McConnell, Impeachment, and the Death of the American Constitution.

We’re witnessing the death of the democratic process right before our eyes.

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Photo via Mitch McConnell on Instagram

As we all know, the last few months for the Trump administration have been shrouded with controversy. After news broke that the President withheld foreign aid to Ukraine in order to pressure them to investigate the son of his Presidential rival Joe Biden’s son’s involvement with a gas company, talk of impeachment has dominated the news cycle. With two articles of impeachment now drafted and the democratic House of Representatives set to vote any time now, the conversation has predictably moved on to what will happen once it is sent on for trial in the senate.

While some would argue that acquittal in the Senate is a foregone conclusion considering what the Republican Party has evolved in to, one could also make the counterpoint that it’s going to depend entirely on the polling numbers of a few Republicans running for re-election. That being said, there is one incredibly powerful Republican who has already made his position in regards to the President’s impeachment crystal clear for the American people weeks ahead of time.

Senate Majority Leader and ultimately the man responsible for running the trial in the Senate, Kentucky’s own Mitch McConnell has already taken to national television to declare that their position was entirely consistent with the White House. Not only that, but they were coordinating with the White House And the Trump administration to determine exactly how they would like the trial to go.

The destructive, devastating and yet entirely predictable nature of this behavior coming from Senator McConnell cannot be understated. To be clear, this is the equivalent of jurors telling the judge that they’d go ahead and sit for the trial, but that they were already on the side of the defendant and were going to be helping them throughout the process. What we are witnessing is nothing less than the intentional, brazen erosion of the Constitution right before our very eyes.

We are sinking further and faster in to territory that I’m sure I’m not alone in fearing we will never be able to get ourselves out of.

Long ago the Republican Party made the determination that they only liked the constitution so long as they could win with it, and now that it’s become clear that they can’t they will go through whatever steps necessary to ensure that they’re still able to cling to the power they hold.

Not only does this move of coordinating with the very branch of Government that the Senate is designed to check and balance show us how little regard they have for our system of Government, but it sets an incredibly dangerous precedent. Actions like the ones that McConnell and I’m sure a large majority of Senate Republicans are preparing to take will not only affect the American political landscape today, but I’m sure they are entirely aware that this is laying the groundwork for Republicans to do the same in the future.

Both McConnell and the President he has made the decision to protect are the embodiment of the death rattle of a political party that knows it’s on its last legs. Unfortunately, it’s a political party that is prepared to take the last shred of democracy that we have down with it.

In a society where people in positions of power were actually held accountable, the Democratic opposition and journalists throughout our country would not rest until McConnell at the very least recused himself from this impeachment trial. But here we are, with little sign of anyone actually putting the political pressure necessary to do anything about it. The days and weeks to come will have a lasting effect on our country that could potentially change our government for decades to come, if not forever. We are living in dangerous times, and it’s time for the American people to come to terms with that fact and rise to the challenge.

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Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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