Reckoner, the same thing happened in California. During the years it took to correct the situation, people were frustrated.
The point of this story is to keep our current situation in perspective and tamp down panic.
In 1990 Republican Pete Wilson ran for CA governor.
He stoked fears of immigrants, running dark ads with scary people coming over the border, playing on fears that had been building in certain communities.
When I saw Trump’s ads, I thought of Wilson and wondered if what happened to CA in the 1990s was about to play out nationally.
Liberals were horrified by Pete Wilson’s scare tactics, and by the idea that . . .
This is true:
Those with Mexican heritage in CA were mostly Catholic, religious, committed to family, and naturally aligned with true conservatives.
Wilson’s signature law was the anti-immigrant Prop 187 ("Save our State”).
The state's liberals and minority communities denounced 187 as cruel and bigoted.
Legal groups immediately challenged 187 in the courts.
It took years for the cases to work through the courts. Eventually, most of 187 was ruled unconstitutional.
An energized Democratic base pushed CA blue faster.
By the early 2000, most CA voters were Democrats.
The GOP minority, still in power, passed a law requiring 2/3 majority for certain (liberal) legislation.
I then had a private appellate practice representing indigents appealing from averse rulings. I was appointed by the courts and paid through the state general budget. There were many times during the fiasco. . .
It took a while, but eventually the will of the majority gained control.
Now CA is reliably blue.
2018 created a shift in Orange County . . .
Impeachment is similarly the start of a process. We’ve had 2 impeachments in our history, but no president has ever been removed by this process.
Impeaching now without a plan for what to do after the Senate acquits would not be responsible.
I think this is what Pelosi meant by “unless" ⤵️
Can we get out of this mess and turn the country around? Yes.
Will it take patience and hard work? Yes.
Impeachment = indictment.
Indictment requires a majority in the House.
The trial happens in the Senate.
Removal requires a finding of guilt with 2/3 Senate majority.
If Trump is impeached & the Senate acquits, he comes out with a finding of "not guilty."
But it would be silly to keep impeaching each time new evidence comes out, so there is a good reason to wait until the investigations are complete.