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  posted on 12/17/2019 at 10:34 AM
Because the other impeachment thread has been derailed by posters into name-calling about something other than impeachment, I wanted a place to talk about impeachment.

Today is Impeachment Tuesday. More than 550 demonstrations (at least one in each state) are being held (w/sponsors from the Sierra Club to unions) to remind Congress that several polls indicate Americans are IN FAVOR of impeachment (the process). I'm not a big believer in polls but the point is that we're fine w/Congress proceeding w/the constitutional blueprint to examine a president's behavior as opposed to watching a bunch of old white men screeching at each other on TV until the election.

Four GOP politicos (campaign strategists) announced the formation of the Lincoln Project with an aim of defeating DJT because he doesn't represent what the GOP stands for (or did before 2016).

I'd like to make the assumption that the HR has proceeded according to the constitution & that Articles of Impeachment were drafted & voted on & will go to the Senate.

If you want to rant about liberals v. yourself, the Dem plan to do this since 2016, or Nancy Pelosi's cosmetic surgery, the other thread is still available. This may be the 1st & last post of the thread because maybe no one else cares, but I thought I'd give it a shot keeping in mind that we're here for the music & this is just an aside.


 
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  posted on 12/17/2019 at 11:31 AM
History in the making. Foregone conclusion on the Senate vote, but it is an important statement. The Liberty Bell can still chime.

I am sure there is secret dissent in the Senate, a few who know they are on rhe wrong side of history. If there is even one stray Senate GOP vote for impeachment, it will have the effect of a corn cob buried under a tree stump. You country boys know what I mean, you want a stump removed, just bury some corn cobs around it with a bit showing - the pigs will dig a crater rooting for more.

Impeachment most likely fails, but the Trump administration is going to uproot itself.




 

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  posted on 12/17/2019 at 12:19 PM
The pigs/corn cob/tree stump story was certainly enlightening. Good to know there is someone who can't quite believe that ALL GOP Senators are sheep.

And there is a lone Dem who isn't voting for impeachment.

What I find shocking or at least new is the boldness w/which McConnell/Trump are planning the outcome. Deals are usually done in secret/behind the scenes. This is akin to a defense attorney openly meeting w/the jury foreman to strategize the best way to get a Not Guilty verdict for his client. In a criminal trial for an ordinary citizen, it would be jury tampering.


 

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  posted on 12/17/2019 at 12:31 PM
Flagrant disregard for process. Open insult to the country. This is a test - they are sticking a fork in the American Turkey to see if it is done.
 

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  posted on 12/17/2019 at 12:48 PM
https://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20191216/CRPT-116hrpt346.pdf

Link to full report. Click the icon beside the printer one to download the report. It is a l-o-n-g read and sometimes it gave me a headache.
Please read the dissenting views also.

 

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  posted on 12/17/2019 at 01:19 PM
I have not been very involved or interested in this topic, but on a long drive last Thursday did listen to several hours of the House Judiciary Committee on the radio where all the members were allowed to speak one after the other if they so wished, you know "striking the last word" type thing.

The Democrats case is much stronger than the Republicans here. The Republicans do have some points, however most do not stand up well to Democrat responses.

It is true that some people (some people here in fact) have wanted to impeach the President from the first day he took office. Wanting to do so and having reason to do so don't always align so neatly. It has taken 3 years for the President to do something to rise to an impeachable offense. And we all know, all of us, if it was a Democrat in office all these Republicans would be rushing to impeach, and all these Democrats would be trying to obstruct. That's just what it is. Otherwise, to one guy in middle America, I think they are rightfully proceeding with impeachment - so I'm fine with it. On the other hand, if they weren't doing so, I guess I'd be fine wiht that too. These days I'm more of a sit back and let the elected officials do what elected officials are supposed to do. You won't find me protesting one way or the other.

 

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  posted on 12/17/2019 at 01:38 PM
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Otherwise, to one guy in middle America, I think they are rightfully proceeding with impeachment - so I'm fine with it. On the other hand, if they weren't doing so, I guess I'd be fine wiht that too. These days I'm more of a sit back and let the elected officials do what elected officials are supposed to do. You won't find me protesting one way or the other.


Same here. We have turned a blind eye to quite a bit with Trump already. What would history say about the U.S. if we all sat back and did nothing after witnessing him ask foreign countries to investigate Americans? I thought he should be impeached after undermining all of our intelligence agencies to side with Putin - that was more than enough for me right there. But I support standing up to him, whether it ends up helping him or not. I’ll sleep well at night knowing we fought back and did the right thing.

