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Pelosi: Impeach Trump

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Written by Carol Wolman   
Sunday, 17 March 2019 12:28

AN OPEN LETTER TO NANCY PELOSI  ON IMPEACHING TRUMP

Dear Nancy Pelosi,

Donald Trump MUST be impeached ASAP.  His presidency is a menace to life on planet earth.  In Sept 2018, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, stated,  “the world has less than two years to avoid runaway climate change.”  Donald Trump is doing all he can to HASTEN  runaway climate change, consistently appointing climate deniers to key cabinet posts.  He must be STOPPED.

You say that impeachment would be too divisive.  Yes, there is a deep division in this country, between the majority who seek to SAVE life on planet earth, and the core Trump followers who believe in the pernicious rapture cult.  This pseudo-Christian doctrine, well laid out in the popular “Left Behind” novels, maintains that the Bible guarantees “a new earth” to true believers, while the rest of us will be left behind to suffer the demise of the biosphere.

Many Trump supporters are simply ignorant, or believe in following any president.  However, the core group, maybe 20 million of them, are fanatical, expecting that his destructive actions will hasten the day they are waiting for.  A recent film, The Trump Prophecy, lays this out explicitly.  It is being shown in many Bible-based churches.

Unless this division, between the planet savers and the rapture cultists, is brought out into the open, Trump’s insidious undermining of our chances for survival will proceed.  Working issue by issue is way too slow for the timeline that climate change is forcing on us.  Only impeachment will make it clear what the underlying issue actually is, and force the fence-sitters to make a choice.

There is no doubt that impeachment would pass with a simple majority in the House, if you support it.  Whether the requisite 2/3 majority of Republican Senate would uphold it and force him out of office is another matter.  But even if this fails, the airing of the underlying division in the country would be worth it.

To the rapture cultists, I submit this Bible passage:

Deuteronomy 30:19 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live…

Nancy, please put impeachment back on the table.

Sincerely,  Carol S. Wolman, MD- Board Certified in Psychiatry

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0 # Robert S. Becker 2019-03-19 13:05
"But even if this fails, the airing of the underlying division in the country would be worth it."

Premature impeachment could do more than "air" divisions but severely increase them, with unknowable implications. What if Senate failure to convict gets turned into righteous justification, reinforcing Trump's pathetic (but weirdly effective) victimhood? As with Clinton, whose martyrdom was as unjustified as his impeachment.

Then impeachment becomes a hugely divisive wedge a slug like Trump can use to his benefit. I favor taking as long as possible doing full investigations that expose all the dark, criminal side to Trumpery, then, maybe the summer before the next election, impeaching the president. That way, if he loses the election, he's out -- and there's no tricky Senate trial and vote, nor do we get Pence, whom I consider arguably more dangerous as he's not as unstable or stupid and he knows politics.
 
 
0 # Moxa 2019-03-19 21:36
The Democrats enabled the election of Trump by nominating a highly unpopular, neoliberal corporatist. When the Democrats give the American people someone worth voting for, Trump will be out. If they don't, Trump will remain ANOTHER four years.

There is no way the Republicans will remove Trump. If there is an effort to impeach him, as Robert Becker says, who can tell what disruption may ensue? It would be much better if the Democratic House spent their energies legislating bills which would help the citizens of this country and the world. No matter if they don't get past the Senate, let alone the President. Show us what good legislation looks like--that is a much better use of your time and energy. It is also much more difficult, because it would require commitment to actual beneficial policies rather than mere self-righteous indignation toward Trump.

Besides, again agreeing with Robert Becker, beware of the devil you don't know, or to put it as another cliche, be careful what you wish for. Pence might be worse yet. And I doubt he has plans to save the planet.

The Dems got us into this and they will have to get us out. Or better, we will have to USE them to get us out, by nominating Bernie Sanders over all their kicking and screaming.
For it does not seem beyond belief that the Democrats would rather lose to Trump than win with Bernie. But without a powerful progressive in the White House, this planet is toast.
 

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