Nancy Pelosi Spoke Today-Loud and Clear

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Nancy Pelosi spoke today, and Donald Trump’s day of reckoning fast approaches. For only the fourth time in the history of this republic, articles of impeachment were submitted against a sitting president of the United States of America. Two articles, one for abuse of power, the other for obstruction of Congress, were released by the House Judiciary Committee. You can read them here.

In all, the document consists of only eight pages, a nod towards an increasing attention-averse population. The entire inquiry proceeded in this manner. Just short of 80 days, we’ve seen the committee do its work in swift and sweeping fashion. The Republican Party is left with no other option than to whine and complain to whoever is within shouting distance. President Trump is about to be impeached. As Trump’s Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said in his press conference weeks back, “Get over it!”

There’s an argument out there that says House Democrats should be patient. Let’s wait for the courts to decide on some of the more thorny issues regarding who can testify—then proceed when all measures are exhausted. But, as House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff alluded to today in the press conference, “Why, so he can cheat again?”

As the articles so clearly state, the President is a clear and present danger to our democracy. Acting now is the only option, or he’ll continue to seek foreign help and cheat his way to victory in 2020. Time is of the essence.

In months past, there’s been disappointment as it pertains to how Nancy Pelosi and Schiff were handling Trump and his corruption—myself included. I wondered what the hell they were doing. Why such dithering? When are they going to hold him to account?

Well, she answered that question loud and clear today. And far be it for me to question the Speaker. She’s so adept at this; it’s mind-boggling. Remember, it was she who proclaimed that Trump would eventually “self-impeach.” Damned if he didn’t prove her right. And, he continues to do so as we speak, with his lawyer and henchman, Rudy Giuliani, currently in Ukraine continuing to try and dig up dirt on former Vice-President Joe Biden.

They’re so brazen they do it in front of our faces for everyone to see.

But there’s also another argument that says we ought to include other Trump misdeeds in the articles as well. I’m sensitive to this line of thinking too. But again, the American people will not pay attention if we go down the road of The Mueller Report, emolument clause violations, or other allegations. At least that seems to be the view of Pelosi: Make it short, easy to understand, and as clear-cut as possible.

And that’s what the Democrats did today. We also must remember that Pelosi understands her caucus better than anyone. There are probably 25 to 30 members elected in 2018 that won in districts where Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton, some by large margins. If Pelosi is going to go as far as she has today, you know she’s got the votes. Nobody is better than her at this.

To show how adept the Speaker is at being aware of public sentiment, within minutes of the impeachment press conference, she had another press conference. This time, it wasn’t about impeachment but was an announcement that they had reached an agreement with the Trump administration on ratifying the so-called USMCA, the new and improved NAFTA.

What have we heard about from the Republican Party throughout the entire impeachment inquiry process? The do-nothing Democrats. They want to get rid of the President, while the needs of the American people are ignored.

Pelosi took that issue right off the table today. While most of us know that well over 250 bills are stuck on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s desk, this action shows that the Democrats are more than willing to work with Trump to move the country forward.

Yes, it gives Trump a victory, as well. She’s willing to let him take a victory lap of sorts. I’m not going to lie; it’s tough to swallow. But again, I’m going to defer to Pelosi on this. He’ll still say what he always says about the do-nothing Democrats. But this time, some of those more vulnerable members of Congress can show their constituents that they can not only hold the President to account, but also can get things done for the people. It’s a win-win.

Soon, we’ll have a vote in the Judiciary Committee, perhaps as early as this Thursday. Then, we’ll probably move to the overall House for debate and a full vote on impeachment sometime before the Christmas holiday.

Then, it’s on to the Senate, where McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will have to work out the rules for the impeachment trial. At this point, it’s anyone’s guess as to how this will play out. We know Trump and his cronies will do their best to make this something resembling Barnum and Bailey’s Circus. But we don’t know yet. Stay tuned.

Bottom line: we saw history today. We shouldn’t be proud, however. We should never want our presidents to suffer this fate. But the Founders knew there was a chance we’d get a guy like Trump. Alexander Hamilton knew it; so did Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and James Madison. It’s why impeachment found it’s way into our Constitution. They had to find a way to deal with an out of control president.

If impeachment isn’t appropriate for this President, then who is? He’ll likely survive in the Senate, though. It’s remote, at best, that any Republicans will have a patriotic moment. Would millions marching in Washington change their minds? Fat chance. Millions in the street or not, if it means they might lose that coveted job at the U.S. Capitol, we know what route they’ll take.

