Pham Nuwen wrote: ↑13 Sep 2020, 00:27
I guess I should put my cards on the table ...
I want him gone because of the oversight issues. You can defy and ignore congressional subpoenas as well as judicial orders. You can lie to everyone including judges and inspectors. You can involve foreign powers overtly now. It's all good so long as you are of a certain party affiliation. He needs to be gone before we end up living in a damn banana republic.
This is my thinking as well.
We need to undo the damage that Trump is doing to the rule of law and basic ethical norms.
I know the objection that previous administrations have found ways around those rules, but they did so in a way that preserved at least a good chunk of their spirit. Trump is burning them to the ground, firing any Inspector General who approves a whistleblower report, very openly interfering with investigations into potentially serious electoral misconduct when they're his people, openly using the 'I'm the best person for this job, so it's in America's national security and international relations interests that I get reelected' argument to justify using the power of the government to punish political opponents, while again interfering with what should be hands-off functions of the Justice Department. Hell, he threatened the career of the BROTHER of a guy who testified before congress.
Sure, he didn't start the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, or Syria. But he vetoed Congressional efforts to curtail Saudi war crimes in Yemen, came within a hair's breadth of starting a war with Iran, which could be a damn sight more scary than with Iraq, and who knows what Russia and China would do with America attacking yet another major balance-of-power player and oil producer in the Middle East and linking up our two client states of Iraq and Afghanistan.
And ultimately, if he does manage to turn this into a tinpot dictatorship, there's absolutely no chance that the guy who replaces him when he croaks will be as restrained, foreign-adventure-wise.