However, I do think it will only help him get re-elected easily. Remember, he could shoot someone in the middle of 5th Avenue and wouldn’t lose any votes, so I don’t see why impeachment over the Ukraine call would change any minds.

I still can’t believe a candidate said that about his voters, and they still voted for him. Imagine being intentionally insulted by the candidate you support!

 

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  posted on 12/17/2019 at 01:41 PM
Nebish, for informational reading, download the report and look at the dissenting remarks.
One in particular gives a list of things that hasn't yet been done in the process that is part of the process.
Reading it gave me the impression that parts were not introduced that are integral for the impeachment to go forward.

 

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  posted on 12/17/2019 at 01:48 PM
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Otherwise, to one guy in middle America, I think they are rightfully proceeding with impeachment - so I'm fine with it. On the other hand, if they weren't doing so, I guess I'd be fine wiht that too. These days I'm more of a sit back and let the elected officials do what elected officials are supposed to do. You won't find me protesting one way or the other.


Same here. We have turned a blind eye to quite a bit with Trump already. What would history say about the U.S. if we all sat back and did nothing after witnessing him ask foreign countries to investigate Americans? I thought he should be impeached after undermining all of our intelligence agencies to side with Putin - that was more than enough for me right there. But I support standing up to him, whether it ends up helping him or not. I’ll sleep well at night knowing we fought back and did the right thing.

However, I do think it will only help him get re-elected easily. Remember, he could shoot someone in the middle of 5th Avenue and wouldn’t lose any votes, so I don’t see why impeachment over the Ukraine call would change any minds.

I still can’t believe a candidate said that about his voters, and they still voted for him. Imagine being intentionally insulted by the candidate you support!


This administration & and the GOP has shown that there is little regard for the Constitution and that our intel professionals once regarded as protectors are just trying their best to getting in the way of foreign interence in elections. Unfortunately their facts and warnings are no longer wanted by or cared about by 40% of the population and a subset of "leaders".

 

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  posted on 12/17/2019 at 02:40 PM
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Nebish, for informational reading, download the report and look at the dissenting remarks.
One in particular gives a list of things that hasn't yet been done in the process that is part of the process.
Reading it gave me the impression that parts were not introduced that are integral for the impeachment to go forward.



I know. I should read a lot more things. I find it hard to find time to read the things I want to these days let alone the things I feel obligated to read.

But from some basic knowledge here, I do believe there are some legitimate complaints on the process. The other side has explanations for it. I don't know. I will try and get to glancing that link over.

[Edited on 12/17/2019 by nebish]

 

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I should read a lot more things. I find it hard to find time to read the things I want to these days let alone the things I feel obligated to read.

None of us can read everything. Not even the professionals charged to do so in DC - they have staffs to do that.

The upshot of the process so far is that despite whatever defects were suggested, the vote was to move forward w/the process. So, here we are.

Both sides will have ample opportunity to raise issues during the trial in the senate. Remember, Mitch McConnell doesn't run the trial; CJ Roberts does. Roberts will no doubt allow some latitude for both parties to feel "heard," but he's not going to allow lengthy off-topic tangents.

The most important things are the 2 charges. My approach is to know what exactly is being charged & to listen w/an open mind to both the evidence presented and the rebuttals offered in defense. There will probably be short daily summaries as there were in Clinton's trial. The media makes it hard to see the forest for the trees because they delight in theatrics. If we just ask 1) what did the prosecution say? and 2) what was the defense response? w/o all the obfuscation in which some politicians delight, it should be a historic trial.




 

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  posted on 12/17/2019 at 04:22 PM
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However, I do think it will only help him get re-elected easily. Remember, he could shoot someone in the middle of 5th Avenue and wouldn’t lose any votes, so I don’t see why impeachment over the Ukraine call would change any minds.

In the announcement of the formation of the Lincoln Project, the founders pointed to wealthy incompetent NY politician Dan Sickles who made the US blunder that almost allow Gen Lee's army to win at Gettsyburg as being one of their sources of inspiration. In addition to his poor military judgment, he actually shot & killed his wife's lover across the street from the WH & still remained in Congress. They don't want another "incompetent NY politician who claimed he could shoot someone on 5th Ave & get away w/it to ruin the country."

