2020 promises to be a momentous year in politics. The year will be marked by at least three key political events: an impeachment trial of the president, a potentially contentious primary season, and, of course, the 2020 presidential and congressional election. I am not a prophet and I do not have a proverbial crystal ball, so there may well be unanticipated events in addition to these.
The first of these events to come on the scene will likely be the Senate’s trial of President Donald Trump. I say “likely” because the trial may not actually happen for one of two reasons. As of this writing, the House of Representatives has not yet sent the articles of impeachment to the Senate and there is a chance that they never will. If the House does not send the articles, the Senate could decide to simply ignore the impeachment, or they could decide to have a brief trial on their own in order to officially acquit the president. If the Senate receives the articles of impeachment, the members could decide to simply dismiss the charges – in which case there would be no trial.
It is impossible for me to say whether the House leadership will send the articles to the Senate because I do not know which way the winds of public opinion will blow – and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has her finger held firmly to the wind. If the prospect of a Senate trial remains unpopular, she will probably not send the articles. She would then declare that a trial in the Senate would be rigged and try to use that as election campaign material to claim that voters need to give the Democrats control of the Senate. This is why she is demanding a “say” concerning the Senate’s rules even though she knows that she has no authority or right to do so.
One thing is certain, if the House sends the articles of impeachment to the Senate, the Senate will acquit the president.
Near the end or shortly after the end of the impeachment saga, presidential primaries will begin. Since President Trump will be the Republican nominee, the primaries will be focused solely on picking the Democrat’s nominee. There has been a record number of aspirants – more than 20 – and 14 candidates remain in the race.
Ironically for a party focused on race and gender (identity politics) and that gets its energy from young people, two elderly white males lead the pack in polling.
Much will of course be made about the first two primaries, Iowa and New Hampshire, despite the fact that those primaries have not been particularly accurate predictors of ultimate Democrat party nominees. Since 1972, only six Iowa winners and seven New Hampshire winners have gone on to the Democratic nomination. In other words, it is a 50-50 proposition.
Probably more important will be the fact that California’s primary date has been moved up to the beginning of March. The 16 primaries held on March 3 will dwarf the four primaries held in February in terms of delegates at stake (1,709-155). Roughly 2,000 delegates are needed to win the nomination. Historically, the nation’s most populous state has had little impact on the nomination process because its primary was in June – after the nomination had already been secured. This year, its delegates (more than one-fifth of the total needed) will be up for grabs near the beginning of the campaign.
Once the Democrat’s presidential candidate has been determined, the circus that is the presidential election campaign will kick into high gear. This year’s campaign promises to be even more frantic and hyperbolic than usual, as the Democrats desperately strive to replace Donald Trump. Those paying attention will have already concluded that for the Democrats, removing Trump is far more important than placing any of their own in the office.
Lost in the Trump mania will be the critically important House and Senate elections. Which party will take control of each chamber? Will the same party control both or will it be divided? Will the president’s party – whoever wins the presidency – control the Senate and be able to approve the president’s judicial appointments? If the president’s party does not control the House, will the House impeach the president for the crime of being from the opposing party?
When it comes to voting, I encourage people to:
a) become informed,
b) vote if you are informed or can follow the lead of someone who is informed,
c) not vote if you are not informed,
d) not vote if both candidates promise to do evil, and
e) vote based on what the candidate will do – not based on who the candidate is.
All candidates are fallen human beings, but some candidates promise to do good and others promise to do evil. Vote for those who promise to do good: to protect life and religious liberty, to uphold traditional values concerning marriage and family, to affirm biblical notions of “identity,” to secure law and order, and to defend the country.
Dr. Gregg L. Frazer serves as dean of the School of Humanities and has coordinated TMU’s Political Studies program since its inception. His particular areas of interest are the American founding and pre-nineteenth-century political philosophy. Dr. Frazer has represented the University on the radio, across the blogosphere, and at numerous conferences and churches, speaking on the Christian’s role in politics and history and how religion relates to the American founding. He is the author of The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders: Reason, Revelation, and Revolution (2012) and God against the Revolution: The Loyalist Clergy’s Case against the American Revolution (2018). Dr. Frazer is also a contributor to The Forgotten Founders on Religion and Public Life, edited by Dreisbach, Hall, and Morrison (2009).
The Master’s University and Seminary admit students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
21726 Placerita Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91321
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-analytics||11 months||This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookie is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Analytics".|
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-functional||11 months||The cookie is set by GDPR cookie consent to record the user consent for the cookies in the category "Functional".|
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-necessary||11 months||This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookies is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Necessary".|
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-others||11 months||This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookie is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Other.|
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-performance||11 months||This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookie is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Performance".|