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One Courageous Action by the Republican Party Could Save itself and the Nation

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Things must be bad when the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, is the principal defender of the President of United State, Donald J. Trump. In a press conference with the Italian Prime Minster standing by Mr. Putin offered to give the US legislators the transcript of Russian leaders meeting with Mr. Trump. He suggested that the American legislators are harming US interest and preventing Mr. Trump from doing the work he was elected to do.

When did the Russian government become The Defender of OLD GLORY? When?

Mr. Putin’s offer came because of the tumultuous week Mr. Trump, the republican president, is having this week, and had last week and even before: the firing of the FBI Director; the news that the President divulged intelligence secrets to Russia; rumored stories about the president’s attempt to interfere with the investigation of the Russian involvement in US election; among other things. All these have made the nation jittery. Recent poll showed that young adults, the millennia are leaving the Republican Party in droves, the estimate ranges from 10% to 20% in the period 2015-2017. These young adults are the future of any organization. GOP ought to do whatever it can to keep them.

2018 mid-term elections are merely months away and the prospects are not looking good for the GOP. The possibility of losing the senate and even the House is looming large. The agenda on which the Republicans ran on in 2016 elections, are not being tackled or even talked about. Initial effort to repeal and replace Obamacare floundered. The version passed by the House has been rejected by the Senate and the Senate is writing its own Bill. Efforts to reform the tax code seems to have been put in the back burner. Although the stock market had been soaring, it took a nose dive today as the uncertainty in DC took center stage.

The nation is drifting.

The Republican Party can act on its selfish interest and on the nation’s interest to save itself and the nation by one bold action. It should work to remove Mr. Donald J. Trump from the presidency. Failure to do this will cost the party a lot for a long time.

Positive things could happen to GOP if it finds the courage to abort the presidency of Mr. Trump:

  1. Vice President Mike Pence who has a lot of credibility, would have three years to rebuild the GOP image before the general election of 2020. If Mr. Trump continues on his merry way, it will not be long before both he and Pence would be damaged and there will be nobody to do the rehabilitation work needed.
  2. The badly fractured party would begin the process of healing. It might even find the courage to jettison the Ultra Rights like the Tea Party that is mostly responsible for the discordant messages GOP frequently puts out.
  3. GOP would then have the time to pursue its electoral agenda that are now either forgotten or not being attended to by the distraction that is Trump’s administration. Implementing items on this agenda would solidify GOP case to be given four more years. It will be difficult to face the next election with the same promises that were neglected in 2016-2019 era.
  4. ETC.

Getting rid of the president is not an easy job and will be more difficult for a Republican Party that has so many different denominations. There are also constitutional questions. The only legal way to remove a sitting US president in by impeachment. The bar for this is purposely set very high. There is the impeachment at the House, the trial by the Senate presided over to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and requires a two thirds majority vote. It will take as long as a year to accomplish this feat. The short course is to persuade the president to resign. Nixon was convinced to take this path because there were strong members of GOP who Mr. Nixon trusted to give him good advice. It is doubtful that Mr. Trump has this level of trust on anybody but his children, and they are freshmen/women in national politics.

The fear of failing should not stop Republicans from trying.

It might work.

 

Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

Boston, Massachusetts

May 17, 2017

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Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba  currently lives in Medfield, Massachusetts.