Public Policy Polling reported yesterday that…
“Just three weeks into his administration, voters are already evenly divided on the issue of impeaching Trump with 46% in favor and 46% opposed. Support for impeaching Trump has crept up from 35% 2 weeks ago, to 40% last week, to its 46% standing this week. While Clinton voters initially only supported Trump’s impeachment 65/14, after seeing him in office over the last few weeks that’s gone up already to 83/6.”
What’s going on here?
1. The article buries the lede. What has changed is that Clinton voters now want the President to be impeached by an incredible 83-6 margin. Good job, news media! Well done, Democrats! Nice well-poisoning, social media! Now, if the poll is to be believed, virtually all of the 65,844,610 voters who supported Clinton have adopted the Left’s favored totalitarian mode of governance: if our candidate loses the election, gain power through other means.
2. This has been the relentless message wafting in from the Left like Assad’s poison gas since November 8, 2016, when “The World Turned Upside-Down.” The popular vote should decide the election…Electors should violate their pledges…Trump should be impeached before he takes office…He should be stopped from taking the oath until he sells all of his business interests—Russia “hacked the election,” we should have a do-over…His cabinet should declare him “unable to discharge the duties of the Presidency,” and make Pence President…the military should take over…He should be arrested…He should be shot…Rioters should prevent the Inauguration from occurring…Did I miss any? I’m sure I must have. But now it has come back to impeachment.
3. Impeachment has been the default remedy of radicals, fanatics and crazies who oppose Presidents since at least the 1950s, when the John Birch Society was running amuck. Democrats, having once taken their name seriously and genuinely supported, you know, democracy, used to regard it as dangerous device that could be used to take power away without the inconvenience of elections. John F. Kennedy won a Pulitzer Prize for putting his name on a pop history book called “Profiles in Courage” (he didn’t write it) about heroic U.S. Senators, and one of the most stirring tales was the book’s recounting the story of Edmund Ross, Republican Senator from Kansas, who bucked his party leadership and his constituents by voting for President Andrew Johnson’s acquittal in his impeachment trial, thus causing the effort to throw Johnson out of office to fail by a single vote. Kennedy’s book stated that Ross, whose career in Kansas was ended by the vote (he later switched parties and moved to New Mexico), may well have saved the balance of powers and the integrity of the the democratic process. Johnson was an unpopular and obstructive President who stood in the way of the Radical Republicans’ plans to subjugate the defeated Confederacy, but his “high crimes” consisted of using his power in politically unpopular ways.
4. The Democrats carried on Ross’s tradition when they refused to give Bill Clinton’s impeachment a fair trial, and he had engaged in impeachable offenses. That didn’t mean that it would have been good for the country to remove Clinton from office, however, especially since the Republican Party had been openly searching for ways to undermine Clinton since he was elected. The impeachment was an example of something justifiable done for unethical reasons, thus setting, again, a dangerous precedent. Impeachment has to be a last resort when a President’s conduct abuses law and power, as it would have been if Nixon hadn’t resigned. Any other use of the device will allow elections to be overturned whenever a President’s opposition gets sufficient popular support and representation.
5. But the corruption and inflammation of Democratic Party supporters is the natural result of the Left’s unprecedented fear-mongering and hysterical attacks on Trump, irresponsibly assisted by the mainstream news media. This has been done recklessly and without concern for its possible disastrous consequences. The ends justify the means.
6. The stunning aspect of the 83/6 ratio is how it illustrates that virtually all Democratic voters are now either totalitarian in philosophy or ignorant as a block of cheese. Whatever the press has told them and hyper-partisan law professors have asserted in nutty essays, President Trump has not committed any impeachable acts. (The Emoluments Clause was not created to stop hotel-owning Presidents from having foreign officials rent a room for the night.) Nor could he ever be impeached and convicted unless the Democrats somehow achieved a majority in the House and a two-thirds majority in the Senate, or if Trump was found to be running a child sex ring out of the Oval Office. That’s what the ignorant Hillary supporters don’t understand, and thank our wonderful public school system for that, Senator Warren. The others, the totalitarians, are the progressives who riot in the streets, chant that Trump isn’t a legitimate President, and who have voted against every one of his Cabinet picks, something no opposing party has ever done to a President before. Yes, most Senate Democrats are on the totalitarian side now, believing that only Democrats have a legitimate right to power, and elections that place their opponents in office can and should be overturned.
7. Thus the poll, if accurate, tells us that progressives, Democrats and journalists are succeeding in not only dividing the county along the perilous fault-lines of race, gender and class, but also in terms of respect and support of democracy. Hillary voters now have neither. That’s the frightening take-away of this poll, that and the fact that the Left is willing to unravel our society in order to lead it.
8. That last clause raises the question; “Who are the real fascists in this scenario?”
9. Fortunately, other polls suggest a different dynamic. A Morning Consult/Politico poll asked a sample about 11 of Trump’s most controversial Executive Orders, and found that the ones most condemned by Democrats had the strongest public support. That poll says that 55% approve of the order putting a temporary hold on visas and refugees from terror-prone countries, and only 38% disapprove of it. 55% also approve of the order to revoke funding for sanctuary cities. 54% backed Trump’s call to freeze all federal regulations.
10. Meanwhile, an Emerson College poll found that the public views the Trump administration as more truthful than the news media, which is faint praise indeed. 48% say the President is truthful, compared with only 39% who trust the news media .The IBD/TIPP poll found that 62% are not confident that the news media will cover President Trump fairly. ( It ought be 100%). The Morning Consult poll says that 59% of independents and 57% of those who are ideologically moderate believe that Democrats should find ways to work with the President rather than try to obstruct him. (Wow—what a concept!)
Then again, after the election, who trusts pollsters? Nonetheless, the impeachment poll is ominous, though not for the prospects of an impeachment. It hints at a mass alienation from the nation’s core values, and that one party, rather than trying to heal a dangerous rift, is trying to increase and exploit it, with significant success.