There are days I wish someone else were president. It is not easy to support the president. Many of my friends detest him. Many of his supporters are more uncivil toward a person like me than his opponents are. I support the president, but I have a hard time cheering. There is much not to like. But there is even more not to like on the left. To support the president and not cheer on everything he does is to be a hostage tied on top of the bull in the china shop.

Still, I do not see an impeachable offense. If I saw one, I would not support the president. What I see are a bunch of people who have long despised the president, have never come to terms with him and are still angry. I am unaware of any person on the national stage right now tweeting “I cannot believe you could support him” who was not thinking the same thing in 2016. What I see is a group of people who have interpreted every single thing the president has done in the worst possible light and are continuing to do so. What I see are the people who were wrong about Hillary Clinton winning, wrong about Russia working with Trump to steal the election and wrong about so many other things now doubling down in self-righteousness with very little humility and absolutely no charity. A lot of people outraged at evangelicals sticking with Trump are modeling a graceless hypocrisy and a sinful impatience.

What I also see is a Democratic Party and a media operation that started saying we were at a turning point in February 2017 suddenly start talking about impeachment, which they have actually been doing consistently since 2017. They have wanted this moment all along. We have reached so many turning points, breaking points, tipping points, bombshells and surprises that Washington should resemble Beirut circa 1988.

Why should anyone trust a media fixated on the President’s lies when the media has consistently lied, exaggerated and pushed Democrats’ talking points? Should we forget CNN pushed out on social media the man who alleged Trump had killed more people than Hitler? Should we forget that the mainstream press that focused on Trump’s words as precursors to violence gave no similar treatment to Democrats’ words after the Hodgkinson shooting? There’s neither balance nor fairness. There is a nonstop quest to deliver vengeance to Trump for daring to hurt the press corps’ feelings.

The offerings from this presidency are largely normal, even if the president’s behavior is not. The media has been relentlessly amplifying chaos, division and more. We’re in a satanic feedback loop of biblical donkeys in Washington fueled by a bunch of thin-skinned people, and the president is not the cause of it. If Mike Pence were president instead of Trump, we would have the media attacking him for his wife’s career choice and pushing fake racist attacks on him. Oh, wait! They already are.

Had the American media been honest and fair over the past decade, we would not be here now. We would not have this president. We would not have this news cycle. We would not have this impeachment battle. People view Trump as chaotic and bad, but he is merely a reflection of something in society that is also reflected in the talking heads in the media and the screaming crowds on Twitter. He is nothing more and nothing less. The only difference is that this president is more honest than a press corps that cannot even admit its biases.

I take seriously that there is real truth. I think we have an obligation to find it. I will move slowly. I will pay attention to the voices of the credible. If I think the president has committed an impeachable offense, I will wrest myself off the bull in the china shop into the shards of glass and broken china. But I am not there. Even if I get there, I suspect most conservatives never will because the media has done an amazing job destroying its own trustworthiness with Americans.

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FCPS-Principal

I am afraid, Erick, the crisis machine is the Republican machine. The Orange Orangutan has invented crisis after crisis since it squealed into the Oval Office. The crisis of the moment is Syria. But it will be different tomorrow. Used to be NK. Or China. Or Iran. Or maybe Iraq. Turkey? It's never Putin of course.

FCPS-Principal

Erick doesn't see an impeachable offense? Chance are his eyes and mind are closed. When I close my eyes and my mind, I don't see one either.

rikkitikkitavvi

https://www.backwoodshome.com/who-were-the-best-and-worst-u-s-presidents/

Dwasserba

"...the media has done an amazing job destroying its own trustworthiness with Americans." ? So much of the information people absorb isn't from credible sources and it's all termed "media". You can doubt and discriminate at the same time.

des21

Today's Liberal Democrat: If you don't agree with their world view 100% you are a scoundrel. What once were self-proclaimed champions of all that was grey only see in black and white. That's fine, ignorance will always rule on forums like this. The odd thing is that they don't even see the irony in that. SMH.

