A lot has been written about the influence of partisanship in the impeachment of Donald Trump. Here are three examples:
But I can say this: watching it all unfold has filled me with melancholy.
Trump is indefensible, and he's dragged his colleagues to childish levels in order to maintain his hold on power. I don't remember politicians, Republicans or Democrats, consistently making such bad arguments in the George W. Bush era, in the Obama era, in any other political context. He's dumbed down his entire party; they sound childish.
And this makes me sad because I want adults, I want political leaders, to speak with clarity and conviction, not in defense of somebody who isn't worth defending. Trump is clearly a mess; nobody has created this much chaos in his term in Office. He needs to go. The letter proves it. And somehow, he continues to drag his entire party with him, as well as his base. What a sad state of affairs.
I don't want to shame any politicians; I do not believe shame is an effective long-term tool here. But I do wish some of them would look at the language they're using and admit they wouldn't use such childish arguments in other political contexts. The silliness of the "Trying to take back the 2016 election" arguments would not be tolerated elsewhere.
Of course, there are checks and balances that did not work, that brought us here:
I don't care what system we choose for Proportional Representation, but we need it. The FPTP system has bought us Brexit, Trump, and even Trudeau's somewhat inexplicable maintenance of power here in Canada. First-past-the-post will continue to amalgamate power in the hands of a select oligarchy.
What I fear, though, is that FPTP will breed kakistocarcy, "a system of government that is run by the worst, least qualified, and/or most unscrupulous citizens." As long as those in power see no threat to it, crapshoot leaders, like Donald Trump, will still have access to power, we will continue to see decisions made by arbitrary referendums, like Brexit, and we will continue to have to settle with semi-mediocre leaders like Trudeau. People with real leadership potential will avoid such systems, since they hope to maintain their integrity; unscrupulous opportunists, like Mitch McConnell, will maintain their hold, knowing that a proportional mandate would jeopardize their lazy grip to power.
It should have happened a long time ago. We're reaping the consequences now.
We need First-Past-The-Post to go the way of the British Empire that propogated it.
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