The House Judiciary Committee, Chaired by Rep Jerry Nadler, began impeachment hearings yesterday.  They began with testimony from four constitutional scholars, three who seemed to support impeachment and one who did not.  It was clear from the testimony that the framers of the Constitution designed impeachment for exactly the situation we’re in.  Trump’s actions in Ukraine were precisely the type of abuse of power our founders feared would corrode our Democracy.  Despite Republican whining that Trump didn’t do anything wrong, Stanford Professor Pamela Karlan gave the most powerful and brilliant example of why Trump should be impeached:

Imagine living in a part of Louisiana or Texas that’s prone to devastating hurricanes and flooding. What would you think if you lived there and your governor asked for a meeting with the president to discuss getting disaster aid that Congress has provided for–what would you think if that president said, “I would like you to do us a favor.  I’ll meet with you and I’ll send the disaster relief once you brand my opponent a criminal.” Wouldn’t you know in your gut that such a president had abused his office, that he betrayed the national interest, and that he was trying to corrupt the electoral process?  I believe that the evidentiary record shows wrongful acts on that scale here.

We all know in our gut that Trump is corrupt and dishonest and unfit for office. And his abuse of power was so obvious that House Republicans failed to defend him on the facts or the evidence.  Instead they clung to the pathetic notion that his actions aren’t bad enough to warrant impeachment.  But as the example above shows, his betrayal of our nation was profound.  And this doesn’t even address his complete obstruction of Congress in failing to answer any subpoena, essentially putting himself above the law.

We find ourselves facing Tyrant Trump and the Vichy Republicans.  They would rather shatter all norms, abuse the rule of law, and spit on the Constitution than give up power.  They are willing to sell our Democracy down the river for some tax breaks and (at least) two Supreme Court justices.

The 2020 election should scare the crap out of all of us.  Because as bad as the Supreme Court is now, if Trump gets four more years we will lose that court for generations.  If we haven’t already, we will lose a woman’s right to choose.  We will lose any attempt to hold big business accountable for polluting or poisoning.  We will lose any chance to enact common sense restrictions on guns.  And we will lose any chance of meaningful action on climate change–if we haven’t already passed a catastrophic tipping point.

In case you didn’t hear, Trump was laughed out of this week’s NATO summit.  He left early in a bitter rage because a group of leaders including Macron, Trudeau, and Johnson were recorded disparaging Trump and laughing at him.  Because that’s what Trump has sown.  He has made himself a laughingstock on the world stage, and our nation with him.  His crass, ignorant bluster fools nobody in the world but his domestic cult of followers.  And now the western nations are pulling away from us because they know Trump is weak, and a fool.  They know he is owned by Putin, for whatever goddamned reason.  Thanks to a sleazy, lying con-man from Queens, our American luster is fading.

We have less than a year to take actions to help vote this dangerous buffoon out of office.  It’s a raging emergency.  The impeachment hearings highlight what a corrupt and cancerous president Trump is, and also what a challenge it will be to fight against his unscrupulous and unprincipled cult, especially the morally bankrupt politicians that support him at any cost.  It’s not melodramatic to say that our nation’s future hangs in the balance.

Keep resisting and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”

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