Remember those days when Republicans, conservatives and the right-wing press hyped themselves up into a swamp-fever like, swivel-eyed frenzy about President Obama wearing a tan suit?
About how “un-Presidential” that all was? About how unfit he was for office because of such a shocking fashion faux pas?
Well, in a week that has just seen Donald Trump make reference to himself being akin to the Second Coming of Christ, while at the same time strafing Denmark, a long-term ally of the United States, because they won’t sell Greenland, it could be quite easy to forget that Trump needs to be impeached.
While Trump may occupy the title of the President, he is simply not Presidential. In fact, never has an occupant of the Oval Office been so undeniably unfit for the role. You can take the man out of the (cheap and tacky) reality tv show, but you can’t take the reality tv show out of the (cheap and tacky) man.
The fact that Trump’s latest excesses, declaring himself on a par with the Second Coming of Christ and having imperial designs on Greenland, seem almost to be expected, somehow a normalised “meh, it’s what he does” should concern us all.
This is not normal. This is absolutely the diametric of normal. And while it may make good rubber-neck news-bites (he said WHAT this time?) it is sullying the name of both the Presidency and the US hour by hour, day after day.
American prestige and influence under the Trump presidency have plummeted. Once treasured, vitally important international relationships and alliances have
been undermined by his incessant need to cause disharmony.
The Constitution is under attack by his threats to free speech and limited terms in office.
The rise of hate crimes on his watch have only been matched by the rise in his hate speech rhetoric. Gun violence is out of control and millions of Americans drown in college and medical debt.
Trump proposes slashes to any number of public assistance programs because “we can’t afford it”, or words to that effect, but will in the blink of any eye snub a
major European ally because they won’t take those same American dollars for Greenland.
Quite simply, enough is enough.
Trump has never had majority approval support with the American people. And poll after poll continues to show more and more Americans want to see Trump impeached. Over 130 Democrat voices in the House of Representatives have now called on Trump to be impeached. The fact that Nancy Pelosi and the DNC have not officially joined those calls is simply unacceptable and an absolute dereliction of assigned duty to hold the Executive fully accountable by all means possible when required.
There is of course the issue of whether Trump should be removed from office courtesy of the other route – the twenty-fifth amendment. That allows for the removal of a sitting President should they, among other things, become incapacitated and / or unfit for office. Clearly, given virtually everything that he says or does, Trump is unfit for the office that he holds.
Trump is incapacitated in that he is not in the slightest bit suitable for office as he is showing clear signs of mental decline. His speech is erratic and his pronunciation of particular words especially labored.
However, given that for the twenty-fifth amendment to be triggered it would require action against Trump by both the vice-President (a bizarrely staunch Trump acolyte) and the (Trump appointed) cabinet, and one gets the quick realization that that would actually be no option to remove Trump from office at all.
The whole American system of a constitutional government is built on checks and balances, with impeachment as a fundamental component of that same system.
The very foundation of the US, its beating political heart, came out of rejecting the oppressive excesses of an over-bearing, unaccountable ruler.
After the experience of having to oust George the Third by way of bloody war and revolution, the Founding Fathers devised impeachment as a mechanism to protect the Great Republic from ever having to experience an out of control Executive ever again.
Donald Trump is the exact thing that the Founding Fathers had in mind when they devised impeachment. It is time now for the American Legislature, the House and
the Senate, to properly discharge its full constitutional duties and hold this errant,unfit for office President, accountable by way of impeachment.