There are so many people posting these lists of ‘who becomes president if we impeach Trump’ that I suspect a concerted effort, and since the beneficiary of any concerted movement to NOT impeach Trump (whether it’s from just giving up or strategically deciding that it’s better to ride out a Trump presidency than deal with president Pence) is Donald Trump, I suspect that’s where the effort is coming from.
Of course, Tulsi Gabbard, who I admire greatly and would vote for in a heartbeat, is one of those warning of a Pence presidency, and that’s the first issue I disagree with her on. Ditto Dennis Kucinich. That’s one of the glorious things about being a liberal (or what used to be called a liberal anyway. I guess now we are progressives, and ‘liberal’ had come to mean ‘not really liberal.’ Language evvelves.) We don’t need to agree on everything, we aren’t marching in lockstep, we are, on average, smarter than conservatives and therefore more likely to have original, unique opinions. Besides, to impeach or not is a disagreement over strategy and tactics, and not principles or positions.
There are 3 reasons I think impeaching Trump is a good idea.
- It’s the right thing to do. When a president breaks the law, he should be impeached, simple as that. And Trump has not only broken laws, he’s shown that he is completely oblivious to them. Not only were the trips to Mar a Lago a blatant conflict of interest, and a blatant abuse of his office for personal profit, but national security business was conducted in public. Somewhere in there, I’m sure laws were broken.
- Precedent. If we don’t impeach Trump then, good grief, how bad does a president have to be before we do impeach? Even in the short term, setting the precedent is good. President Pence (or President Ryan if we can make it a double impeachment, or president Hatch, if we can pull off a triple, will feel the threat hanging over their head very acutely, and spend the rest of the term being very careful, which is something that should be encouraged.
- The investigation. We would not have known about presidential cigar sex if they had not brought impeachment against Bill Clinton. Maybe that’s a bad example, because it was a bad impeachment, but who knows what we’ll find if we really, intensely investigate Trump. His taxes, for one thing.