Have you heard about the impeachment trial? I sure have. In fact, no matter where I look, it’s absolutely fucking everywhere. Now it’s gone through the House and is headed into the Senate. Oh boy! I’m sure this is gonna be a big deal and not at all a complete time-waster that those involved probably knew it would be straight from the outset.
I mean, it’s not like Trump is the sitting President and the Senate is controlled by Republicans, right? What’s that? It is? Oh dear. Well then, if that is the case, then it would be a really stupid thing to actually expect that ANY of the Republicans who are in the Senate would actually vote to impeach the guy, right? Not of any of them want to get elected again. Which, as far as I understand, there are no big ones right now.
Here’s the thing – Trump’s base is ravenous and does not give one dusty fuck what the dude does. He could walk into the street, pull out a gun, and blow the brains out of someone in cold blood, broad daylight and they would find a way to rationalize that it was the right thing to do. These people are the quintessential sycophants one could ask for. People who could not possibly care less what a leader does, because it’s their leader. And because of this, every Republican in the Senate would have to answer to these people if they actually did something crazy like voting with their actual opinions instead of along party lines.
I’ve talked about a coworker who only cares about voting for whoever gets the Democratic nomination, regardless of who it is. That’s all that matters to him. Well, take the absolute opposite extreme, and that’s the modern Republican base. It does not matter to them, at ALL, who the candidate is. R next to their name, they’re alright. Nowhere is this more apparent than with Trump. This dude has said some horrifically sexist shit. Don’t care. Though if you saw the story about a bill before the Supreme Court to limit a woman’s access to contraception, you realize that his base doesn’t like women either. Dude kills leaders in other countries in cold blood. Not their problem. In fact, if you don’t support Trump murdering foreign leaders, you hate America and support terrorism! That’s the mindset these people come into this with.
Nobody who was paying attention was surprised that the impeachment stuff got through the House. After all, this is pretty much a divide on party lines. No Democrat who wants reelection can be against impeaching him, and no Republican who wants to win reelection can be for it. But the Senate is controlled by Republicans. There is zero, let me reiterate, ZERO chance that it will pass. All of this trial stuff is the ultimate dog and pony show. All to take attention away from a Democratic primary that is actually getting interesting with Bernie taking the lead spot nationally, according to the polls.
All over the place, I’m hearing people who actually think this matters. Why? Do they actually think that there is going to be some kind of weird miracle that will have a ton of Republicans turn on their base’s Supreme Leader? I say again – he could murder a person in cold blood, talk about how much he liked doing it, and they won’t care! Hell, he’s already done that! The drone strike against Soleimani was an assassination. Now he’s dropped all pretense of it being for American security and admits that he just killed the fuck. Do the supporters of him care? Nope! You almost have to admire the childlike obedience these fuckers have. It’s impressive.
Mainstream media can do nothing but talk about this. And it makes sense. What better thing to take the attention off the fact that a Democratic upstart is taking charge in a primary where they are looking to lose the first two elections of the season – Iowa and New Hampshire? Just talk about this non-issue as much as you possibly can and speculate on whether this thing or that thing is gonna turn the tide on this trial. Like there is any real chance that a Republican will stand against God-King Trump at any point ever.
As for me, I’m keeping my eye firmly where it matters – on the primary race. It’s getting fun. Bernie’s taking the top spot, and if the election results match this, then it’s gonna be a Presidential election for the ages. Instead of a hollow candidate like Shillary, it’s going to be a principled man vs. a senile orange-faced moron. This is the kind of thing that I have been waiting for. Plus, failing some kind of huge economic collapse or massive war, the issue that’s going to be on the top of the list is healthcare. Bernie has the top dog in that fight, easily. Medicare for All as he’s proposed it is popular. Trump’s healthcare plan was so bad that even he backed away from it. The current Republican healthcare position is – get sick and die.
This is gonna be an interesting year, mark my words. If the establishment does use every trick they have (again) and blocks Bernie from the nomination, then it will still be momentous. The year when the Democratic base abandons them. I’m not voting for a corporate candidate. Period. Neither is anyone who thinks like me. And low voter turnout hurts one party and one party alone – Democrats. So whatever happens next, it’s going to be a really interesting year.
Until next time, a quote,
“If you want to build a better home, first you must demolish the old one.” – Petyr Baelish, Game of Thrones