Halt the impeachment!

Why convicting the POTUS will be a bigger harm than good


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“We are built on compromise”

— William Satterfield

62,984,828 votes in the red, 65,853,514 votes in the blue. Many Americans went to sleep the night of Nov. 8, 2016, with the belief that the next president of the United States was going to be Hilary Clinton. The polls presented her as the favorite, the debates were judged in her favor. Clinton had a massive platform behind her– but the next morning, Donald Trump was pronounced the winner of the presidential race. 

“As a nation, we turned our political lives into reality TV,” social studies teacher William Saterfield said. 

Now in 2019 the Trump Train campaign has shifted its focus: no longer promoting the idea of “making America great again,” but instead now “keeping America great.” As the president focuses on re-election and his competition, the controversy of withholding money from Ukraine in order to get any kind of deplorable information about private corporate relations revolving around Joe Biden and his son has opened the possibility of impeachment.

When Trump first walked into office, much of the electorate had many questions: Will he willfully and earnestly discharge the duties of the office of which he was about to enter? Will his little political experience prove to be a fresh and innovative perspective or a major flaw?

And now, with the opening of impeachment proceedings, his job as POTUS has been questioned by both Democrats and Republicans.

“The country is becoming more and more divided. This idea that your opponent is your enemy cannot continue,” AP government and politics teacher Jimmy Jiles said. 

Our nation has been polarized for decades. Whether it be gun control, abortion, universal healthcare or even the environment, each political party takes a stance and forces its voters to pick a side. 

“We are not built on taking sides,” Satterfield said. “One of the greatest attributes to American democracy is that we are built on compromise.”

With the opening of the Trump proceedings, the nation is yet again forced to pick a side: Is Trump guilty of his conviction? Should he be taken out of office?

The answer is more complicated than it seems.

With historical precedent, the United States has proven that impeachment will never work if the Senate is controlled by the party with which the president aligns. 

“Republicans still control the Senate. I don’t believe Trump will be asked to leave the office,” Satterfield said. 

This is extremely problematic and something democrats need to consider: If Trump is impeached, what next? 

“The hope would be that we have come to a more settling time, no more me vs. you,” Jiles said. “But in the short term, there will be a lot of animosity.”

There is a lot of tribalism in this country. We strictly follow party lines and sometimes make people on the other side seem like an enemy. In our pluralistic society that has people from all over the world, with different philosophies, religions and cultural ties, it can be difficult to agree on everything. 

“We are bound to have some sort of clash,” civics and economics teacher Scott Bennett said. “We are moving towards a postmodern world; the preserve vs. progress debate continues.” 

The clashing continues on in the status quo as many voters take on many social media platforms to announce their stances on the topic.

Junior Grace Ludeman recently posted a photo of her and her friends posing in front of a Trump campaign flag. Ludeman and her friends are smiling and laughing in the pictures and the flag is simply in the background. 

“I have many friends who are far left, unlike my stand in which is far right,” Ludeman said. “Our differing political stances doesn’t affect our relationship.”

Like Ludeman, many people use social media as a place to display their political views in a nonchalant, discreet way. But sometimes, social media can be much more negative and become a place of insults and ostracizing. Social media has become a place where outcry of the proceedings has been heard the most. 

“Social media exacerbates the tribalizing,” Bennett said.

This media is a more recent addition to our political climate that other impeachment proceedings did not have. We have access to information at our fingertips–platforms like Twitter and Instagram provide constant blasts of information. With the division within the nation, it’s hard to pick out the reliable sources. 

“(If Trump was impeached) we would go into straight chaos,” senior Dylan Streeter said. “People won’t know what to do, people will be upset.”

Students might not feel comfortable, or simply not care about the proceedings. But many students can agree regardless of political affiliation, that the divisive political climate will be exacerbated if Trump is convicted. 

“At the end of the day, people don’t care enough about politics,” Bennett said. 

As the Democrats continue with their impeachment proceedings, there are many things to keep in mind. When we see more information coming out, it is our job to be knowledgeable of what is going on, but to not let poor media coverage or bias determine our stance of what could possibly be the biggest change in the United States government in decades. 

“The brilliance of America is that we compromise,” Satterfield said.

In order to protect the American experiment once again, the people of this country have to come together and pursue and uphold was it is right and just.