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This Impeachment Marks A Turning Point

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Posted: Friday, December 27, 2019 11:46 am

As the year draws to a close, it’s time to take stock of where we are as a nation. Where we are is in two camps divided by a chasm. Not since the Civil War have we been more divided. I believe, however, that the impeachment of the president of the United States marks a turning point. Described as an historic event because it is only the third time a U. S. president has been impeached, it is more historic for the fact that it is the first time that a U.S. President has been impeached purely on political grounds without a single vote of support by the opposition party. Moreover, it happened in spite of a record of presidential successes and during a period of unprecedented prosperity.

Fifty-seven percent of the population feels that they are better off now than since Barack Obama left office. Half the population believes that the GOP handles the economy better than the Democrats. We enjoy record low unemployment, including for all minority groups. The nation has achieved energy independence. Illegal immigration is in decline. Consumer spending is robust. The stock market, in which millions of Americans have invested their retirement savings, is at record highs.

And what has the Democrat majority in the House of Representatives accomplished? Nothing memorable except to impeach a president on two flimsy articles of impeachment based upon hearsay and a reportedly overheard phone call between two chiefs of state that should have been private and privileged. Bill Clinton lied to a grand jury under oath, a felony, and was not impeached. FDR incarcerated hundreds of thousands of Japanese-Americans, loyal U.S citizens, and was not impeached. Harry Truman authorized the use of two atomic bombs which killed and horribly maimed millions of Japanese civilians and was not impeached.

At a time when Americans should be celebrating the holidays and rejoicing together in their good fortune, we are instead bitterly divided, a division exacerbated by this farce of an impeachment. Contrary to an American tradition of accepting the results of an election and participating in government as the loyal opposition, a tradition that separates democracies from banana republics and dictatorships, Democrat leaders from the very outset resolved to overturn the results of the 2016 election. Not only did they demonize the victor, but they demonized his supporters and the 63 million Americans who voted for him, even questioning their morality. They were the deplorables, living in flyover country, clinging to their guns and their religion.

They tried every means possible and spent millions of taxpayer dollars trying to prove Russian collusion. Meanwhile, they and the liberal mainstream media ignored evidence of Democrat efforts to smear an opposition candidate and FBI bias in conducting the Mueller investigation, including the use of the bogus Steele dossier, funded by the Clinton Campaign, to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on a U.S. citizen.

The impeachment circus in the House dominated the news and diminished the coverage of the results of IG Michael Horowitz’s investigation into these matters which excoriated the FBI for shocking evidence of bias and deception, leading to a rebuke of the FBI by FISA Court Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer for misuse of the FISA process, directing the agency to report on corrective measures to prevent recurrence. Better late than never. This should be of great concern to Americans, given the power of America’s premier investigative agency and the importance of maintaining public confidence in its fairness. That confidence has been shaken and can be restored only by calling into account those responsible.

The impeachment represents a victory by the anti-Trumpers in the House over the more responsible and experienced moderate members. But it is a hollow victory. It only strengthens the president’s support and will virtually ensure his re-election. It will turn out to be a stunning defeat for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is now resorting to withholding delivery of the articles of impeachment to the Senate which is required by the Constitution to try the articles. Mrs. Pelosi knows that a trial will result in acquittal and so is demanding to know how the Senate will proceed. But that is entirely up to the Senate whose duty does not include continuing an investigation in order to find some impeachable offense which the House failed to find. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needs to be the adult in charge here and advise Speaker Pelosi that the Senate will regard failure to deliver the articles promptly as signifying their intent to drop the charges and therefore the Senate will resume its regular business and urge the junior chamber to do likewise.

History will record this impeachment fiasco as a victory of emotion and hatred over reason and the national interest and a historic blunder which destroyed Democrat election chances and ensured a re-election victory for the man they hoped to destroy.

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