Impeachment: Democrats, stop this train wreck, and do it right!

House Democrats are headed toward an impeachment train wreck which will leave Trump in power and set the Republicans up to win the 2020 elections.

“No impeachment” for now would be a better outcome than the present hare-brained effort which is bound to fail in the Senate.

The Democrats’ only hope for removing Trump, whether through impeachment or the 2020 election, is to use the impeachment process to educate the American public regarding the breadth and facts of Trump’s corruption and abuse of power.

This the present draft articles of impeachment focused narrowly on the Ukraine affair will not accomplish.

Democrats should vote down the current articles of impeachment and hold their powder dry until they have inquired into the broader array of Trump’s “high crimes and misdemeanors”.

How did the current train wreck in motion occur?

A primary cause appears to be “groupthink” among the House Democrats, furthered by Nancy Pelosi and her iron rule over the caucus.

What are the elements of this “groupthink”?

First, the failure of the House Democrats to take on the substance of the Mueller Report. Instead, they have succumbed to the journalistic narrative that Mueller or the Mueller Report failed or “fizzled”.

Second, the wild delusion that the Democrats can retain “moderate” House seats if they don’t take on Trump too hard, e.g., with an article of impeachment on obstruction of justice.

Third, the captivity of the House Democrats to the belief they must prove everything beyond any shadow of a doubt, in a process in which Trump’s Republican defenders have absolutely no regard for facts and the truth.

Fourth, a near-total failure on the part of House Democrats to understand they are in an all-out war with the Republicans who are battling with wildly deceptive propaganda and the manipulation of mass emotions.

Finally, defeatism on the part of House Democrats who have lost faith in their ability to persuade American voters through the use of facts and reason.

Gripped by this “groupthink”, they passively sit by and simply watch the train wreck as it occurs.

History will judge them, and the cowardice and stupidity they have manifested in the fog of their “groupthink”, harshly indeed.

The Trenchant Observer

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"The Trenchant Observer" is edited and published by The Observer, an international lawyer who has taught International Law, Human Rights, and Comparative Law at major U.S. universities, including Harvard, Brandeis, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Kansas. He is a former staff attorney at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States (IACHR), where he was in charge of Brazil, Haiti, Mexico and the United States, and also worked on complaints from and reports on other countries including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. As an international development expert, he has worked on Rule of Law, Human Rights, and Judicial Reform in a number of countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and the Russian Federation. In the private sector, The Observer has worked as an international attorney for a leading national law firm and major global companies, on joint ventures and other matters in a number of countries in Europe (including Russia and the Ukraine), throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and in Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Japan. The Trenchant Observer blog provides an unfiltered international perspective for news and opinion on current events, in their historical context, drawing on a daily review of leading German, French, Spanish and English newspapers as well as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and other American newspapers, and on sources in other countries relevant to issues being analyzed. The Observer speaks fluent English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish, and also knows other languages. He holds an S.J.D. or Doctor of Juridical Science in International Law from Harvard University, and a Doctor of Law (J.D.) and a Master of the Science of Law (J.S.M.), from Stanford University. As an undergraduate, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, also from Stanford, where he graduated “With Great Distinction” (summa cum laude) and received the James Birdsall Weter Prize for the best Senior Honors Thesis in History. In addition to having taught as a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, The Observer has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs (CFIA). His fellowships include a Stanford Postdoctoral Fellowship in Law and Development, the Rómulo Gallegos Fellowship in International Human Rights awarded by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and a Harvard MacArthur Fellowship in International Peace and Security. Beyond his articles in The Trenchant Observer, he is the author of two books and numerous scholarly articles on subjects of international and comparative law. Currently he is working on a manuscript drawing on the best articles that have appeared in the blog.