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TomF
05-11-2017, 10:02 AM
Andrew Coyne is one of Canada's best known conservative leaning political commentators and observers. Coyne is his own man, and freely critiques Canadian politicians of all stripes on the basis of his own quite well-formed and consistent viewpoint.

The linked piece is from the National Post, which itself is Canada's most conservative leaning national news source. Here's the last bit of Coyne's column (http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/andrew-coyne-the-risk-is-too-great-donald-trump-must-be-removed-from-office); the whole thing's worth a read.
...The comforting supposition that Trump, whatever danger his presidency might present, could be contained by the checks and balances built into the U.S. system, is now very much in doubt. For ultimately checks and balances depend upon a willingness of the president to be so checked and balanced the very kind of norm that Trump has shown at every turn he is unwilling to observe.

We have been given a picture of the next four years, in which the best-case scenario is that the U.S. continues to drift distracted, paralyzed, consumed by scandals, with no policy direction but the whims of an increasingly paranoid president and whichever side is ascendant in the constant civil wars within his administration. And the worst case? Oh, how about nuclear war in Korea?

The question is whether this prospect can safely be endured. And the answer, it is now clear, is no. If sense prevailed, the wheels would already be in motion to remove him from office. Alas, political calculations on both sides of the aisle may conspire to leave him there: the Republicans, in dread of the turmoil his removal would unleash among their base; the Democrats, because he may help deliver them the Congress, as early as 2018.

They should think again. The risk is too great, not just to the republic, but to the world.

Keith Wilson
05-11-2017, 10:27 AM
Not far off, but he goes off the rails a little in the last paragraph. The majority of Republicans in Congress don't see the danger; he's one of them, a little odd and unpredictable, but not the enemy in their manichean view. The Democrats in Congress are not resisting removing Trump because of political calculation. They simply don't have the power to do that without the help of a lot of Republicans. A little dose of false equivalence there; it's always a temptation among those trying to be reasonable; 'on one hand, on the other . . . '. Sometimes the blame really is all on one side.