We Must Set a Precedent

Trump insurrectionists storming Capitol Hill on January 6th, 2021

The Trump-cult recently gifted the country with its latest shenanigan, a coup attempt on our nation’s Capitol building. As if that wasn’t enough, they’re now attempting to deflect any responsibility for this by claiming that it was “no different” than the violence that happened during the Black Lives Matter protests earlier in 2020. It gets old after a while. I thought adults were supposed to take responsibility for their actions. But I digress.

Unsurprisingly, there is now a bipartisan call in Congress for President Trump to be impeached (again). The GOP has already tried to smother this effort by stating “what’s the point”? Yes, President Trump has just over a week left in office. But Republicans, per usual, have missed the grandeur of the effort altogether. He must be impeached, not because of his time left in office, but because we must set a precedent.

When Bill Clinton committed a crime while in office, he was impeached. A precedent was set. Earlier during his term, when President Trump abused his power and obstructed Congress, he was impeached. A precedent was set. Yet now, after an undeniable insurrection of violence followed by a casual attempt to fan the flames, we are debating whether or not it’s “worth it” to follow the same process.

Ladies and gentlemen, this isn’t up for debate. The leader of the free world must be held accountable — more so than the average citizen — for his actions. When you are in a position of that much power, you must be a leader. Not just economically, socially, or politically — but morally as well. You must set an example for the hundreds of millions of constituents that look up to you for guidance and advice. President Trump has not only failed to uphold this duty but has glorified that failure and showed no contrition whatsoever.

If you don’t believe me, take a look at a few Republicans that have already spoken out in disgust of his actions. Even the President’s biggest cheerleaders like Sen. Majority Leader (soon to be Minority Leader) Mitch McConnell, Sen. Lindsey Graham, and Vice President Mike Pence have said publicly that the President’s actions cannot be backed, and that it’s time to move on and accept Joe Biden as the President-Elect. Keep in mind, these are the same three individuals that have never left the President’s side throughout his tumultuous ride as President. The fact that they separated from him over this issue should speak volumes to the absolute audacity Trump had in inciting this violence.

As Americans, we deserve better. Despite where your opinions fall on the socioeconomic spectrum, we can all agree on one thing; we deserve a president who has the maturity level of a President. That means winning with class and losing the same. There are dozens of Republican congressmen and congresswomen that I can think of who would serve our country well, though I may disagree with many of their policies. But don’t be fooled. Donald Trump does not belong in that category, nor has he ever.

I hope and pray that the Biden administration can even begin to fix the mess that the Trump administration has left for him. Above all else, it should be our goal as citizens to make sure we are doing our part as well. Being kind to one another and continuing to call out social injustices when they arise. The United States of America is our country, not just the President’s country. We all need to do our part, and it’s imperative that those who don’t — especially the President himself — face the proper consequences for their actions. President Trump needs to be impeached, again. Not out of fear, but out of example.

In the meantime, remember that all things are temporary. This sentiment is often used in scenarios like this where it seems that evil and hatred will never end. Fortunately, we know this not to be the case. “When they go low, we go high” as former First Lady Michelle Obama once taught us. And go high we will. The light at the end of the tunnel is finally visible, and we now need to take those last few strides to reach it.

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I am an 18 year old high school student from a small town in central Iowa. I have a fiery passion for political writing and producing conversation-starters.

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Jaden Bartlett

Jaden Bartlett

I am an 18 year old high school student from a small town in central Iowa. I have a fiery passion for political writing and producing conversation-starters.

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