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Tulsi on Impeachment

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As much as I admire and respect Tulsi Gabbard, and think what a wonderful contrast in wisdom and compassion she would present to the existing image of our presidency, I still believe we need a more fundamental transformation of our political climate than she advocates. She may be right about the effort to impeach Trump being a distraction from the main purpose of defeating him in the coming election and, when you consider the power of the opposing political institution with its wealth and pervasive media influence, may risk the chances of doing so. However, I think there is a larger issue at stake that must be presented.

Having Donald Trump as a candidate is like opening up the gates of prisons and insane asylums and allowing the inmates to run for president. His name should not be on the ticket. The primary campaign presents the self-selected candidates and supposedly gives the public the opportunity to screen their qualifications and motives. This process is very superficial, subject to all the distortions we witness in our sleazy, money-contaminated election process. The constitution requires only that the candidate is a citizen of a certain age.

It is during the primary process that we need a thorough investigation of the candidates qualifications to hold this vital office- their complete history of accomplishment, their record of integrity in public and private matters, the behind-the-scenes political and business connections if any, their tax records, their proposals for the benefit of the general welfare and the promotion of peace and justice for all, etc.. The qualifications to hold office of president of the U.S.A. should be investigated far more thoroughly than a position in the academic or professional fields.

The impeachment process represents the failure to accomplish these purposes before the candidate is nominated for office so that we don't end up with an "accident" like Trump - someone whose main qualification is to spin lies stemming from an eccentric personality. It is a constitutional defect that needs correction if we are to have real democracy.

 

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Dear Tulsi,

As to your opinion regarding 'this distraction' of these Congressional actions --- I prefer the reality and the FACTS... like those provided by The Constitution!

You see, Tulsi -- 'among the most delicate choices the framers made in drafting the Constitution was how to deal with a president who puts himself above the law!

"Simply put, the framers viewed the president as a fiduciary , the government of the United States as a sacred trust and the people of the United States as the beneficiaries of that trust. Through the Constitution, the framers imposed upon the president the duty and obligation to "take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed" and made him swear an oath that he would fulfill that duty of faithful execution."

"They believed that a president would break his oath if he engaged in self-dealing if he used his powers to put his own interests above the nation's. That would be the paradigmatic case for impeachment.That's exactly what appears to be at issue today.'

So I agree with these 2 lawyers who also point out:

"It is high time for Congress to do its duty, in the manner the framers intended. Given how Trump seems ever bent on putting himself above the law, something like what might have happened between him and Ukraine abusing presidential authority for personal benefit was almost inevitable. Yet if that is what occurred, part of the responsibility lies with Congress, which has failed to act on the blatant obstruction that Mueller detailed months ago."

"Congressional procrastination has probably emboldened Trump, and it risks emboldening future presidents who might turn out to be of his sorry ilk. To borrow John Dean's haunting Watergate-era metaphor once again, there is a cancer on the presidency, and cancers, if not removed, only grow. Congress bears the duty to use the tools provided by the Constitution to remove that cancer now, before it's too late. As Elbridge Gerry put it at the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, "A good magistrate will not fear [impeachments]. A bad one ought to be kept in fear of them." By now, Congress should know which one Trump is."

Tulsi, your argument is geared to stir up controversy, where FACTS are in evidence -- a common behavior these days -- a 'pattern' in the divisive universe of POLITICS!

Sorry, Tulsi, the future of what is permitted in the Executive Office of the United States rests with following the CONSTITUTION when an incompetent, impulsive corrupt politician gains the office and uses it to enrich himself. Ms.Peloisi may wish to make this clear, with. new rules, but the old ones, embedded in the CONSTITUTION, are crystal clear!

Enough Tulsi. Be careful if YOU hitch your wagon to the person who

* said out loud for all to hear that "the Constitution lets him do "Whatever I want as President"

* and who spoke like a mobster when he told the President of a Foreign nation;" That's a very, very good relationship we have with Ukraine. It would be a shame if something happened to it," well, then Tulsi, you are not fit to hold that office, despite some. 'good ideas.'

"As my research describes, this is the way that mafia bosses like to talk. They don't want to say things directly when those things could be used against them, either by eavesdropping law enforcement agencies, or by other criminals. When both parties to the conversation know that Trump is withholding funding for Ukraine, a threat doesn't have to be made directly. Instead, the subtext: "it's a very, very good relationship with Ukraine: it would be a terrible shame if something happened to it" can be readily understood by both parties.

Trump speaks in code." YOU cannot. Your 'opinion' is divisive, and it speaks to what you do when faced with a constitutional crisis.


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Great comment.

Tulsi is right up there with Kyrsten Sinema.

With Democrats like them, who needs Republicans.

Submitted on Thursday, Sep 26, 2019 at 9:21:05 PM

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Tulsi is right. Trump can easily say he requested the investigation against Biden in the interest of justice and this cannot be denied. That means Democrats have nothing to support the impeachment. It will finish the same as the Robert Muller investigation. I firmly believe it was a conspiracy of the rich, which helped Trump and damaged Democrats. This impeachment will most likely bring the same result.

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Nonsense. It's a blatantly self serving abuse of power.

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Sure it is, but Democrats cannot prove it, and Trump will escape. Besides he supports the rich and the rich will support him back. You know who makes decisions in the US?

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This I agree with you on, best way to beat Trump is to vote him out

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"Impeachment is a distraction" may have been a viable position as recently as a couple of weeks ago, though it wasn't mine. It no longer is. If it is still Rep. Gabbard's position she would do well to revise it if she wants to be taken seriously as a candidate. As for the remedy for insane people who would be president, it's called the electoral college. They have the authority to contrimand the will of the majority in that case. Unfortunately they did the exact opposite.

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I have to disagree with Ms. Schwartz, putting your trust in Pelosi and her ilk is naive, they have proven time and again that they are all bark and no bite, backing them in another failed effort to remove Trump can backfire and strengthen the public's mistrust of the Dems/MSM even more than they already do and make Trump look like a victim of yet another witch hunt.

Pelosi had no desire to impeach Bush and Cheney who did way worse than anything Trump has done, Tulsi is smart to not put her political career in Pelosi's hands

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It is critical to the long-term health of our democracy that we write "teeth" into our constitutional impeachment provisions. Having said that it is immediately critical to the lives of millions of residents of eastern Ukraine that we are alerted to the fact that we were saved from funding a the ethnic cleansing (killing) of millions of eastern Ukrainians by the coup government we paid the Ukrainian Neo-Nazi Party to form in 2014. I for one was unaware (until the Trump phone call) that the "aid" we were giving "Ukraine" was in the form of weapons of destruction with which the coup Kiev "government" intended the ethnic cleansing of the Ukrainians living east of Kiev. Please, Tulsi Gabbard, look into the facts and speak out against the US "aid" of the killing in Ukraine and for a foreign policy based on a global Marshall Plan. The facts can best be researched by starting at Consortium News on the internet.


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