So, I got all caught up with the news feeding frenzy last week. After all, I am a news junkie and politics is our national daily soap opera.
Yes, it makes me all riled up as much as the next person. I’ve already had my knockdown, drag-out fights with a friend on the other side of the aisle. Then, 50 comments later and worn out, we went back to showing each other cute puppy videos. It’s not worth losing people you care about to problems you did not start and cannot change.
To calm my soul enough to back down off the ledge is no easy task. I have to remind myself that politics is an art of manipulation. Both parties try to get you to feel more than think. Every matter is dialed up to 11. Every vote is a crisis.
Having lived through two impeachments in my life I can promise you that by the end of this one no one will be happy. Impeachments bring out the worst on both sides, divide the country and leave very bitter feelings when it finally ends. Sometimes people never get over the experience.
The public is left with lingering doubts about what happened and why it happened. They wonder after all the dire sounding speeches about the public being in danger that no one pays a bigger price than they do. Conspiracy theories grow wild, people write books and articles for years. Then it all begins to fade as we move farther away from the events of that time and the nation turns its attention to other concerns.
In watching it all I found that there was a lot of misinformation about the PROCESS of Impeachment. Here’s a little video which shows the usual path of Impeachment from Reason.com It’s about 2 minutes long.
So, our Founding Fathers made it pretty tough to get rid of a President and that’s really a good thing. Why? Because, if we start to put political opponents in jail because we don’t like them or we can dig up some small crimes committed during elections, then we risk the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to the next. This is an important element in the stability of our nation. Very few countries have this stability, so we should treat these protections against violence over political matters very seriously.
I’m figuring that this time, Impeachment will go much that way this time as it had in the past. A few people may face legal jeopardy, but the effort to unseat the president will fail. Each side will have extremists who will be unhappy that other party wasn’t frog marched off to jail and lose everything of value – their position, their fortunes, their lives.
If you are still worried about a civil war breaking out, this article should help end your worries for now:
There will be pain, but most likely it will get sorted out at the next national election in November of 2020. When this is over, most of the people causing all this ruckus – politicians and news media types – will go on as they have before – taxing us into the ground and making themselves rich. The little person, you and I, shouldn’t be worse off – losing family and friends over a fight that’s going nowhere. Let the people who are involved in the dispute make their case, but don’t let it dominate your life. We will have our say in it – at the ballot box. And, that’s really where the big decisions should be made, as our Founding Fathers intended.
So, the next time you feel like you just can’t take your co-worker, friend or family member anymore because he/she is on another “sky is falling” rant over Impeachment, take this person out for a walk or a beer with the stipulation that neither of you will discuss politics during that time. Find something else to talk about. Try talking about the future, your goals in life, your problems, the weather, your football fantasy team, etc.
I’m not saying don’t talk about politics, I’m saying you should find a tranquil place between rounds where friendship can continue to flourish despite the serious issues at the National level.
So, pay attention, but stay calm. And in doing so, you might just find that the person you save from a fate worse than politics is yourself.
This too shall pass… until the next time. 🙂