I am troubled by a phenomenon I've been encountering more and more often around the reaches of Left Blogistan these days: namely, the "Impeach! Or! Else!" crowd, as I've taken to calling them.
But before I segue into the main theme of this rant, let me indulge in a little prelude, which I will use to put out a few salient points it will be important to remember as I go on here. First, it is both my professional opinion as an historian, and my personal opinion as a reasonably well-informed citizen, that the Hedgemony will absolutely go down in the history books as the worst bunch of bunglers, buffoons, wankers, nitwits, ignoramuses, criminals, boodlers, and all-around scum-of-the-earth bad guys this nation has ever known. And please God, the worst we'll ever have to know.
Second, I believe in my heart of hearts that virtually without exception, starting at the top and working all the way down to the least and last of the political appointees, every member of the Hedgemony is quite likely guilty at least of "high crimes and misdemeanours" within the meaning of Article II, Section 4, of the U.S. Constitution. But I also believe, rationally and informedly, that we do not now have, and are extremely likely ever to get in the time remaining before his term ends in 550 days anyway, the necessary or even the sufficient legal evidence that would be needed actually to impeach a single one of them.
Thirdly, I recognize (which the "Do! It! Now!" crowd can't seem to manage) that our slim majority in the House makes it highly unlikely that articles of impeachment would ever be agreed to, and that our not-even-majority (since I don't consider Lieberman a real Democrat) in the Senate means there's absolutely no way we'd ever get a conviction. And furthermore, I submit that this week's late-night filibuster session in the Senate makes it reasonably plain that even if we were lucky enough to peel off a couple of Republicans and get them talking about impeachment, when it came down to crunch time, they'd revert to type and circle the wagons around their president.
Fourthly, I recognize that the world is a highly complex place, and growing more so all the time. I know that our system of government was really not designed for one-party rule, but rather set up in such a way as to require compromise and negotiation from all sides most of the time. I look around me and see such a tremendous host of problems facing me, facing my government, facing us as a nation, and facing all of us as citizens of one small troubled planet, that I sometimes despair of ever solving even one of them.