What Have We Become?

I’ve been around a while to see how things were not so long ago and how things are now and I’m absolutely appalled at how things have changed in politics, which is a direct reflection of how society has changed in the 21st century. What have we become; we’ve become a nation of assholes!

Now I’m sure there will be some of you reading this that will say that nothing has changed and it’s always been a mess, well to some level you’re accurate but as an overall morphing of society and politics your way, way off base. As an example; let’s zero in on comparing some of the differences in the recent impeachment trial of President Trump and the impeachment trial in 1999 of President Clinton.

First here’s a brief recap. In 1998/1999 the United States went through an impeachment and subsequent Senate trial that was touched off by actions taken by President Clinton that lead up to President Clinton lying under oath, which is illegal and got President Clinton impeached, then acquitted of the Articles of Impeachment in the Senate trial, and ultimately disbarred because he lied under oath. In 2019/2020 the United States went through another impeachment and subsequent Senate trial that was touched off by a phone call that President Trump made to the President of Ukraine and a second hand opinion from a whistle-blower was submitted for investigation accusing that the President had a quid pro quo in the phone call that the military aid was conditioned upon the President of Ukraine starting an investigation to smear the President’s political opponent and interfere in the Presidential election in 2020, the result was the House of Representatives impeached President Trump, it went to trial in the Senate and President Trump was acquitted of the Articles of Impeachment. Both Presidents are impeached forever and both Presidents are acquitted forever.

Please listen to the following videos at the times indicated, that’s specifically what I’ll be comparing.

First, I’d like to compare the closing arguments made by Lindsey Graham who was a house manager in the impeachment trial of President Clinton in 1999, and the closing arguments of Adam Schiff who was a house manager in the impeachment trial of President Trump in 2020. Contrast for yourself the differences in how these two House Managers presented their closing arguments.

Closing arguments from Rep. Lindsey Graham in the impeachment trial of President Clinton 1999.
Link takes you to C-Span’s website, slide the time bar to 25:10 to 59:20
Closing arguments from Rep. Adam Schiff in the impeachment trial of President Trump 2020
Link takes you to C-Span’s website, slide the time bar to 1:42:17 to 2:08:05

For good measure I’ll throw in one of the closing arguments from the President Trump’s defense team.

Closing arguments from Patrick Philbin in the impeachment of President Trump
Link takes you to C-Span’s website, slide the time bar to 31:46 to 47:05

The contrasting differences between the those three video presentations is stark. The attitudes and levels of respect for the office of the President of the United States, the person holding the office, the Presidents’ defense team, and the American people who elected the President in those presentations are overwhelming opposite.

Rep Lindsey Graham presented his case with clarity about the facts while respecting the office of the President of the United States of America, the Presidents’ defense team, the entire impeachment trial, President Clinton and the American people that elected him. Respect from beginning to end.

In contrast Rep. Adam Schiff presented his case showing utter disdain and absolutely no respect for the Office of the President of the United States, the Presidents’ defense team, the trial process, President Trump and the American people that elected him. Rep. Schiff openly engaged in blatant and unsupported emotional fear mongering with wildly unethical hyperbole, outright misrepresenting/lying about things the President and his defense team had stated, psychological projection, and complete contempt for anyone that supports President Trump.

To me, Rep. Lindsey Graham came across as a respectful person, respectful of the process, respectful of the people in the process, respectful of the people that supported the President of the United States, respectful of everything. Pretty much the same things can be said for all the closing arguments from President Trump’s defense team in President Trump’s impeachment trial.

To me, Rep. Adam Schiff comes across as a hate filled bigot attacking anyone that disagrees with his point of view and he will do anything, say, anything, misrepresent anything, lie about anything, all in an ends justifies the means attempt to destroy the President of the United States, who he obviously hates, and remove him from office. In my opinion, Rep. Adam Schiff is a hateful, disrespectful, ethically and morally bankrupt asshole and pretty much the same things can be said for all the other closing arguments made by the House managers in President Trump’s impeachment trial.

Next I’d like to compare the public responses that the Senate Majority and Minority leaders gave just after both Senate trials resulted in acquittals.

Senator Trent Lott after the acquittal of President Clinton
I can’t find a video of Senator Thomas Daschle comments after the acquittal of President Clinton

The contrasting differences between the those three video presentations is stark. Both of the Republicans, McConnell (winning side of the impeachment) and Lott (loosing side of the impeachment), were respectful, positive, and saying basically the same thing “it’s over and it’s time to move on” but the Democrat Schumer was very negative, emotional, and was attacking everyone that disagreed with the Democrats opinion, attacking the process, and attacked the Senate as a whole; Sen. Schumer basically parroted the same hate that the House Managers did in the trial.

I think it’s fair to say that what I’m seeing is a level of respect from Republicans and open disrespect from Democrats.

Here is the most compelling argument in the entire impeachment trial of President Trump. This speech is the best example of lasting History in the Making that I’ve ever seen and will likely ever see in my lifetime.

Alan Dershowitz Defense Argument,
Trump Impeachment Trial January 27

Most compelling argument in the entire impeachment trial of President Trump
Link takes you to C-Span’s website, slide the time bar to 53:25 to 2:07:21
Entire transcript is above under the link “History in the Making”

The response Democrats had to Dershowitz’s Constitutional arguments, including his response in to a question from a Senator (timeline 58:20–1:03:30 in this video) was to unethically cherry pick a segment of Dershowitz’s statements and present it to the American people completely out of context and misrepresent/lie about what Dershowitz was saying. Democrats have a bad habit of doing this.

