A House Divided
The House is divided.
Whether we are considering the House of Representatives and the division that looms within her halls or the House used as an analogy for the United States writ large, the fact remains that on October 31, 2019 in Washington, D.C., that division was quantified.
On June 16, 1858 Abraham Lincoln referred to a biblical axiom in an address after winning the Republican nomination for Illinois Senator, ‘A house divided against itself, cannot stand.’ Like wine, the biblical idea has aged gracefully. Any family unit, corporate business or political party that lacks cohesiveness, unity, and mutual respect simply will not survive. A nation does not survive because of the demarcation that distinguishes its borders; on the contrary, a nation thrives as a result of having a common culture, a shared identity, and a shared vision of the future. When these commonalities are marginalized or even purposefully disregarded, a nation, and the inherent unity that characterizes it, fades.
Nancy Pelosi, despite backlash from her party, overtly vocalized her apprehension towards pursuing impeachment when the country was not overwhelmingly in support of it. Pelosi recently denounced the idea of impeachment by saying it’s “so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.”
“so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.”
In what is objectively defined as an extraordinary reversal, Pelosi abruptly changed her mind and determined they would hold an Impeachment Resolution vote on the House Floor on October 31st, 2019. Her stated conditions for impeachment required that there must firth be something compelling, overwhelming, and bipartisan to act as a catalyst; however, none of those elements were satisfied. The over two-year, 35-million-dollar investigation into President Trump left him unscathed and ultimately vindicated. The Ukraine call transcript was released by the President to the public in the spirit of transparency and although the Democrats utilize mental gymnastics to find quid pro quo statements within the call, there absolutely are none. Both Democrat-orchestrated scandals (i.e. Fusion GPS and the Clinton campaign’s role in the dossier used to justify the granted FISA warrants) are neither compelling nor overwhelming. The final condition Pelosi required, as per her own statement, was bipartisan support. Pelosi ended up zero for three because the vote to formalize the impeachment inquiry had zero support from Republicans. Even Shaquille O’Neil could hit one of three free throws. C’mon, Nancy!
By disregarding her prerequisites, despite them being objectively fair, she essentially proves she has no qualms about further dividing the country. With the election almost one year away, it becomes clearer that substance does not influence Democrat leadership, timing does—and time is running out. Al Green couldn’t help but tell the truth when he said if the President is not impeached, he will win a second term. This encapsulates the fear that plagues the Democratic party. With Beto O’Rourke, the mainstream media’s sweetheart, quietly dropping out of the race for the Democrat candidacy, and Kamala Harris firing staff and closing down campaign offices, the fear becomes more vivid as the most promising candidates the Democrats have to offer drop out of the race like flies. Time is the ultimate fire under the Left’s feet—and when time is your motivator, there’s no patience for reason.
This is not the first time the House has been divided and it certainly will not be the last, but each time division between the whole is perpetuated for nothing more than power for the few, the foundations of any successful nation slowly begins to crack and crumble. History teaches us that we can never escape the consequences of our collective actions. History also teaches us that when passions are most inflamed, fairness is most in jeopardy (Susan Collins, circa 2018). If history bears any indication of what the future holds, then the truth about a divided house remains infallible.