What We Don’t Seem to Get About the Trump Impeachment

Folks, please forgive me if this piece isn’t up to my usual spit-polished standards…

I’m trying to get this on paper while it’s still fresh in my head and then out to you as quickly as possible.

Because if what I’m surmising here indeed becomes the new normal in American politics, it’s really quite scary — and potentially game-changing.

It’s 8:56 P.M. on Tuesday as I sit down to write this…

It’s the third day of the Trump impeachment freak show, the House Intelligence Committee concluded around 30 minutes ago.

But in its final minutes, something hit me like a bolt of lightning…

Something that frightened me far more — in terms of its potential impact to the nation — than the rather remote possibility of Trump being kicked out of office.

I apologize in advance to any other columnists or commentators across the fruited plain who may have had this same revelation (or a similar one)…

But I sure haven’t seen or heard it yet and I’ve been following this stuff more closely than most, I can assure you.

What’s got me so agitated, you’re wondering?

It’s a subtle precedent that I see emerging from these impeachment proceedings that I’m afraid will become a new weapon of the ruling class in this country…

To the detriment of you, me and everyone else under the Stars and Stripes.

Using your elected office for personal gain? Just run for president and nobody can touch you!

Something’s been bugging me about this impeachment push ever since it began…

Like a splinter in my mind, it’s been lurking in there, needling me. But I haven’t been able to put my finger on it until just now.

I’ll lay it out to you as simply as I can on the fly like this…

We’ll start with a few basic facts, on which I hope everyone can agree:

Fact #1) The president, as the nation’s chief executive, is responsible for the faithful application and enforcement of its laws, above most other things.

Fact #2) As such, the president has every right to investigate — by any and all means at his disposal — anyone who’s reasonably suspected of breaking the nation’s laws, or acting contrary to its vital interests.

Fact #3) Anyone using his or her power as an agent of the U.S. government to pursue an agenda that could be reasonably interpreted as personal warrants such investigation, by whatever means.

Obvious stuff, right? Agreed on all counts, yes?

OK, now keeping the context of these three basic facts firmly in your mind…

Let’s add the Biden angle into the mix here — and expose the precedent I’m now so worried about.

In January of 2018, at a meeting of the Council of Foreign Relations…

Joe Biden openly bragged about threatening to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees from Ukraine back in December of 2015 if a certain Ukrainian state prosecutor wasn’t immediately fired.

It’s unclear whether then-VP Biden issued that ultimatum because the prosecutor was corrupt and bad for American interests (as his defenders claim — Obama not seeming to be among them, to my knowledge)…

Or because that same prosecutor was said to be spearheading an investigation that could’ve harmed Biden’s family financially (as his opponents claim)…

Or for BOTH reasons, which is entirely plausible.

But it’s completely irrelevant either way.

Because by his own admission, Biden aggressively pushed a hyper-specific policy agenda item (“fire this particular guy!”) with a corrupt foreign government…

That could be perceived as being at least partially motivated by personal reasons.

To any reasonable person, no matter what party they carry water for, that’s cause enough for the president (or his AG) to investigate, cut-and-dried.

However, because Joe Biden is a contender for the presidency in the 2020 election…

He’s clearly been granted an unprecedented de facto immunity — on the supposed grounds that any actions against him by this administration could be construed as being politically motivated.

It’s similarly unclear whether this is because Biden’s an old-guard Democrat and The System is still largely controlled by embedded jackasses…

Or because Trump’s unorthodox investigation technique into Biden’s potentially self-interested actions while in office WAS politically motivated.

But that’s totally irrelevant to my point as well.

What’s relevant is that now this “political immunity” genie is out of the bottle…

And it could magically appear to wreak havoc in every presidential race from now on — summoned out of its slumber by questionable members of either party.

This genie of unintended consequences could change the election game (and the system) forever

You see it now, don’t you?

If this precedent takes hold, it’ll mean that with a simple “I’m running for President!” declaration — which pretty much anyone can make…

Virtually any past nefarious conduct on the part of our elected leaders could be rendered un-prosecutable by the administration in power.

Presidents from now on (especially first-termers) will be reluctant to take decisive action for crimes against the nation…

For fear of being vilified, or impeached, on the partisan optics of it.

And criminal-minded politicians will be emboldened to line their own pockets even more than they already do…

Knowing that they need only declare they’re running for higher office when they feel the heat around the corner — and they’ll get a free pass.

This tactic will work even if it’s their own party in power, too!

They’ll just say they’re being investigated to blacken their names and prevent them from reforming the corrupt Old Guard of their party, or some such BS.

Bottom line: If this impeachment farce succeeds in setting the alarming standard it’s barreling closer to with every passing day…

It’ll invite even more corruption in Washington — and even more egregious use of public power for personal gain in that damned town.

Imagine it: All 535 of our sitting members of Congress suddenly being given full cover to abuse the system to enrich themselves…

And creating an entirely new shadow system of government of the people, by the people — but for the politicians.

Because if we’re not REALLY careful here, that could become the permanent legacy of the trumped-up Trump impeachment saga.

To me, that seems like a very steep long-term price to pay for a partisan tactical move everybody knows will fail.

Alarmingly Yours,

Jim Amrhein

Jim Amrhein
Freedoms Editor, Whiskey & Gunpowder
WhiskeyAndGunpowderFeedback@StPaulResearch.com

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