To impeach — or not to impeach?

David Brin
3 min readSep 24, 2019

That is the question of the day.

Impeachment frenzy? I am glad the Democratic Party “Roosevelt wing” is very active. Still, disunity is the enemy’s goal; it is vital to avoid splitterism and falling for tricks to harm our enlightenment-patriotic coalition against the Putinist Cabal.

Especially, all this piling onto House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is both unfair and intemperate/shortsighted — an example of ‘sumo’ politics that always, always falls into Republican traps. A better — ‘Judo approach’ requires timing. Those who question Pelosi’s courage or determination bear a steep burden of proof. Under what scenario do they even imagine she is shy over combat? Of course she is being strategic! Why assume anythings else?

What matters now is NOT going for formal impeachment, followed by a failed Senate vote. Even a successful impeachment that fails to remove Trump from office will simply further polarize voters….and all of Trump’s supporters will be enraged into a war footing against Democrats, blaming liberals for Trump’s fall.

What really matters is:

1- That formal impeachment hearings might corner Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts into ruling in favor of Congressional subpoenas, since that is a process specifically described in the the Constitution. This is paramount! Nothing else matters as much, because once the subpoenas and hearings are unleashed, the Trumpists face evisceration. (And we must be prepared with a plan in case Roberts betrays us.)

2- That the impeachment process must NOT wind up being seen as just “revenge for Clinton,” allowing Trump’s Red Base to rally around their martyr, with Trump playin victim. If you think it will be enough just to defeat the GOP in 2020, you have absolutely no memory of recent history. Recall the events of 2010 and 1994 when they came roaring back. They must be crushed for all this criminality and treason, and removing Trump a couple of months early is far less urgent.

3- If you want a huge symbolic victory, then it is essential to time impeachment so that the senate trial is held in the new Senate that will take hold a couple of weeks before the inauguration in 2020. Think about that.

4- We must tune the meaning. A tsunami of corruption revelations during 2020 will win us defections from the confederacy, while a Senate trial that happens before those defections could well bring us an earthquake of animosity, such as we witnessed with the likes of Timothy McVeigh. Above all, our audience is the so called “deep state” — a fictitious, slanderous term for the brave and devoted men and women who have been preserving the republic by adhering to the law, during a lawless regime. If they see us dotting the i’s while revealing crimes, we keep them loyal.

5- Consider Pence. Trump is largely cauterized by his own blithering moronic behavior. If Pence were to assume the office of President, then - ALL THE DAMAGE TO THE REPUBLICAN BRAND goes away as he smoothly croons about peace and reconciliation, winning large numbers of relieved officers back into the GOP fold… the leaky Trump White House gets replaced by one packed by Pence with devout Book of Revelations Dominionists, utterly disciplined and dedicated to the end of the world. Literally. Absolutely and literally.

Be patient. Pace yourselves. But prepare…



David Brin

Author, scientist, public speaker. My books include The Transparent Society, The Postman, Earth, Existence, and Startide Rising.