Two Sides

I am torn.  On the one hand, Trump refusing to  impose sanctions on Russia even though congress voted for them overwhelmingly amounts to contempt of congress and, if congress did not consist of a mix of weak willed Democrats who would cower in  the face of a particularly aggressive hamster, and Republicans who are so far up Trump’s butt they can no longer see daylight, they could easily begin impeachment proceedings, which I would seriously love to see.

On the other hand, I think that ‘sanctions’ as a general rule are a childish political ploy.  They generally hurt the people of the targeted country and do not harm its leaders, or even its economic leaders, one little bit.  They are imposed, as a general rule, to make it look as if some action is being taken, rather than as an effective action.  There could be exceptions, but I doubt if this is one of them.

Yes, Russia’s done some bad things in the recent past – the seizing of Crimea for one thing, the air accident that killed the Polish prime minister (yeah, accident, right) for another, but this isn’t about any of those.  This is about Russia’s ‘interference’ in the 2016 election which, as far as I can figure out, amounts to a couple of troll farms taking out a few thousand dollars worth of ads on Facebook which show Hillary Clinton with devil horns.

Nobody’s claiming that Russia actually hacked the voting machines or anything like that.

So, on the one hand, I agree with Trump that the sanctions are not a good thing.  On the other hand, I would love to see congress impeach him over his refusal.

But, maybe not.  It would be more like  the Andrew Johnson impeachment in 1868 than any other.  Congress only passed the tenure act because they knew perfectly well Johnson would break it.

So, I guess what it comes down to is this.  I would love to see Trump impeached, but I’d like for it to be over his conflicts of interest, perhaps income tax evasion and money laundering, and for being a totally incompetent moron who is an embarrassment to the whole country and a clear and  present danger to the human race.
But, like I  say, I’m torn.

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