The House Impeachment is Not Further Dividing the Country
After you cleave log in to two pieces of roughly equal portions you cannot further divide it into the same two pieces. It is divided and shall remain so. What you can do is slice off a portion of one log and move it to the other side to either make the two part more 50:50 or less 50:50. It works the same with Daylight Saving Time when we move an hour of daylight from the morning end of the day to the evening end of the day, and vice versa. You always have the same amount of daylight. What does matter is the time of the season when there is more or less daylight to divide.
In US Politics we have four camps: Democrats, Republicans, the Undecided and those who don’t vote. While the rhetoric and debates rage on about the actions and behavior of the chief Executive individual voters may have their opinions changed, the polls have not and do not reflect the more critical sentiment: has your ballot decision been changed by the evidence you heard, by the actions of the House to impeach or by what the President and vociferous party members say? Have you changed which party you plan to vote for in 2020 by what you’ve seen and heard on any national media site, the Twitter account of the President or any of the highly vocal pundits?
There are people who favor removal of the President and those who oppose his removal. These people constitute two factions. But within each of these camps are the factions: I will continue my vote for the President, I will not vote for him for reelection, I will now vote for him when before I didn’t and I will not no longer vote for him now. The cohorts and their positions become really difficult to talk about due to the complexity. Suffice it to say, they are divided in their decisions of who they will vote for, but it is impossible for them to become more divided.
One would hope factions would employ their intellect and see the far reaching implications of how they will vote in 2020 but they failed to do so in 2016 when this Administration was given power. They typically fail to do so mainly because the election of the President is essentially a beauty pageant and a popularity contest. Truth and reality run far behind fear and emotions such as pride, patriotism and nationalism. When truth is only the message repeated loud and often voters stop thinking and start reacting.
In the 2016 election Trump lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes. He did get votes where the Electoral College had the vote numbers that mattered. There was so much vitriol and misinformation circulated against Hillary Clinton that some portion of Trump ballots were actually votes against Hillary Clinton rather than for him. Whether such ballot counts would have made a difference has never been quantified. One could also say the same in reverse. Either way, the country remains polarized to the same extent as before the 2016 election and back as far as the 2008 election of Barack Obama.
One can only characterize the nature of a “divided country” when the split is nearly even. One could not claim the country was divided if only 15% of the electorate dissented the majority candidate. Raising to 20% or 25% dissent, we can start to see the alleged division. Somewhere after 60/40 the division becomes pronounced. These ratios are not scientific. A great deal of subjectivity is inherent in both characterizing the split at some numeric level as in claiming the division is becoming worse.
One could say when a 70/30 ratio moves toward 60/40 the gulf between the factions has become more pronounced. All it really means is the majority position is losing ground. This is where that majority begins crying the nation is becoming divided by the actions of the minority.
America is as divided as it ever has been. Nothing either the DEMS or the GOP can do can make it more so. Impeaching and removing this President for cause is nearly equally destructive as not impeaching and removing him. Removing him will make a lot of voters angry. Not removing him allows an elected Executive to become a tyrant beyond the control of congressional oversight. Knowing the personality and behavior of this President and his staff, the behaviors which led to the present impeachment action will become even more extreme.
There are dozens of instances of Trump’s acts and behaviors for which a President ought to be removed but we must concentrate on the most egregious and current ones. If he is removed, his vitriolic rhetoric will be shut down and the nation can cool down and get back to worrying about simpler things. If he is not removed his self-serving acts and division stoking behaviors will keep the population at odds with each other.