We Hear You: House Democrats Make Impeachment a ‘Third-Rate Circus’

Editor’s note: House Democrats’ drive to impeach President Donald Trump sparks some strong sentiments from The Daily Signal’s audience. Here’s a sampling.—Ken McIntyre

Dear Daily Signal: I just read Katrina Trinko’s podcast interview with Heritage Foundation legal expert Hans von Spakovsky on House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, and found it to be very enlightening (“Impeachment Evidence Not Even Close to Bribery, Heritage Legal Expert Says”). This Trump impeachment process is being handled exactly as von Spakovsky pointed out.

The problem I see is that the people of this country don’t know the legal powers of the president to do the kinds of things he is being accused of. I talked about this very thing with von Spakovsky at Heritage Action for America’s Regional Sentinel Summit a few weeks ago in Atlanta.

I always have depended on the vision and insight of our Founding Fathers to address any issue or problems this country has faced in the past and faces today. I have found that they already anticipated what the future would bring, but in the case of the impeachment process I think they made a mistake.

Our judicial system has someone in place who is supposed to be impartial, to make sure the laws are followed and that everyone gets a fair trial by judge and/or jury. In this case, however, we have the leader of the prosecution in charge of initiating a (fair) hearing and the defense being denied due process.

Hans von Spakovsky is right about what the Democrats are doing and right about what the president is doing. I just hope people recognize that these Democrats, while saying we must stand by our Constitution and support the principles our Founding Fathers established, are doing everything in their power to overturn our Constitution and replace it with a form of democratic socialism.

As president, Barack Obama pushed us toward socialism as no other president has, and the socialist Democrats would have really advanced if Hillary Clinton had been elected.—James V. Burnette, Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Dear Daily Signal: I want to thank Fred Lucas for his daily summary report in The Daily Signal on the House impeachment hearings. I can’t force myself to suffer through this third-rate circus.

I also think Lucas deserves a long vacation once this is over. Call it PTSD prevention. Sitting and listening to this all day is like being forced to ride It’s a Small World at Disney World continuously all day long.—Stephen Regan, M.D., Lancaster, N.H.

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As
a practicing attorney for over 50 years, I have been deeply concerned about due
process in reading and watching about the House’s impeachment proceedings.

Your article (“Everything You Need to Know About What’s Happening in Impeachment Process”) helped clear up some confusion on my part, but much remains. Thank you.—Alan J. Steinberg, St. Louis, Mo.

Dear Daily Signal: President Trump’s following on Twitter reached 66.6 million early this month. Given the apocryphal interpretation of this number, it might not hurt to ground its significance in some basic facts.

A
few months ago, the size of Trump’s Twitter following broke his popular vote
total in the 2016 election. Ever since, that number has been growing at a rate
of over 34,000 a day.

Like
clockwork, the number ticks up by 100,000 new followers every three days. Or a
million a month. This has been happening regardless of the news of the day.

No
matter what the latest impeachment accusation, charges of foreign policy
incompetence, or cries of unpresidential behavior, Trump’s Twitter followers
keep coming.

They
show no signs of stopping, so if this trend continues, he will have over 78 million
followers by Election Day 2020.

I
am a retired software engineer, a former entrepreneur, and a writer of novels
for middle-graders and young adults.

Not all of the president’s Twitter followers will be voters, or even Trump
supporters, but the bulk of them probably are. Which means that every day, tens
of thousands of voters are joining Trump’s coalition and are interested in
hearing what he has to say.

No
matter how they spin it, this is not good news for Democrats. Trump already has
more Twitter followers than voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Those numbers
did no good for Hillary, since evidently no one bothered to tell her about the
Electoral College.

But
it’s a good bet that Trump’s supporters are representative of the overall
population, rather than the main population centers where Hillary focused her campaign.

Aside
from sheer numbers, this trend highlights another fact. People like to read
Trump’s tweets. They must, or they would not be subscribing to his Twitter feed
at this staggering rate.

Maybe
it is because Trump is giving them the real news. Every day. Without spin.
Without hedging. Without lying. Without scripting.

He’s
the first president in history to do this. Now we sometimes get the news before
The New York Times or The Washington Post.

You know what? This is real freedom of speech. And we love it.—Rudy Vener, North Haven, Conn.

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Dear Daily Signal: Nancy Pelosi is the queen of impeachment. The Trump impeachment process is often compared to the Nixon or Clinton impeachments. It is, however, more similar to the Bush impeachment effort.

Pelosi
has been the House speaker or the Democratic leader for three years with President
Donald Trump, and for every one of those years her caucus has tried to impeach
the president. She may seem to be a reluctant impeacher, but prayers and
exhibitions of inner turmoil aside, she is a politician who has determined that
impeachment is a legitimate political tool.

It
is not the first time she has used this tool. She used impeachment against
President George W. Bush, and is now using it against Trump. That constitutes a
pattern.

