Friday, April 21, 2017

Maxine Waters' World

                  Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) led chants of “impeach 45!” at last Saturday’s Tax March in Washington, D.C. Her reason(s) for believing the President should be impeached? “I don’t respect this president. I don’t trust this president. He’s not working in the best interests of the American people,” the Congresswoman said. She doesn’t care for him, therefore Trump should be impeached. Either the not-so-Gentle Lady from California doesn’t realize that personal opinions and groundless accusations do not rise to the level of impeachable offenses, or she doesn’t care about that, either. It is her own “reasoning” that is eminently impeachable. She added, “I will fight every day until he is impeached.” That seems like an effective use of time and tax-payer’s money. Oddly enough, when Democrats engage in this type of unreasonable behavior, it isn’t branded “extreme,” or “obstructionist,” or as contributing to gridlock.
                Waters communicated her willingness to impeach Trump just days after he took office, stating that her “greatest desire is to lead [Trump] right into impeachment.” She’s frequently repeated those sentiments since. In March, Ms. Waters stated that the President should be impeached if evidence emerged that he colluded with the Russian government. Shortly after that she tweeted, “get ready for impeachment.” Oops. With Russia and the U.S. practically on the verge of war, I wouldn’t be holding my breath on that one, Maxine.
                Waters’ disregard for her own country’s legal traditions, such as the concept of ‘innocent until proven guilty,’ and trial by a jury of one’s peers, apparently knows no bounds. Upon hearing rumors of alleged harassment of female co-workers by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, Congressperson Waters promptly responded: “This really is a sexual harassment enterprise. They need to go to jail. Bill O’Reilly needs to go to jail.” Okay, just throw him- them?- in the slammer now. Go directly to jail, do not pass go, Congresswoman Waters has so decreed. She doesn’t like him/them you see, and that’s just how democracy works, right? She more recently averred that there’s “something psychologically wrong with Bill O’Reilly.” Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!
Funny thing, though, when legitimate articles of impeachment were drawn up against President Bill Clinton as a result of his illicit oval office/orifice trysts with a certain blue-dressed intern, and his subsequent decision to lie about the sordid affair while under oath, the good congresswoman was outraged. She said she was, “disappointed in the raw, unmasked, and unbridled hatred and meanness that drives this impeachment coups d’etat,” and insisted President Clinton wasn’t guilty of the “trumped up charges.”
All these years later, Ms. Waters, ironically, is guilty of “trumped up charges”…against Trump.
Here are her remarkable remarks of December 18, 1998, from the House floor as regards the Clinton impeachment:
“Mr. Speaker and members, how must our American soldiers feel to have their commander-in-chief under attack while they are engaged in battle? They have the right to feel betrayed and undermined. Today, we are here in the people’s House debating the partisan impeachment of the president of the United States of America, while the commander-in-chief is managing a crisis and asking world leaders for support. This is, indeed, a Republican coup d’etat.
“Mr. Speaker and members, Americans all, the Republicans will couch this extremist, radical anarchy in pious language which distorts the Constitution and the rule of law.
“Bill and Hillary Clinton are the real targets, and the Republicans are the vehicles being used by the right-wing Christian Coalition extremists to direct and control our culture.
“The rule of law has been violated in denying the president notice of charges, by the abuse of power in the collecting of so-called “evidence” and the denial of the presumption of innocence.
“President Clinton is not guilty of the trumped up charges presented in these four articles of impeachment. Yes, Bill Clinton is guilty of certain indiscretions in his private life. However, he did not commit high crimes and misdemeanors.
“Rather, the president is guilty of being a populous leader who opened up government and access to the poor, to minorities, to women and to the working class.
“President Bill Clinton is guilty of not being owned by the good old Southern boys or the good old Eastern establishment.
“President Clinton is guilty of being smart enough to outmaneuver the Republicans in the budget negotiations, electoral politics and the development and implementation of the people’s agenda.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I am an African-American woman. I’m accustomed to having to fight and struggle for fairness and justice.
“Ken Starr, I know and recognize abuse of power when I see it. You are guilty.
“However, I am greatly disappointed in the raw, unmasked, unbridled hatred and meanness that drives this impeachment coups d’etat, this unapologetic disregard for the voice of the people.
“My Republican friends, what you do here today will long be remembered and recorded in history as one of the most despicable actions ever taken by the Congress of the United States of America.
“I dare the Republicans of this House to allow themselves to move just one inch, and give me and my colleagues the opportunity to vote for an alternative. I dare you to be fair. I dare you to allow us to vote for censure.
I yield back the balance of my time.”
How must American soldiers “feel to have their commander-in-chief under attack” by Waters and others in this time of crisis and war? “The rule of law has been violated in denying the president notice of charges, by the abuse of power in the collecting of so-called ‘evidence,’ and the denial of the presumption of innocence.” Sounds exactly like what Waters and the Democrats- and media- are doing right now. She’d love nothing more than to be able to bring off a Democratic coup d’etat. Her current statements on Trump constitute the Mother Of All Hypocrisies (MOAH).
 It is abundantly clear that this Waters still doesn’t run deep.


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