hayduke2

Tell me des, what evidence is there that regressive Republicans see in anything but "black and white"? As for the ignorance quote, is that because the opinions of some disagree with your opinion or do you have some inside track on what constitues "knowledge?"

des21

I have an inside track on what constitutes knowledge (it comes with the Ph.D. in Politics. I assume you have something similar but at a lower level in terms of scientific "knowledge" and i defer to you on things scientific. Politics, alas, is very much like religion. Everyone believes their opinions are equally valid. It would be funny were it not so sad- and dangerous.) You are right though, conservatives have never claimed the world was grey or that we were liberals. That would be silly right?

hayduke2

McCarthy was certainly seeing things in black and white. Republicans impeached Clinton for this sexual adventures but turn a blind eye to the Presidents' payoffs and cavorting with porn stars and other comments, the whistleblower righly points out actions that, if confirmed by documents and other folks, are in conflict with the duties of the presidency. So, again, why no support for looking into this fully? BTW, once again conDEScending to refer to my "something similar but at a lower level"....

des21

You confuse being condescending with being factual.

hayduke2

Really, think it might just be you confuse facts with opinion. Either way, have a good day and I hope your school year is off to a good start.

olefool

A shunned Phd politician.... well that about says it all des, no wonder you can't find a clue....

olefool

Where'd you get that Ph.D des.... surely appears it must have been Trump University, neither he or they know anything about politics. You blaspheme religion, science and politics when you conflate those with Trump, Erdogan and Trump are now liberating over 80 thousand ISIS fighters into Syria to murder our Kurdish allies and rebirth their Caliphate, how's that grabbing your Ph.D politics.

des21

Thank you Hay, same to you. And, BTW, I was not trying to be condescending in referring to what I assume is your MS in Science. I defer to people (like my sister and oldest daughter) who have such degrees in a field which baffles me. People like you and 3. On things like Climate Change i think you guys are absolutely right. i think we just disagree on what can (or should maybe) be done about it. Anyway, just an observation.

des21

Wow, fool, you are raging. Relax buddy, don't want you to blow a gasket. somehow I bet you were one of those arguing that we shouldn't police the world under GWB- now this. Tsk, tsk, at least try to be consistent! I didn't vote for Trump because I'm a neo-con and he's an isolationist. i would have rather helped these ISIS fighters in their goal of reaching paradise than let them go but hey, now war for oil right? (Code Pink actually rates Trump very highly.

I will likely vote for Trump next year only because i view the Democratic candidates as historically awful. i think what they propose is not only unconstitutional but also unamerican.

BTW, at least with my Ph.D. I can read and understand a poll![wink]

richardlyons

Pompous are you des?

phydeaux994

Here we go again. “I got a PhD na nana nana”. But I abandoned it so I could take the easiest job possible for the most amount of money paid by those Progressive Liberals from MoCo. It’s a win win. I can hang out on the FNP Opinion Forum while I watch the kids play kickball. 🤮

des21

I live to drive Phy and Richardlyons mad![beam][beam][beam][beam]

That guy

Of course Republicans don't see in "black and white". All good conservatives know there's only two races; white and criminal.

/Sarcasm, in case comment gets banned.

olefool

EE said: "I suspect most conservatives never will because the media has done an amazing job destroying its own trustworthiness with Americans".

My question: How does one destroy their own trustworthiness by telling the facts as they really are and not the dreamed up delusions of others??? It appears you've been bitten by the snake Eric, as have many others....

awteam2000

Erick needs glasses.

DickD

None so blind that will not see.

gary4books

Writers used to call this a "potboiler."

shiftless88

Just to be clear; you DID see all of this towards Obama by the right during his Presidency, correct? This is not unprecedented.

rikkitikkitavvi

Yep. MAGA 2020.

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