Make no doubt about it; Republicans absolutely despise democracy. That’s not to say they don’t love the sound of the word, but when it is in actual practice, well they only like it when their person wins. Evidence of that can be seen in the actions and words of Republicans in comparison to presidential votes.
Let’s start off with Bill Clinton. In 1996 he won the presidency by a whopping 9%. Did the Republicans look at that as a mandate or “will of the people”? Nope. Instead they started a witch hunt to try and remove him from office by the most extreme method this country has – impeachment. Not since 1837, when Andrew Jackson was impeached, has this happened and Clinton was only the second time in our nation’s history.
Now let’s go to 2008. Before President Obama even took the oath of office, Republicans were starting to beat the impeachment drums. Republicans started looking for anything and everything they could throw at him. But again, Obama won that election by 7%. So to the Republicans, a majority of this country is idiots and don’t know how to vote. Democracy be dammed!
So here we are now, just a little over a week since another Obama victory. Sure it wasn’t as big this time, him only getting the popular vote by 3%, but still, the people elected a Democrat. So how does the Republicans respond to this?
People in four states — Colorado, New Jersey, Virginia and Washington — have reported strange political robocalls from a birther group called Conservative Majority Fund, saying that they “suspect” Obama may be “guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors,” adding “there may be grounds for impeachment as is laid out in the Constitution.”
Got that? They don’t know what crimes, but they think there has to be some. But on what grounds? Is it PWB (Presidenting While Black)?
The thing is that they have no idea what to charge him with, because there are no crimes. Instead they want to manufacture something to try and get him. Think of what that will do to our highly divided country. But we are talking about Republicans and they will always put Party before Country. Perhaps they needed reminded what another President said when leaving office. Here’s the words of our very first President, George Washington, warning against political parties:
It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.
The highlighted part is the key here. The Republican party is jealous because of their loss and are raising false alarms.
Hopefully some sensible minds in the GOP will emerge and denounce these actions. Our country needs to unite and work to fix the real problems we face; not manufacture new problems that will divide. If that don’t happen then either the country will continue to fracture or the GOP will become non-existent. Either scenario is bad, so hopefully something does happen to fix this.