Here’s at the core pattern of argumentation of the modern political left in the 21st century…

If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it.

If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it,

people will eventually come to believe it.

If you repeat a lie long enough, it becomes truth.

If you repeat a lie many times, people are bound to start believing it.

This the same kind of things that was put into practice by the master propagandist Paul Joseph Goebbels who was a German Nazi politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. 

What’s going on when these elected officials and otherwise intelligent politicians, that reflect the attitudes of our society, would resort to such unethical and immoral methods of argumentation in a Senate trial to impeach the President of the United States? Rep. Schiff asked early in his presentation “how did we get here”, the answer to that question is very clear to me; it’s because there is an unmitigated hate for the President Trump that’s so over powering for Democrats and the anti-Trump resistance that they are completely consumed by Trump Derangement Syndrome; that, Rep. Schiff, is how we got here. These people are completely blind to what their hate has done to them.

President Trump didn’t create the left’s hate.

President Trump didn’t create the left’s bigotry.

President Trump didn’t create the left’s irrational aversion to truth and facts.

President Trump didn’t create the left’s anti-American and anti-Constitution ideological leanings.

President Trump didn’t create the left’s leaning towards totalitarianism.

President Trump didn’t create the left’s bastardization of words and symbols.

President Trump didn’t create the left’s anti-history stance.

President Trump didn’t create the left’s anti-social behaviors.

President Trump didn’t create the left’s anti-respect, anti-logic, anti-critical thinking, and anti-civility.

President Trump didn’t create the left’s Pravda like propaganda media machine.

President Trump didn’t create the left’s “deep state”.

During the recent impeachment trial of President Trump things became very clear. The differences between the purely immature emotional approach of the Democrats and the anti-emotional critically thinking analytical approach of the Republicans is stark. Who do you want running the United States a herd of immature emotional troglodytes or critically thinking adults. Your choice.

The kind of hate we’re seeing toward President Trump and his supporters is the kind that drives otherwise intelligent people into employing the ends justifies the means unethical rationalization to remove the President of the United States, it matters little to these people if they have to bastardize the United States Constitution and present unconstitutional Articles of Impeachment to get rid of President Trump, they’ll do anything. Presidential Impeachment/Removal Plans, 11/16 to the Present. The absurd lengths that the Trump haters will go to to oppose this President is astounding! What will these psychologically obsessed irrational people do if President Trump gets reelected in November 2020?

What I’ve seen happen to the United States since the turn of the century is appalling. There are Hordes of Anti-Social “Stupid” People Stomping Civility Into Submission without any regard whatsoever for the collateral damage they are doing to what was once a sturdy foundation of societal building blocks and this stupidity has been fueled by apathy; Apathy Fertilizes A Breeding Ground For Stupidity. The divisions spurred on by social justice movements since the turn of the century are dividing our society along every possible point of difference with absolutely no regard for our commonalities. Now take all that division and pile on levels and levels of irrational hate and you have a irretrievably broken society and terribly volatile situation. This is the kind of political and societal division that starts bloody civil wars.

Please read Pledge of Allegiance & more…

Featured Image Credit: I screen captured the photo from video of the impeachment trial of President Trump.

[EDIT 2/10/2020: Fixed a few of misspelled words and grammatical errors.]

6 thoughts on “What Have We Become?

  1. Spoons,

    Good piece. Very thoughtful and erudite. In comparing and contrasting the impeachment of Clinton and Trump, there’s just one basic thing that shouldn’t be ignored. In Clinton’s case there was an actual crime he committed.
    Democrats haven’t been able to find bribery, a high crime or misdemeanor of which President Trump was guilty.

    Channeling my inner Johnnie Cochrane, “If the articles are $hit, … you must acquit.”

    Or in Nasty Pelosi’s special case, “If you can’t impeach, … tear up the speech.”

    Keep up speaking absolute and eternal truth. Fear not, Steve, the truth is on the home team and always bats last.

    GDHM

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    1. Good Dog, Happy Man wrote, “there’s just one basic thing that shouldn’t be ignored. In Clinton’s case there was an actual crime he committed.”

      First; I actually mentioned that in the third paragraph where I wrote, “…touched off by actions taken by President Clinton that lead up to President Clinton lying under oath, which is illegal and got President Clinton impeached…”

      Second; welcome to the blog, it’s great to see you participating. 🙂

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      1. My bad. “I see.”, said the man as he picked up his hammer and saw.
        Reading is fundamental, … comprehension, … even more vital.

        Americans are losing that ‘sturdy foundation of societal building blocks’, i.e., faith, the family and freedom.
        When we no longer have those, or even deem it’s important, we’re likely to believe in the next biggest thing, …
        a godless government that’s too big to fail, and big enough to keep us comfortably numb.

        Lord help us and deliver us from evil.

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        1. Good Dog,Happy Man wrote, “Americans are losing that ‘sturdy foundation of societal building blocks’, i.e., faith, the family and freedom. When we no longer have those, or even deem it’s important, we’re likely to believe in the next biggest thing, …a godless government that’s too big to fail, and big enough to keep us comfortably numb.”

          Preach it!

          Amen.

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