To Impeach or Not to Impeach, That Is the Question

To impeach or not to impeach, that is the question.

I must apologize to Shakespeare and to Hamlet, Prince of Denmark for using his quote:

“To be, or not to be, that is the question:

Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,

Or to take arms against a sea of troubles

And by opposing end them.”

Having read yet another article about Mike Pence’s religious beliefs and constraints, people are asking whether we want to impeach or retire Trump, considering his replacement. 

There are many aspects to this dilemma, and I will cover a few.  Don’t think that I entertain the possibility that any impeachment trial of Trump will be successful, considering that the Senate needs 67 votes to impeach, and even if all Democrats and two Independents voted for, totaling 47, it would require 20 Republicans to make the required 2/3 or 67 votes to impeach. 

Of course we imagine Trump, the blond haired Prince of America, reciting these lines, and daily choosing to counter every charge or insult with name calling or revengeful action, as Hamlet was considering.  The difference, here, is that Hamlet is making a choice, while Trump is a compulsive retaliator, and can’t make a choice.  While retaliation by suing is attributed to his mentor Roy Cohn, of the McCarthy hearings, Trump’s retaliation compulsion probably comes from the pre-school playground.  This is why Trump retaliates by making up childish insulting names for his opponents.  Trump would only know these lines from Hamlet if they were recited on Fox News, as he hides his need of glasses, and never reads.  Trump only dictates his tweets, so that he doesn’t have to read the hundreds of critical comments, which might contain these quotes.

Americans, House Representatives, and Senators would be repeating this article’s title about Trump if the Mueller Report substantiates the charges that have been batted around.  Does one impeach and convict just as a punishment for a single or multiple legal violations by a President?  This was done to Clinton for a single courtroom lie in a salacious but rather innocuous case compared to the 8,000 public lies that Trump has told since becoming President about many important issues.  Clinton was not convicted.  Many of Trump’s cabinet members would be impeached if a single violation would be grounds for impeachment.

Or does one impeach because the President’s continued misbehavior truly endangers the safety of our nation and its citizens?

Or does one impeach because the President may have stolen the election by illegal and unpatriotic collusion with a foreign power, and tried to cover it up, and refuses to act to prevent such interference in future elections?

Or does one weigh the consequences of impeachment considering that most of us do not follow such strict religious restrictions as the VP does?  On this, we note that the VP has the right of the freedom of his religion, as well as does the second lady.  If we are afraid of his views, what does it say about us that we elected him VP.  Actually, he was chosen by Trump, who appreciated the fact that a quarter of Americans are evangelicals, and Trump needed this sector of Republicans, especially considering his own salacious past, which was partly unknown at the time, due to illegal campaign payoffs to two ladies who allege affairs with him. 

Actually, the freedom of religion is for all of us, that the government will not adopt a single religion.  With the evangelical advisory council as part of the White House already, this is the danger that many fear.  Plus the focus in court appointments of religious beliefs for reversing the well established Roe vs. Wade ruling.

Or, considering the time it will take to carry out the impeachment, and Trump’s unpopularity, and the Blue Wave, is it better to just focus on getting a great Democratic Presidential candidate, and realizing the effects in the last Presidential election of splitting the party, and not healing to back the party candidate in what turned out to be a much closer electoral election than had been considered?

To be a winner, or not to be a winner, that is really the question.

Also, will the Super Bowl winners go to the White House for their Hamberders, or not?

About Dennis SILVERMAN

I am a retired Professor of Physics and Astronomy at U C Irvine. For a decade I have been active in learning about energy and the environment, and in lecturing and attending classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Irvine.
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