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2020-01-22 07:21

We were driving to dinner last night so we listened to some of the start of the impeachment trial on NPR. It was very frustrating to listen to the arguments and hear the voting, of course a long party lines. Obviously, the Democrats have it easier as they can vote both ethically and politically simultaneously. The Republicans would have to choose ethics and law against the politics, and we know most politicians won't do that. I can't help but wonder how it would go if the president were Democrat, I mean, if it were a president who were a Democrat getting impeached. I wasn't paying that close attention to the Clinton impeachment when it happened I was pretty young but my ongoing understanding is that the legal basis for that was a lot shakier and the attention it got was much more focused on an affair rather than anything that had to do with the country or his duty as a president. I should probably read up a bit to see how comparable it really is.

I don't even know what to say, but it's frustrating and can be angering and I wonder if many of these people, the politicians I mean, don't care about the ethical matter because they are so used to taking advantage of their station and power and taking money from lobbyists and all the things that go with that. That probably makes what the president did seem not that bad especially if they can see politically why they don't want to go against him.

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