Since at least the 80’s this country has leaned away from punishing, arresting, holding responsible our leaders and their enablers. So easy to predict public servants on the highest level NOT being held responsible would emboldened them, even if we have many decades showing that was exactly was happening. Nixon SHOULD have been impeached, and convicted. But by now we certainly must know impeachment is a lost cause, unless both houses are run by the opposing party and in large numbers.
Considering the 4 times it has been attempted the result is predictable. A political answer to corruption is unlikely to ever work: at least one party in a two party system will never tolerate it. The bar is too high, and lowering it would also be used for political gain; less for actual corruption, crimes.
Such a bad formula that; if a conviction ever does happen, most likely it will be an innocent. And the party most dedicated to purging and limiting blocks of voters that tend not to vote their way, while going over the extremist top of the political fence, will be most likely to succeed. Sorry, dear readers, that’s the way it is.
The closest we came to a successful impeachment would have been Nixon, but that’s back when members of the president’s party had ethics. The Buckley brothers and Barry told Nixon it was time to go: albeit way too late. Good luck with that these days.
But should he have been allowed to just resign? My argument, in a previous column, was no. Once such investigations begin true justice needs to be served. We all need to ride this ride to hell; especially our public servants.
Whether it be impeachment or regular trial, here’s the question: if not our last now… when?
We have gone from enemy lists and break ins, negotiating with our allies to prevent an end to a war and a hostage crisis, to lying under oath because “is” wasn’t answered as if framed in the past tense, to we will just “move forward and not look back,” to the worst behavior of any administration in our history: including encouraging, cheering on insurrection. Including framing the beating of cops with blue lives matter flags as just “kissing” the cops.
What’s next? I’ll tell you where we’re headed: actual arrest of those who dare disagree for sedition: gulags for them. Some, like those who oppose Putin, might die. Did you see on January 6th insurrectionists wearing shirts saying Pinochet having civilians who offended or opposed him tossed out of helicopters was a good thing? Distracting from brutal beatings by claiming such was “kissing” the Capitol police?
Remember who their other hero is, and who Putin’s protégé is, right? Vlad: murderous oligarch of oligarchs. Bringing fascism to a country that fought to defeat fascism, suffered the loss of so many.
If Trump runs again, and election fraud takes us back, you know the anger, the self righteousness, will make Trump 1.0 look as mild as flashing a peace symbol, right?
Bil Barr will be back.
Roger Stone will be back.
The crime family will be back.
Putin as head adviser will be back: making sure his protégé foolows his lead.
Boogaloos, militia-types, Oath Keepers, etc, will be back: Trump’s Brownshirts will be back. And THEY WILL BE BACK WITH A VENGEANCE. Revenge will be how it starts.
If justice is not served that will only be the start of an unimaginable living hell.
Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 40 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks, and into the unseen cracks and crevasses, that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.
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