Thursday, December 05, 2019
The impeachment investigation of President Trump is now moving to the Judiciary Committee. Soon, if the House votes to impeach Trump, the ball will be in the Senate's court, where a conviction seems unlikely. America should thus consider Rep. Jerrold Nadler's warning about going forward: Impeachment, he's on record as saying, requires "a broad consensus of the American public, a broad agreement of almost everybody, that this fellow has got to go because he's a clear and present danger to our liberty and to our Constitution."
A bigger problem for Nadler, though, is that he said this in 1998, when he was denouncing the Republicans' impeachment of President Bill Clinton. Now, Nadler says "impeachment is imperative." In reversing his position, Nadler has plenty of company on both sides of the aisle.
But politicians from both parties are using impeachment as a political weapon more often today than ever before, which runs the risk of making it the new "normal."
Quite clearly, then, impeachment has once again been politicized"one might almost say weaponized"during the past two or three decades. But the more troubling question is whether Democrats and Republicans in this hyperpartisan age are simply more willing than their predecessors to use impeachment as a political weapon, or whether they are, in fact, living in two different worlds that make their narratives so different that they genuinely can't understand each other, at least regarding what constitutes a threat to the American system of government.
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