There are bigger issues than Trump’s impeachment
For months, many in mainstream media have been giddy with joyful anticipation of the impeachment of President Donald Trump, as well as his potential jail time. Yet, impeachment is extremely doubtful unless what the media believes about Trump’s high crimes turns out to actually be true. We must remember, the House of Representatives, which Democrats will control in 2019, can only recommend impeachment. It is the Senate that votes “yes” or “no,” a vote that is controlled by Republicans.
So, why does it seem that the Democrats’ major message is impeachment (which Rep. Maxine Waters has advocated since Trump’s first day in office)? It has been the nonstop message — not education, jobs, housing and the border.
Black America’s bright intellectual heritage and writing seems to have dimmed, as the only issue addressed seems to be about impeaching Trump rather than the many issues plaguing its communities.
Many leaders even feel threatened by Trump’s campaign invitation to Blacks and Hispanics to vote for him, because, as he said, “What do you have to lose?” And, given that Blacks and Hispanics have the lowest levels of poverty and highest levels of employment and wages in recorded history, leadership seems even angrier, as if they themselves will be “impeached.”
Us older guys remember when Caesar Chavez and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. went to the border and pleaded to have the southern border closed in order to save education, jobs, housing, and welfare for Blacks and Hispanics that were going to lesser paid illegal immigrants, further driving down minority wages. Chavez actually advocated fire bombing and shooting illegals at the border.
What drives this incessant drumbeat of “impeach, impeach, impeach?” What drives those in power to ignore crafting solutions to enable Black America to better change with changing times?
What kind of thinking is it when Hollywood types call for a recession so Trump won’t be re-elected in 2020, with claims that people need to sacrifice to get rid of Trump — even if that means they have to lose their jobs, their homes, and their future?
How will stock and bond market fluctuations influence such an impeachment decision? What about the strained relationships between the U.S. and China as seen at the recent G20 meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina where the president, on TV, seemed lethargic and not on top of his political game in his relations with the other 19 world leaders? Is he worried about impeachment?
Will impeachment campaigns raise or lower the chances for riots, like in France and elsewhere in Europe, to occur in the U.S.?
How will the atmosphere in America change in early 2019, when the Democrats, vowing impeachment, take control of the House? As Republicans maintain a slim majority in the U.S. Senate, impeachment rides on Robert Mueller’s report delivering a final bill of particulars against Trump listing offenses even Republicans cannot ignore, as with Nixon.
And, finally, why is American media surprisingly silent about what that might mean for America? One of the “golden rules” of the Fourth Estate, i.e., press, is to be up to speed in searching out facts, not anger.
We need to enable our communities to move closer to being on the inside of information flow rather than on the outside looking in.