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Galindez writes: "It is the constant lying of the president of the United States and his administration that leads me to believe that Donald Trump is not capable of performing the duties of the office he holds."

President Donald Trump. (photo: Michael Reynolds/EPA)
President Donald Trump. (photo: Michael Reynolds/EPA)


It's the Lies That Are Impeachable

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

12 May 17

 

et me preface this by saying I am someone who was not worried about the Russian efforts to influence our election. I am not surprised that Russia tried to influence our election, and I believe we are actively trying to influence the politics of Russia. I also think James Comey should have been fired by President Obama last October for interfering in the election in a way that aided Donald Trump.

It is the constant lying of the president of the United States and his administration that leads me to believe that Donald Trump is not capable of performing the duties of the office he holds.

I call on Republicans in Congress to put the credibility of the country over the standing of their political party. For a president to fire an FBI director who was investigating his administration and then lie about his motives to the American people is inexcusable. To then threaten that official with possible recordings of their conversation cheapens the office of the President.

I am embarrassed to call Donald Trump the president of my country. There have been other presidents, including Democrats, with whom I have had significant differences with politically. Donald Trump and I do not agree on much, but I do believe in Democracy, and don’t think impeachment should come about for political differences.

I am angry at how Trump has handled healthcare and many other issues, but they are not impeachable offenses. Even the firing of James Comey in itself could have been justifiable if Trump hadn’t lied about his motives.

If this were the first time the president has lied to us, I might give him a pass. The problem is there is a pattern of lying by the president, and he forces his surrogates to lie on his behalf. We cannot continue to have a president whose every utterance is questionable.

It’s not about Russia, healthcare, North Korea; it is about Donald Trump. I no longer have confidence in his ability to perform the duties of the office of President of the United States, and I call for his impeachment.



Scott Galindez attended Syracuse University, where he first became politically active. The writings of El Salvador's slain archbishop Oscar Romero and the on-campus South Africa divestment movement converted him from a Reagan supporter to an activist for Peace and Justice. Over the years he has been influenced by the likes of Philip Berrigan, William Thomas, Mitch Snyder, Don White, Lisa Fithian, and Paul Wellstone. Scott met Marc Ash while organizing counterinaugural events after George W. Bush's first stolen election. Scott moved to Des Moines in 2015 to cover the Iowa Caucus.

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+49 # Robert S. Becker 2017-05-12 13:57
"I call on Republicans in Congress to put the credibility of the country over the standing of their political party."

A noble call to arms but when since at least '08 have more than a handful of Republicans ever acted in this way? Trump lying won't do it. You know impeachment is not so much about actual crimes so much as the political act of removal . . and that doesn't happen until Trump becomes so toxic he threatens the career of MANY House Republicans. Which is already happening and will grow, as I agree with many of your statements.

Democrat taking over the House in '18 will push this along but can you in any way imagine 67 senators voting for conviction?? It may of course not come to that as with Nixon simply the serious threat could send Trump packing. RB
 
 
+33 # ER444 2017-05-12 15:20
Fire him!! This is getting to be a habit. :)
 
 
+74 # Wise woman 2017-05-12 16:17
The president is mentally ill pure and simple. He is a pathological, narcissistic, liar and sociopath. Does this excuse his behavior? It seems some of his staff and fellow republicans think so. I think it prohibits him from performing his job and therefore, should be required to step down and get appropriate treatment. And those who support this beheavior, should be required to do the same. They are obstructing justice.
 
 
+20 # economagic 2017-05-12 19:12
I don't think his mental and emotional state is mental illness so much as extreme immaturity. I see a spoiled, privileged, and completely undisciplined nine-year-old (give or take a year or two; not my are of expertise). I doubt that there is any treatment for that condition, especially at his age. A couple of years on the street 60 years ago (no, not THAT street) might have had some salutary effect, assuming he had no experience with any of the martial arts, but it might have had none at all. M. Scott Peck wrote a book some 25 years ago titled "People of the Lie" in whi8ch he described people with some resemblance to Trump. Peck, a psychiatrist, recommended exorcism.
 
