John Peeler: If they don’t impeach, he will have cemented the precedents for further unchecked abuses of power. By doing their constitutional duty as they see it, House Democrats have fallen into Trump’s trap.
Ted Rall: Trump isn’t held accountable because he has never been held accountable. He has never been held accountable because he has never allowed himself to be held accountable.
John Peeler: Whatever structure obstructs him, he will undermine it. Whoever has independent authority, he will destroy. If he stays in power, there will be no power but his.
Robert Reich: Even if Trump is gone, if the Senate remains in Republican hands and McConnell is reelected, America loses because McConnell will still have a chokehold on our democracy.
Ted Vaill: Some of the attendees at the Convention defined it as “any abuse of power by the President in the execution of his office”, but Franklin characterized it as a High Crime and Misdemeanor if the President was “Obnoxious”.
Tom Englehardt: What exactly are we at the end of now? It must be something, mustn’t it? What does the Trump phenomenon really represent? And far more important, what lurks behind all the attention paid to him (other, of course, than a climate-changed planet)?
Thom Hartmann: It won’t just be a war of white supremacists and Trump cultists against the rest of us, but a war between those comfortable with oligarchy versus those who believe in democracy.
Jim Thomas: The relevant “meddling” which should be discussed is the coup effected by this country in a country on the border of Russia, an act that is totally irresponsible, reckless and unlawful.
John Peeler: it is also clear that the testimony to date has not moved a single Republican representative or senator to announce support for impeachment of the president, nor has it significantly moved national public opinion on this matter , which remains closely divided.
John Peeler: Putin seems to have planted the idea with Trump that Ukraine is a bad place. Hence Trump’s negative predisposition toward a place he probably couldn’t even find on a map.
Bill Blum: For Trump, rules, including the rule of law, are meant to be broken. Defiance, fueled by a volatile mix of psychopathology, sociopathy and ignorance, is his brand.
Richard Broderick: That will mean the party will lose control of the House in 2022 and someone, likely a fascist demagogue far are intelligent and effective than Trump, could win in 2024.
Frank Fear: Let’s fill in the gaps and get answers to a fundamental question: Why do Independent voters feel as they do about a variety of issues facing America, including Impeachment?