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Endless Impeachment: Democrats Are The Inspector Javert Of U.S. Politics

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Unless the Senate removes President Donald Trump from the White House after articles of impeachment have been filed against him this week, it appears we’re going to go through the entire affair again and again, until the 45th president is either kicked out, loses reelection, or serves out a second term. The Democrats have developed an unhealthy obsession that is clearly based on their hatred of the man.

House Democrats announced Tuesday that they will charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, who seems to have a maniacal fixation on the president, claims the evidence of wrongdoing is “overwhelming and uncontested.” Of course the media are saying the Democrats have bagged their man. But more than a few, and not all of them Republicans, say the case against Trump is weak. That matters not to the Democratic leaders, though. They’re apparently just getting started with their jihad.

There is “no limit” to the number of times Trump can be impeached, according to Democratic Rep. Al Green.

“A president can be impeached more than once,” said the Texas congressman. “So, we can do this, we can move forward with what we have on the table currently, we can take this before the Senate and we can still investigate other issues and when the president has committed additional offenses, and my suspicion is that he will, we can take those before the Senate.”

At least Inspector Javert fanatically pursued Jean Valjean for his past transgressions. The Democrats, if Texas’ Green is representative of the party’s thinking, plan to prosecute Trump for offenses he hasn’t committed but they are convinced he will.

The Daily Wire reported that “at approximately the same time” Green was threatening to go full-Stalin, “Neal Katyal, an acting solicitor general under former Democrat President Barack Obama, said that Trump could be retried if he wins reelection.” There are no double-jeopardy protections for the president, Katyal tweeted, meaning that Democrats will not be confined by seasons in their trophy hunt.

Columnist, classicist, and California farmer Victor Davis Hanson is convinced the Democrats “are trying to wear down the physical and mental resilience of Donald Trump.”

“It’s not an easy thing for a septuagenarian to run or be in office. And we know what happened to Richard Nixon during that ordeal. He got phlebitis and pneumonia and almost died,” Hanson continued.

“I think people think at some point the legendary Trump physicality is going to crack. Each one of these assaults, whether it’s Mueller, the 25th amendment or whistleblower it’s like an invisible little crack in an eggshell and at some point maybe this whistleblower or Ukraine business, the final tap will just implode everything and he will be gone and we won’t have to worry about him anymore.”

If so, the Democrats are setting a dangerous precedent, in which hounding a president out of office becomes an accepted process. They might be comfortable with that arrangement when a Republican is in the White House and they hold the chamber that impeaches. But their howls would be heard on the moon if a GOP House exhausted a Democratic president it despised through an endless impeachment.

While Javert is more tragic than malicious, and was driven by good intentions rather than a corrupt nature, Democrats are quite obviously acting spitefully, with ugly intentions. Impeachment is both payback and a political play to gain more power. So don’t expect them to throw themselves into the Potomac upon their realization that they’ve been acting thoughtlessly. They’re too blinded by their loathing to ever be the least bit reflective.

— Written by J. Frank Bullitt


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4 comments

  • In my opinion this whole impeachment effort to oust a duly elected president orchestrated by the democrats is ironically what I see as a true quid pro pro if there ever was one, anyone paying attention must surely see this. By asking the Congress of the United States to do something (impeach the POTUS) for personal gain (political power). What a disgraceful sham.

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