The Democrats reply that, elections notwithstanding, that impeachment is their duty. Perhaps. However, there is an irreducible element of the political in impeachment - pace former President Ford, it is whatever a majority of the Congress says that it is. Thus, particularly given the ten thumbed way that they have handled this particular impeachment - one wag called it a star chamber led by a kangaroo court - the Democrats divide their party, drown out the message of their presidential candidates, and sound sanctimonious in the bargain.The Democrats, driven by their activist and funder base, have taken a high risk approach by holding an impeachment, especially at this point in time. Indeed, on the GOP side, there is almost a conviction - again barring the unexpected and so long as the economy remains strong - that impeachment assures the President's re-election.To be sure for some, myself included, that is not an entirely happy thought. President Trump is but a boorish and loud symptom of the populist smashing of institutions that, paradoxically, is driving his impeachment. So while not a necessarily happy thought, it would be poetic justice for the Democrats and an ironic thought.
@night- what do you make of this current uproar over Trumps use of the word “lynching”? I saw on one news report a montage of Dems using the word , nadler, Kerry, several democrats recently using the word- not a peep out of anyone.
I guess when hundreds of critics are lying in wait of a Trump syllable out of place, it’s easy to find faults, as demonstrated in the last two years. Especially if they can find some tie to racism, it’s a no brainer to them. But that, too, is something that many Americans are very tired of, I think to the point of disconnecting completely when they start that bs -AGAIN...🤷🏻♂️🤷🏻♂️😅😂🤣
"This too shall pass." Had I been the President, I might have "tweeted" - though God forgive me if I ever "tweet," ever - "Ah, another word the liberal thought police say that we may not use. Please send a complete list."However, "let he who has not sinned cast the first stone." As you rightly pointed out, the list of Democratic politicians, male and female, black and white, young and old, who have used the word out of its "approved" context is long. So this will fade in a few days.In the age of social media, the public in general has the attention span of a two year old in a toy store. Throw in the incessant, almost manic penchant for moral exhibitionism and the flap over the use of the word "lynching" is just another day at the office.Not a matter of great moment other than for those who, hypocrisy notwithstanding, like to nurse their grievances for a living. Which, more and more, seems to be almost everyone. Dispassionate analysis and temperate debate is on holiday until the current populist interregnum - very much including the professionally self-pitying President Trump - is past.
So why aren’t the republicans pointing to those many times the Dems used that word, screaming at the top of their lungs- hypocrisy!! There should be a nonstop loop of the montage playing for the next 48 hrs, someone needs to start calling out this un0recedented hypocrisy on the left!
MSNBC played up Trumps tweet- Brian stolen valor Williams was on a rant, devoting his entire hour to the long racial problems with lynching, and paraded a slew of African Americans practically crying out loud over how much they were “hurt” by that tweet.
Does it matter? Does it make a difference?Give the Republicans credit. They are sticking with one message. The Democrat's misuse and abuse of the impeachment process. The rest is detail.By contrast, the message from the Democrats is a mess. Trump is corrupt. Trump is a racist. Impeachment is serious. The precedents for impeachment need not be followed. The list goes on. You can set your watch by the passions of the moment. It does nothing for their image and the appearance of sobriety. The flap over "lynching" is just another brick on the pile.Indeed, to the extent that the GOP does bring attention to it, there merely highlight an irritant to certain communities. That hardly makes sense and can be problematic for African-American Republicans like Senator Scott. (R-SC).So leave well enough alone and move on to matters that matter.
I would argue that you’re right, does it matter... but there are many out there that do care about calling out such epic hypocrisy, and are tired of all the non stop attacks, and still take things seriously. It’s easy to say - “none of that matters”, but I know many independents and Republicans and one dem who think all those things do matter, the ones who are not at all familiar with what’s going on, and are easily influenced either way. Just sayin...Srry, I feel better now...😤
Feeling is fine, thinking is better.Our politics - and the culture generally - is suffused at the moment in a disproportionate ratio of feeling to thinking. That is very bad for democracy over the long run.To quote from the sainted Edmund Burke - "“Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites. ... Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere, and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.”Nice that we all feel outraged by hypocrisy and all the rest. How that conduces to a more mature society and better government alludes me.That said, you are a friendly acquaintance and so let's just forget it. However, don't make it a habit.
P. S. Most of that was for humor - well, except for the Burke quote.
Oh really. Bernie and Tulsi... ? ... Ya think?
I do, but only if Bernie is the Vice President.
Well I’m not sure sanders sees himself in the number two slot? I mean I understand why you think that might even work, but he’s not gonna want that is he? Also, AtTulsi is the on, y candidate that doesn’t make me throw up in my mouth some, as all others do...
I'm sure that he doesn't see himself in the 2nd spot either. He has been neutered by the party before though, and Tulsi provides a more Moderate (and more attractive) face that non-partisan voters will be able to support. Tulsi also has military experience, and that will go a long way with foreign leaders.
Thanks for mho.
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That is very interesting, Mr. Exorcist... lol
Thank you, sir Girther10
Yes, those are good questions. What’s your guess on both?
You can't dance with the devil without getting burnt...
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