Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #144

EDITORIAL | 11/7/2019, 9:31 a.m.
Like the election returns after the midterm, there was a lot of recently good news for Democrats and a good ...
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Like the election returns after the midterm, there was a lot of recently good news for Democrats and a good dose of disappointment for Trumpism. But the best news came with the announcement that the impeachment inquiry is about to go public.

This should put to rest the charge that the entire affair is taking place behind closed doors. Not only does this open up things to the public, especially as a number of witnesses have said there was definitely a quid pro quo arrangement during the Ukraine imbroglio, but folks will get an opportunity to see and judge for themselves what the impeachment is all about.

Yes, it’s been a while since we’ve gone down this Constitutional road where three times before presidents faced the possibility of being removed from office. Remember Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton? Nixon resigned before he was to be tried and Johnson and Clinton were acquitted.

As we’ve said before, the chances are slim that Trump will actually go to trial since the Republicans hold the upper hand in the Senate; even so, it’s a good thing that the Democrats are not cowering in the wake of such an outcome, choosing to let Trump know that he cannot trample on democratic and constitutional rights without hearing from congressional members.

It’s rather sad that Rep. Elijah Cummings won’t be around for the proceedings because of all the chairs of the various committees he was adamant in his pursuit of justice and that Trump be put on notice about his misdeeds, his abuse of power. With Rep. Carolyn Maloney holding the reins now as chair of the Oversight Committee, we have every confidence that she will live up to the passion Cummings brought to this task.

It will certainly be interesting to see if the prospective witnesses live up to their promises to tell the truth about Trump and Ukraine. A good sign occurred yesterday when U.S. Ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sondland reversed his testimony, saying his memory was refreshed after reviewing others’ testimony. He now recalls that aid to Ukraine was conditioned on Ukraine making a public anti-corruption statement.

In other words, the quid pro quo at the heart of the proceedings gets support from Sondland.

Now, if other key witnesses step up to the plate and tell what they know about the incident it will keep Trump off balance, if not out of office.

In short, we are pleased that some semblance of the democratic process is underway, no matter the outcome. The American public needs to have some understanding of civics, which over the last decade or so has experienced a total erasure.

The erasure we seek is in the White House and let the impeachment inquiry surge ahead because to Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go!