The only chance is if Mitch McConnell calculates that pinning himself to Trump’s rear end puts his power in jeopardy. It’s all he cares about at this stage of his life. For now, it looks like the 2020 election is the only way we’ll be able to remove this President. So be it.

Nevertheless, Nancy Pelosi spoke today. None of this happens without her blessing and direction, so it’s on her– as it should be. I’m in full support. Whether he survives or not is irrelevant, because the Scarlett Letter of impeachment is now forever stamped on Trump’s orange forehead. Let the Republicans die on the sword for their hero, if they must.

The Founders would be proud we acted accordingly. Because this man, this President represents what Hamilton so eloquently warned us about:

When a man unprincipled in private life desperate in his fortune, bold in his temper, possessed of considerable talents, having advantage of military habits—despotic in his ordinary demeanor—known to have scoffed in private at the principles of liberty—when such a man is seen to mount the hobby horse of popularity—to join the cry of danger to liberty—to take every opportunity of embarrassing the General Government and bringing it under suspicion—to flatter and fall in with all the nonsense of the zealots of the day—It may justly be suspected that his object is to throw things into confusion that he may “ride the storm and direct the whirlwind.”

From the grave, a Hamilton thumbs up emerges.

30 comments

  1. This is a terrific overview of recent events that should help people who don’t follow as closely as some of us do.
    I’ve been a Pelosi fan for a long time and I think she’s the smartest, strongest, most strategic leader we have in government today. Politico has an article about her sitting down with Mexico’s leaders to discuss the trade deal: she said “You have to do this!” And they did.
    The worrisome thing is with the alternative universe with the Republicans and AG Barr: will too many Americans be confused and tune out? We must make sure for the sake of our democracy that that doesn’t happen!

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    1. Thanks Annie. It’s my concern as well. Even today, I watched the hearing being conducted over the recent IG report on the origins of the Russia investigation. You’ve got Lindsay Graham and the other R’s continuing to push the narrative that it was people with political bias who screwed over Trump, when the IG report says the exact opposite. Lies..lies and more lies, all to protect Trump. I don’t get it!
      Yes, Pelosi rocks! Hard to believe but she’s 79 years old! And still getting it done. So impressive.

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    1. Thanks so much Kim. And thanks for the reblog! I can’t think of a better quote to describe the current president. It’s like Hamilton is still alive!

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  2. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    Our friend Jeff at On the Fence Voters has done it again! I wish I had his way with words. This post is an excellent summation of the events yesterday in the House of Representatives, and he reminds us why the impeachment process is not only justified, but essential to the principles of the Constitution. Thank you, Jeff!

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    1. You’re the best Jill! Thanks for the reblog. They’re back at it today Jill. Another hearing, and more of the same from Republicans, this time over the IG report. To this day, I want to know….what the hell does Putin or Trump have on Lindsay Graham? I’ll just leave that right there Jill. If you find out, please tell the world!! LOL

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      1. It is always a pleasure to share your work, Jeff! Yes, they’re back at it … I’ve heard so many conflicting opinions about the IG report that I’m ready to stuff it up somebody’s … um … never mind. As re Lindsey Graham … I am beginning to think he has multiple personalities and changes them from day to day. However, if I hear of anything that anybody has on him, I’ll let you know!

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      2. I suspect he would be very disappointed … but then, if McCain were alive today, perhaps Lindsey would be different than he is. He’s changed his stance on many things radically over the past 10-20 years.

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    1. That, mistermuse, is a question for which they are not capable of answering. But, you and I know better, as do the majority of Americans.

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      1. Mistermuse and Jeff, it is so childish for these grown people to say “you just don’t like him.” In response to a good friend who did this to me, I said “So, it is my fault the president has a problem with the truth. So, it is my fault he is a bully who name calls people who disagree with him. So, it is my fault he cannot keep people because he won’t listen to them or makes them do inane things to make him look less foolish.”

        “Never Trumper” is name calling. It is that simple. It is shortcut for “I don’t have a good argument, so I will call you a Never Trumper, so I need not listen to you.” I told a staff member of Devin Nunes, with his unethical action which led to his stepping down as Committee Chair in 2017, it is Nunes I want to see under oath and he is asking the questions.

