In a twit of astounding narcissism and hubris, the president of the United State suggested that if he’s impeached, there could be a problem.
A “Civil War like [sic] fracture”? As in brother against brother, father against son, mother against daughter? There are people in this country who support Trump, which is hard to explain. It’s not that the Dems offer a better vision of the future. It’s not Trump has managed to accomplish anything particularly helpful to anyone, beyond the appointment of more conservative judges, and few of the groundlings have a serious grasp of what that means.
Trump isn’t conservative. Trump isn’t anything beyond doing what feeds his ego and pocket. He hasn’t brought good jobs back to America, and he’s pretty much blown every ridiculous promise he’s made. For years, many good Americans believed that an “ordinary” person, a non-politician, could take the reins and run this country according to the way they felt it should be run. It was a virtue that he knew nothing about law, governance or pretty much any subject other than building gaudy structures. He was like them, seeing the solutions in the most simplistic and obvious ways.
It’s like all those good people who believe the Constitution “means what it says,” not grasping that nothing is as simple as they want it to be. Here he was, a guy just as simple as them, and surely they would be proven right, that these fancy-pants smart people were full of it and Trump would finally, finally, prove that it was just as obvious as they always believe it would be.
It’s not. It never was. It can’t be. As Trump said about a year after the election, he didn’t know it would be so hard. It’s a big job. He was never up to it. Even assuming he’s not particularly venal, his lack of grasp of law and propriety has led him to engage in a steady stream of bad acts, as if he’s running a mom and pop business for his own benefit on our dime. This was the best one could expect of Trump.
The problem isn’t that a non-pol can’t be president. Or that conservatives are evil and progressives are the harbingers of Utopia. The problem is that one person, Donald J. Trump, was the wrong choice, a bad guy, ignorant and incapable and motivated not to help anyone but himself. You may want to believe his lies, but you know they’re lies, right? Whether you agree with what he spews, you know he’s just feeding believers what they want to hear because his only weapon is amoral shamelessness.
Whether he gets removed remains to be seen. But what if he does?
And here’s the thing: You have a very good alternative. I don’t personally share Mike Pence’s worldview, but you do. He is a deeply conservative, anti-regulation, anti-tax, evangelical Christian. As a bonus, he has never paid hush money to a porn star or made big campaign donations to New York Democrats. Oh, and Pence has a lower disapproval rating than Trump.
Should impeachment and conviction happen, Hillary doesn’t become president, his judicial appointments aren’t nullified and the Dems lose their strongest argument for the presidency, to rid us of this blight on a nation.
Don’t blame the Dems, the media, the outraged swarm of gnats, for what may happen. He can’t be removed unless the Senate Republicans vote to do so, and if they do, it’s not because they want to drive away his base and endorse Liz Warren or Bernie, but because they are well aware of how Trump has been courting dirty since Day One, embarrassing them and America, undermining the vestiges of intelligent conservatism and compelling them to whore themselves to pretend to back his idiotic lies and excuses.
Trump did this to himself.
Even if you believe that the business of America should be business, consider Rex Tillerson, who fled this rat-infested ship like everyone else who thought they could be the grown-up in the room and prevent the loudmouthed fool from doing whatever popped into his self-aggrandizing head. Tillerson was not only an actual successful businessman, but smarter by far, which is why he called Trump a “fucking moron.” Steve Mnuchin called him a dope. John Kelly called him an idiot. These aren’t fighters for the resistance, kids.
Trump was a curious experiment, but the experiment failed. Maybe President Pence will do better. Maybe someone else will come forward who isn’t an idiot, who has some small clue how to be president, who has some goal other than self-enrichment and self-aggrandizement, and will be what you hoped Trump would be, but isn’t.
Even if you truly love Trump, believe in Trump, support Trump, are you willing to die for Trump? Are you willing to kill for Trump? Trust me, he wouldn’t suffer a paper cut for you.