Is there an honest Democrat? Is there a Democrat that would put the nation ahead of party gain?
I seriously doubt it. Joe Lieberman was probably the closest and he was almost thrown out of the party at the end for thinking too much on his own. (And he voted to save Bill Clinton during the impeachment.) I think he actually has left the party but maintains a Saturn-distance orbit.
I’d dare say that many of today’s Democrats view the party’s well-being as being the same as the nation’s.
I bring this up because I see a lot of people saying that the reason they support Donald Trump is that the Washington-based GOP establishment has failed them. An agreeable point I’ll happily acknowledge.
But a subset of this group takes it further. They complain that the GOP Congress should have impeached President Obama — and thus failing to do so has lost their support.
Sadly, these people simply do not understand how our political system works. One could argue that they shouldn’t need to understand how it works; that they have jobs and that they thought they had left it in supposedly good hands.
The simple fact is that impeachment of a sitting Democratic president is impossible and will be impossible as long as that party is in existence.
If Bill Clinton couldn’t be impeached with his unarguable list of crimes, there is no way the “first black” president is going to be impeached.
Remember, during the Clinton impeachment (1999) not a single Democratic senator voted guilty on either article (one was perjury and one was obstruction of justice). The only splits came from the Republican side where Slade Gorton, Richard Shelby (say it ain’t so, Richard!), Ted Stevens, Fred Thompson (say it ain’t so, Fred) and John Warner gave Clinton a pass on the perjury charge — after everyone knew that he had lied. Lincoln “The Original RINO” Chafee, Susan Collins, “Weasel” Jim Jeffords, Olympia Snowe and Arlen “Scottish Law” Specter actually voted with the Democrats to save Clinton on both articles.
The point here is that Democrats NEVER break rank. Republicans will break rank — or as some might put it, think for themselves. But Democrats all move in lock-step. They move as one – with one goal: consolidating power in Washington under a Democrat-controlled socialist totalitarian central government.
They are The Borg.
Not a single Democrat looked at the evidence collected in a secure room. There is a lot more to the Clinton impeachment than has been made public. All of it, I understand, quite damning to the Clinton case (notably more interns seduced). But when the DNC ordered the senators not to view the evidence, they turned the blind eye to justice, and American decency. They didn’t need to know anything because they already knew all they had to know — vote not guilty.
Not even putatively “conservative” Southern Democrats like John Breaux, Bob Graham, Ernest Hollings and Charles Robb were willing to go against the party though their constituents wanted them to. None of these gentlemen ever ran for elected office again (Breaux, Graham and Hollings had just been returned to office in 1998 so it made a great thumb in the eye of their constituents).
(And our American news media strangely lacks curiosity about this whole episode yet it can always summon the energy for, say, the ‘33 and 1/3 anniversary of Watergate!’)
If a sorry sack of dung like Bill Clinton couldn’t be impeached, in times when morality in America still had a few breaths left, how on Earth could Obama be impeached when the vast majority of Americans haven’t the faintest idea how he’s violated the Constitution and his oath.
As a party the Democrats would be endlessly sabotaging the whole process. Rich liberal-funded Astroturf groups would be demanding that Republicans “stop their assault on the Constitution” (in that amazing way these groups accuse their opponents of just the opposite of what they are actually doing). The media would be screaming racism, remember their amoral conduct during the Clinton years? Not a single Democrat would vote to impeach Obama, ever. That’s EVER.
He could eat a live baby on TV and they’d complain that Republicans were racist for complaining about that. He could surrender the United States to a troika of Iran, North Korean and Venezuela and the Democrats would defend him. The media would make excuses and do stories about Republican “obstruction of peace.” And a few Republicans would be more than squishy on the matter.
There is a difference between the parties. Democrats have a goal — an omnipotent/omnipresent federal government under party control.
Republicans really don’t have a unified goal. Some want a little more government, others want no more (but maybe it could work better) and some want less. The split makes it difficult to get things done and it makes it nearly impossible to check the Democrats’ never-ending press on government expansion. Essentially, Republicans are always on the defensive.
(On a side note, the Democrats are also at war with the Republican Party and seek its destruction. The Republicans, especially in Washington, don’t understand this and think the old days of national comity still exist.)
If your measure of Republican support is based on whether it would have or will impeach Obama then you are never going to be happy. It is not possible to make you happy. Trump won’t make you happy either.