 

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  posted on 12/17/2019 at 07:16 PM
Today our esteemed prez sent a "love letter" to the Speaker of House re: impeachment. Portions of it read like something a third grader would write.

The letter misrepresents what the Constitution states and what the rule of law is. Does that really surprise anyone?

It is full of anger and rage. Does that also not surprise anyone?

In one bizarre highlight Russian Don states, "‘You [Nancy Pelosi] are offending Americans of faith by continually saying: “I pray for the president,” when you know this statement is not true, unless it is meant in a negative sense. It is a terrible thing you are doing, but you will have to live with it, not I!" No one should should dispute that because we know that Trump is truly a man of faith.

The history books that our children and grandchildren will read will speak to the legacy of Donald Trump, & the next generations will scratch their heads in bewilderment.

Is this man not a clear & present danger?

Russia - if you are listening, Trump wants your help in 2020.


 

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Russia - if you are listening, Trump wants your help in 2020


They are listening all right. They wouldn't miss it for the world. This is what they bought and paid for. Divide and conquer.

 

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The letter misrepresents what the Constitution states and what the rule of law is. Does that really surprise anyone?

It is full of anger and rage. Does that also not surprise anyone?

In one bizarre highlight Russian Don states, "‘You [Nancy Pelosi] are offending Americans of faith by continually saying: “I pray for the president,” when you know this statement is not true, unless it is meant in a negative sense. It is a terrible thing you are doing, but you will have to live with it, not I!"

He's certainly full of surprises (thereby displaying his ignorance of anything remotely related to procedure, process, & the constitution), but this is part of his plan w/McConnell to dismiss impeachment as nothing more than empty partisan theatre rather than a legitimate checks & balances action. He wasn't writing "for history" as he says; he was writing for the news cycle on the eve of the full HR vote.

He certainly displays his full range of anger, paranoia & arrogance as he belittles someone's faith & the constitutional process, throws in a lot of long-debunked theories, again berates the "corrupt" FBI & and threatens individuals. He sounds unhinged even in the sections someone else who is capable of writing a full sentence completed for him. The letter reads as a command to a sub-ordinate rather a respectful request (if belated) to a co-equal branch of government. He knows his audience, though, & he throws out "coup" and calls impeachment an "ugly" word. Impeachment is a neutral term; the actions that led to it are ugly.

Wonder what Pelosi will do w/this unprecedented, out-of-order missive akin to a defendant writing the DA/judge that would be returned unread to the defendant as an improper communication. Guess today will be a full day of @real hysterical tweets.




 

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The letter misrepresents what the Constitution states and what the rule of law is. Does that really surprise anyone?

It is full of anger and rage. Does that also not surprise anyone?

In one bizarre highlight Russian Don states, "‘You [Nancy Pelosi] are offending Americans of faith by continually saying: “I pray for the president,” when you know this statement is not true, unless it is meant in a negative sense. It is a terrible thing you are doing, but you will have to live with it, not I!"

He's certainly full of surprises (thereby displaying his ignorance of anything remotely related to procedure, process, & the constitution), but this is part of his plan w/McConnell to dismiss impeachment as nothing more than empty partisan theatre rather than a legitimate checks & balances action. He wasn't writing "for history" as he says; he was writing for the news cycle on the eve of the full HR vote.

He certainly displays his full range of anger, paranoia & arrogance as he belittles someone's faith & the constitutional process, throws in a lot of long-debunked theories, again berates the "corrupt" FBI & and threatens individuals. He sounds unhinged even in the sections someone else who is capable of writing a full sentence completed for him. The letter reads as a command to a sub-ordinate rather a respectful request (if belated) to a co-equal branch of government. He knows his audience, though, & he throws out "coup" and calls impeachment an "ugly" word. Impeachment is a neutral term; the actions that led to it are ugly.

Wonder what Pelosi will do w/this unprecedented, out-of-order missive akin to a defendant writing the DA/judge that would be returned unread to the defendant as an improper communication. Guess today will be a full day of @real hysterical tweets.




Everything you said in your full post is spot on. I will concentrate on the final line above - "Guess today will be a full day of @real hysterical tweets." This is standard operating procedure for Trump & defines everyday of his tenure. It would be abnormal if he didn't do this. His letter to the Speaker was nothing more than an extension of his daily rants and lies via tweets. He probably would have tweeted it, but the number of characters exceeded the twitter limit.

