As usual, Steve Bannon was right. The media IS the opposition party.
What else can we conclude when we see headlines, day after day, in some of the biggest media outlets in the world, priming the nation’s psychological pump to impeach President Donald Trump?
It’s the epitome of #fakenews. The only way a president can be impeached is for the House of Representatives to vote to impeach him. Then, it’s up to the Senate to put the president on trial, as it were, and decide whether or not to convict him of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
News flash, all you reporters out there: the House of Representatives is dominated by the same political party as the sitting president. In what alternate universe would an incumbent president’s own party vote to impeach him?
News flash number two, all you nitwits with deadlines: the Senate is also ruled over by the president’s party. Have any of you ever heard of a little thing called “human nature,” “loyalty,” “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours,” or that ever-popular election year mantra, “we need to beat the Democrats”?
The only two times a sitting president was impeached by the House of Representatives, the Senate did not vote to convict him. That alone should be reason enough to shut up the no-good-doers in the mainstream Marxist media from their quixotic crusade against Trump. But of course, as Bannon knows, they’re not interested in facts. They’re simply ideologues bending words and facts to fit their agenda.
More specifically, in both of those cases when presidents were impeached, they were impeached by a House of Representatives controlled by the opposition party. In 1868, a Republican-dominated House voted to impeach Andrew Johnson, the Tennessean Democrat whom former President Abraham Lincoln had chosen as his wartime vice-president. Unluckily for Johnson, when John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln, all the rage of the North and Republican Party was turned on him and his Southern, Democratic counterparts. His policy of allowing Southern states to reelect many of their former leaders and to establish laws to protect their citizenry from criminals, his opposition to the Fourteenth Amendment, and his attempt to remove Republican members from Lincoln’s Cabinet, made him the most hated man in Yankeedom. So much for bipartisanship, civility, and national unity. Thus Reconstruction, the destruction of the South, and the impeachment of Johnson. He survived the trial in the Senate by one vote. It was the closest any Congress has come to removing a president.
In 1998, another Republican Congress tried to axe President Bill Clinton. Independent counsel Ken Starr was brought on to investigate Clinton’s financial dealings prior to becoming president. That investigation led to revelations and a separate investigation into Clinton’s sexual improprieties while president. Clinton told lies under oath during that investigation, which gave his Republican enemies enough legal ammunition to successfully impeach him in the House. However, even though the Senate had a Republican majority, Clinton received only a censure and was acquitted of the most severe charges. Again, a sitting president impeached by a Congress controlled by the opposition party lived to fight another day.
In the first place, at the moment all the impeachers have to go on are conspiracy theories and whatever the current investigation might turn up, which won’t amount to much. On May 17, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller independent special counsel to oversee the ongoing investigation into any connections between the Trump Administration and the Russian government during the 2016 elections. Recently-fired FBI Director James Comey had touted his efforts to investigate these macabre imaginings of the Rachel Maddows of the world. Trump rightly questioned Comey’s judgment regarding unrelated FBI issues, then fired him.
It was a bad move by Rosenstein to continue the charade by bringing on Mueller, who could drag out his investigation for years in much the same way Rep. Jason Chaffetz dragged out his committee’s investigation into Benghazi, or how Ken Starr spent years investigating Bill Clinton. I think Rosenstein’s decision has more to do with deflecting attention off of him, and planting a (((Deep State))) poison pill in the system, than with reason or logic.
Nonetheless, even the spineless Republican leadership will not go the impeachment route, though they stupidly blunder into conceding every media talking point and are thus prolonging the nation’s pain during this Marxist agitator-led spectacle. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan plays a good game in front of the liberal media, but he should know that the corporate backers of Trump and the Republican Party will not support anything that could lead to impeachment proceedings, because they would ruin any chances of passing tax reform and other legislation that Trump and big business want passed.
The entire political system would grind to a halt until the impeachment proceedings had concluded, a process that would take at least one full year, if not more, thereby giving the Democrats one or more solid years of talking points and election season rhetoric about the big, bad, corrupt Republicans. That’s bad politics, and so it most likely won’t happen, even for a self-abasing cuck like Ryan. He loves his job too much, and he would lose it in a Democratic election cycle.
In the second place, both houses of the Congress are controlled by Trump’s own party, and as we’ve noted, at no time in American history has a party impeached its own president. Why would that change now? It’s not only unprecedented, but it’s never been done because a host of natural, human impulses undergird it, such as party loyalty, solidarity amongst politicians, fear of reprisals, and so on.
No amount of stirring the pot by the press is going to change any of these facts. All it’s doing — and all they can do — is hope to foment restlessness, uneasiness, and dissatisfaction among the populace. They want to make it feasible for people to believe that “of course Trump is up to something,” and “of course the Republicans are ruining America.” That way, they can portray their socialist, liberal Democrat office-seekers as would-be saviors much in the same way that we are told Jimmy Carter emerged on the national stage just when Americans were sick of feeling like their nation was run by corrupt, lying, belligerent politicians. Enter the squeaky-clean Baptist peanut farmer from Georgia. So too a young, first-term senator espousing idealistic rhetoric and embodying the promise of national racial reconciliation emerged in the late 2000s after a decade of government by fear, foreign warfare, and corporations.
But if the stock market does well, the prices of food, gas, and housing remain stable or go down, and Joe Six-Pack can feel like he can be proud to be an American again — without images of dead soldiers and Marines on his smartphone’s Facebook feed all the time — all this pot-stirring will be for naught. The biggest symbol of the liberal press’s futility is their embrace of W. Bush-era Democrat hatchets, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer. Until or unless the Democratic Party and their media allies can raise up a bumper crop of new Obamas — Gen-Xers or millennials who are mostly female, non-white, and perhaps openly non-heterosexual — and until or unless the economy and populace really go down the drain, the opposition party that reigns from newsrooms everywhere are will continue wasting their breath, and our time, with their stupid insinuations that are all bark and no bite.