Saturday, October 15, 2016

Bill Crawford: Impeach both of them

Pogo Possum, the anti-hero of Okefenokee Swamp made famous through the satire of cartoonist Walt Kelly, once said, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

How true is that with regard to the presidential candidates we picked?

In its 34 years USA Today has never taken sides in a presidential election. This year it felt compelled to speak out, calling Donald Trump “unfit for the presidency.”

“Whether through indifference or ignorance,” the newspaper wrote, “Trump has betrayed fundamental commitments made by all presidents since the end of World War II. These commitments include unwavering support for NATO allies, steadfast opposition to Russian aggression, and the absolute certainty that the United States will make good on its debts. He has expressed troubling admiration for authoritarian leaders and scant regard for constitutional protections.” It also called him erratic, ill-equipped to be commander-in-chief, a serial liar, coarse, reckless, and one who traffics in prejudice.

“Whatever you do,” the newspaper urged, “resist the siren song of a dangerous demagogue. By all means vote, just not for Donald Trump.”

While the newspaper’s editorial board was unanimous about Trump’s unfitness, members were mixed on Hillary Clinton, so did not endorse her.

Colin Powell, former Secretary of State under George W. Bush and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under George H.W. Bush, described Clinton as having “unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational.” He also called Trump a “national disgrace.”

Following Trump’s irrational 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. tweets about a former Miss Universe, lifelong Republican Michael Chertoff had had enough. The former committee counsel who helped lead the Republican charge against the Clintons over the “Whitewater scandal” and served as Secretary of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush, told that Trump lacks the temperament and knowledge base to be President; he cannot control his impulses.

How could we come to this?

The bottom line is we let the two major parties lead us into a choice between two deplorable, polarizing candidates at a time the nation needs strong, unifying leadership. And, they expect us to buy into their corrupt processes and go along with whoever wins.

Many conscientious Republicans and Democrats are thinking what a fed up Pogo once said, “I is been pushed aroun’ EE-nuf!”

Folks, there’s lots more to life than Republicans vs. Democrats. So, we don’t have to play the parties’ deceitful game and be our own enemy. We can choose to put our country ahead of bad politics.

One way to do this is to overthrow the bad choices the parties have given us. We should let our Representatives and Senators know we want them to be ready to impeach and convict whoever wins in November.

No doubt majority congressional Republicans will be itching to impeach Clinton. They should be just as ready to take down Trump.

The sad reality is that either of the dull but solid vice presidential candidates, Mike Pence and Tim Kaine, would be preferable to “bigmouth” Trump or “mizzus” Clinton.

Crawford is a syndicated columnist from Meridian (


Anonymous said...

When has the U.S. ever paid back a cent they borrowed? How can it be said the U.S. is good for it's debts?
NAYO is outdated and really never was any good. Time to get out or make sure other countries pay up.
Russian aggression, how about U.S. aggression? Which country has forces in the most countries?

The people have been pushed around enough. Trump would not be where he is at today if that would not have been going on for many years.

We cannot choose to put our country ahead of bad politics. Bad politics has gotten us in the shape where we are today.

We impeached one president recently. It didn't work even though everyone knew impeachment was the right thing to do.

Anonymous said...

"Unwavering support" is pretty accurate as we have allowed them to erode our manufacturing economy. The global elites make so much money off free trade it is no wonder why hillarys financial backers want it to remain. Let's be honest, Russia isn't the godless commies they once were, they resemble fifty year old American principles more than we do today. Who in their right mind thinks America is going to make good on their debts? Keep dreaming Donald may have a little experience with benefits of bankruptcy which is exactly what this country is going to have to do. If not now, we are only delaying the inevitable. Luckily, our creditors don't have a LTV ratio they hold us to like most of us business owners have to deal with.

Donald isn't perfect. Nobody has more disdain for a loud mouth rude lude yankee than the poster of this comment but I'll thappily take that over an above the law, socialistic, you people deal with more Syrians and BLM while I live in a Lilly white gated community Clinton.

Anybody, Jackson local liberals included, who prefers BLM to law and order but yet sends their kids to a private school and lives in an all white neighborhood is as far as I'm concerned a hypocrite.

I don't say this because I'm a racist, but because jobs is the only thing that is going to help blacks, not police departments that are scared to deal with their criminal element, and more entitlements that rot away their work ethic. They will come to ignore their crimes lest the democrats sic the justice department on them.

Anonymous said...

Getting a job as an op-ed writer in Meridian appears to be very easy, with few evident prerequisites.

Anonymous said...

What is 4:06 talking about? I assume they are attempting to be degrading but I don't follow. I suppose I'm to "stupid".

Anonymous said...

At 1:25, you're 3rd paragraph is word for word what I have said for years! Many of us think like this.

Anonymous said...

We should impeach state officials that skirt the law because they grant themselves exemptions to open records, open meetings, contracting, etc. And the reason they us cause we understand better than you.

Anonymous said...

Politicians make laws to advance themselves. We, the people, have over time allowed them to put themselves above the law we all have to obey. It is time the people took back the govt. All laws should be for all of the people, not all except a ruling class.

Anonymous said...

I suppose I'm to "stupid".

I wouldn't rule that out, certainly.

Anonymous said...

I'm typing on an iPhone and left an o out of too? Why don't you respnd with a real comment so we can try and understand your point of view?

Anonymous said...

12:21, you are surely going to hell. Just wait until the English teacher happens to read your post. They will write another book on here explaining how smart they are and how dumb everyone else is.

Anonymous said...

Crawford couldn't be any more correct. And hate to be in agreement with USA Today, but this year has driven many folks to places they never expected to be.

Neither one of the major party nominees are trustworthy, reasonable, believable, or honorable. Probably could use many more definitions and they would apply to both these sorry ass individuals.

Don't know if an impeachment can be done, but it certainly would lead to a much better future than currently facing us. Four years of Kaine isn't what I would hope for, but its better than any under Clinton. Trump hasn't got a chance of a snowball in a Mississippi summer, but if he were not in the way could be happy with four years of Pence.

Hope Crawford might be predicting a real possibility here. Its the only hope for our children and grandchildren.

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