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HAT Forum - "Impeachment - American Virtual Reality"

  • The 519, Rm 304 (check lobby board to be sure) 519 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)

There is much talk about a possible political impeachment of the President of the United States and given his personal actions and his mistreatment of the statutes and conventions and traditions of the Constitution some say that such action would appear to be necessary.  However historically there have been only three preceding similar actions which have cleared a 2/3 vote in the House of Representatives and all were incomplete or unsuccessful when reviewed by the U.S. Senate; these being Andrew Johnson in 1868, Bill Clinton in 1998, and Richard Nixon in 1974 who resigned before a near certain successful Senate 2/3 vote was taken.

Is the U.S. House of Representatives dutifully and morally bound to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Trump knowing full well that it will be a high risk and an almost certainly futile activity?  However would not to do so and not to place on the political historical record an official accounting of his personal and political actions be a serious omission? That is, should such a man be the archetype of future American Presidents.?

More interesting than this never ending domestic American navel gazing is American influence internationally.

Present world political events are indicative that democracy is under threat. In Donald Trump we see the questionable life of a man of seemingly small moral character reaching for ever more power. At this time in history with the growth and increasing status of both Russia and China do we need a world leader who exhibits a greater comprehension and appreciation of the complexities of international relations?

Or is his freewheeling winner-take-all style of politics exactly what is needed at this time?

Although a large percentage of American citizens decry their country’s many military actions around the world nothing seems to impede the U.S.A’s assumed right to high volume airplane bomb or drone attack on countries with little air defense. As Michael Moore so aptly stated; “Who shall we invade next”? The answer is everywhere there might be a Muslim wanting revenge. Could Trump stop these attacks or are they politically beyond his control?

Why did the U.S.A. withdraw from the I.C.C.?  Guess!

Does President Barak Obama’s comment that ‘there is no American solution to the Middle Eastern conflicts’ ring true?

Is the present chaotic political interaction in Washington just another phase of the ongoing American tradition of political attack and counterattack developed since their civil war? i.e. A robust democracy.

References: too many to mention… but here’s one

There is much talk about a possible political impeachment of the President of the United States and given his personal actions and his mistreatment of the statutes and conventions and traditions of the Constitution some say that such action would appear to be necessary.  However historically there have been only three preceding similar actions which have cleared a 2/3 vote in the House of Representatives and all were incomplete or unsuccessful when reviewed by the U.S. Senate; these being Andrew Johnson in 1868, Bill Clinton in 1998, and Richard Nixon in 1974 who resigned before a near certain successful Senate 2/3 vote was taken.

Is the U.S. House of Representatives dutifully and morally bound to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Trump knowing full well that it will be a high risk and an almost certainly futile activity?  However would not to do so and not to place on the political historical record an official accounting of his personal and political actions be a serious omission? That is, should such a man be the archetype of future American Presidents.?

More interesting than this never ending domestic American navel gazing is American influence internationally.

Present world political events are indicative that democracy is under threat. In Donald Trump we see the questionable life of a man of seemingly small moral character reaching for ever more power. At this time in history with the growth and increasing status of both Russia and China do we need a world leader who exhibits a greater comprehension and appreciation of the complexities of international relations?

Or is his freewheeling winner-take-all style of politics exactly what is needed at this time?

Although a large percentage of American citizens decry their country’s many military actions around the world nothing seems to impede the U.S.A’s assumed right to high volume airplane bomb or drone attack on countries with little air defense. As Michael Moore so aptly stated; “Who shall we invade next”? The answer is everywhere there might be a Muslim wanting revenge. Could Trump stop these attacks or are they politically beyond his control?

Why did the U.S.A. withdraw from the I.C.C.?  Guess!

Does President Barak Obama’s comment that ‘there is no American solution to the Middle Eastern conflicts’ ring true?

Is the present chaotic political interaction in Washington just another phase of the ongoing American tradition of political attack and counterattack developed since their civil war? i.e. A robust democracy.

References: too many to mention but here’s one…

https://www.vox.com/2019/8/6/20751576/impeachment-inquiry-trump-nadler-democrats

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Later Event: August 10
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