Now Isn't The Right Time To Impeach President Trump

Now Isn't The Right Time To Impeach President Trump

Spoiler alert: It's because of Mike Pence.
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Around this time last year, I was heading to my local polling place for the very first time.

Freshly 18 and armed with a sense of patriotism and optimism, I carefully filled out my ballot and proudly displayed my "I Voted" sticker for all to see. I returned home and watched the election results roll in.

My heart sank with every state that switched to red. It was one of the worst nights of my life.

This sounds dramatic, sure. Call me a snowflake if you want. But the American people electing Donald Trump as president completely dissolved my faith in the American political system and stomped on my innocent belief that my vote actually meant something.

Flash forward to today, about nine months into the Trump presidency, and the calls for impeachment are growing louder every day. Trump's time in office has been entrenched in scandal from the very start, and it is only getting worse with time, especially now with the indictments of Manafort and Gates, two individuals involved in Trump's campaign.

This being said, I'm not sure that now is the right time to impeach.

The problem with Trump (or upside, depending on where you stand politically) is his stubbornness combined with his obvious lack of experience in the political realm.

Sure, he knows how to brand himself and make business deals and run multi-million dollar franchises. But what he seems to be unable to do is negotiate in a political sense, and as a result, has had a very hard time getting any of his initiatives put into law.

He's his own worst enemy.

He can't get anything done because no one wants to work with him or his gigantic ego. Not only have his lack of tact and recklessness divided and weakened his own party, but he's having the same effect on the American public.

He's done a lot of things that have set us back as a country, both by negating things put in place by past administrations that were meant to help the American people, and by creating an atmosphere that makes people think it is okay to hate and discriminate because, hey, our President does it!

But consider this: If President Trump were to be taken out of office, the person to take his place would be Mike Pence.

Mike Pence, who passed a law as governor of Indiana making it legal for restaurants to deny patrons solely because of their sexuality. Mike Pence, who defunded Indiana's Planned Parenthood clinics and refused to refund them during an HIV outbreak in late 2014.

Mike Pence, who has the potential to be exponentially more harmful to our country than President Trump because he knows how to play the game.

As of right now, if Pence were to take office he would be backed by a Republican-controlled House and Senate and would know how to negotiate with them in a way that Trump has been unable to do.

With that kind of support, Pence could easily set our country back by undoing the advancements our country has made socially through the legalization of gay marriage and the fight for women's rights.

So maybe it isn't time to impeach Trump just yet.

Midterm elections are going to be held in 2018, at which time it could be possible to break up the Republican control of Congress. This would make it harder for Trump, Pence, or any Republican to pass the type of unfair and destructive initiatives that they want to.

It would be best to wait until we vote in some sort of democratic opposition in order to prevent the Republican party from having a scary amount of power. We're living in difficult times politically, but this too shall pass. The best thing we can do is fight for what we believe in and speak up for what we think is right.

Better days will come, and maybe this time we can really, truly make America great again.

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An Open Letter to the Person Who Still Uses the "R Word"

Your negative associations are slowly poisoning the true meaning of an incredibly beautiful, exclusive word.
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What do you mean you didn't “mean it like that?" You said it.

People don't say things just for the hell of it. It has one definition. Merriam-Webster defines it as, "To be less advanced in mental, physical or social development than is usual for one's age."

So, when you were “retarded drunk" this past weekend, as you claim, were you diagnosed with a physical or mental disability?

When you called your friend “retarded," did you realize that you were actually falsely labeling them as handicapped?

Don't correct yourself with words like “stupid," “dumb," or “ignorant." when I call you out. Sharpen your vocabulary a little more and broaden your horizons, because I promise you that if people with disabilities could banish that word forever, they would.

Especially when people associate it with drunks, bad decisions, idiotic statements, their enemies and other meaningless issues. Oh trust me, they are way more than that.

I'm not quite sure if you have had your eyes opened as to what a disabled person is capable of, but let me go ahead and lay it out there for you. My best friend has Down Syndrome, and when I tell people that their initial reaction is, “Oh that is so nice of you! You are so selfless to hang out with her."

Well, thanks for the compliment, but she is a person. A living, breathing, normal girl who has feelings, friends, thousands of abilities, knowledge, and compassion out the wazoo.

She listens better than anyone I know, she gets more excited to see me than anyone I know, and she works harder at her hobbies, school, work, and sports than anyone I know. She attends a private school, is a member of the swim team, has won multiple events in the Special Olympics, is in the school choir, and could quite possibly be the most popular girl at her school!

So yes, I would love to take your compliment, but please realize that most people who are labeled as “disabled" are actually more “able" than normal people. I hang out with her because she is one of the people who has so effortlessly taught me simplicity, gratitude, strength, faith, passion, love, genuine happiness and so much more.

Speaking for the people who cannot defend themselves: choose a new word.

The trend has gone out of style, just like smoking cigarettes or not wearing your seat belt. It is poisonous, it is ignorant, and it is low class.

As I explained above, most people with disabilities are actually more capable than a normal human because of their advantageous ways of making peoples' days and unknowingly changing lives. Hang out with a handicapped person, even if it is just for a day. I can one hundred percent guarantee you will bite your tongue next time you go to use the term out of context.

Hopefully you at least think of my friend, who in my book is a hero, a champion and an overcomer. Don't use the “R Word". You are way too good for that. Stand up and correct someone today.

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How Starting Your Journey Is Half Of The Battle

"You can start your journey any day at anytime."

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Not that long ago, I wrote an article about a little phrase I heard on my friend's snapchat story. It got a tone of views and a lot of great feedback. And just in time for the beginning of the new school semester, he said something else that just kind of stuck with me.

He said that you can start your journey any day, at any time.

Okay so we've all heard this before but have any of us actually taken the time to put that saying into action? Well, quite recently I have. I used to be the type of person who waited until last minute to do everything, whether it was homework, a workout plan or whatever I wanted to accomplish. I used to be the type of person who said that at whatever time I'll start my homework and if it was a minute past that time I would have to wait to the start of the new hour....yes like the meme.

But now, ever since I heard that quote, it's been replaying in my head on a loop. Which is why I now just do things at the moment they're thought of and not a certain time. I decided that this is the semester, I don't wait until the last minute to do all of my work, and so far it's going well. I decided that this is the perfect time to get in shape, and not wait until the New Year, because I'm the skinniest most out of shape person that I know. I decided that instead of waiting until the new year to eat healthier that I'm going to do it now.

For a while I have wanted to get back into dance. I kept saying that I'll sign up for classes again when I finish school. But instead I decided to do it now, registered for a ballet class at school and signed up for ballroom dance, and it hands down has been one of the best decisions I have made.

Honestly it's been weird not having a set start date and time for certain things, but why would I put off doing something that I want to do? What I will say though, is that not procrastinating on homework has made these first couple of weeks of the semester fly by and seem like a breeze.

Just by letting go of the idea that every thing needs to have a set start date and time and a set date and time to end has made the pressure of things go away. By just starting my journey for whatever I'm doing right now, has increased my happiness and my overall productivity of what I'm doing.

So a little word of advice just go for and just do whatever you want to do right now.

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