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Carnes: To impeach or not to impeach

Thanks to the Vail Daily, I am approached in public more often than one might think.

Whether on the ski mountain, walking through the village, sitting in a bar or restaurant and even on the golf course, sometimes complete strangers will let me know their opinion on a subject.

I always take it as a compliment.

And they are always pleasant, even when we disagree (except for that one time from that one guy, and he knows how that turned out). While most share opinions, a few wish for me to write about one subject or another that has personal meaning for them, and every once in a while someone will want to let me know they don’t read my words because they already know what I’m going to say.

How they know this without reading is apparently beyond my level of comprehension.

However, to those who’ve got me pegged, I ask: think you already know what I’m going to say this time?

Here’s a shocker just for you — I do not want our president to be impeached.

Nope, do not wish for such a procedure to occur.

Regardless of the man’s constant and provable lies, his childish thug-wannabe attempts to attack critics, the sycophants he surrounds himself with or his cult followers delusional to it all, I would rather he not be impeached.

In spite of six of his top advisors (five of whom have pleaded guilty at this point), 26 Russian intelligence officers, three Russian companies and two others for a total of 199 criminal charges, 37 indictments, guilty pleas and five prison sentences (so far), I will sleep better if Congress fails to begin impeachment proceedings.

“I am not a crook,” President Nixon said.

“I did not have sexual relations with that woman…” President Clinton said.

“I’m f—ed!” President Trump said.

Anyone with more brains than a snowflake knows these are not words used by innocent men, and yes, Richard Nixon would’ve been impeached had he not resigned and Bill Clinton was indeed impeached by the House of Representatives, but I do not want it to happen a third time.

Not because I believe Trump is innocent of any of the findings from the 448-page Mueller Report, but because I do not wish for our country to be dragged through the meandering process for no real benefit other than one side being able to temporarily claim supremacy.

As a nation we have already been booed off the international stage, become a laughingstock to our allies and enemies alike, allowed rogue nations like North Korea to continue its missile development, watched the continued demise of the middle class, further demonization of the poor and witnessed the largest increase of illegal immigrants attempting to cross our southern border in almost 20 years.

The next election is barely 18 months away.

With lawsuits and legal filings flying back and forth faster than Sarah Huckabee Sanders explaining, “What the president meant was…,” impeachment proceedings could take at least that long, and only serve to further embarrass our nation across the globe.

Thanks to the Mueller Report, we now know many on the inside have helped curtail the damage, and we can only hope they continue for just a little while longer. So let him continue to yell and tweet using language unbecoming of a leader; the content of his character speaks for itself.

The 2020 election will be here soon, and then we can begin the healing of a nation, regardless of party affiliation or gender of the next president, as it can only get better from here.

Oh and, thanks for sharing.

Richard Carnes, of Avon, writes weekly. He can be reached at

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