The Judiciary Committee of the US House of Representatives released its proposed articles of impeachment against President Trump. Normally, in this space, you’d see me analyze the language in those articles.
Most of the facts are clear. Trump had a call with the president of Ukraine. The government withheld aid required by Congress. Trump’s administration refused to comply with congressional subpoenas for documents and testimony.
The articles of impeachment state those things, in language that reflects how congressional resolutions are written, language that is pretty similar to the articles of impeachment created for Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon.
So why not analyze it?
Because you’ve made up your mind. You don’t care what it says. You know Trump is treasonous. Or you know the investigation is a waste of time attempting to undo an election. Whatever you know, I can’t change your mind. There’s no point in shouting about it.
When we each have our own news sources and don’t trust any others, there is no reality. This is what we have lost: our shared reality.
I’d really like to hear from administration officials who were part of what happened, people like chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Energy Secretary Rick Perry. But we’re not going to get to hear their side of the story.
I’m pleased all this came out and that our democracy still has some shreds of checks and balances. But I am concerned about what happens now, and for the next few decades.
It’s only going to get worse.