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I confess a kind of "bewildred admiration" for what the GOPers have done over the last 50 years.

 

First, the pass the Reagan Taxscam, redistributing TRILLIONS in income and wealth from the bottom 90% into the pockets of the top 10%, with virtually all of the transfer winding up in the pockets of the top 1%.

 

Then they gut American Education by voting down local bond issues and vilifying teachers, slashing PELL grants, turning student loans over to predatory private lenders and eliminating Revenue Sharing that made it possible for State and Local Government to provide 75% of college and university operating budgets so today Government support is 25% with Tuition making up an additional HALF of total costs.

 

They turn our Publically owned electromagnetic spectrum (broadcast media) into a fetid sewer of slander and lies advancing Republican dogma and extend this to the Internet where those absurd Conspiracy Theories once limited to reaqders of the National Enquirer now receive a National audience. All this with the simple act of killing the Fairness Doctrine that basically said if you talk about someone in politics, you must offer the mequal airtime to respond. Without Republicans, there would be no GOP Ministry of Propaganda allowing the GOPerLords to Divide And Rule America.

 

And finally they give CORPORATIONS the "Right of Free Speech" with Citizens United, which also allows foreign Governments easy access to our media where they suppressed votes by the 74,000 in 4 States that put Putin's Toad in the White House.

 

And what is most amazing is they did all that for just ONE reason - TO PACK THE JUDICAL SYSTEM WITH FUNDAMENTALIST JUDGES who constantly rule against Human Rights and in favor of religious dogma.

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The party completely and totally decided to sell their souls to Trump, and so, if they won't stand up to his indescretions, of which there are many, then they must go down in flames with him. They have no spine, all they care about is Trump and themselves staying in power over everything else, so they will go down, and hopefully all washed out to sea in Nov. 2020. So be it.
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If President Trump is impeached by the House without the vote of a single Republican, you know what? He’ll still be impeached, and for good reason.

The same will be true if every Republican senator votes to acquit him. Partisan GOP solidarity might keep Trump in office — for another year — but it neither changes the facts as we know them nor absolves Congress of its constitutional responsibility. A decision by Republicans to put party loyalty ahead of the national interest cannot be allowed to derail this necessary process.

 

Would a “partisan” impeachment divide the country? If you haven’t noticed, the nation is pretty divided already. It’s understandable to worry about the reaction of the nearly 45 percent of Americans who, according to the FiveThirtyEight average of polls, oppose impeachment and removal. But what about the 48 percent who support it?

 

I put the word partisan in quotes because the House, in constitutional terms, is acting not as “House Democrats” but as the House itself. The fact that the Democratic Party holds the majority does not absolve Speaker Nancy Pelosi or any other House member of the duty to hold Trump accountable for “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” If Trump grossly abused his power and committed bribery in his dealings with Ukraine, as evidence strongly indicates, the House has no choice.

 

Tribalistic party identity is basically all the president’s defenders have left.

 

They complained that the House had not taken a formal vote to proceed with impeachment . . . but then the House held such a vote. They complained that the House impeachment investigators were taking depositions of witnesses in secret . . . but Republican committee members already had access to those hearings. They complained that transcripts of those interviews had not been released . . . but now they are being released, and one of the loudest complainers, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) says he will refuse to read them. They complained that there had been no public testimony that would allow the American people to judge for themselves . . . but a public phase of the House investigation is beginning this week, with the first witnesses scheduled to appear Wednesday.

 
The latest diversionary Republican complaint is that the whole process is somehow illegitimate unless the anonymous whistleblower who brought the Ukraine scandal to light is made to testify publicly.

 

The problem with this contention is that the whistleblower’s secondhand suspicions have long since been superseded by firsthand sources and documents, including the rough transcript of the phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that was released by the White House. Republicans are basically arguing that an alleged arsonist, caught with a gas can in one hand and matches in the other, cannot be fairly tried without testimony from the passerby who saw a building on fire and called 911.

 

You will note that all of the above arguments have to do with process, not substance. Evidence clearly indicates that Trump conditioned official acts — release of nearly $400 million in military aid and an invitation to the White House — on a commitment by Zelensky to meddle in the 2020 U.S. election. Republican members of Congress used to deny there was any quid pro quo, which in this case is Latin for bribery. Now they say there was, but it doesn’t rise to an impeachable offense.

 
Assuming no exculpatory evidence surfaces, articles of impeachment will surely be drafted and brought to the House floor. I hope that some Republicans — perhaps a number of the 20 who have announced they are retiring — vote conscience over party. But if the entire GOP caucus puts party before duty, so be it. Democrats and the lone independent congressman (former Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan) will have honored their oath to defend the Constitution.

 

Then would come a trial in the Senate. With the exception of Graham and a few others, most Republican senators are taking the position that since they are potential jurors who may be called to sit in judgment of Trump, it would be improper for them to comment. I know for a fact that many of them are fully aware of how dangerously unfit Trump is to serve as president. I also know they greatly fear his wrath. Unless public airing of the evidence causes Trump to lose support among the GOP rank-and-file — which is possible but far from guaranteed — the Senate has to be considered highly unlikely to vote for removal.

 

But that is not an outcome to fear. If Republicans in Congress fail to do their jobs, voters will have to do it for them. This is not a moment to calculate the political odds. It’s a moment to do the right thing.

 

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"FAKE 45 #illegitimate" read a sign at the Woman's March in Washington DC, January 21, 2017.
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