Pelosi’s
first voted impeachment effort came when she was House speaker and Bush was in
the White House. That vote, referring articles of impeachment (House
Resolution 1258
) to the House Judiciary Committee, occurred June 11, 2008.

The
referral of articles of impeachment to the Judiciary Committee has yet to occur
in the Trump impeachment effort.

Pelosi
had been House speaker since January 2007, when the impeachment of Bush was
already in high demand.

In
2005, Rep. John Conyers introduced House
Resolution 635
to investigate wartime issues to determine whether
impeachment was warranted. It failed, and further efforts were not supported by
Pelosi, then the minority leader.

Democrats
continued efforts to impeach Bush until Pelosi approved the vote on HR 1258
vote. The pattern of reluctance before approval was at work then and is at work
now.

The
Constitution’s provision for impeachment has been interpreted by Democrats and
Republicans as appropriate for high crimes and misdemeanors, but not for
political goals. The Bush impeachment effort speaks to a different
interpretation.

The
35 articles of impeachment for Bush included articles on 9/11, the Iraq War,
Medicare, global warming, use of signing statements, wiretapping, war with
Iran, obstruction of justice (Valerie Plame), imprisoning children, and others.

It
was a laundry list of points of disagreement that Democrats had with President
Bush, not high crimes and misdemeanors. Pelosi presided over this vote, once
again reluctant and once again moving forward despite her reluctance.

It
seems she is not so reluctant to use impeachment after all.—James Smith, Virginia

Dear Daily Signal: What a scam. We have the best president we’ve ever had, who follows his heart, listens to the people, has done what he promised or is attempting to with all the distractions and hatred toward him by those in our government who want to rule the people, not lead the people. 

To destroy our nation with lies,
deceit, injustices, all the things that “We the People”
have had to endure with nearly every other president in our history. 

If President Trump were allowed to actually do his job instead of fighting the indignities of these people who are distracting our nation from realities, he could do some incredible things to make our country look great again, instead of being the laughingstock of the world.—Kacee Hayden

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Dear Daily Signal: As chief point man for President Barack Obama in U.S. energy policy, Vice President Joe Biden used taxpayers’ money in the form of a $1.2 billion loan guarantee as leverage to interfere in the internal affairs of a foreign nation, Ukraine.

We
saw the forced firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor who apparently was investigating
Biden’s son, Hunter, and his relationship with a corrupt Ukrainian oligarch’s energy company,
Burisma. 

Biden’s act of extorting influence from Ukrainian officials is on tape. His mandate: Either fire the prosecutor or no loan guarantee. 

Yet
both the mainstream media and many Democrats continue their
collective state of denial of this pressurized wrongdoing in
spite of a treaty between the United States and
Ukraine to investigate corrupt practices. 

This
entire Ukraine mess fails to even begin to pass the smell test. 

And
all President Trump wanted in that July 25 call to Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, was a favor: that Zelenskyy
“look into” this corruption thing. Looking into something is not tantamount
to digging up dirt. When does a favor become a threat? 

Before
releasing almost $400 million of taxpayers’ money to a Ukrainian government reputed
for corruption, Trump wanted due diligence. There was no quid pro quo,
as the transcript of the call manifests. 

House
Democrats’ entire impeachment process can only be characterized as
one of the most colossal examples of legislative malfeasance
perpetrated upon the American people in the history of the republic.

The clowns on Capitol Hill have
yet to legislate fiscal year 2020 spending levels for agencies, departments,
and programs of the federal government. These should have
been in place and signed into law by the president by no
later than Oct. 1.

A week before Thanksgiving, these
politicians had yet to do anything toward completing the authorization
and appropriations process, including funding for the
armed forces.

As the House played its ongoing impeachment games, the Senate considered sending a stopgap spending bill back to the House for a vote to avoid another moronic government shutdown as the money runs out.—Earl Beal, Terre Haute, Ind.

Dear Daily Signal: No one seems to notice that the Drudge Report has been moving to the left on President Trump for a couple of months—the viewpoints/links lead to stories that favor the “resistance.” 

One example is Drudge links on Nov. 17. There was no story that says that, so far, there is no evidence of impeachable offenses. Drudge was reporting anti-Trump stories, but seemed to be spiking viewpoints that counter the left’s bashing.

Either Matt Drudge
has been letting someone else edit his page, or he has moved left in an effort
to be more objective. Which is it? 
If the latter, he’s gone too far, by spiking conservative voters’ viewpoints.—Lanelle Bracher Samms

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The
Democrats have decided they will prevail in taking over the government through
a constant barrage of accusations and proceedings.

The
American people are not interested. However, the average person on the street parrots
the BS he or she has been fed. Very few ask important questions such as “Why doesn’t
this add up?”

The
long-term goal is to sacrifice a few Democrats in vulnerable places and take
over the government by solidifying the stupidity everywhere else. Keep the
focus on how bad President Trump is, and communism will prevail.

