On the Record

“Impeach the bastard!”

I’m all for it.

I hear others say no. We (Democrats) should concentrate on legislation for health, education and welfare: the common weal. Impeachment will be a distraction.

I say I trust those smart and dedicated women who made such a big splash in white the other night at the State of the Union to walk and chew gum at the same time. I trust that they can walk the walk of the campaign while chewing on the testimony that comes before an impeachment inquiry.

The (acting) President did promise that there would be no legislation so long as there were investigations. Who believed that there would be legislation without them?

Our new Democratic House must go right ahead and legislate on health care, voting and immigration reform, climate change and infrastructure, to name a few concerns.

The Chairman of the Judiciary Committee should also propose a resolution calling for the Judiciary Committee to begin a formal inquiry into the issue of impeachment.

If this inquiry uncovers a basis for a Resolution containing Articles of Impeachment, these Articles will be debated, one by one, on the floor of the House of Representatives.

We should not be daunted by the probability that the Senate will reject our legislation for the common weal, as well as vote down the Articles of Impeachment. By the time 2020 rolls around, our efforts will have produced two major objectives.

1. Proof that the House has done its part to serve the public’s interest, and that Republicans in the Senate and the White House have rejected them
2. Facts on the record of which allegations against the President can be substantiated.

The important thing is that all of this will now be part of the permanent record. It will be an official part of history. And I don’t see how the Republicans running for reelection to the Senate can say other than that they voted down rebuilding infrastructure or that they did not think the Articles of Impeachment warranted removing Trump from office.

They will have some ‘splaining to do.