 
+6 # Time Traveller 2017-05-13 06:07
I agree, economagic, and have been referring to him as the Idiot Child recently. My use of "Dump"is a tad too scatological and reflects my own immaturity.

He is clearly a dysfunctional child, since by age seven most kids have developed a conscience and moral framework; thus Catholic kids receive their First Communions at that age.

As you point out, he was never properly initiated into manhood, either. That is very common in America for at least a generation now, a result if broken families and a broken society in general.
Robert Bly has addressed this issue at length.

To see what HEALTHY kids are capable of, search "YouTube World Peace Game Trailer"
 
 
+3 # Time Traveller 2017-05-13 08:16
Econo, If the lack of manhood initiation rituals in America wasn't so pervasive a problem, a totally false alpha like the Idiot Child never would have been elected, even with help from Russians.
 
 
+24 # Farafalla 2017-05-12 17:17
"I no longer have confidence in his ability to perform the duties of the office of President of the United States, and I call for his impeachment."

You have got to be kidding. You just decided that now? You actually did formerly have confidence in Trump? What we are seeing is what we fully expected and warned about. He was never fit for the office. He is a megalomaniac and a narcissist sociopath. He always has been.

BTW: I don't think that lying (if not under oath) is an impeachable offense. Bush and Cheney and Blair lied their way to war in Iraq. No impeachment there.

The Russia thing has legs because there is something there. See recent visit by Lavrov and Kyslic to the Oval Office with only Russian press allowed. President Putin is glad you don't give it much credence.
 
 
+27 # mashiguo 2017-05-12 17:32
Where was all this talk when George W. Bush lied us into war and violated the Iraq War Resolution in order to kill a million people and provide Cheney's Halliburton with a full employment program at our expense?

It's late to make these kind of statements. Much more emphatic action will be needed to resolve the problem.
 
 
+10 # Floridatexan 2017-05-12 21:01
It's no accident that both Bush and Trump were "elected" by obviously devious means. And I appreciate you're bringing up Bush, because he walked free instead of being prosecuted, thus setting the stage for what we're experiencing now.
 
 
+11 # futhark 2017-05-13 12:09
Nancy Pelosi also set a dangerous precedent for Congress when she declared that impeachment of Cheney/Bush was "off the table". Impeachment must ALWAYS be on the table. It is a duty of Congress to monitor the fitness of the president and seek his/her removal when his/her fitness to execute the duties of that office are found to be below legal, ethical, or medical standards. Following assumption of office, the president must continually be accountable to the Congress, since if he/she goes wacko before the next election, removal from office is the only recourse. Failing that we in effect abandon the pursuit of peace, justice, and a sustainable prosperity.
 
 
+1 # mashiguo 2017-05-13 13:45
Quoting futhark:
Impeachment must ALWAYS be on the table.


Perfect!
Our government will never serve US until it fears US.

As for Pelosi, she isn't even Trump light. She is just another piece of slime that rose to the top of the swamp with him. Her latest statements are that everything is working perfectly.
In otherwords: What we have now is what she wants us to have now.
 
 
+25 # jussayin 2017-05-12 18:04
When you read the Time article on their interview with Trump at the White House, and read the transcript of his verbiage, you get the impression he really thinks he's doing a great job.

In reality he's in so far over his head, has surrounded himself with the most incompetent, inexperienced people and spends valuable time watching news to see how he's portrayed, and tweeting.

If he thinks people actually believe what he says he's even dumber than we thought. His judge of character is exceedingly poor as evidenced by the people he chooses to go to for counsel. And if he really thinks he's respected by leaders of other countries he's delusional.

He's a danger to this country for sure, but also to the entire planet with his inability to understand basic science. He's setting us all back decades by not addressing the most urgent crisis humanity has ever faced, and not even understanding the severity of it. Rather than bringing together the best minds with the resources to address ACD he instead recruits others who share his inability to get it, unwillingness to address it, or corruption regarding their inclination to defer to those who'd rather milk the fossil fuel cow to extract as much as they can regardless of the damage they're causing to people, ecosystems and other life forms.

