At least if you believe what you read in the left-leaning press, it feels like the likelihood — however slim — that President Trump will be impeached is increasing by the day.
You don’t need me to run down the charges. And anyway, making a case for his impeachment is not what this post is about.
What I want to talk about is the potential progressive reaction if President Trump should end up being forced to leave office before his term ends.
Given the current political climate and acrimony towards President Trump it is hard to imagine any reaction but liberals dancing in the streets in celebration with nothing short of elation on their faces.
Should that day come, I, a long-devoted voting Democrat, won’t be among them.
Millions of Americans who are neither despicable nor deplorable voted for Donald Trump. They voted with hope in their hearts — hope for jobs, hope for safety, hope in America.
Not matter their intentions, they voted. And voting is the central, sacred act in our democracy. To cheer the dissolution of their votes — which is how it would feel to many of those who voted for President Trump — would be taking the low road. Rather than building a bridge at the dawn of a new American chapter, it would be burning them down.
Even though I disagree with their votes and their thought process behind it…. and even though I personally believe the country and the world would be safer and more stable under a President Pence…. Trump’s supporters are indubitably my brothers and sisters, united, above all, under a common flag.
Should President Trump be impeached I hope (and dare I add pray) for a chapter of reconciliation and rebirth. Because I don’t think that conservatives and liberals are as far apart on the issues as our national ‘leadership’ would like us to believe.
They tell us that we’re different because dividing us is good for their brand and good for their business, but it’s bad for the country.
We all want to protect American jobs. We all want a thriving economy. We all want to be, and feel, safe. Just to speak as one relatively representative progressive, I do not believe that illegal immigration is okay. I believe in a vetting process that systemically lets in people who are at the greatest risk in their home countries, and who would do the most to advance America’s ideals and economic interests.
I do not believe in taking away people’s guns. While I think there should be laws in place to keep guns out of the hands of violent felons and domestic abusers, I feel like the fight against assault rifles, for example, is not statistics based, and is the kind of optics-based politicking that does more to divide us than protect us.
In terms of the social safety net, I absolutely believe that people should be incentivized to work.
I even believe that there is middle ground to be found on seemingly intractable issues like abortion. (Saint) Thomas Aquinas, a lion in Christian ideology, did not believe that a fetus had a soul until 40 days. Could that fact open the conversation some, and help us stop fighting, and instead start forging a middle path?
Maybe. But a unified America will be far less likely within my lifetime should President Trump be impeached and progressive America declare glorious, champagne popping victory. That’s a direction that could frankly lead us toward civil war, when there’s a high road available that could accelerate our country’s trajectory to peace among citizens, and a shared greatness for our nation.