It may be better for Democrats than it is for America. An impeachment conviction wouldn’t have solved the underlying issues that made Trump possible, but they remain with his acquittal as well. A better approach for the country would be for genuine LEADERS to emerge in the Republican Party to rise above the bigotry Trump so deftly manipulated. Leaders should be educating their followers regarding what direction to take, not the other way around. And if this occurs, some of the very legitimate anti-government anger of Trump’s more persuadable voters could dissipate and move away from Trump and towards a healthier Republican Party or whatever replaces it.

It should be no surprise that craven politicians who would change all of their principles to save their careers would also vote to acquit a president who brought us to the brink of martial law to save their careers. (And if you don’t believe we were close to martial law, read The War After the Election.)

It is possible that there will be a censure of Trump, perhaps in conjunction with section 3 of the 14th Amendment (which would prevent him from running for office again). This would only require a few of the seven Republicans who voted to convict regarding impeachment to vote to censure. This strategy is actually politically possible and I am continually updating it as events evolve in The War After the Election [https://medium.com/illumination-curated/the-war-after-the-election-545de96aa4ca?sk=627c55d616d9296af3e398f1686493a4]. If this happens, the rest of the Republican Party may begin to shift course.

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