Is there any real question that President Donald Trump is completely unfit for office?
In the history of our nation, have we ever had a president so repugnant in so many ways?
Everyone knows the answer to that. Of course not.
The Presidency of the United States is not a person, or a revolving door of new people every four or eight years. It is an institution. An office enshrined by our Constitution.
When a person steps foot in the Oval Office, they are stepping into a role that transcends individual people.
Most presidents have understood that, and acted accordingly. President George W. Bush, for example, went as far as requiring anyone who addressed him in the Oval Office to refer to him as Mr. President. He did not do that out of ego, and anyone who knows his personality knows that he would rather have been called George. He did it has a reminder to himself that when we stepped into the Oval Office, he was no longer just George, he was representing the office of the President.
That is not what we have here today. Instead we have in President Trump a “leader” who still thinks of himself as “The Donald.” Dignity and grace are gone. And in its place is a man who denigrates the office and embarrasses us on the world stage.
This is a President who has no respect for women, has a tendency to take racially insensitive positions on everything from immigration to public incidents, who engages in name calling (yes, name calling like a small child) against his opponents, who Tweets regularly about domestic and foreign policy issues that affect world markets and the views of people across the globe, and who is completely delusional and unaware of his own failings.
Is anyone really surprised that Trump tried to coerce the Ukrainian President into investigating his political opponent? Of course not.
And that is the ultimate problem. We have become so jaded over the past three years that it is no longer surprising to wake up and hear the President calling someone a “losers” or engaging in morally and legally questionable behavior.
We shrug it off, and think oh not again.
Many opponents of the impeachment process think that Democrats are just trying to undo the prior election, and remove Trump before he can get reelected.
That could not be further from the truth. Members of Congress have an obligation to the country, to the Constitution, to defend America from enemies, foreign and domestic. President Trump is an enemy of the Office of the President. Impeaching him would send the message that it is the Office that must be protected, not the person sitting in the chair.
I applaud the efforts to impeach President Trump.