…the Constitution. “High crimes and misdemeanors” deals not with ineptitude, lack of talent, intelligence, vision. Nor is there any word of cruelty, conceit, deceit. Nor of ignorance, purposely maintained. Nor of pomposity, threat, megalomania, disloyalty, or failure to protect and preserve the nation.
Blame us liberals (Democrats, moderate Republicans) who refused to believe that the norms of behavior could possibly include a chief executive like the one we have now, a man so self-enamored that he cannot see (let alone sense) the damage and real harms (in economics, diplomacy, honesty and trust) he is causing around the world.
Blame us for assuming that people in this country would, sooner rather than later, come to their senses and vote for a system of government (regardless of its leader) with which the nation had prospered for 240 years.
Blame us for DOING THIS TWICE: in 2004/5 when George Bush was re-elected, and all Europe muttered “How could they do this again?”
Blame us for lazily assuming common sense would save us all. For allowing a charlatan to busker his wares , marketing them to the neediest, the least sophisticated, the already dumbed-down citizens of 21st century America. For allowing him to present bread and circuses rather than ideas, policy, truth and concern.
Blame us for thinking that our fellow citizens were smarter, more savvy, more on to the incredible.