Everything is personal.
No doubt you have heard, and will continue to hear, about this imaginary thing called “the rule of law.” It’s a favorite rhetorical device of American politicians. This business of Trump and the House of Representatives is entirely personal. It always has been, and always will be. We have to understand it in that light. Nothing about the actions and words of either side is a matter of principle.
Nor is it necessary to stand with either side, as if one is somehow closer to the constitutional ideal. To be honest, I’m quite convinced that it would be really bad if all we had protecting us from the excesses of government officials was a bunch of ideals and rules. Right now is a really good time to come off that dead horse and face the future from a far more pedestrian point of view: There is no good that can come from any of this stuff, but some of it might be entertaining. It’s about time we got some powerful people throwing their weight around, rules be damned. Let’s toss somebody out of the ring! Let’s throw a few chairs!
This is what’s really going on, so we might as well get used to it. Otherwise, just pay no attention to any of it, because you aren’t going to like what you see regardless how it turns out. I’m really not into the prissy pretense of middle-class cultural expectations of “civilized” behavior. Real civility doesn’t keep up a false front; it simply keeps private stuff private. Sometimes violence is all that’s left, and that’s where our federal government is today.
“But, but — violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” One, we don’t have anyone competent in government right now. Two, if you leave violence as your last refuge, you really are incompetent. This is why nobody understands the God of the Old Testament (the same God and Father of our Savior). Folks read wimpy milquetoast social expectations back into the Gospels and forget that Jesus cracked a whip at least once. The Old Testament God is the one who created everything and still runs the universe today. Violence is hardly the only way to get things done, but God did slaughter a fair few in His wrath, and He’s the only one who knows what folks truly deserve. We should hope we don’t need violence, but be darned good at it when the time comes. We are in the midst of a civil war in the US.
Anyway, God isn’t rule bound, nor is His revelation. It’s always personal.