Another twenty-four hours of people giving the news out of Washington, D. C. a partisan spin -- and before you tell me, "Yeah, yeah, those damn [name of major party here], they distort everything, they lie, the facts are perfectly obvious," stop right there, because I'm hearing it from both Republicans and Democrats.
My opinion of Donald Trump the man is not flattering. I think he's an oaf and a boor. Unlike the Dems, I'm not sure if he's actually up to any really devious criminality; unlike his fellow Republicans, I'm doubtful that he's actually solving anything. We've had geniuses in the Presidency and they have a mixed legacy; we've had average(ish) men in the job and they varied, too. The President of the United States is not a king or the Pope. He's just Some Guy, put in there to do the executive stuff to keep the country running, and to shake hands with Kings and Prime Ministers. He's the guy who signs treaties -- but Congress has to ratify them.
The average citizen, in the course of their average life, commits an average of three felonies a day, mostly without even knowing it. It's unavoidable. Does that make those felonious acts any less criminal? Strictly speaking, no. However, these crimes rarely rise to the attention of police and prosecutors, and when they do, we expect -- and are Constitutionally promised -- that the due process of law will be followed. Saint or villain, we get our day in court. As does anyone, including Presidents. Oh, the court is different; the bar is higher, for reasons the Framers of the Constitution deemed sufficient;* but the idea is the same and the process, while far more exhaustive and partisan than any Grand Jury you or I are likely to face, is not all that dissimilar.
But all that side noise-- Don't we have Representatives from both parties, to sit at their high bench and make speeches (with occasional question-asking)? Are there not witnesses a-plenty, to make their ostensibly noble and usually rump-covering opening statements and answers? Politicians are their own cheerleaders and pep squads and I'm not going to get into spats with people online about hearings that neither they nor I have any direct influence over.
* They appear to have been concerned about "lawfare," that Presidents might find all their time occupied by minor lawsuits and malicious prosecution; but there clearly needed to be a way to hold Presidents accountable for egregious acts, and thus they came up with impeachment.
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