So the House of Representatives stands adjourned, having failed to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate for action. You know, the articles that were so urgent they were rammed through in a party-line vote. Mixed messages much?
Perhaps when Congress returns to town they should be forced to listen to this speech from nearly four centuries past:
It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.
Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter’d your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?
Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil’d this sacred place, and turn’d the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress’d, are yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.
In the name of God, go!” (emphasis added)
Oliver Cromwell, dismissing by force the English Long Parliament – April 20, 1653
These are no longer merely parliamentary games. The Democrats are carelessly playing with literal fire. Confidence in Congress has been in the dumpster since long before the current chapter. The bewildered reaction of the Left to the 2016 election showed they simply did not comprehend the level of anger in the country — an anger that had only been stoked by their treatment of the earlier, more ‘polite’ Tea Party movement. The past couple of days show they are either still clueless, or past the point of caring.
Trump is undoubtedly no Cromwell. But the more the Democrats shred our institutions and precedents in their hunt for his scalp, the more the door is opened for one to appear. When social and/or governing systems break down, people cast about for the rescuer on the white horse. Not since the early 1930s has the U.S. been so ripe for such a development.
History will judge Pelosi’s partisans as harshly as Cromwell judged his own miscreant legislature. Perhaps, like the England of old, the U.S. is due for a reminder just how rare, precious and fragile self-government really is.