H.Res. 884: Articles of Impeachment, 1st Draft

Let’s forget about voter suppression, whether Independents (who are 43% of the electorate) can participate in primaries their taxes help pay for, reducing the number of polling stations to one-third of usual, vote-flipping machines and all that water under the bridge. Hillary is the Democratic Party nominee.

That, by no stretch of the imagination, means she’s home free. Despite Donald Trump’s incessant, self-sabotaging efforts to shoot himself in the foot, a recently-released Washington Post / ABC poll has HRC ahead by the margin of error. Which can be interpreted as: the two front-runners are statistically tied.

Her problems don’t end there. There’s the specter of war, the Wikileaks dumps and the FBI investigation releases, too. There is heartburn enough to go around several times over, but not to worry: they’ve got their ample derrières covered and took away Julian Assange’s Internet privileges to boot.

There’s still one more thing, though – and it isn’t something the campaign or the DNC can spin away or intimidate anyone into acquiescence over: the prospect of impeachment should HRC become the next President of the United States.

About a year ago, there was a contingent that promised to impeach on “day one” of her presidency. At that time, all they had to work with was the series of Benghazi hearings that had gone exactly nowhere. Since then, numerous cans of worms have been opened and there are actually grounds that rise to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors”.

And they know it.

Fast forward to September 22 and the introduction of House Resolution 884. This document seeks formal recognition that “Hillary Rodham Clinton violated, ignored, and otherwise chose not to follow legal and ethical obligations and responsibilities expected of the head of any Federal agency of the United States Government during her tenure as United States Secretary of State from 2009 through 2013.” Over the course of a dozen “whereas-es,” the 24 co-sponsors lay out the framework of their case against her.

Fact-checking against the uncontested Wikileaks documents, the interview notes made publicly available by the FBI and Director Comey’s press conference and subsequent congressional hearing appearance, we can find no factual errors in those 12 assertions contained in HRes 884. The evidence supports every claim made; it would take making only one of these “stick” to convict a theoretical President Clinton…sucking up the entire first year of her term and potentially sticking us all with a theoretical President Kaine.

A lot of people approach voting like they would their weekly football pool: to hell with the team I love; I’m picking the one that’ll win! That’s no way to pick a president. Votes should be cast according to who will do the highest good for the country and whose values most nearly align with one’s own. Or, as Eugene V. Debs (who earned nearly a million votes from jail as a WWI conscientious objector) said, “It is better to vote for what you want and not get it, than to vote for what you don’t want and get it.”

House Resolution 884 is the “first draft” of what could become the Articles of Impeachment against Hillary Clinton. Beware what you wish for; you might just get it.

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