Rough Ride

Bill Neinast


Fasten your seatbelt.  Make sure it is snug.  The rocket of mayhem has already launched.

Here we are on the second day of a new year and one day away from convening a new session of Congress, and Democrats are already snooping.

According to Brett Samuels in the December 19th issue of “The Hill,”  “Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on Tuesday issued 51 letters to the heads of various government agencies and White House and Trump Organization officials seeking documents on a series of congressional investigations.

“The likely chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee made clear he intends to continue investigations into the Trump administration's response to Hurricane Maria and handling of its family separation policy at the southern border, misconduct by top government officials and payments to the Trump Organization from foreign governments.”

As soon as the new Congress settles in tomorrow or Friday, the congressional personnel will start doing what they like best.  Some actually believe what they will begin is the main reason for their being in the halls of Congress.

They will begin investigations galore.  They will be investigating the investigations of the last session and the minority reports from that activity will now be issued as majority reports on the same subject, and vice versa.

Before the end of the month, several   motions to impeach our President will have been filed.  As Republicans still hold a majority of the Senate seats, the chances of conviction on a motion of impeachment are less than nil.

Unfortunately, a number of Democrat personnel in Congress either do not recognize the impossibility of an impeachment conviction or just want pats on the back from their constituents who hate the President as much as they do.

If, however, precedent has any effect or impact on either house of Congress, and there is evidence that our legislators have never even heard that word, there should be some looking down the road before beginning impeachment.

The President can be impeached or removed from office for “high crimes and misdemeanors.”  Those terms are not defined in the Constitution and there is no discussion of whether the offenses must be committed while in office.

The current allegations, complaints, and investigations regarding Donald Trump seem to be limited to his conduct before being inaugurated President two years ago.  Some of those 51 requests from Congressman Cummings, for example, concern the activity of the Trump business organizations.

Impeachment for alleged offenses committed by an official before he or she took office would raise many red flags.  The precedent established would have many office holders or potential office holders shaking in their boots.

Would Hillary Clinton want to seek the presidency again and open inquiries into her handling of classified material and pay to play gambits?

And what about Senator Elizabeth Warren?  If she were elected president, would her falsifying college applications lead to an impeachment?

And then there is the one who has already sewed up the 2020  Democrat nomination for president.  It is obvious that the press has anointed Beto O’Rourke as the next nominee.  

As far as the press was concerned, he was the Democrat spokesman for criticizing the heartless ICE for letting two young boys who had been brought into our country illegally die of flu or some other illness caused by exposure by their parents to harsh conditions for days or weeks.

As O’Rourke already has a substantial base in Texas, we Texans probably will not be treated to too much of his free propaganda, but the rest of the nation will be well acquainted with his JFK persona when the presidential primaries kick off in just a few months.

So Democrats may want to think about establishing a precedent of impeaching presidents for pre inauguration misconduct.  They need to remember O’Rouke’s DWI and leaving the scene of an accident.

So here’s the perspective.

The holidays with repeated calls for good cheer are over.  The grinches have staggered back to the nation’s capitol with too much egg nog slogging in their bellies.  

They are hungry for revenge and payback and will spend millions of dollars of tax money to either remove our President from office or thwart his every move.

So tighten those seat belts. It is going to be a rough ride.



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