It has been a good start to the new year for those of us with an interest in politics.
In all probability it is going to continue to be fun if not just a little contentious.
The year began with a political move that served only to disprove the reckless actions undertaken by the House of Representatives.
At the end of 2019, a political faction within a party succeeded in forcing the whole party, with a few exceptions, to vote for an impeachment of the President of the United States of America on the false premise that his actions were such a threat to the American way of life that there was no time to waste on appropriate processes to take place.
This came back to haunt the leadership of that party this month by negating the argument that quick action was needed because the impeachment decree was held through the Christmas and the New Year break.
So much for the representation of the immediacy needed pointed out during the trial in the Senate for the need for additional witnesses.
A call for further witnesses to prove a case that should not have been brought to trial without depositions having been received has hampered the claim that witnesses were necessary. This misguided political impeachment will have been resolved by the time this is published.
While the unfinished impeachment was still in process the first political caucus of this presidential election year was held in Iowa.
The selection process was to receive an upgrade to make it simpler and quicker. A process that was instituted because of a failure four years prior when information seemed to be potentially in error or manipulated depending upon the candidate’s supporters’ viewpoint.
There was a failure of the new system which proved to have accomplished the opposite of its intended results. Once again proving the cliche that good intentions pave the road to perdition.
This evening I am watching the State of the Union Address by the President of the United States of America. For the third time since his election, our President has touted his plans, put forth his vision for the future and proclaimed his accomplishments.
President Donald John Trump may often use the word I (though not, I suspect, as often as his predecessor), he may not speak as eloquently as some and his tendency to anger those with whom he disagrees via social media is legendary but his successes are not to be ignored.
Whether you agree with his policies or not, he has accomplished many of his political promises and appears to be on his way to achieving another term as president. Although this is not yet guaranteed, his potential opponents seem to be woefully shy of displaying the skills necessary to defeat him or the policies most Americans would be willing to support.
This may prove to be inaccurate. There are still many months left before the election determines who will lead us into the next decade.
And of course, during those upcoming months there is the possibility that another impeachment could be undertaken on shoddy evidence, a drastic downturn in the economy will happen or a viable opposition candidate will emerge at the convention.
The outlook is interesting and exciting for a year of political fun.
RICHARD PUGH, of Ottawa, is enjoying living in the Illinois River Valley. He can be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.