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It’s official, Donald Trump has been impeached by the House for abusing the powers he was granted as President.
As Abraham Lincoln once mused, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
Watching the verbal masturbations shuffling from either side, I’m convinced that Abe was on the money.
From one side, the right, the House is breaking the rules to divide itself. The other side spoke in hopeful tones, Jack Kennedy was quoted, and bipartisanship was offered via an olive branch wrapped around a middle finger.
It’s the dark cloud descending versus the brightest of silver linings.
“Donald J. Trump is the President of the United States” was a line uttered by a Republican, to rapturous applause, heralding the final slip into unreality. At the time of writing, the American populace have already made up their minds on the impeachment, despite the vote (and despite the warblings of their elected officials), evenly split 48/48 over Donald’s guilt.
Over six hours, both parties played the same tune from the same horn: They were free Americans, and because they were Americans, they had the choice to do the right thing. It reminded me of Lincoln’s time, when the country split itself over the edge of a bayonet, when both the Union and the Confederacy fought for America, because they both believed they were right.
As Lincoln put it, “Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other.”
Today is very much the same, the opposite twisted the truth, and they were those who were wounding democracy, not them. The impeachment was the issue, but the definition of that issue varied.
Nevertheless, when the first article of impeachment was uttered (deciding whether Trump abused his power in tabling a quid pro quo with Ukrainian officials), a cacophony of noise spewed forth. The chair awarded the laurels to the ‘ayes’, but hysteria gave way to the murmuring din of a silent vote, one that easily swung toward those in favour. Regarding his abuse of power, Donald Trump was found in breach of his responsibilities by a score of 228-182. The second article, regarding whether Donald Trump obstructed a Congress also passed by a similar margin.
As for what comes next, the Republican-controlled Senate will pass judgement on Donald Trump, and offer their thoughts on what his punishment may be, subject to a majority vote, and as one can readily imagine, yet more warbling wrapped in the subjectivity of the American flag.