Why I Think The Country Should Unite Instead Of Impeaching President Trump
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Should we impeach President Donald J. Trump? What crimes has he committed? Does he deserve to be removed? All these questions and more are answered in the essay below I made for my English Comp I class.
President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address to the Nation
In the picture above, President Donald J. Trump is giving his state of the union address on Capitol Hill. To his left is Vice President Mike Pence. Vice President Pence’s ever-present loyal dedication to the president is clearly shown from his laser-focused gaze. To his right is the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. Ms. Pelosi looks unhappy as she protests the President’s speech by not looking at him directly and instead reads a written copy she had just received. Today, there is a partisan push to impeach the President and all Americans regardless of their party affiliation should be deeply concerned. An impeachment investigation lead by the party that lost and that has the potential to reverse a fair election is dangerous to the United States and its citizens. Based on an image taken at the State of the Union Address in 2019, we will look at three key issues regarding the forty-fifth President of the United States of America. Firstly, there has been a partisan push to impeach the President since the beginning of his term that is detrimental and unfair to the American People and the country for which they stand. Secondly, there is a meritless claim that the President overstepped his constitutional duty by asking a foreign government to help investigate a crime. And thirdly, why all Americans should be worried about partisan impeachment inquiries.
During his State of the Union Address to the nation, President Trump calling for unity, said, “There is a new opportunity in American politics, if only we have the courage, together, to seize it. Victory is not winning for our party. Victory is winning for our country” (Trump). However, recently, there has been an increasing number of Democratic lawmakers who insist on impeaching the president for his “various crimes,” claiming that they have a moral duty to the American people. In fact, the majority of the presidential candidates for the 2020 Democratic nominee all agree on impeaching President Trump (Sullivan). In addition, top figures of the Democratic party, including the “Squad” — congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib (Caygle) — and the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, have called the president a racist, bigot, and criminal (Caygle). Impeaching the President is such a high priority to some Democrats that they would even halt talks on the USMCA trade agreement with Canada and Mexico and an additional US-Japan trade agreement as well. The Washington Post reported that the USMCA trade agreement will probably be the first victim of the partisan impeachment hearings (Werner). The impeachment inquiries even prompted the chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Charles E. Grassley, to warn that if the USMCA does not get voted on, it is the American people who will suffer:
“If Democrats use impeachment proceedings as a basis to not act on policy that will directly benefit Americans like the USMCA or lowering prescription drug prices, that would prove they’re more interested in politics and opposing the president at all costs than serving the American people,” Grassley said Tuesday evening. (Werner.)
To note, even if the articles of impeachment are voted on and passed the House of Representatives by a simple majority vote, it stands no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Senate of the United States. For the articles of impeachment to pass the Senate, the impeachment inquiry would have to have valid reasons and become an openly bi-partisan investigation versus the current partisan rate at which it is accelerating (O'Reilly). In the picture, the current highest-ranking lawmaker in the Democratic party, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s facial expression tells us everything about her party’s position. Her frown and purposeful reading during the President’s speech represent her party and how they disapprove of the President’s job – even as his State of the Union Address calls for actions of unity. President Trump had it right when he said, “An economic miracle is taking place in the United States, and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations (Trump).”
The latest impeachment push is about a phone call President Trump had with the Ukrainian president. In the call, he urged the Ukrainians to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s recorded claims that he threatened the Ukrainian government with one billion dollars in loan guarantees to fire a Ukrainian prosecutor. In fact, Mr. Biden even openly bragged about his accomplishments in an interview by the Council on Foreign Affairs saying that he was leaving in six hours and if the prosecutor was not fired then Ukraine would not be getting the loan guarantees (Foreign Affairs Issue). The prosecutor who was fired at the time was leading a wide-ranging investigation probe into Burisma Holdings, a natural gas company accused of corruption where Mr. Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, happened to sit on the board. Hunter Biden was paid $50,000 a month despite having no expertise in natural gas (Vennochi). Hunter Biden’s American-based firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC, also received around $166,000 every month from the Ukrainian natural gas company (Solomon). The fired prosecutor’s official file listed Hunter Biden as a possible suspect in corruption and the prosecutor was soon to interview him. One argument is that Mr. Biden wanted the prosecutor fired because he wasn’t doing a good job at prosecuting corruption; however, what does not add up is that the investigation into the company Mr. Biden’s son worked for was dropped by the new prosecutor (Solomon). The timing of all this prompted the New York Times to say that the “credibility of the vice president’s anti-corruption message may have been undermined“ (Risen).
Those in favor of impeaching the President claim that President Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine until the Ukrainian government followed his suggestions of investigating the Bidens — a claim very similar to the accusations brought up against Mr. Biden. However, some Ukrainian officials have insisted that they were in no way threatened to investigate the Bidens (Shuster). The Time Magazine went on to report that when President Trump cut the military aid, Ukrainian officials suspected it was retaliation for Ukraine selling a missile and jet engine company to China even though the United States had repeatedly warned them to not (Shuster). Meanwhile, President Trump’s Twitter feed continues to constantly barrage the entire scandal, pointing out that he would never say anything inappropriate over a call where he knew other American and Ukrainian officials would be listening (@realDonaldTrump).