It's sad, not to mention frustrating, to see how many are willing to pretend they don't notice rather than stand up for this country and planet.
 
 
+23 # giraffee23 2017-05-12 18:10
If there are no laws to punish a lying elected official - then we should make laws to cover this outrageous behavior. Not only do we have problems in USA about his lies but he threatens other nations too. They cannot do anything about this behavior but we have the responsibility do STOP this craziness. It's funny to listen to the comedians talk about Trump's behavior but, honestly, it is NOT funny when one realizes the damage to all by this crazy behavior.

True, many business bosses do as they please because they control your paycheck. But Trump is not our boss - in fact he works for us!

You elected GOP Congress people who refuse to stand up like humans = rather than politicians: Act properly and do something NOW before this wanna be "king" becomes dictator.
 
 
+3 # krallison 2017-05-12 23:19
Quoting giraffee23:


You elected GOP Congress people who refuse to stand up like humans = rather than politicians: Act properly and do something NOW before this wanna be "king" becomes dictator.


Ehm... you temporary GOP Congressmen ...
 
 
+2 # REDPILLED 2017-05-12 18:33
So his continuing the war crimes of Bush and Obama are not enough to impeach him?

Something is seriously wrong here.
 
 
+22 # Harvard72 2017-05-12 18:39
Rush Limbaugh was laughing this morning and said Trump's tweet that Comey better hope there was not a tape of their conversation before he talked to the press was a JOKE. First, it was not a joke. Trump does not have it in him to try to be funny. But much more importantly, the Presidency is not a joke, and Trump is not a character in a sitcom on TV. I do not know what Trump thinks he is, but these imbecilic antics must stop. For a guy who falsely claimed Obama wire tapped him to impliedly threaten Comey into silence is unforgivable. I think Trump must produce "the tapes" which will undoubtedly show that Comey DID NOT SAY Trump was not under investigation; or if there are no tapes, then Trump must take himself out of the White House by resignation. Alternatively, if there are no tapes or the tapes show Trump was lying about the "3 conversations" the Republicans must impeach him for the good of the country.
 
 
+25 # mh1224jst 2017-05-12 18:44
This is too facile: It's not the Russian efforts to influence our elections that should concern us as much as Trump's love for fascist dictators, putting personal dealings with Russia above the national interest.

The worst problem is his clear desire to make the rich richer at any cost, based only on the flimsy trickle-down fraud. The top 1% has gained over $25 trillion in wealth since 1980, and financed much of it with $19 trillion of national debt that can never be repaid.

Inequality drives depression, and it is the most serious problem we've got: Trump's tax policies are the worst yet. And what about global warming?? No parliamentary democracy would have to sit back and watch its economy, environment and society be destroyed. Must we, for four years?

Yes, Trump is mentally ill: But it's not just about Donald Trump. It's about our survival.
 
 
0 # ericlipps 2017-05-13 08:24
But making the rich richer and cozying up to foreign dictators are not impeachable offenses, or we'd have had a parade of impeachments, one after another.
 
 
+13 # oakes721 2017-05-12 18:50
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Only Pinocchio Knows...
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The pathological liar holds TRUTH hostage. Though it be his own twisted egocentric world, his unsteady balance is only maintained by causing others who surround him to support his wobbly reality.
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A cornered rat is a dangerous animal. Having seen his ratings momentarily rise with a useless bombing raid, Pinocchio's nose is a hair to close to the doomsday button...and growing longer every day.
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+12 # joejamchicago 2017-05-12 18:55
Beware of what you wish for. . .PRESIDENT PENCE??????????????????????????????????

Might get stuff--BAD stuff--done.

Be very, very afraid.
 
 
+15 # Emmanuel Goldstein 2017-05-12 19:10
All true, Scott. But isn't a more practical remedy the 25th Amendment? It calls for the disempowerment of a President who is "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office." That should certainly apply to a mental case like Trump. A President's primary duty (per his oath of office) is to "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States." He can't do that if he's mentally ill.
 
