Impeach him! Impeach him!

Jack E. Brush

The impeachment hysteria of the Democratic Party is nothing less than breathtaking. While still awaiting the Mueller Report, Rep. Adam Schiff and company are forging ahead on a further impeachment expedition. Meanwhile Rep. Al Green in his recent speech on the House floor called for the impeachment of President Trump on the grounds that the President is a bigot. I leave it to the legal experts to decide if bigotry really constitutes grounds for impeachment. In any case, charging Trump with bigotry sounds very odd in view of the fact that the Democrats are now fighting against bigotry within their own ranks. It is not likely, however, that the internal problems of the Democratic Party and its inability to condemn anti-Semitism unequivocally will ameliorate its attacks on the President. As the impeachment hysteria of the Democrats worsens, we can expect them to heighten their rhetoric accusing the President at every opportunity of racism, homophobia and xenophobia, as Rep. Green did in his speech.

To be sure, Rep. Green acknowledged the fact that unemployment among African-Americans is currently low and that the criminal justice reform spearheaded by the President has improved the situation of minorities. Nevertheless, Green launched near the end of his speech a full-fledged attack against the President accusing him of openly supporting the “the racists, the bigots, the xenophobes and homophobes” in our society. In reading this speech, it is striking that the only indisputable facts presented are those acknowledging the improved situation of minorities under the Trump administration. Otherwise, the speech is simply an emotional outburst of impeachment hysteria.

Let’s look at the actual facts. Regarding race, Trump has indeed lowered the unemployment rate of African-Americans and has supported a criminal justice reform that was long overdue. Rep. Green failed, however, to mention that the President met with a group of inner city pastors in the White House in order to discuss the rebuilding of urban centers such as Chicago and the empowering African-Americans to enter the business community. More recently, the President has hosted Black History Month, which was a further opportunity for discussion. In spite of these indisputable facts, Green insists that Trump is a racist. Where is the evidence?

Regarding xenophobia, I would like to remind Rep. Green and the other Democrats that President Trump offered a path to citizenship to approximately 1.8 million young undocumented immigrants as a part of a compromise package. Furthermore, his economic policies have resulted in a better job market and in better pay for Hispanics. A two percent increase in wages (2018) may seem insignificant to Speaker Pelosi, but to many Hispanics workers such an increase is very helpful.

So where is the evidence that the President is xenophobic? Is the word “xenophobia” – which properly means “fear of strangers” – now being redefined to mean a “commitment to enforcing immigration laws”? For the sake of argument, let’s assume that the Democrats have indeed associated the word “xenophobia” with law enforcement on the southern border. Since Congress is responsible for legislation, it is incumbent upon the legislators to change the law, if they deem that it is unjust. So I don’t see the logic in accusing the President of xenophobia because he is enforcing the laws passed by Congress.

Lastly we come to the charge that the President is homophobic. Overlooking the fact that “homophobia” means the “fear of homosexuals”, not the “discrimination against homosexuals”, Rep. Green is obligated to present evidence in support of his claim. We know that Peter Thiel, an openly gay giant of Silicon Valley, supported the President in the last election. We also know that the President has recently condemned the execution of a homosexual man in Iran, and moreover we know that he has initiated a campaign to end the criminalization of homosexuality worldwide. So where is the evidence that he is homophobic?

One has the impression that the confused and disoriented Democratic Party is trying to disguise its ignorance and lack of vision behind a smoke screen of words like “xenophobic” and “homophobic.” I am not impressed with such an attempt, especially when they distort the proper meaning of the words. If the Democrats want to be respected again, they should recover from their impeachment hysteria and begin speaking like leaders with a foothold in reality and a vision of the future.    

Villager Jack E. Brush is a frequent contributor to