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BILL CRAWFORD: Congress should be ready to impeach whoever wins

BILL CRAWFORD

BILL CRAWFORD

Pogo Possum, the anti-hero of Okefenokee Swamp made famous through the satire of cartoonist Walt Kelly, once said, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

 
How true is that with regard to the presidential candidates we picked?
 
In its 34 years USA Today has never taken sides in a presidential election. This year it felt compelled to speak out, calling Donald Trump “unfit for the presidency.”  
 
“Whether through indifference or ignorance,” the newspaper wrote, “Trump has betrayed fundamental commitments made by all presidents since the end of World War II. These commitments include unwavering support for NATO allies, steadfast opposition to Russian aggression, and the absolute certainty that the United States will make good on its debts. He has expressed troubling admiration for authoritarian leaders and scant regard for constitutional protections.”  It also called him erratic, ill-equipped to be commander-in-chief, a serial liar, coarse, reckless, and one who traffics in prejudice.
 
“Whatever you do,” the newspaper urged, “resist the siren song of a dangerous demagogue. By all means vote, just not for Donald Trump.”
 
While the newspaper’s editorial board was unanimous about Trump’s unfitness, members were mixed on Hillary Clinton, so did not endorse her.
 
Colin Powell, former Secretary of State under George W. Bush and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under George H.W. Bush, described Clinton as having “unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational.” He also called Trump a “national disgrace.”
 
Following Trump’s irrational 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. tweets about a former Miss Universe, lifelong Republican Michael Chertoff had had enough. The former committee counsel who helped lead the Republican charge against the Clintons over the “Whitewater scandal” and served as Secretary of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush, told Bloomberg.com that Trump lacks the temperament and knowledge base to be President; he cannot control his impulses.
 
How could we come to this?
 
The bottom line is we let the two major parties lead us into a choice between two deplorable, polarizing candidates at a time the nation needs strong, unifying leadership. And, they expect us to buy into their corrupt processes and go along with whoever wins.
 
Many conscientious Republicans and Democrats are thinking what a fed up Pogo once said, “I is been pushed aroun’ EE-nuf!”
 
Folks, there’s lots more to life than Republicans vs. Democrats. So, we don’t have to play the parties’ deceitful game and be our own enemy. We can choose to put our country ahead of bad politics.
 
One way to do this is to overthrow the bad choices the parties have given us. We should let our Representatives and Senators know we want them to be ready to impeach and convict whoever wins in November.
 
No doubt majority congressional Republicans will be itching to impeach Clinton. They should be just as ready to take down Trump.
 
The sad reality is that either of the dull but solid vice presidential candidates, Mike Pence and Tim Kaine, would be preferable to “bigmouth” Trump or “mizzus” Clinton.
 
» Bill Crawford is a syndicated columnist from Meridian (crawfolk@gmail.com)

 

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4 comments

  1. “Corrupt?” That’s a word Republicans like to throw out about Hillary Clinton, but the truth is that she has never been found…no matter how hard Republicans have tried over the past 30 years…to be corrupt at anything. Nothing. I suspect Mr. Crawford would like to pursue impeachment based more on her being a woman than anything else. As someone who was born and bred in Mississippi I find it appalling that small minds still exist in my state in the 21st century. It reminds me of nothing more than the 1950s when I was growing up.

    • I was thinking the same thing while reading this article. If Mr. Crawford wants to start the cleaning process he needs to look at Mississippi’s Governor and Legislative Branch first. We end up with small-minded leaders in the South for the same reason most Southerners support Trump.

      • I sent my personal comments to Bill Crawford. I usually like to read his articles but he is out in left field and the ball is in right field. Why do people hate Hillary Clinton so much yet have no reasons or facts to base their comments on? The Republicans screwed themselves when they accepted a blow hard, bully, liar and so many other compliments not printable like Donald Trump.

  2. This opinion that Hillary should be impeached by Congress is ridiculous and unfounded. The opinion offered above used Colin Powell’s opinion of Hillary instead of the many people who actually know her. Does Colin Powell also think Bush/Cheney should have been impeached? They authorized the USA to torture prisoners! THAT’S AN IMPEACHABLE HIGH CRIME. But Chertoff also cited above has endorsed Hillary Clinton. This biased misogynist opinion-maker conveniently left that out of his opinion. Trump is likely going to be impeached by a Republican Congress if he wins, but certainly Republicans in Congress will draw up impeachment papers against Hillary Clinton because they don’t learn from their mistakes. Many in Congress today don’t remember Republicans impeached Bill Clinton. And maybe they don’t remember the resignations that followed–Republican resignations. Impeachment of Hillary? Bring it on! That ought to get Congress cleaned out of the Republican riff-raff that has held our country down off and on over the last 16 years.

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