Already during Trump’s Presidency, the left is having legitimate discussions about the process of impeachment. This is partially because of the resentment towards his views objectively, but this idea has also come up regarding some of the tyrannical strides he has made thus far via Executive Orders. Although I agree with the liberal community that the things which have been done already and are brewing currently are horrendous and show the potential to be disastrous to various nodes of the United States, I do not agree with the idea that we should impeach Trump.
Although I agree with the liberal community that the things which have been done already and are brewing currently are horrendous and show the potential to be disastrous to various nodes of the United States, I do not agree with the idea that we should impeach Trump.
I do not say this because I believe that there is something particularly wrong with impeachment nor because I think doing such to Trump is coming to be just. I say this because I think that the consequences of impeaching him are being heavily overlooked by my fellow liberals.
Consider the case in which Trump is successfully impeached, though that has never actually happened in American political history. According to the Constitution, if a President is impeached, resigns, or dies while in office, they will be replaced by the Vice President.
If this statement itself doesn’t scare you, then you likely don’t understand the deep complexity of the ethical issues within the Trump Administration. Mike Pence, I would argue, could be even more dangerous than Trump. This is because while he is possibly ethically worse than Trump namely through stances such as pro-electrotherapy, he is more hazardous to the various communities in which they seek to oppress because he is an actual politician.
This statement comes down to a simple concept of who legitimately holds the most power; Trump, while President, does not have much respect from the Republican party and thus will have some issues in getting their support on various topics. On the other hand, Mike Pence has been involved politically since 1988, back when Trump considered himself a democrat as he said in interviews.
This is significant because he has had the support of the Republican Party for decades and such support would surely be beneficial for him when attempting to establish policies. As such, Mike Pence may be more of a threat to the American people because, unlike Trump, he has legitimate support from his political party.
Then, a liberal may say, we should move to impeach Mike Pence also. Once again though, I predict that this would likely not be much better. In the same section of the Constitution, if a Vice President leaves office rather by resignation or by having to move up to the position of President, Congress will then elect a Vice President to fill the roll. Given the current status of Congress, it is sure that they would elect another Republican for this office, if I had to take a guess I would say possibly Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
While I will admit that Paul Ryan is not nearly as extreme as Trump and Mike Pence, he would likely still continue in an agenda as such simply because the people of the Republican party obviously approve of this type of rhetoric given as who they elected to represent their party on the largest of scales.
So, while I believe that the actions of Trump might give us reason to consider impeaching him, I bid my friends who believe this way to think deeper into this situation and consider the consequence of impeaching him; surely the entire liberal community would agree with me that Mike Pence would be an even more horrendous president than Trump. While Trump’s presidency can be compared to a knife in our backs, the last thing we should look to do is to remove it and instead insert a saw.
– Austin Falin