I do understand that for much of the left, impeaching Trump
wasn’t born of a cognitive or reasoned analysis. It was the culmination of
three years’ worth of seething hatred and a pre-announced commitment to, in the
immortal words of the
esteem Representative Rashida Tlaib, “impeach the motherf*****.”
Still, the entire spectacle has been a bit bizarre if you honestly
try to approach it from a dispassionate perspective. Impeachment is like an
indictment for a normal citizen. Suppose you get arrested for killing a man.
The county prosecutor will evaluate the evidence and see if there’s enough
there to put you on trial. If there’s not, charges are dropped and you walk. If
there is, he will indict you, meaning you have to stand trial before a jury
that decides if you’re guilty.
In impeachment, the House of Representatives acts as the
prosecutor determining if there was enough evidence against the President to
put him on trial. And in the case of Trump, they have voted to impeach (indict)
him and bring their case against him in front of the Senate. Like a jury, they
will decide if he’s guilty – removing him if so, acquitting him if not.
Imagine a scenario where the prosecutor in your trial
indicted you, but then refused to bring his case against you in front of the
jury because he was afraid they wouldn’t do their jobs properly. It’s not his
prerogative to do so, and would reflect very poorly on his understanding and
fealty to the law if he did.
Yet that’s where we are with the current impasse in
Washington. Fearing the Senate won’t vote as they would themselves, House
Democrats are refusing to bring their case. That isn’t their prerogative and it
reflects very poorly on their understanding and fealty to the law. What’s even
more bizarre is that their celebrity cheerleaders are praising them for it:
Wait, so this is about “payback?” Not justice? Not the
Constitution? Is this the face that the Democrats want to put on their entire
undertaking? Besides, if Pelosi never brings her case, Trump remains in office,
conducting government, and it’s as though the impeachment never really happened
in the first place. How, precisely, is that supposed to be a “win” for the
anti-Trump factions of the left?
Republicans think the Democrats erred in impeaching Trump in
the House. That’s fine, they can think that. But Democrats had the votes and
did it anyway regardless of Republican protest.
In the same way, Democrats can think the Republicans would
err in acquitting Trump in the Senate. That’s fine, they can think that. But
Republicans have the votes and are allowed to do it regardless of Democrat
That’s how this works; it’s how it was designed to work. And
the Democrat effort to pretend otherwise, as though they are entitled to always
get their way, seems to me and a number of other Trump-skeptical citizens, to
be a greater long-term threat to our republic than the guy they’re hellbent on