So, last week absolutely no one asked for my opinion regarding the impeachment proceedings. With such overwhelming demand, how could I not respond.
1789 - 1843 - NO IMPEACHMENTS
1843-1900 - 3 impeachments
Impeachment proceedings included charges of corruption and attempts to remove a racist president who wanted to be soft on Southern reconstruction. Also an attempt to get an ex-military leader and drunkard out of the white house (and had something to do with "the Whiskey Ring" among other scandals..
1900 - 1950 - 1 impeachment
During "lame-duck" session of congress an attempt was made to impeach Herbert Hoover. By the way, of the four impeachments so far, half have been against presidents who held no political office prior to their presidency. In fact, if you are not a career politician your odds of impeachment proceedings are greatly increased!
1951-2000 - 5 impeachments
Sure, a president tried to seize privately owned steel mills, a president who "was not a crook" but did try to drop a nuclear bomb on Vietnam one night while drunk. Of course, there was Reagan (who had a political career before the presidency but just as easily could be placed in the "non-political president" category. It also included Bush #1 and a president who was having a bit too much fun with interns.
2001 - 2019 - 3 impeachments
The last twenty years we have seen every president face impeachment hearings. Actually, every president that has served since Reagan in 1981 has faced them.
So in the modern "TV era" we are 6 for 8 on impeachment attempts. And can you really count Ford? How could you impeach the nicest man ever to hold the office? Dude builds houses for the poor!
So what does all this mean? I think it means that impeachment is not a democratic or republican event. It has sadly become part of the fabric of our current political landscape. Now, only three impeachment proceedings went anywhere and none resulted in removal from office. But they are used as political sticks to browbeat what should be the most honorable office in the land.
It saddens me. If we teach our kids to hate America, politics, and their presidents how can we expect they will want to defend their nation in the next generation? I've traveled the world a great deal. We have much to be joyous about and in my humble opinion should not seek to be so hate filled (on both sides).
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Will our next president get an Impeachment BOGO?
In 1991 Dr. Lanza walked up beside me as I headed to lunch. He asked why I hadn't signed up for his creative writing class. I did, and his class changed my life. I then and there decided someday I wanted to write. Fast forward 25 years... After several careers I stepped into teaching so I could have time to write. Thus, here we are! Thanks Dr. Lanza!