Winston Churchill once said, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” As this nation stands at an impasse between two warring political parties, these words are particularly appropriate advice to both.
The day after the House of Representatives impeached our President, Donald J. Trump, the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, stood before a press conference, waiting with baited breath, to ask her questions about her decision to “hold onto” the two weak Articles of Impeachment and not send them over to the Republican Senate. This stunning decision was based, I believe, on the stark reality of what had happened with the vote. Being an exceptionally effective harvester she believed she could convince at least a few Republicans to vote with the Democrats. She failed. The final vote was partisan. In fact two Democrats jumped ship and voted with the Republicans and one voted “present.”
She stood there before the press and answered only one or two questions about why she was not sending the Articles over to the Senate as she should. Her face was red; her arms were flailing; and she was stuttering with complete frustration. She knew history would record she was responsible for watering down impeachment to fit the motives of any political rival in the future. She was boxed in by those who threatened to take her gavel if she did not go through with this impeachment. It was lacking the ingredients she had claimed last Spring it would take to impeach. It was not clear. It was not compelling. It was not overwhelming and there was no evidence of a crime. Mitch McConnell had claimed, “There is zero chance this will pass in the Senate.” She knew there is no chance he will cave to any of her demands to control any aspect of the trial. This is her baby now.
She has not managed to erase the votes of those who put him in office. They will be saved in the Senate and I believe he will be reelected. This impeachment may have even helped him in that respect. This is all about those who sent him to “Drain the Swamp.” Draining the swamp can get pretty messy and gators fight back. History should tell the rest of the story.
The accusations of “Abuse of Power” and “Obstruction of Congress” are no “high crimes and misdemeanors.” These charges are cheap shots which will leave an indelible mark on his Presidency. That is the intention of the House. That is really all they wanted. Revenge may be sweet for the moment, but there is a price that will be paid by all whose anger and hatred ruled. She and those complicit with her are responsible to every generation to come for trivializing impeachment. Our Constitution has been trampled.
Nancy Pelosi should have had the courage to sit down and listen. Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University Law School gave a grave warning when he testified at the impeachment inquiry hearings which should have been headed. Listen below to a voice of reason which if revered could have changed this perilous outcome.
©Phyllis Weeks Rogers
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