And so it starts, the third presidential impeachment of my lifetime. That might be the case for several of you readers as well. I was in high school during the Watergate impeachment inquiry. I was a reporter working the newsroom during the Clinton impeachment. And now, well, I am an activist.
Only two presidents have ever been formally impeached by Congress. Those presidents were Andrew Johnson of Greene County, Tennessee – (My dad is buried in Johnson’s National Cemetery) – and Bill Clinton.
Only two other presidents have faced formal impeachment inquiries in the House of Representatives: Richard Nixon and Donald J. Trump.
Congress has never removed a sitting U.S. president. It was likely that they were going to vote to remove Nixon, but he stepped down beforehand to save the country. Trump will never do that.
Congress should have removed Clinton but didn’t have the moral fortitude to do what’s right. And that lack of doing what was right then lowered the bar so much for what it means to have a moral center, what it means to live by the Rule of Law, for what it means to vote in the interest of the country and not one’s own self-interest.
Nancy Pelosi correctly stated that with Trump all roads lead back to Russia.
She should have also added that with Trump all roads lead back to the Clintons.
After all, Trump witnessed first-hand all the wrongdoings, ethically and morally, that Clinton denied doing. Trump had a front row seat to study exactly how to hoodwink the public and earn their undying loyalty despite the many transgressions of a sitting president.
Rule of Law be damned.
Rule of Party be elevated.
Bill Clinton and Donald Trump are two sides of the same coin.
Evil doesn’t come roaring in like a lion. It seeps in like smoke under the door. Before you know it, you are engulfed in evil’s flames.
The likelihood that Trump is going to be removed from office is slim to none.
Even Andrew Johnson was saved from removal by one vote in the Senate after being impeached in the House by 126-47 votes.
Impeached or not, it should be clear to the citizens in this good country that we are eroding as a country, as a society, as a collective unit of individuals. We were able to cope for a couple hundreds of years without the sort of scandalous wrongdoings, the outright defying of Rule of Law that has come about in my short lifetime.
To find oneself in utter darkness one only need to take one step at a time into the root cellar.
The same goes for the Rule of Law. It erodes one step, one president, one corrupt Legislator, one ignorant voter, or non-voter, at a time.