The Donald J. Trump of the United States of America says that he is not worried about being impeached “even a little bit.” He is not worried about any of those who work for him betraying him by defying his orders because he says that “nobody disobeys my orders.” This man regularly lies to the public, encourages those who work for him to lie to the public and regularly tramples on the rule of law! And after he does these things, he all but literally dares ‘anyone,’ no matter how powerful they are, to confront him about his behavior. So far, he has had virtually no one in the Republican Party to accept his dare and those in the Democratic Party – even though they might accept his dare, are extremely careful about the things that they say and do in order to put and keep him in check.
It is up to the Democratic Party to hold Mr. Trump accountable because the Republican Party congressmen and senators have proven time-and-time again that they are either not up to the task or simply refuse to rise to the mantle of their position. They either hold their Party in higher esteem than they hold their oath to America, they place their personal ambitions ahead of America’s interest – including getting reelected, or it is a combination of the two. It is up to the Democrats to decide whether or not they should begin proceedings to impeach Mr. Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors. There is certainly plenty of evidence available to them to begin such proceedings but the political atmosphere and the way that their Republican colleagues have been conducting themselves leaves them in doubt of whether or not they would be successful since the senate would require a super majority to convict Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump is betting that Democrats cannot secure a super majority of votes to remove him from office.
I am not saying which path that the Democrats should take or whether or not they would be successful in their effort to remove Mr. Trump from office. It is a tough decision to make; however, they were elected to make decisions on our behalf, including the tough ones. But those of the American people who feel that the Democratic Party should stand on their principles and for all intents and purposes are saying or implying that Democrats should move forward with impeaching Mr. Trump must be prepared to accept whatever impact that it has on our Party in the 2020 election. There is a great risk in taking such a step and it could cause Mr. Trump to win reelection, give back the House to Republicans or both. If either or both of these things that would be favorable to the Republicans should occur, we should not become angry with those Democrats who made the decision and desert them because they failed to successfully impeach Mr. Trump and as a result we were all knocked down! We must get up, step up and get right back into the fight! We must always stand on principle and fight for that which is right!
Mr. Trump’s behavior and actions make him appear to be barely above the line that is required for one to be labeled a human being rather than some other organism. And even though he meets the human being criteria it would not be unfair to label him as the honey badger of human beings. And as many people say about the honey badger, he just does not care. Or in the more crass terms that some have used, he just does not give a f**k! Neither does Mr. Trump. And since the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America has an affinity for crassness (if you watch cable news or have read the Mueller Report you are aware that this is true.), the latter description of the honey badger’s attitude would be apropos in describing how Mr. Trump lives his life and his sentiments on all things not Trump.
Mr. Trump knows that he has instilled fear into the minds of his Republican subordinates (I use that word because they have not been conducting themselves like they are, collectively, his co-equal) and with his honey badger mentality, wields this fear brazenly and without any consideration as to how their submitting to it will impact on them…unless it might also have a negative impact on his own interest. Mr. Trump is an apex predator, and like any predator in the animal kingdom, he is dangerous and without mercy. He is even more dangerous than all other predators because he is, although what appears to be barely because he lacks the emotions of normal human beings, a human being. He has the power to think and reason! And finally, like any apex predator in the animal kingdom – even though it would prefer to flee, it will lash out with all of the ferocity within itself if it is cornered in order to survive! This description reflects the epitome of Mr. Trump’s situation. It also perfectly depicts his efforts to flee but even now he can sense that he is already cornered; his instincts say that he must survive! Mr. Trump is powerful and strong and he is definitely a dangerous man!
I hesitate to speak of Mr. Trump in these terms because he does occupy the Oval Office and is the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America. This Office should always be held in high esteem and respected and I do hold it in high esteem and respect it. But it is hard to respect any person who occupies that office if they conduct themselves like Mr. Trump conducts himself. During my lifetime there has never been a President of the United States of America, Democrat or Republican, that has conducted himself like Mr. Trump is conducting himself. Even if Mr. Trump means well and there is the slightest chance that he has the best interest of America at heart as long as it does not conflict with his own best interest, thus far, his agenda has not reflected that. Instead, his antics – unchecked by congress because of Republicans who have continuously put Party and personal ambition before country, have consistently moved America down in the eyes of the world on the rungs of the virtual latter of those countries and individuals who respect the right of all human beings around the world to espouse life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Whether or not you support Mr. Trump, it is incumbent upon us as American, to examine what he is doing, carefully scrutinize with an unbiased eye the direction in which he is leading America and decide if this is who we really are as Americans! We must decide if this is the right path forward; and whether or not that we believe it is, if he is the right person who should be leading us down this path. We can determine this and keep America great or decide if, based on Mr. Trump’s definition, we want to ‘Make America Great Again’ by way of our vote. I believe that America has always been great and will remain great as long as we eschew Mr. Trump’s vision of a great America.
Whether or not you agree with me – whether you are a Democrat, Republican or Independent, always remember, your vote is the most important one of all…unless you don’t use it! So get informed on the political issues, stay informed, and always vote! It’s your civic duty so get started today! As a dyed in the wool Democrat, I challenge you to do this! Let’s see which Party has the best ideas in the eyes of the majority of the American people! Put up your dukes, let’s get ready to rumble and then, let’s get it on! No Matter the results, America will be better for it.
Eulus Dennis – author, Operation Rubik’s Cube and Living Between The Line