Lincoln had his Gettysburg Address, but Trump one-uped him with a deranged diatribe full of lies and self serving inaccuracies. History will judge Trump poorly and as an abberation.

 

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  posted on 12/18/2019 at 11:18 AM
Tom Cole just began his remarks by first asking Democrats to show respect for his opinion, and then seconds later he declares the whole thing a "charade", like a parrot. Someone should tell this clown that calling their serious work a "charade" reduces him to a carnival barker who deserves nothing. Had he not asked for respect first, then I wouldn't have thought anything of it, but to ask for it, and then insult their work, is evidence of a seriously flawed and misguided person, who shouldn't be leading anything.

Secondly, can someone supporting Trump explain to me why he didn't ask the United States to investigate an American? I've been asking this multiple times, and for some odd reason.......





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  posted on 12/18/2019 at 11:42 AM
Points to consider: After the Clinton impeachment, Newt Gingrich lost his position as Speaker of the House, and Clinton's popularity increased.

Risky game for Nancy Pelosi & co., methinks.

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If impeachment is so great for Trump and will sink the Dems why then the Redhats ought to be happy about it. If you want someone to fall off a cliff and you see them walking toward the cliff why would you warn them away?
 

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If impeachment is so great for Trump and will sink the Dems why then the Redhats ought to be happy about it. If you want someone to fall off a cliff and you see them walking toward the cliff why would you warn them away?
Who cares? "Why?" is a pointless question when dealing with irrational, self-destructive behavior. The dems have been talking about this since before the inauguration. Just more craziness from the far left/progressive movement.

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Who cares? "Why?" is a pointless question when dealing with irrational, self-destructive behavior


Good point.

 

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The dems have been talking about this since before the inauguration.


He spends his day reading stories about himself and responding to them on Twitter, doing what we're doing here in the Whipping Post, which is beyond sad to say about the President of the United States. We've all been talking about it since 2015 because it was obvious to detect his personality disorders that are a threat to national security. You want to direct the conversation towards policy or values, when you know damn well it's about his fragile and dangerous mental state. That you don't want better for the leader of our country is suprising. I would think someone who loves this country would want someone like Reagan, Bush Sr, or Bush Jr - men with dignity, integrity, and kindness, not this slop we have now.



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Points to consider: After the Clinton impeachment, Newt Gingrich lost his position as Speaker of the House, and Clinton's popularity increased.

Risky game for Nancy Pelosi & co., methinks.

Billastro


The difference is that Clinton was a popular president. Trump is not. The majority of people support impeaching and removing Trump, and that was not the case with Clinton. The risk is that a few Democrats in the house might be put in a tough position in Republican leaning districts. Of course, the opposite is true in the senate in states like Colorado and Maine.

 

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Otherwise, to one guy in middle America, I think they are rightfully proceeding with impeachment - so I'm fine with it. On the other hand, if they weren't doing so, I guess I'd be fine wiht that too. These days I'm more of a sit back and let the elected officials do what elected officials are supposed to do. You won't find me protesting one way or the other.


Same here. We have turned a blind eye to quite a bit with Trump already. What would history say about the U.S. if we all sat back and did nothing after witnessing him ask foreign countries to investigate Americans? I thought he should be impeached after undermining all of our intelligence agencies to side with Putin - that was more than enough for me right there. But I support standing up to him, whether it ends up helping him or not. I’ll sleep well at night knowing we fought back and did the right thing.

However, I do think it will only help him get re-elected easily. Remember, he could shoot someone in the middle of 5th Avenue and wouldn’t lose any votes, so I don’t see why impeachment over the Ukraine call would change any minds.

I still can’t believe a candidate said that about his voters, and they still voted for him. Imagine being intentionally insulted by the candidate you support!


I disagree that Impeachment gets him re-elected. He may win in 2020 but I don't think Impeachment will be the reason.

 

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If impeachment is so great for Trump and will sink the Dems why then the Redhats ought to be happy about it. If you want someone to fall off a cliff and you see them walking toward the cliff why would you warn them away?
Who cares? "Why?" is a pointless question when dealing with irrational, self-destructive behavior. The dems have been talking about this since before the inauguration. Just more craziness from the far left/progressive movement.

Billastro
To clarify, I should have linked the irrational, self-destructive behavior to the far left/progressive movement. The right is likely watching them gather enough rope to politically hang themselves. They're like the folks who watch Laurel and Hardy coming up with a plan that inevitably leads to chaos and destruction.

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