One must hand it to Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California. She will bow to no one in her fierce hatred of President Donald Trump and his supporters.
According to Flag and Cross, she appeared on the Joy-Anne Reid show over Easter and denounced Trump supporters as unpatriotic.
“One of the things you have to think about is this; who are the patriots? Who will stand up for America when our obvious enemy is basically hacking into our electoral systems? Who is going to stand up for America and claim to be a patriot when they see that there are many people around this president who have interacted with those from Russia, from the Kremlin, and with Putin? Where are they coming from? And I think when you ask yourself this question, you’d better be concerned about whether or not these are real patriots or whether or not they’re in the pockets of the president of the United States wishing to gain favor from the president and they’re going to stand up for him no matter what.”
Waters, who has been called “Mad Max” by many observers of her career as a demagogue, was speaking after the Mueller report cleared the president and his associates of “colluding” with agents of the Russian Federation and concluded that not enough proof existed of the president obstructing the investigation.
She was employing the current Democratic strategy of going after the president anyway, even to the point of passing articles of impeachment.
Indeed, Waters has taken the example of Cato the Elder, the famous Roman senator who ended every speech with “Carthago delenda est!”
The Latin translates into “Carthage must be destroyed!”
Waters peppers her rhetoric with “Impeach 45!” which she repeats over and over again in her harsh, grating voice that is unattractive to most people who have the misfortune to listen to it.
Waters’ ambitions are a bit more modest than Cato’s. Cato wanted to obliterate a city that was a rival of the Roman Republic. Maxine Waters simply wants to destroy a duly elected president of the United States.
Waters, as she yells about impeaching the president, has a style that contrasts with most congressional Democrats, for example Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-New York, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee and would have to legislate on the articles of impeachment.
Most Democrats who favor impeachment speak in solemn tones about the Constitution and high crimes and misdemeanors. Maxine Waters shrieks in the manner of a street corner rant artist.
House Democrats are in a quandary about what to do with President Trump.
They had placed their hopes in the idea that the Mueller Report would prove that Trump is a traitor. Since Mueller made no such conclusion, the Democrats have no basis for impeaching the president.
Some, like Waters, want to impeach President Trump anyway.
By no means would such a move be assured to succeed and, in any case, the Senate is not likely to convict. However, the impeach faction wants to press forward in a forlorn hope that a miracle will happen.
The other faction, led curiously by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, would very much like to avoid an impeachment fight, on the theory that it would backfire much like the effort to oust President Bill Clinton did in the 1990s.
Pelosi and her supporters want to tie President Trump up with endless investigations.
Pelosi, from a political strategic perspective, is right about what impeachment would do to her thin majority in the House, Undeterred, Maxine Waters has gone further and has violated a principle of politics that states that one should try to win over people on the other side and not condemn them.
She has called into question the patriotism of Trump supporters, ensuring that they will cling to the president forever.
The smart move would be to try to understand why tens of millions of Americans elevated a real estate mogul and reality show star to the Oval Office.
She would find that Trump supporters feel disrespected by elites of both parties and regard the president as their champion.
Maxine Waters is too consumed by hate to indulge in sophisticated political strategy.
For her, the universe is divided into two types of people, the spawn of the devil (Trump supporters) and the children of God (everyone else.)
The attitude satisfies her sense of fury, but it is a total political loser.