In regard to the House’s impeachment of President Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi challenged senators to be loyal to the Constitution rather than to Trump. She also told Trump that he needs to prove his innocence. It appears that she believes in the Constitution’s degrees the same way that, as a Catholic, she believes in Catholic Church doctrines. Their interpretation, application and modification must conform to her way of thinking.

Since President Trump’s election, it has been interesting to watch her and other Democratic Party members hang themselves with the very noose they intended to use on Trump — an impeachment that has clearly shown to be an abuse of the process.

In a way, both Trump and Pelosi have been true to their colors. The mistake she made was to allow her party members to expose the meanness of their means and the idealism of their ideas — neither of which is rational or productive. So it goes in the political quest for power in a two-party Republic. When one party fashions itself as the only way and blames the other for all the ills in the Republic, it hangs itself with its display of arrogance in the face of common sense.

James A. Devereaux

Ijamsville

(53) comments

jagman

A nice supporting piece:

https://jonathanturley.org/2020/01/14/pelosis-blunder-how-the-house-destroyed-its-own-case-for-impeachment/

jagman

This letter does point out the obvious about the institutional left and their stranglehold on the democrat party. Championed on by the hand puppets in the msm. It works rather well in some circles as we can see with the predictable blather put forth by the small but dedicated nattering nabobs who frequent the fnp comment section. Repeating what they learned in the latest "lesson" taught by said hand puppets. There is no original thought presented. Only what the talking heads told you to believe.

The fact is Trumps polling numbers improved after the impeachment sham. he has not lost any support, much to the dismay of the left. He knows how to win. He knows how to help America win. As it stands, his re-election is all but guaranteed. So, all you lefties on here, cry back about how that isn't going to happen. Keep crying until November when the democrat party gets beaten like a rented mule. What will become of you then?

In the meantime, the rest of us will continue to enjoy a spectacular economy with historically low unemployment and rising wages across ALL demographics, a stock market at historic highs, all leading to very high consumer and small business confidence. All that spells a big WIN for America and all Americans who want to win.

armillary

I think what really burns Jim Devereaux's britches is that the FNP pays for opinion pieces from syndicated conservative columnist Cal Thomas, while Jim has to write LTEs for free. And Jim's get more comments!

veritas

Trump's impeachment is what used to be called a *ullshi* tip, but I'm really looking forward to it anyway. And if the TDS-suffering Dems insist on calling witnesses, then let's call witnesses, including Joe and Hunter Biden, Adam Schiff and his BFF, Eric Ciaramella (aka "The Whistleblower). And, as long as we're looing into questionable dealings of people in high places, lets drag in John Brennan, the James Gang (Comey and Clapper), Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Christopher Steele, et al. Their alleged deep state crimes might lie outside the scope of the impeachment articles (which couldn't even fabricate an actual crime), but it will be high entertainment for reasonable people everywhere and provide this motley crew of miscreants the opportunity to practice the litany they are sure to recite sometime in the not too distand furure... "On the advice of counsel, I invoke my Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination, and respectfully decline to answer your question."

threecents

I am fine with that, but I think you know the Senate trial is supposed to be about what we know the president did very recently - not what our own reports already exonerated Joe Biden over years ago. Or is the goal to lose focus and waste time?

hayduke2

Sure veritas, why not start another inquiry into HRC too. The last two tries netted exactly 0 !

Dwasserba

"In a way, both Trump and Pelosi have been true to their colors." This was a good sentence.

hayduke2

Jim ( and others support it ) says - "When one party fashions itself as the only way and blames the other for all the ills in the Republic, it hangs itself with its display of arrogance in the face of common sense." I can't see how they cannot face the reality that this claim is exactly what the Trump presidency and his take-ver of the Republican party has been about. Sad.

prg45fan

You people with the small majority within this country and the House sure do like to work that 52% to 48% mob rule mentality. Fear not my fellow Americans, this will end in November and there will never again be a party of obstruction in control of any part of this country's Federal Government again. MAGA 2020

Alice Jones

Lol. Hysterical. Thank you for the laugh.

hayduke2

Have you seen the Trump 40% at his rallies chanting? BTW, how did that big inquiry into HRC work out? Oh yeah, nothing once again but I'm sure those "lock her up" chants will continue to be a favorite.

