The Mueller Report was released last week. As was expected, the response to the report depended on where one lands on the political aisle. Though the report did not state that you know who is implicitly guilty, there is clearly a case of crossing the moral and ethical line to win the 2016 election.
The question that I think needs to be asked, is if you know who should be impeached or if we should let the American people vote him out of the office next fall?
If I am to be completely honest, I have to admit that I am not sure what the best response from Congress should be?
If he is impeached, this means that Mike Pence is President. If you know who is wrong for President, Mike Pence is worse from my perspective. Impeachment would also prove that the conspiracy theories are correct and that the Democrats are out to get him.
However, if he is not impeached, that means that you know who could be re-elected next year.
I wish that there was an easy answer, but there is not. The only thing we can do is wait and let the chips fall where they may.
This past Sunday was Holocaust Remembrance Day. Earlier this week, actor Jussie Smollett was verbally and physically attacked on the streets of Chicago for being a member of the African-American and LGBTQ communities.
Though both events may appear to be different, they are related by one very disturbing fact: someone decided that because another human being is different, they have the right to verbally abuse and physically attack them. In an ideal world, we would judge our fellow human being by who they are as an individual, not by how the identify themselves. But we don’t live in an ideal world. We live in a world where we someone walking down the street and we judge them based on factors such as skin color, religion, etc.
Last night, actor Ellen Page was on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and accused Vice President Mike Pence of contributing to the attack on Mr. Smollett.
I agree with her. Whether we realize it or not, those in power can influence the average man or woman on the street. If we see our political leaders working towards diversity and respect, we try to emulate them. On the flip side, if we see our political leaders endorsing hate/prejudice and using their position to legislate either, we see it as a go ahead to attack another human being because they are not like us.
It’s 2019. We have a choice at this point. We can choose love, diversity and respect for our fellow beings. Or, we can continue on this path of hate and prejudice. I hope that we (when I say we, I mean a collective cultural “we”), choose love, diversity and respect. But these days, hope often springs eternal.
According to the American Constitution, a political leader at the federal level may be forced out of office via impeachment if he or she commits “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors”.
Like many of you, I did not vote for a certain person in the 2016 Presidential Election and I have yet to agree or approve of the policies he has put into place. I also believe that the evidence that so far has been presented is legitimate and solid.
As much as I would love to see him out of office, I believe that for the short-term, we should not be discussing impeachment. My reasoning is the following:
- Unlike a certain President who shoots his social media mouth off at every turn, Robert Mueller and his team are only showing their hands when they have concrete evidence. Without concrete evidence, it proves that the Russia Investigation is indeed a witch hunt and a waste of tax dollars. This of course, feeds into the idea that he is innocent and being persecuted for no reason.
- If he is impeached, then Mike Pence becomes President. From my perspective, Mike Pence would be a political nightmare.
- Unless it is proved that this person has committed a crime, starting impeachment proceeding over political differences starts a dangerous precedent that would destabilize this country in ways that I dare not even consider.
- Impeachment subverts the will of the people, but again, that depends on how solid the proof is that a crime was committed.
Only time will tell if and/or when a certain person is removed from the highest political office in the land. I only know that at this point in time, I believe that we should not be talking about impeachment until it proved without a shadow of a doubt that an impeachment offense was committed.
In the business world, when employees are leaving a company en masse, there are usually two reasons. The first reason is that the company is having financial issues and either whole departments are being eliminated or individual employees are seeing the writing on the wall and leaving before they are let go. The second reason is that there is an issue with management. An employee’s relationship with their direct manager can and will make or break their time with that specific company.
One of the tidbit of news coming from Washington D.C. over the past few days is that John Kelly will be resigning from his post as White House Chief of Staff at the end of the year. The hope was that when he took over from Reince Priebus last year, that he would be the adult in the room. That hope faded as soon as the tax cuts negotiations ended.
Though a few names were suggested to replace John Kelly, the most prominent one belongs to Nick Ayers, who has been Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff since last summer. Not only did he turn down the job, but he too announced that he would be leaving his job at the end of the year.
I find it ironic that while you know who mocked his predecessor for having three Chiefs of Staff during his tenure, he will soon be on his third Chief of Staff, whoever he or she maybe. While Barack Obama had three people in the position during his 8 years in office, you know who is halfway through his first term.
He think he can do it all himself, that he knows it all. He doesn’t need anyone’s advice or input. He is right and anyone who disagrees with him is wrong. That is, in my experience, the worst management style and the reason why many people change jobs.
Another one bites the dust. I wonder who is next.
With the mid-term elections coming up in November, it is crucial that Americans vote. Especially women voters.
Vice President Mike Pence had stated and continues to state that he believes that abortion would end in our lifetime. This statement is exactly why every voter, especially every female voter who is over 18, should find a way to get to their local polling station in November.
Undoing Roe V. Wade would force American women back to a time where a woman had thee choices:
- Back alley abortions which are unsafe and could lead to death.
- Carry the pregnancy to full term and be the best mother they could be under the circumstances.
- Carry the pregnancy to full term and give the child up for adoption, hoping that they will be adopted by loving and supportive parents.
The fact is that abortion and the right to a legal and safe abortion is more than the physical act itself. It is a woman saying that she is living on her terms and will not kowtow to the idea that she is there simply to be a man’s sexual playing/cook/housekeeper/baby maker/daycare worker.
We are not going backwards, we are going forwards. The strides that American women have made are to be celebrated. While we celebrate our achievements, we must also remember that there is still much to be fought for. Voting is the easiest way to fight and to make sure that those in power hear our voices.
Ladies, we must all go to the ballot box in November. If you are over 18 and not registered to vote, please register. If you are over 18 and already a registered voter, please, I implore you, please vote. If not for yourself, for the girls too young to vote and for the girls not yet born. Their future and our future depends on it.
There is an old saying: Where there is smoke, there is fire.
Today, former Trump official Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his interactions with the Russian government. The sources report that a senior official within the administration gave the green light to start secret talks with the Russians. While the name of the senior official has not been formally made public, some believe that it was Jared Kushner.
This directive did not come out of thin air. Somebody, whether it was Kushner, Trump himself or someone else who has yet to be named made the decision to have this communication with the Russians. I find it completely ironic that during the election, the chants of “lock her up” were heard throughout the country.
I have not read the emails, so I cannot comment on the contents of said emails. While I believe that using a private email server for business purposes was a lapse in judgement on Clinton’s part, as far as I know, it’s not illegal. What is illegal (again within my very limited legal knowledge) is secretly colluding with Russia to swing the election toward Trump and not just that, but openly lying about those interactions.
Only time will tell if Trump (G-d forbid) lasts until 2020 or someone finds the smoking gun that leads to impeachment before then. But where there is smoke, there is fire (and Trump).