Barack
Obama had a childhood mentor with a KBG handler, and remained chummy with Russian
President Vladimir Putin. Hillary Clinton has close ties to those in the former
Soviet Union. Nonetheless, the cry against Trump is “Russian collusion.”—Arthur Solvang, Willow, Alaska

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As we heard in EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s testimony Wednesday in the House impeachment inquiry, he clearly stated that President Trump told him he wanted “no quid pro quo” from Ukraine.

So
why did The Wall Street Journal indicate the opposite in its lead story the
next day? The sub-head states: “Sondland cites ‘quid pro quo’ between
Ukraine probes and a meeting with the president.” 

Why
the biased coverage?—Kay Carson,
Florida

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Why
can’t we impeach Nancy Pelosi? Surely real reasons can be found, including incompetence,
obstruction of government functions, mental and moral insufficiency, and constitutional
ignorance.

This
tiresome and vicious interference with the smooth running of our country
requires more than a timid pushback. A strong offensive is required, not
martyrdom.—Elizabeth Ward Nottrodt, Baltimore

Chick-fil-A’s New Charities

Dear Daily Signal: Thank you for Daniel Davis’ outstanding commentary article with regard to Fortune 500 companies “driving” the culture war, and trying to out-virtue signal each other (“Chick-Fil-A, Your Compromise is Demoralizing”).

That’s exactly what’s happening, and its poisoning our culture and making it unfit for children. Davis’s analysis is accurate and his use of words to describe it excellent. Maybe it will convince Chick-fil-A to reconsider.—Randy Malcom, Limon, Colo.

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I expect The New York Times or CNN or MSNBC to put words in the mouths of others, but the news article about Chick-fil-A [from The Daily Caller News Foundation] is not up to the normal standards of The Heritage Foundation (“Chick-Fil-A to Stop Donating to Charities Criticized by LGBT Activists”). I believe I will reconsider my giving patterns. 

I am disappointed in the headline; the article was better, but the headline is eerily similar to all elements of the mainstream media.. Sad.

How about a headline like “Chick-Fil-A Reevaluates Charitable Giving” or “Chick-Fil-A Foundation Announces New Charitable Giving Plans”? Or many other options.

My point, in part, is that The Heritage Foundation normally avoids such; it shares clear facts without mixing emotional content or making editorial comments.

In this case, in my opinion, the word choice was not totally accurate, as the refocus of Chick-fil-A’s giving priorities may include educational entities that hold to values aligned with those of, say, the Salvation Army. Think: Will all entities supported at some point by Chick-fil-A’s giving never be opposed by the LGBT activists?—John Bole

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Regarding Chick-fil-A’s decision, I’m contacting you to say that the Salvation Army supports homosexuals too. I am not opposed to feeding the hungry, including homosexuals. However, when it comes to giving them special rights, I am against it.

You have to draw the line. If you are a true Christian organization, you should not go beyond the giving of food as well as the giving of biblical direction.

If an organization such as the Salvation Army allows special rights to homosexuals, and doesn’t stand their ground, then they have truly caved in to the homosexual agenda.

If homosexuals are given special rights and privileges, with no one to speak
out against their wickedness, then this allows for the continuation of their
perverted ways. And because of the Salvation Army’s nondiscrimination policy
and their desire not to speak out against homosexuality, that makes them
hypocritical and they are in opposition to God’s holy word.

We as Christians are fighting against those who oppose God. We should not be funding those who oppose him.—Lisa Jenkins

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Thank you for Daniel Davis’ commentary, “Chick-Fil-A, Your Compromise is Demoralizing.”  The compromise Chick-fil-A made because of pressure brought by LGBT activists saddened me greatly.

I immediately recalled Genesis 19:4-11, the account of
homosexual men coming to Lot’s house for the two men (angels) who were in the
house. The homosexual men pressed hard against Lot to have the two men brought
out to them so they could “know” them.

One of the angels pulled Lot back into the house and caused
blindness to strike the men, making them weary of trying to find the door to
Lot’s house.

I think that Scripture accurately depicts LGBT activists’ push
against Chick-fil-A. However, neither the president or chief financial officer
know Ezekiel 3:8-9, in which God states that he will make their face strong
against the faces of their adversaries, and their foreheads strong as adamant
stone against the flint faces of their adversaries.

As Davis pointed out in his article, Chick-fil-A has chosen to serve mammon rather than God. Unfortunately, mammon will not serve the company well. It is a huge mistake to run to the world for help. God is the only source of help we need. He never fails to provide for all of our needs in accordance with his riches in glory through Christ Jesus.

Therefore, God can meet the growth goals Chick-fil-A desires if management will seek him. God can put the company’s outlets in places that appear to be impossible to go and make them successful there.—Homer Crothers

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refers to appointees as judges who will interpret the Constitution as written.

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implies the introduction of a bias in interpretation.—R.S. Overstreet

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