richardlyons

[lol]

dce26_210

JD, I rarely read your LTEs completely because I know you just love to hear yourself write. This time however, I'm asking for an explanation of a couple of your overly emotional comments. How can "hang themselves" be accurate when they successfully impeached a president that seriously compromised our Constitution for his own benefit? They didn't abuse the impeachment process. If you don't like the way both parties have used it over the times it has been engaged then jump in a tell us how it should be changed. Do you really think that "exposing the meanness of their means" rises even close to the meanness of Trump attacking a 17yo climate change activist or going after the wife of a politician recently passed by saying "he may be speaking up from down below"? Lastly your reference to "arrogance", pales in comparison to Trump's documented display of arrogance by asking a leader of another country to "do something for us.... though" when he knew there were many other sets of ears listening to him make that request. He was just arrogant enough to think he could get away with it but instead he just tied the knot on "the very noose" he didn't think was wrapped around a BRANCH....of government. No play on words intended.

threecents

Since it was obvious that Trump was guilty of bribing the Ukraine president, all the Republicans to cling to were bogus lame charges of procedural violations. When in fact Trump continued to obstruct justice by forbidding executive branch witnesses from testifying, intimidating witnesses that did testify, and having the State Dept confiscate records and notes from people who planned to testify.

gary4books

They once said "Even their best friends do not like them." and we laughed. Now I suspect that even Mr. Trump's best witnesses will not help his defense. And that is a tough problem to talk about. So they attack.

gary4books

"When one party fashions itself as the only way and blames the other for all the ills in the Republic, it hangs itself with its display of arrogance in the face of common sense." OK. Sounds like the Republicans are in trouble. What do you find common?

Alice Jones

Those drumpfers really like to whine.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Agreed Jim, Pelosi Democrats and the Catholic Church are collapsing under their own standards.

awteam2000

Correction to ‘Letter to the Editor’ -

Error: “ Since President Trump’s election, it has been interesting to watch her and other Democratic Party members hang themselves with the very noose they intended to use on Trump”.

Correction: when Trump was elected the GOP held the majority in the house and senate. In the mid-terms, the democrats pickup 40 seats in the house, Nancy Pelosi became majority leader for the second time and Trump’s neck was in a noose - he was impeached. In a tweet yesterday, Trump lamented how the "stigma" of impeachment is now part of his legacy. Forever.

Blueline

I don't think the stigma of impeachment is what it once was. Clinton was stigmatized when they were broke, and 20 years later they're worth over $200M. Even Andrew Johnson was elected to the Senate after being impeached.

awteam2000

“Stigma” is a a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person. Not one’s income or employment. For example: being perceived as “unworthy of position“ or being seen as a “liar” would be stigmas. Trump will have to bear the stigma of being one of the three. Google Andrew Johnson and see what is the first thing that comes up.

gabrielshorn2013

aw, With all of the publicly available information about DJT, his business dealings, and his personal life, do you think he is capable of feeling shame? Impeachment is just another instance to be thrown onto the pile of shameful instances, and is meaningless. Impeachment = indictment, and is meaningless without conviction. That's up to the Senate to decide, and we have a fairly good estimation of how that is going to work out.

awteam2000

I get your point... I think he’s shameless too. But Trump did tweet he was bothered how impeachment would reflex on his legacy. He doesn’t seem to understand that his legacy boat had already sailed threw business practices, court findings and settlements, his sexual promiscuity, his disgusting videos, tweets, pathological lying and now impeachment... don't figure.

awteam2000

... the disgrace.

threecents

Jim, I know you see what you want to see, and that is part of your faith, so I will try to make this so simple that you can maybe glimpse the truth. The reason Nancy delayed is because she wants some assurance that witnesses will be called to testify and that evidence will be allowed to be presented prior to the vote. Like the vote in the House, the vote in the Senate is a foregone conclusion. The presentation of evidence is what Nancy wants - so in the end everyone - including historians - can draw their own educated conclusion based on all the available evidence - rather than faith.

Dwasserba

[thumbup]three articulate, comprehensible, succinct.

threecents

DW, I appreciate that "...for a change" was implied but not specified.[unsure]

armillary

Jim, Jim, Jim. The Democrats didn't hang themselves with their own noose. The House impeached President Trump, using evidence that came to light in spite of his obstruction. Trump is impeached for life. He can't change that. More evidence has surfaced since the impeachment, but the corrupt GOP majority in the Senate is not interested in the truth, only protecting their dear leader.