 
+5 # lfeuille 2017-05-12 23:32
Who would determine that he is unable?Somebody has to make the official determination. Who is entrusted with the task?
 
 
+11 # Barrystanley 2017-05-12 19:15
Lying is a deliberate, wilful effort to deceive. Trump is not lying. He is confabulating. Confabulation is neurodevelopmen t disability associated with impaired executive functioning. The individual is stuck in the moment unable to apply to the moment experience and knowledge from the past. Individuals with this condition are particularly liable to be manipulated.
 
 
+8 # Floridatexan 2017-05-12 21:47
Trump is most definitely lying. He's done this his whole life and he's mostly gotten away with it because of his daddy's money. He is and has always been unfit to lead. All his rabid followers had to do is research, but they didn't because they want to believe in the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny and the dream that they will some day be rich just like him. I really think they believe the riches will rub off on them.
 
 
+8 # economagic 2017-05-12 19:37
I don't think his mental and emotional state is mental illness so much as extreme immaturity. I see a spoiled, privileged, and completely undisciplined nine-year-old (give or take a year or two; not my are of expertise). I doubt that there is any treatment for that condition, especially at his age. A couple of years on the street 60 years ago (no, not THAT street) might have had some salutary effect, assuming he had no experience with any of the martial arts, but it might have had none at all. M. Scott Peck wrote a book some 25 years ago titled "People of the Lie" in whi8ch he described people with some resemblance to Trump. Peck, a psychiatrist, recommended exorcism.
 
 
+11 # viejavaca 2017-05-12 20:19
Just keep calling your rep's office or offices and saying: November 6, 2018.--which is the day of the next election..
 
 
+4 # 1984 2017-05-12 22:01
I have been wondering for a very long time now.......isn't lying to your country's citizens an impeachable offense. I don't mean on the basis on not being capable (which of course is the case) but rather on the basis of high crimes and misdemeanors.
 
 
+2 # CDMR 2017-05-13 18:46
1984 -- lying in public office is not an impeachable offense. Most public office holders lie all the time. The CIA produces "intelligence reports" that are totally lies. The Pentagon leaks stories to the media that are lies. Same with all departments of government.

The neo-con gruru, Leo Straus, wrote that politicians must tell noble lies in order to motivate people to do and think the correct things. Lying for the good of the nation and the people is a highly prized quality for neo-cons. Take Colin Powell. His whole career is made from lying. He lied about the My Lai massacre. He lied about WMD in Iraq. And he is respected by many people.

I do think lying in the pursuit of one government position should be a felony perjury. It should require a jail sentence. I do not believe we can have a good and functioning government if office holders like. The neo-cons are wrong and evil.

Yes, I think Trump should be impeachable for lying, but that will never happen. He's no worse a liar than Obama, Bush II, Clinton and the rest. Obama may have been the worst liar because he was not as transparent as Trump. Everyone knows when Trump lies. Few people knew when Obama lied.
 
 
+6 # lfeuille 2017-05-12 23:40
I don't think it's the lying. All presidents lie and I'm not sure Trump realizes when he is saying something that isn't true or necessarily remembers of the untruths he has told.

What I think disqualifies him as far as basic personality traits go is the vindictiveness and sadism. But that probably isn't illegal. But his business practices have led to numerous actions that would be impeachable if there was a congress willing to impeach him WITHOUT risking nuclear confrontation with Russia. The rampant conflicts of interests shouldn't be allow it stand.
 
 
0 # discus 2017-05-13 09:32
"...the lying and his of the president and his administration that leads me...". The subject is plural and needs the plural verb "lead".
 
