Our country is caught up in the throws of impeachment.
It’s kind of like being caught in the arms of an illicit lover … well … OK … it’s not like that at all. I admit, I just wanted to use the phrase “illicit lover.” I apologize for not working it in any better than that.
No, this is more like being forced to read the fine print of a lease agreement for a condo day after day.
From my limited understanding, the crux of this impeachment is a phone call between President Donald Trump and Volodymyr Zelensky. Depending on which political party you belong to, either Trump threatened to withhold aid to Ukraine if the country didn’t give him dirt on Joe Biden, or he did nothing, why are we wasting our time on this, we should be spending our time figuring out how to do positive things for the country, like cutting rich people’s taxes.
Through the first phase of this process, the Republicans who are the minority party in the house decried the entire process as “partisan,” “unfair” and “without long enough lunch breaks.” Now that it has moved on to the senate, where the Democrats are the minority, they are complaining that it is a “partisan” and “unfair” process, but at least the lunch breaks are adequate.
No matter where you fall on the lunch break spectrum, it seems everyone has something to say about impeachment.
I’ve had to be measured about my responses when I’m asked about it, which as a journalist for a small town newspaper who never goes to Washington D.C., I clearly am asked this a lot. Who says I’m not?
Anyway, I’m all for the process of impeachment. If it’s being applied correctly or not in this case, well that’s up to Tucker Carlson and Don Lemon to decide.
However, I do think it needs to be more broadly applied. Why should presidents be the only ones who can be removed from office?
Why not other folks who richly deserve it, like TV manufacturers?
Yes, I know that flat screen televisions, when accounting for inflation, are cheaper than their predecessors. Also, they’re a lot bigger, with better color, sharpness and options than we ever had before. They can show you any content you want by talking into the remote control. This includes movies, shows, sports events, educational programming and the opposite of education programming — “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
The problem is, when these technological marvels break, no one will fix them.
Back in the day when TVs were large boxes filled with various tubes, you had to use a forklift to carry your 32-inch television to the television repair shop. They would replace a 20-cent part, charge you $20 for labor, and your TV lasted another 20 years.
Now when your TV breaks, you have to try and find the part on eBay, watch a YouTube video to figure out how to install it, and if it doesn’t work, you just wasted your money and time because you bought the part on eBay like a sucker — no refunds.
Sometimes you can spend $40 and fix your $500 television. Other times, depending on the model, the part you need is $160, and if it doesn’t work you have to buy the $180 part as well.
I asked a guy who was a TV mechanic for many years about my broken flat screen — he said, “Just buy a new one.”
Which is outrageous! I’ve only had it like three years, to which most tech savvy people will say, “You should really replace your TV every six months. Also, you need to spend $1,200 on the newest iPhone because reasons.”
So yeah, let’s impeach TV manufacturing company guys.
While we’re at it, lets impeach the iPhone guys, the tech savvy guys and whoever came up with the 20-minute lunch break.
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