As Our Democracy Hangs in the Balance, This is No Time for Haughty Declarations of Independents

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Well, well, look at you …

You fancy yourself a real political pro. You’ve seen many things. You read meaty prose, and feast on only that hard-to-find, middle-of-the-road media. Unlike most well-meaners in your country, you are one of the gifted few who can see the trees through the forest on a fairly regular basis. You are above it all, but so good at being up there, that you can still see most people at eye level, even while looking down on them …

You are pretty angry about the state of things, sure, but keeping things in perspective is a real source of pride for you. Lately you have very grudgingly come to think that the impeachment of Donald J. Trump is sadly necessary, but wish everybody would just calm down already, because …

… the Republicans will never vote to impeach and remove Trump.

You always try to play along and support America no matter what because above all, you are a very, very good sport. You’ve been an Independent for 37 years, and have voted for candidates on all sides of the political spectrum depending on the issues. You are growing mighty weary of all these ‘new’ reactionary Democrats — upstart progressives and socialists mostly — who can’t get it through their heads that Democrats have always been about the big issues first and foremost and never let bright, shiny objects like impeachment become their absolute fixation. Leave that to the Republicans, who’ve never been big on leading any important issues, besides feeding the rich and leading us to war. But, hell, you really do have to hand it to ’em because despite their loathsome behavior they have locked up 40 percent of the vote no matter what, which means …

… the Republicans will never vote to impeach and remove Trump.

You are upset about these uppity Democrats, but because you are above it all, you just made a $15 contribution on ActBlue to some candidate you have never heard of who is running for some congressional seat in SE Pennsylvania where you’ve never been, because you really are a team player for America and would like Democrats to keep a check on things in 2020, because …

… the Republicans will never vote to impeach and remove Trump.

You cleared your busy schedule and unlike most would-be Americans watched all 78-hours of the Intelligence Committee’s Impeachment Hearings where patriots like Fiona Hill and Marie Yovanovitch described an unfolding Russian crime scene that ran through Ukraine and our White House like a raging river and would have made even Capone blush with embarrassment. While you had to admit it looked really, really, really, really bad and as if Trump really would sell out our country for a shiny dime, getting too upset was just silly and amateurish, because …

 … the Republicans will never vote to impeach and remove Trump.

You watched Trump act the part of a thuggish crime boss yet again as he incredibly intimidated these brave, female witnesses to his 55 million followers on Twitter even as they provided stirring accounts of Trump and his amigos’ deceit and treachery against America. And though it almost made you literally sick to your stomach, you weren’t about to cave in and let all that happen because thanks to you and your strong constitution you above all knew …

 … the Republicans will never vote to impeach and remove Trump.

You watched Adam Schiff steer America through those Impeachment Hearings and accord himself with the class, grace and dignity of truly great statesmen who came before him with names like Lincoln, Roosevelt, and King. You said now there’s a future president, an American to be proud of — a man deserving of this important platform. Sure, the Republicans made embarrassments of themselves shouting down witnesses and generally coming off like a pack of starving hyenas. But no matter how good the Democrats looked and no matter how incredibly bad the Republicans, it mattered very little because …

 … the Republicans will never vote to impeach and remove Trump.

You listened to Nancy Pelosi explain that to wait even a minute longer to remove this president would be a clear and present danger to our democracy and the future of our country. You saw her say that she didn’t hate Trump, just his barbaric policies. You believe that Pelosi agonized over this and came to her decision to impeach only after she saw that she simply had no other choice. The evidence against Trump was overwhelming. The actions of his inner-circle completely intolerable and unbecoming of literally any American. Even you could see this now, but …

 … the Republicans will never vote to impeach and remove Trump.

You are still choosing to stay above it all, though, because by God somebody has to. You are still holding out, because you really wish everybody would just behave and get back to an America you believe in, where you can again be the all-knowing arbitrator — the sound voice in every room. The deciding vote. You were born to take both sides. Why can’t everybody just shut up and see that greatness in you?! You think there is a pretty good chance we can still make it to November where our elections might just be fair and honest. And for the 10th time, dammit …

 … the Republicans will never vote to impeach and remove Trump.

You are a proud Independent after all, and because of you and you alone …

 … the Republicans will never vote to impeach and remove Trump.

 

(Photo, Chicago Tribune)

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destephens

Lived everywhere. Started in Africa, then to America, then to Europe, then ... back to America, which lately seems to pride itself in going back. Almost made it 30 years in print journalism, before it all went bad. Really? Don’t think things are bad, eh? Who’s your new president, pal? How did that happen? Because it all went bad.

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