Terry: Back in 98/99, during Clinton's impeachment proceedings, the GOP had a majority in both houses of Congress. The GOP has the same advantage now, therefore the only way the Democrats will get any traction is if the Republicans agree to go along.
Because it will require a bi-partisan effort to begin proceedings against Trump, the ramifications will be different from what happened with Clinton.
If they are successful wouldn't it will end with Trump's impeachment?
If Trump is impeached, won't Pence finish the remainder of Trump's term, then probably run as an incumbent during the next election?
Will Pence be allowed, (by a Republican house, senate, and right leaning supreme court), to run for office twice, as well as finishing Trump's term?
I don't see this advancing the climate change fight or Progressive causes. As you note the Republican's have both the house and the Senate. Do you believe that the Republicans would allow an impeachment to go forward if they believed that ousting Trump would damage the bottom lines of their ff friends? Do you believe that Republicans would allow an indictment to go forward if they thought it would serve Progressive causes?
While I agree that "The ramifications will be different", what I don't understand if how this "difference" will help any of the programs that most of us care quite deeply about.
ASLR Apparently cares about Trump & his underlings having involvement with Moscow. This isn't much of a concern to me, & in fact peace between the world's major nuclear powers is very high on my list. If I'm wrong in my assumption please correct me.
I understand that Pence is almost as hawkish as John Mccain and I do fear escalation on that front if Trump were to be ousted.
While the Democrat's have lead us into more than a few wars, I do have difficulty viewing main stream Republicans as pacifists. Trump seems aggressive WRT Iran & possibly China, but my recollection is that the top Republicans haven't been trying to lower tensions in these regions.
If Trump were to be replaced by Pence, I don't think that would reduce tensions in either of those regions, and I still have some hope that Donald and Vlad can work out their differences peacefully.
Again I have to ask if handing the Presidency to Pence is anyone's idea of a good path forward. If so, there are many organisations to donate time or money to.
If your goal is to discourage Trump from his impending destruction of the EPA, his questionable stance on NASA and his lack of concern about climate change, the most direct way might be to criticize any moves he makes in those directions while ignoring other, less important to you, gaffs that he makes.
He's not going to be lead by offering carrots, so he'll need to be beaten repeatedly. If the blows are equally vicious, and come from all directions, Trump will lash out in all directions to harm his tormentors. If the heaviest and most vicious attacks come from one side, he'll turn away.