Rep. Justin Amash tweeted the last nine minutes of House
Inquisitor Manager Rep. Adam Schiff’s case summary against President Trump. I agree and believe you should watch it.
If your inner thinker isn’t agreeing with Schiff that Trump did what he’s accused of doing–that he’s the type of person who would do it, and that he regularly conflates his own personal interests with doing the nation’s work as president–then you’re never going to be convinced. Here’s your beer, and you’re welcome that I held it for you.
It’s not the facts I wish to argue, it’s the conclusion: That Trump needs to be removed. Schiff argues that Trump’s actions rise to the level of impeachment and removal as a national security threat. He argues that Trump’s believing Rudy Guiliani over the IC amounts to an abrogation of his constitutional duty. The problem here is that Schiff is an impeachment hammer and everything else is a nail.
From the day Trump was inaugurated, a core group of hysterical nuts, bolstered by cynical Democrats who simply want to be in power (Schiff being one), and a self-serving press interested in its own relevance and believing their job is to change the world instead of report on it, have plotted to remove him from office. This included many former members of the Obama administration, some of whom still serve in government.
This group is far smaller than the majority who did not vote for Trump. It does not represent the desires and motives of actual voters–normal Americans who generally agree with Trump’s message, if they find his character unpleasant and distasteful. You won’t find three million voters who call themselves the #Resistance and scream at the sky. You won’t find a large number of Americans who support the goals of Antifa, or who agree that Jussie Smollett was right to fake an attack on himself. You won’t find a large group of voters who think America is racist to the core and was founded on keeping and protecting slaveholders.
You won’t find them because that view of America is confined to the halls of academia that churn out our newest-minted reporters and writers at places like the New York Times. You won’t find them because there’s no historical evidence of such claims, going back to our founding.
The sky-screamers and their enablers in the Acela corridor and the San Francisco-Los Angeles I-5 metroplex cannot be allowed to have their way. This group who have dedicated themselves to seize power by any means, to remove Trump not because of his character or his deeds, but because he represents a threat to their power and their lifestyle, must not have such a profound victory in removing the president.
Our nation was founded on federalism, such that states have equal representation in the Senate and in presidential elections. To concede this impeachment, we’d essentially admit that federalism has failed, and that we must conform to what bicoastal liberal elites tell us. If not, they will find another Adam Schiff, another group of embedded bureaucrats and media to constantly and actively sabotage whomever they please, and, in the case of someone like Trump, remove him from office.
I am the first person to agree that Trump’s character, his worldview of global problems, and his trust of experts, is deficient. But we knew that in 2016 (and before!). Removing Trump for claiming a “perfect” phone call with a foreign leader, when it’s obvious what he was doing, is a pretext for removing Trump at any cost. Our nation is not irretrievably damaged because Trump did what he did.
Letting the sky-screamers win is a bigger loss for the nation. I’m sorry, Rep. Schiff. You may be right in all your facts, but you cannot win because the ideals are more important. If I admit Trump’s ideals are terrible, you need to admit yours are just as bad. But you’d rather hold on to your “perfect” impeachment, just like Trump’s “perfect” phone call.
Trump must stay in office because the sky-screamers cannot win. Let the voters decide.