The Impeachment Obit

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With a 57-43 Senate impeachment trial vote, the House Democrats failed to convict Donald Trump. A result that was guaranteed at the start of all of this. The end of a political trial that failed to cite to a single statutory violation (those “high crimes or misdemeanors”) and presided over by a Democrat who voted to convict. 

A Third Act: The House Democrats Cave

House Democrats opened the impeachment trial with charges that Trump “incited a violent insurrection” and accusations that Trump had “blood on his hands.” This was, according to Representative Ted Lieu and others, “one of the darkest chapters in United States history.”

An “insurrection” so serious that House Democrats demanded they be allowed to call witnesses at the trial. The Senate approved this request 55-45. An “insurrection” so threatening to our democracy that House Democrats suddenly changed their mindsand decided not to call witnesses. They received all the power they requested and didn’t want it after all. They got to their destination, didn’t like the view, and turned around and drove home. Remarkable. 

A question remains, however. Were House Democrats ordered to change course? 

For all the promises there would be a trial on the facts – a process that typically involves witness testimony – this turned into hours of speeches and presentations with no live witness testimony. It then devolved into grievances that the Trump defense team was racist for observing that Democrats had called for “violence” themselves, and closed with appeals to the corrupt Senate to uphold the sanctity of the Institution. The party pleading for justice tried to improperly introduce evidence in their closing argument. The party of separation of church and state even cited Exodus in making their final push for conviction. 

It didn’t work.

How do we respond to a political trial? 

Seven Republicans voted with the Democrats. Again, this was no surprise. There exists an urge among some conservatives to convict for conduct not even alleged in the House indictment. Many of these same conservatives appealing for conviction fell for the Trump/Russia hoax. Take from that what you will.

In making their case against Trump, they appealed to concepts of abuse of power and justice. There are counter-arguments that have been made ad nauseam and I won’t repeat them here. 

Instead I’ll focus on the politics of this all. Every impeachment is a political trial to some extent, but this impeachment stands out. Not just because Trump isn’t in office, or because of their long record of false allegations against Trump (starting with Trump/Russia). But because Democrats are impeaching Trump for alleged conduct that they, by their own standards, are guilty of: challenging an election, supporting protests in government buildings, calling for violence, etc.

Proof:

The point of the video is to show that Democrats weren’t concerned about accountability or justice. Rather, this is a prosecution that gives their party immunity while indicting their political opponents. 

This leads us to a question of adjudication. Do we judge the impeachment case by the standard Democrats request, or the standard Democrats set?

To that I provide an answer: political trials can be dismissed for political reasons.

Anyway, that’s it. It’s all over. Maybe Congress can get some actual work done for the American people.

By Radiopatriot

Retired Talk Radio Host, Retired TV reporter/anchor, Retired Aerospace Public Relations Mgr, Retired Newspaper Columnist, Political Activist Twitter.com/RadioPatriot * Telegram/Radiopatriot * Telegram/Andrea Shea King Gettr/radiopatriot * TRUTHsocial/Radiopatriot

2 comments

  1. These criminals will never get back to work for the American people. They hate us, they want their CABAL back, and now that we are watching every move these dregs make, they are mad, really mad! Their next move may have been to join forces with BIDEN to ruin the rest of the USA in one move. Now that they have seen how seriously ANGRY the CITIZENS are, and many of them are ANTIFA and other Rough Characters, they are going to have to regroup. That is all they can do.
    Trump is once again, in total control. We all could have lived a great life, but not now with Communist Biden in the president’s chair. WHO among the criminals in the Senate can control that? We all saw how ignorant/stupid/uneducated these congress people are, they made one mistake after another after another, and even when shown to be backward, useless, lazy goof-offs, they continued to pitch that BIG Congressional Style Temper Tantrum, even louder!!
    Now, they have been humiliated beyond belief, and shown to be LIARS, CHEATS, MANIPILATORS EXTRAORDINAIRE, AND WILLING TO DO OR CHANGE ANY RULE OF LAW, OR RULE OF DECENT BEHAVIOR, TO GET THEIR WAY.
    They are all multi millionaires from STEALING from all of us. That is hopefully now over. They will not be able to jump back quickly into their bad behaviors, especially if Donald Trump has anything to say or do about it…. I say Good Riddance to them! There are 43 people we can work with who appreciate our Donald Trump as much as we do! We need to get to work to replace the other 57 common criminals. We can do that! IF we get busy and get involved in every aspect of our local government AND keep close tabs on those in higher office.

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