Monday, June 23, 2014

A Modest Proposal To Guide South Dakota Democrats As They Respond To South Dakota Republicans Formally Calling For President Obama' s Impeachment

The fact that South Dakota Republicans in convention assembled called for President Obama's impeachment has caused no small stir. Earlier today, reporter David Montgomery tweeted that the Argus Leader story about the impeachment has been shared over 40,000 times.
Republicans clearly believe they are on the side of the angels. After all, at least one delegate is offering to pray for those who cannot see the need to impeach President Obama.

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak with a life-long Democrat who opined that Republicans' dislike of the President stems from the fact that Obama is a black man who is a President not a waiter. I suspect that not a few Democrats and left-leaning independents share that view and believe that this resolution is racially motivated. They may even believe that a Republican delegate contemplated giving a speech similar to one that Homer Stokes makes in this scene from O Brother Where Art Thou. Given the nature of the resolution, the speaker would, of course, change the word "hang" to " impeach." (Those of you who hate watching YouTube Clips should go to the 50 second mark or click on the Homer Stokes link to read the speech.)

Because so many Democrats believe that Republicans hate Barack Obama merely because of his race, South Dakota Democrats will likely be sorely tempted to issue a strongly worded resolution condemning their Republican neighbors for lacking charity for all while possessing malice toward one.

Such a resolution would no doubt be satisfying but counterproductive. It would certainly be expected. Because Democrats are a minority party within South Dakota, they need to move beyond the expected. I modestly suggest that they, in the spirit of bipartisanship, echo the call for impeachment if said impeachment proceedings are accompanied by war crimes trials for former President George W. Bush and former Vice-President Dick Cheney.

Now some Republicans who backed their impeachment resolution might take umbrage at the fact that prisoner exchange not sanctioned by Congress differs greatly from starting a war under false pretenses. The blood and treasure lost by latter pales in comparison to that lost by the former. There are,however, ways to get them to support this resolution if the Democrats propose it.

To put South Dakota Republicans at ease, South Dakota Democrats should call for the impeachment trial and the war crimes trials to be held in South Dakota. Surely, there can be no better backdrop for an impeachment trial than Mount Rushmore. The Crazy Horse Monument would be an equally impressive site for a war crimes tribunal.

Further, one would suspect that more than a few Republican and Democratic business owners who derive most of their income from tourist dollars might worry that the Republican impeachment resolution will cause a small backlash. These trials would likely bring thousands of tourists, many of them rather wealthy high rollers, to the state.

I suppose some on the political left might be ill-mannered enough to point out that two of the faces on Mount Rushmore honor slave holders and that Native Americas were truly the victim of war crimes. They might vociferously point out that historic grievances are being overshadowed for the sake of political spectacle. Surely, a beautiful backdrop would cover multitude of such minor sins.

Only the most rabid partisan could object to a plan that promotes bipartisanship and increases South Dakota's tourist trade, so I can see few objecting to this modest effort to heal any harm that the Republican's prayerful effort has caused.

1 comment:

David Newquist said...

The set of resolutions to impeach the President have been circulating for some time now. Rhetoric and propaganda analysts have pointed out that the resolutions follow the old Jim Crow condemnations of blacks. They contain the accusations of lying, cheating, and stealing that the KKK used in their condemnations of African Americans. That is why so many Democrats think the motives in the impeachment resolution are totally based upon race, not any citations of law. Presidents and Congress always have tussles over authority. But the Obama administration is accused of high crimes and misdemeanors for every action it has taken, most of which have earned the approval of a majority. The racism of the Obama-haters is much more provable than his alleged crimes.