In the picture, Vice President Mike Pence continues to stare at the President with clear dedication in his eyes. His laser-focused gaze represents much of the partisan base who supports the President. Supporters of the President continue to back him no matter what allegations come up, whether true or not, and have an ever-present dedication to him. In the face of allegations, President Trump’s approval ratings have actually not decreased substantially. According to non-partisan Gallup polls, an average of 40.7% of Americans approve of the president's job in his 11th-quarter, while a little lower than a few months ago, his ratings have remained relatively the same from the beginning of his term, which seems to indicate that the impeachment inquiries have not affected his popularity by much if any. President Trump’s average approval ratings are only about 0.3% off President Obama’s average 11th-quarter ratings and just a few percent off President Clinton’s and President Reagon’s ratings for the same period (Jones). That could be one of the reasons that, even though about half of the congressmen and congresswomen on Capitol Hill are frowning, President Trump smiles and makes his iconic okay hand symbol during his speech, even going off-script on several occasions. The President “okays” because he has upheld his promises to the American people of all parties. CNN reported that unemployment rates for African Americans were at record-breaking lows in August at just 5.5%. Unemployment for African American women unemployment, also breaking records, were at lows of 4.4.% (Isidore). Despite the outcries of his critics, President Trump has truly “made America great again.” Just like in the picture, the Speaker of the House may keep her party sitting down and frowning while President Trump makes America great for all Americans, but the American people will continue to benefit from his time in office.
That is part of the reason why all Americans — regardless of their political affiliations, race, and gender — should be wary of a partisan impeachment inquiry in which the losing party could potentially reverse an election to benefit themselves. Americans should also be worried about the Speaker of the House refusing to hold a vote to authorize impeachment. The right-leaning Fox News reported that a possible reason for the Speaker not to hold an impeachment vote is because she already did — three times before. All of the attempts were voted down (Chaffetz). The article goes on to indicate that the Speaker of the House may be reluctant to hold an impeachment vote because she’s worried it could fail again. Another reason could be that the Speaker is trying to block Republicans from getting subpoena power. According to precedent, after an impeachment vote is held and passes, the majority party gives the minority party subpoena power, a privilege the minority does not usually have (Wire). However, since the Democrats hold the majority in the House and no impeachment vote has taken place, Republicans aren’t allowed to bring any of their own witnesses to the stand or demand information from sources, thus making it a very one-way partisan hearing. Current impeachment proceedings have been shown to be quite partisan with many of them happening in private sessions where critics of the President can selectively leak un-favorable findings and hide favorable ones without those in favor of the President being able to rebut anything. According to the Wall Street Journal, Democrats released text messages that former special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker provided to them during a closed-hearing. The media immediately pointed to the text messages as Mr. Volker agreeing and providing proof of wrongdoing on the President’s behalf; however, it was only after that Mr. Volker’s opening statement from the closed-hearing came out which seemed to agree with Republican claims that Mr. Volker did not offer the proof of wrongdoing that the Democrats indicated he had (Impeachment in Secret). The deeply partisan impeachment hearings are leading to Republican protests with Representative Andy Biggs even going as far as to call inquiry, “Soviet-style proceedings (O'Reilly).” Americans all over, regardless of party affiliation, should be deeply concerned.
In conclusion, today we have seen that there is a partisan push to impeach the President and all Americans regardless of their party affiliation should be deeply concerned. An impeachment investigation lead by the party that lost and that has the potential to reverse a fair election is dangerous to the United States and its citizens. We have seen that the president has accomplished much of his promises and against the outcries of his critics “made America great again”. Furthermore, we looked at why all Americans, regardless of their party affiliation, should be concerned about how partisan the impeachment hearings have become. Just like in the picture, politicians and most of their bases will continue to be dedicated to the President and continue to disapprove of him. Even more, some politicians will continue to accuse our president of crimes he didn’t commit and refuse to accept that he won the election fair and square. The left-leaning Ozzy Magazine reported that U.S. Representative Jack Kingston once put it, “Frankly, you just can’t take politics out of it. You can be impeached for wearing an ugly tie.” (Fouriezos.) It is a good thing President Trump does not have ugly ties.
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@realDonaldTrump (Donald J. Trump). "Another Fake News story out there - It never ends! Virtually anytime I speak on the phone to a foreign leader, I understand that there may be many people listening from various U.S. agencies, not to mention those from the other country itself. No problem! ....Knowing all of this, is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially “heavily populated” call. I would only do what is right anyway, and only do good for the USA!" Twitter, 19 Sept. 2019, 7:47 p.m., www.twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1174696521914339328.
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