 
+2 # Blackjack 2017-05-13 12:57
Impeachment sounds like a good idea; the 25th Amendment sounds like a good idea; an independent prosecutor sounds like a good idea. BIG PROBLEM. . .Dems do not have the power alone to make any of this happen. Some Repukes would have to join in and I do not see that happening. Right now, they're enjoying the limelight, along with Trump, playing offense at every opportunity while the Dems keep playing defense and never catching up. Can Repukes be persuaded to change their minds? Perhaps, but only with a lot of push and shove from their constituency base. Some of that is happening, but not nearly enough. Voters put these people into office and as things now stand, only voters can remove them or persuade them to change their minds before the next election.
 
 
-1 # JSRaleigh 2017-05-13 18:19
You should be worried about Russian interference with U.S. elections. They didn't just interfere with the DNC & Clinton. They hacked State & Local elections - primary elections along with the general elections. The Trump campaign would not have been able to remove the plank condemning Russia's invasion of the Crimea without fellow travelers among the delegates at the Republican National Convention.

And 2016 was NOT a one time effort. The Russians will be back in 2018 and 2020.

Donald Trump is not the only one the Russians have compromised.
 
 
-1 # Robbee 2017-05-13 21:00
Quoting JSRaleigh 2017-05-13 18:19:
You should be worried about Russian interference with U.S. elections.

- true! not that there's anything wrong with worrying about Russian interference with U.S. elections - THERE'S NOT! FACT THERE'S EVERYTHING RIGHT WITH PROSECUTING RUMP AND HIS FELLOW GANGSTERS FOR ONE AND ALL CRIMES AGAINST AMERICA!

but in a life as short as robbee's, robbee worries about other oppression of workers and other non-millionaire s by rump's billionaire gangsters, than just Russian interference with U.S. elections!

one thing that bothers robbee enormously is that many rsn readers did not care about rump becoming prez, uniting all three branches of government against we the people - many readers only worried that hillary was not the second-coming of bernie! ASTOUNDING! YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP!

robbee can hold two thoughts in his mind at the same time and wishes more rsn readers were like robbee, thanks!
 
 
0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-05-15 02:36
JSRaleigh -- do you have any proof for all of these allegations. What are your sources? Do they include proofs. I think your allegations are 100% inaccurate.

But there are foreign nations that have intervened in US elections and they have skewed US government policy in their favor. these are ISrael, Saudi Arabia, the UK. Sometimes it is the most obvious that eludes us, The Israelis pretty much own the congress.
 
 
0 # angelfish 2017-05-13 18:50
The Mendacity and Incompetence displayed by this Cretin (Trump) are, by themselves, grounds for Impeachment. His ENTIRE Administration should ALSO be charged since they are ALL tainted with the SAME stench! Pence, as a Lawyer SHOULD know better, however, Ignorance is NO excuse! Let the TRUTH come out and let Justice be DONE so that this country can begin the Healing Process.
 
 
-1 # Robbee 2017-05-13 20:35
It's the Lies That Are Impeachable? - the premise of this story is ridiculous!

repukes believe in magic money - it's faith based - repukes believe that faerie capitalists create jobs - they even call capitalists "job creators" - they say these job creators create jobs, but only when you massively cut taxes for them - you see? job creators are in love with creating jobs, only lazy, they need an incentive! - to get job creators to create jobs, you have to buy them off! - repukes tried this, massive tax cuts from 2001 to 2013, yet, until obama took office in 2009, job creators created no jobs - none! zilch! - you see? because it didn't work in 2001, this tax odyssey is the charm!

now? why does robbee say all this? it's because, to repukes, there is only one impeachable offense - “The President of the United States tells the truth!” - so long as repukes rule, the u.s. house of disrepukes, the only thing rump can say that gets him impeached is "massive tax cuts for job creators won't create jobs!"

- another thing rump can say that gets rump impeached is "repealing and replacing obamacare, as we propose, will leave 24 million more people without healthcare!" or "repealing and replacing obamacare, as we propose, for all but millionaires who get a massive tax cut, will, for everyone else, raise the cost of healthcare, double-digits every year!" or “if we had single-payer, everybody would have healthcare, as a right! - at a fraction of the cost of obamacare!”
 

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