Impeachment Defies Logic — Not Really

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Sometimes you have to push back when you read something in the newspaper — so I did

The Palm Beach Post reserves a space on their Opinion page for a column called, “Point of View.” It’s a place for Op-Ed submissions from readers, encouraging “a civil and robust exchange of ideas.” In the February 8 edition of the paper, I was somewhat surprised, but mostly chagrined, when I read a piece by one Charles B. Zuravin of West Palm Beach entitled, “Impeachment defies logic, but Dems don’t care.

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“Everything Old is New Again”

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But there’s “good” old and “bad” old – which will it be in 2021?

(A version of this story will appear in the March 2021 issue of the Valencia Palms monthly magazine, “The Breezes.”)

As many readers know, I’m also a regular contributor to my community’s monthly magazine, The Breezes. Each month, contributing writers and photographers are asked to submit articles and/or photos that reflect the magazine’s monthly theme. For example, the theme for February issue was “Love the life you live. Live the life you love.” My article was was about how I fell in love with Broadway musicals (embedded here):

The theme for March is “Spring: Everything Old is New Again!” To assist in getting potential contributors’ creative juices flowing, the editor provided some thematic suggestions:

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Is there something about the water at Lake of the Ozarks?

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Missouri Republican Senator Rick Brattin’s bill would allow drivers to run over protesters

First there was Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo) with his thumbs-up, fist-pumping, riot-inciting encouragement of the crowd of Trump supporters gathered outside the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 just before these insurrectionists, after cheering Hawley, stormed and breached the building. But it’s time to move on; there’s been enough written about the young, highly educated but clearly delusional freshman senator.

Image: Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo. raises his fist toward a crowd of supporters of President Donald Trump gathered outside the Capitol

Wouldn’t you know it. Just as we’ve become “Hawley’d” out, another young, ambitious Missouri politician, Rich Brattin, grabbed the evil baton.

Brattin, 40, represents a district that includes some Kansas City suburbs. His bill, SB 66, would allow the use of deadly force against protesters, releasing drivers who run over protesters from any liability.

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How right-wing TV coped with Biden’s inauguration: a timeline

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Now you know why your right-wing friends say the things they say.

MSNBC used to have a tag line: “We watch Fox so you don’t have to.” Now, courtesy of a news website called, Quartz, we don’t have to watch Fox, Newsmax or OANN…because they’re doing it for us.

As Quartz reported yesterday, “For Trump supporters, the event was covered quite differently than those watching network TV. With the help of Lis Power, Bobby Lewis, John Whitehouse, and Jason Campbell—journalists for Media Matters for America, a nonprofit media watchdog group, who diligently tracked right-wing media’s reactions to today’s events—we can piece together a detailed timeline of how the day was perceived by right-wing outlets Fox News, Newsmax, and One America News Network.

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Ding, Dong the Witch is De…er, Gone

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As I watched the inauguration of Joseph Biden, as I watched the man who formerly occupied the White House being whisked away, first in Marine One, then in Air Force One, as I saw my “Countdown Clock to Trump’s Last Day” register “0 Days, 0 Hours, 00 Minutes, 00 Seconds, all I could think about was the film, “The Wizard of Oz.”

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They can’t make this up? Yes, they can!

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Trump’s “1776 Commission” issued its report today. There’s only one word to describe it: “YIKES!”

The phrase “You can’t make this up” has been used, perhaps even over-used, during the era of Trump. Today, with my “Countdown to Trump’s Last Day” clock reading 0 days, 23 hours, one minute and 37 seconds, I’ve run into something that actually is made up: the 1776 Commission’s final report.

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A Reporter’s Footage from Inside the Capitol Siege

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The New Yorker’s Luke Mogelson followed Trump supporters as they forced their way into the Senate chamber.

Many news outlets this morning aired short segments of The New Yorker’s Luke Mogelson’s video following the insurrectionists as they breached the U.S. Capitol building. As The New Yorker article says, “Although the footage was not originally intended for publication, it documents a historic event and serves as a visceral complement to Mogelson’s probing, illuminating report, “Among the Insurrectionists.”

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Trumpty Dumpty sat on his wall

Commentary/News with a Twist

All of his toadies and all of his suck-ups couldn’t put Trumpty together again

Sometime in the future, the New York Times will publish an obituary. The first line of that obituary will read:

“Donald John Trump, the only President of the United States to have been impeached twice, died today. The cause of death is believed to be severe depression, an affliction which began on November 3, 2020…”

And, in Mad Magazine, brought back for one special edition only, the future obituary will read, simply:

“Trumpty Dumpty sat on his wall

Trumpty Dumpty had a great fall

All of his toadies and all of his suck-ups

Couldn’t put Trumpty together again

The Times obit will continue:

“Mr. Trump, the 45th President of the United States was acquitted by the Senate in both impeachment trials. Despite the fact that in the second impeachment Mr. Trump was accused of being ‘engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States,’ which led to, at the time, the first attack on the Capitol Building by domestic terrorists, only 10 Republican senators felt that the charge was worthy of conviction, calling for ‘letting bygones be bygones’ instead.

“Of note is the fact the Senate trial in 2021 was convened after Mr. Trump left office on January 20th of that year. Mr. Trump is only the third president to be impeached (fourth if you count both of his impeachments), and, in a first, the only one to have received impeachment and conviction votes from Congressional members of his own party.

“Following his acquittal by the Senate in 2021, Mr. Trump was tried and convicted on both federal and New York charges and sentenced to a total of 300 years in prison.

“Mr. Trump leaves behind three ex-wives (his third wife, Melania, sued for divorce in February 2021) and five children: sons, Donald Trump Jr., currently serving 20 years in federal prison for inciting violence against the Government of the United States; Eric Trump, serving 15 years for income tax evasion; and Barron who is not in prison but has changed his last name to Drumpf to avoid any connections to his father. And daughters: Ivanka Trump-Kushner who ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2024 with her then newly hyphenated name, receiving zero delegate votes in the primaries and who now lives in Alabama, the only state that would allow her residence after she and her husband, Jared Trump-Kushner, were shunned by their socialite friends in both New York and Palm Beach; and Tiffany Trump, who has not been heard from since 2019.

“The only former Trump associate who would speak for attribution on his death was former New York City mayor and disbarred attorney, Rudolph Giuliani. Mr. Giuliani, speaking from his cell at the Sing Sing prison said, ‘In my estimation, Donald Trump was the greatest president in history. And that’s no lie!'”

In fact, if not a lie, it is certainly “fake news,” as Mr. Giuliani’s statement came in the face of a poll of 100 eminent historians and presidential scholars in which Mr. Trump was unanimously voted the worst president in the history of the United States.