        Sorry for the rant. Best to all. Keith

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  3. Thanks Jeff. The House impeachment of Donald Trump may or may not benefit the Democrats in 2020. It may be a little of both. The key is it must be done. The president has obviously violated his oath office. One need only listen to the honorable men and women who testified under oath. The GOP sycophants say who they would like to testify, but as an American citizen (independent and former GOP and Dem voter), I would like to see the following people take an oath and testify:

    Donald j. Trump
    Rudy Giuliani
    John Bolton
    Mick Mulvaney
    Mike Pence
    Mike Pompeo
    Devin Nunes

    Under oath. The president who is renown for being untruthful, tweets all day, every day without being under oath. My strong advice is to believe him at your own peril. He is the biggest purveyor of “fake news” on this continent and it is not even close.

    I would not mind seeing William Barr under oath, as well. He has trashed what was a pretty good reputation by pretending the AG role serves the president, not the country. He should ne reminded AG John Mitchell went to jail for doing Nixon’s bidding.

    To be frank, my opinion of Pelosi has never been great, but she has shown what she is capable of in the past eleven months. As Amy Klobuchar said at the Dem debate, a woman beats Donald Trump every day and her name is Nancy Pelosi.

    Keith

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    1. I appreciate your candor Keith, as it pertains to Pelosi. I too, have questioned her at times over the years. But usually, she ends up on the right side of things.
      I agree with everyone of your witness requests. I highly doubt Trump will EVER testify. His lawyers would have to pull him by the ears to make sure he doesn’t. But, if he did, and Adam Schiff was one of the House Managers at the trial? You can’t tell me that wouldn’t be ratings gold!! I’d postpone just about anything to watch that.

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      1. Thanks. I love that she says “I pray for him.” True story. Trump gave a deposition once and the opposing attorney got him to correct 30 falsehoods. There is a reason his attorneys won’t let him testify.

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      2. I think Trump’s truth is different from the rest of us. That is, in his mind, it’s the truth simply because it’s what he believes. Even when presented with facts, he denies them. I mean, how often have we seen this all throughout his presidency … and even more so during this current fiasco?

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      3. You’ve got him figured out Nan! Up is down. Down is up. Look over there. Nothing to see here….same thing, over and over. I’m so over him!

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  4. For Trump to testify would be the best thing for the USA, but of course that will never happen. So for whoever does, the Dems best be prepared to have someone who can turn them inside out and downside up. Seeing as they have no real defence but misdirection, they will need someone who can redirect the fake news into facts.
    The main thing is to play to the American people. We already know we cannot change the minds of the politicians, but you can lead the electorate to see Trump et al in relation to the Constitution. Some will disregard the truth, but others will see it.

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    1. Agreed rawgod. That’s why I feel Schiff would be THE best guy to lead this. He’s skilled. He’s a former prosecutor, and he comes across as a really smart dude. Send in you’re A team. They’ve got nobody on their side. Maybe Jim Jordan? Please

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  5. Be in through Impeachment or be in through the ballot box of 2020 I wish the USA well and the downfall of Trump….I would prefer to see in happen in the 2020 election a complete humiliation that his devoted cannot deny, and see a sitting president thrown out…now that would be justice.

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    1. I think that’s where we’re headed Roger. And so be it. I think we’re stuck with him till then. Of course, I wonder how many crimes he might commit between now and then? I’d say there’s a high probability don’t you think?

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  6. Jeff … thought you would appreciate this …

    In today’s paper there was a write-up about impeachment supporters that demonstrated in front of the local Fred Meyer’s. They held “Make America Great Again — Impeach Trump” signs and there was a guy with a megaphone that said, “People” and the demonstrators responded, “Power!”

    I was so encouraged to learn there are people in this area who actually see through the B.S. that’s been coming from the current administration and aren’t afraid to say so!

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    1. Thank you Nan. I do appreciate that. Yes, progressives are here. We’re in the minority, but still, I’ve seen protests spring up at various times.
      Trump bumper stickers and hats are very common at Fred Meyer here in Brookings. It’s amazing. I’m so tempted to go up to some of them and just ask…why? Nothing more, nothing less. I want to hear the response. But, I never do. I guess I’m not ready to make the wife a widow just yet! LOL
      When it’s all said and done, I still think the American people are sick and tired of this man in the White House. I just hope 2020 proves me correct. The alternative ain’t pretty.

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