Is Impeachment the Right Call? Reasons why Congress should reconsider
I’m sure most of us never thought we would be here. Some may have thought it was because Donald Trump would not have been elected in the first place, others thought his presidency would be smooth as ice. Regardless of what your political beliefs are, things are changing at the White House. On September 24th, Speaker of The House Nancy Pelosi announced that the United States government would begin an impeachment inquiry against the 45th President Donald J. Trump, and the Western world has not stopped spinning since.
To understand the reasons for or against impeachment, we must first look back to this summer, specifically the night of July 25th. It was then that President Trump dialed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, asking for Ukraine’s cooperation in the analysis of Joe Biden’s role in the Robert Mueller investigation. In addition, the media confirmed a “quid pro quo” in which the President threatened to withhold aid from Ukraine if they did not comply. Those who are calling for impeachment claim that this is unlawful and that our president should not be allowed to use political connections to find information on political rivals while others do not see this as worthy of investigation. The government is wasting our time.
DISCLAIMER: For simplicity’s sake, assume for all arguments that the goal of impeachment is to remove the president from office.
The only impeachment of a United States president that culminated in them leaving office was of Richard Nixon in 1974. The President and the Nixon Administration were found to be involved in the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in 1972, quite different circumstances than the current situation. At that time, it took nearly a year for the impeachment to actually begin. Even with accelerated technology, it would still be a long time before any disciplinary action would be taken. Congress could be working on legislation that would actually improve the day-to-day lives of Americans during this time, instead of chasing pipe dreams of removing Trump from office.
Whether you like Trump or despise him, he certainly has a talent for causing controversy. The words some Americans associate with him include (but are not limited to): “racist, narcissist, bully, ignorant, [and] negative.” Despite the way the public perceives him and continuously-mounting evidence there’s no way that impeachment would be successful. Let us not forget, the public has seen all of his behavior that upsets people before. His advertisements condemning the Central Park Five, his Access Hollywood tape, and the entire Mueller investigation were not enough, so why will this be any different?
Lets face it, the bipartisan system is beginning to unravel. Over the past four years, America has witnessed divides between moderate and ‘radical’ democrats, and the few Republicans who do not support Trump against those who do. That being said, it is the foundation of our country, and the United States has come a long way with these two parties. Ripping it away now would not do any good. Republicans have experienced a shift in the past few decades, they have become forced to identify with leaders who do not share the values they once preached so heavily. It has become less about traditional American ideals, and more about money and influence. This model of Republicans latching themselves onto the politician with the most notoriety is not sustainable forever, and will eventually result in a power vacuum within the GOP. For better or worse, if Trump is impeached, it will tip the scales of the bipartisan system towards the Democrats for the foreseeable future.
Whether you are for impeachment or not, we are witnessing history. 50 years from now, textbooks will tell of the great impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump, and I, for one, want to tell my descendants that I did not stand by and watch. Even if you do not vote in any polls, local and state elections are just as important. Vote for policies and candidates that you believe will benefit everyone, not just your liberal or conservative cause. It is hard to keep track of every detail of American Democracy, but right here, in 2019, we all need to be vigilant.