"We have to strike while the iron is hot," Speaker
And so, in a spasm of revenge, she calls her
It's also obvious that
I won't prejudge what Barr and Durham may or may not find. But
But if Americans find Democratic tactics to herd voters like livestock familiar, there is a reason.
Americans have seen this before, at the hands of the
They should easily be able to imagine President
Or perhaps they see Bush sitting by as his Rasputin, then Vice President
Bush's Iraq War was supposed to grow democracy in a land of barbarous dictators. It ended in disaster, with American soldiers and their families paying a terrible cost in blood and lives lost.
War is not politics. War is war. And politics is men and women in suits flapping their mouths for power and money.
But the tactics to arouse voters are painfully familiar in either pursuit: Urgent shouting to drown out opposition, desperate breathlessness, and the use of friendly media to ridicule and scorch opponents and shame or encourage the people to fall in line.
With Bush and
And Americans were also told that democracy would bloom in the desert and take root in a place that knew only the rule of brutal strongmen and dictators.
We were stampeded. And I promised myself I'd never join another stampede.
What we didn't see then, but see clearly now, were the consequences of Bush and his hot iron after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, including the slaughter in
We also didn't see the inevitable collapse of the Republican political establishment.
Hot. Iron. Strike.
Does the Democratic Party see the consequences of how impeachment affects the 62 million or so Americans who voted for Trump in 2016?
I've never been much concerned about Trump and his brutal rhetoric. His political survival involves nominating conservative Supreme Court justices, and many Americans will endure vulgarity to accomplish that. But the relentless and juvenile "Orange Man Bad" critiques in the media serve only to humiliate 62 million people.
They'd been marginalized and dismissed by bipartisan establishment elites for years, in rural and suburban America. Their silent desperation and pain were ignored, as was the loss of jobs, place and culture, and many died young from stress or embraced opiates to dull their pain.
They played by the rules. They knew they'd been betrayed.
They also knew who Trump was when they voted for him. They wanted revenge on the
In recent days,
Was the phone call ham-handed? Yes.
Is it grounds for impeachment? No.
Trump opened by asking Zelenskiy to assist in the investigation of how the Trump/
American presidents are within their rights to investigate possible crimes overseas. The American people deserve to know exactly how the Trump/
The Bidens are collateral damage. Would
Striking while the iron is hot isn't always the best policy. It helps herd voters through fear, but the consequences are often unknown.
And sometimes they're disastrous.
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