view sees this first view and 100% guaranteeing the return of the monsters. After all, if they can get away with murder, theft, and treason with absolute NO accountably, you can be certain they'll be out there in the outer darkness licking their wounds and planning a MASSIVE counterattack on the community.
Thus, point of view number two is that our only real choice is between congressional, constitutional accountability TO THE LIMIT OF THE LAW, vs. the inevitable return (probably very quickly) of these hordes from hell.
OF COURSE they'll return if all they hear is how they have been “irresponsible” (irresponsible is now a word for mass murder?) and the community on which they have been feeding like vampires is in a forgive and forget mode?