If you’re like me, every news headline I read upon awakening makes it more likely I want to stay in bed. There is no objective and rational person that can be happy with the Trump Administration. Yes, I know over 80% of Republicans have consistently approved of Trump’s performance since his inauguration. But I did say “objective and rational.”
Forget about “draining the swamp.” Donald Trump has created a toxic dump right in the middle of Washington. Among his achievements so far:
- Banned major news media from press conferences
- Upended decades-long alliances
- Eliminated clean water regulations
- Banned Federal employees from releasing data via social media
- Rolled back bathroom rights for transgender children
- Etc., etc., etc.
That’s not even including his illegal attempt to ban already-vetted Muslims from entering the country. He claims all these policy disasters are consistent with the campaign promises he made and on which he was elected. Well, he also campaigned on the destruction of ISIS by a plan to be developed in 30-days:
We are over 30 days since inauguration and Republican President Trump hasn’t mentioned a single word of his plan being complete and ready for implementation.
So let’s assume that you aren’t a Republican and therefore agree with me that Trump sucks and shouldn’t be elected as a Hall Monitor let alone President.
But, please, stop talking impeachment. That’s the surest way to exhaust yourself and, paradoxically, allow a longer time in office for Trump and his allies. Impeachment only means that the House tells the Senate to put the President on trial. In fact, 2 Presidents have been impeached: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. In both cases the Senate decided not to remove them from office.
So, impeachment doesn’t mean removal from office.
Especially in the present case. A 2/3 super-majority vote in the Senate (66 votes) is required to convict and remove the President from office. The present Senate couldn’t even get a simple majority (51 votes) to defeat the supremely unqualified Betsy DeVos from assuming the Secretary of Education Cabinet position.
So just stop it. Wishing for impeachment is a super-waste of time and energy. While it’s true that Trump has created a Superfund site of anti-American values, there won’t be an EPA to oversee its clean-up. We’ll need another plan.
Besides, Trump isn’t the real problem. The real problem is the Republicans in Congress. They, after all, write the laws and know how to play the Washington game. They also know how to play the public relations game far more effectively than the newbies in the Trump Administration.
They know how to make the Trump chaos palatable to their political base.
However, they are also more vulnerable than Trump. You have more access to them. It takes less money to defeat them. And many are up for re-election in 2018.
Destroy the Republicans in Congress and Trump is left neutered.
And it will be necessary to destroy the Republicans. They are a weaponized political party. When the Tea Party screamed at Democrats in 2010 about hypothetical death panels, the Democrats didn’t make protesting illegal. When the public is screaming at Republicans about actual repeal of the Affordable Care Act (aka ACA aka Obamacare), suddenly Republicans are tone-policing and making government protest practically illegal.
To make America great again, we will need to remove the present GOP from the nation’s political stage.
So, let’s review:
- Trump sucks.
- Congressional Republicans suck.
- Impeachment nearly impossible.
- Republicans vulnerable.
We should therefore focus our attention on someone from Congress whom we can do something about: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He is more vulnerable than he appears.