It’s Time to Stop Being Afraid of a President Pence and Call for Impeachment
Just two weeks into Donald Trump’s presidency, 40 percent of Americans already support impeaching him. That’s a number that you have to imagine will only grow as President Trump continues to show disdain for the Constitution.
In every discussion I see about a potential Trump impeachment, there are always a few liberals who object to the idea, saying that they’re more terrified of the thought of Mike Pence as president.
Stop. We can’t honestly look at Pence and say he’d do a worse job than our current petulant president.
Trump is starting pointless feuds with our allies Mexico and Australia. He’s ignoring intelligence briefings. He invited a neo-Nazi to be his most trusted advisor. He’s blatantly denying reality on trivial matters like the size of his inauguration crowd and whether or not he won the popular vote.
Trump is unhinged and easily offended. Here we have a man who has complete power to fire nuclear weapons, and has even expressed an interest in using them simply because they exist. This scenario is dangerous for people all over the world, as well as in the U.S. if other nations decide to retaliate.
I’m not arguing that a Pence presidency wouldn’t be regressive. He’s anti-choice, anti-LGBT and chummy with the Koch brothers. At the same time, that basically makes him your typical establishment Republican.
Unfortunately, in our current two-party system where power swings back and forth, we’ve got to expect to have a commander in chief like Pence about 50 percent of the time.
At least with a Republican who is a career politician, we can expect a certain base level of decorum. Pence backtracked somewhat on Indiana’s “religious freedom” (right-to-discriminate) bill and he knows – although he can’t admit it as Trump’s VP – that banning Muslims based on their religion is unconstitutional.
While we shouldn’t settle for either Trump or Pence in the next election, in the interim, I’d much rather deal with a leader whose ideas I oppose than a leader whose ideas I oppose and is unpredictable, irrational and despotic.
Besides, impeaching Trump would send a message to subsequent politicians that you can’t just sign unconstitutional executive orders because you feel like it, you can’t maintain extensive financial conflicts of interest while being the leader of the nation, and you can’t bully the media into reporting the “alternative facts” you want them to.
Unchecked, this kind of behavior could become the norm, sending us further and further away from the democratic principles on which this country was founded. Impeachment is necessary to ensure that Trump’s legacy is a failed one, a cautionary tale for copycat tyrants.
Any fear I have of a Pence presidency is vastly overshadowed by that of Trump completing his term. Please join the movement to oust him from the White House by signing and sharing this Care2 petition. And let’s hope that Pence shows Steve Bannon the door while he’s at it.
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