And it's rich, rich, rich, you being a Catholic, criticizing the religion of Speaker Pelosi, a fellow Catholic. For all your LTEs mansplaining religion, ethics and conservative politics over the years, I can't recall you once mentioning Jesus.

BunnyLou

Spot on analysis!

FCPS-Principal

What "analysis"?

Thewheelone

Yes Bunny, I agree with you; Armillary really hit the nail on the head with his comment! See, we can all get along nicely! [cool]

armillary

[thumbup][thumbup]

hayduke2

Come on Bugs - where is the analysis???

fjulia

Huh! What point are you making? Regardless, I would love for you to explain why you believe that the process was unfair. Witnesses were asked to appear, if there were proofs of innocence then why were they kept from testifying. Republican representatives were present for each hearing and could have asked appropriate questions rather thsn grandstanding. Are you equally outraged that Moscow Mitch is openly colluding with the accused in violation of his Constitutional! duty to be impartial and hear the evidence. And again, why no witnesses? The only logical conclusion is that Republicans are truly afraid to have the truth come out; are too cowed to perform their duties; and refuse to uphold their oath to "support and defend the Constitution".

Ystj

What about Tehran Nancy...she does not saw a peep about protesters in Iran. What about Cryin Chuck who blames everything on lies.

threecents

Ystj, Can you not?

hayduke2

Ystj - I am amazed at your nuanced and thoughtful analysis. Name calling always works. Come on man.

jsklinelga

fjulia

"Constitutional! duty to be impartial and hear the evidence." i truly believe your blind hatred prevents you from seeing the hypocrisy of that statement. Pelosi may have tried to use the Holidays and time to make Americans forget what a sham process this was but it will not work. Back and forths here will not change the reality so hopefully this will be my last comment.

armillary

"Back and forths here will not change the reality," So true! Maryland did not elect Trump. Maryland is not a red state. You are in the minority.

DickD

Last comment, Jim?[lol]

vjhughes

We should be so lucky!

jsklinelga

Mr. Devereaux,

The blind hatred behind the impeachment, a blind hatred that fueled the Democrats to surrender any scintilla of justice, fairness, honesty or constitutionality can be likened to the comment response to your letter. It really will not matter what you say it is the fact you said it.

The real tragedy of the impeachment is the diminishing of the Constitutional relevance and importance of impeachment, and the prostitution of the process. The telephone transcripts should have never been released via a political hack job. It undermines not only executive authority but the executive's, and his adviser's ability to operate.

Pelosi is playing a dangerous game. A game in which she and the Democrats lose. continually. She and they are desperate and desperation belies their deceitful and dishonest actions. If witnesses are called they will only further hurt the Democrat's cause and most importantly set a horrible precedent . They trample the Constitution which they speak with forked tongues saying they try to protect. And if no witnesses are called and they shout cover-up once again they will grossly underestimate the intelligence of the American people. Americans abhor deceit and dishonesty.

sevenstones1000

Did you ever notice how Trump and his supporters consistently accuse Democrats of doing exactly what THEY are doing? It’s call “projection”. Look it up, jsklinelga.

threecents

That is Trump's MO. Sorry to troll, but the first time I remember what I call opposite strategy was about 40 years ago from NRA supporters fighting against any gun controls because they claimed greater legal availability of guns made us safer.

awteam2000

Seven👍👍👍👍. Word of the day “projection”, the psychological impulse to project on other people what you're actually feeling. Trump’s “tell”.

gary4books

Projection or "mirroring" and it has been a very common theme the past years.

DickD

You say that the Democrats have blind hatred

Yet you support a Mafia gangster. You believe all of Trump's over 15,000 lies

jagman

"Mafia gangster". You learned that on cnn, dick. That was the phrase of the day about three months ago.

marinick1

[thumbup]

gary4books

Of this I have no doubts: "Americans abhor deceit and dishonesty."

And "if" is a big word.

DickD

"They trample the Constitution which they speak with forked tongues saying they try to protect. And if no witnesses are called and they shout cover-up once again they will grossly underestimate the intelligence of the American people. Americans abhor deceit and dishonesty." And you believe Trump's lies![lol]

hayduke2

No jsk, I think they overestimate the intelligence of the American people.

phydeaux994

jsk, as a Constitutional Scholar, what Rights does the Constitution give the Defendant in an Impeachment, in this case Donald J Trump? Hint.....NONE!! Time you did a review, you seem to have lost your understanding of the Document since you converted to a RRR(RadicalRightRepublican). Peace.

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