Today, I start with a simple historical fact. On September 24, 2019, the House of Representatives voted to begin a formal impeachment inquiry into the conduct of the 45th President of the United States of America.
The Constitutional authority for impeachment is clear and unambiguous.
“The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” – U.S. Constitution, Article II, section 4
Impeachment is a drastic remedy to a serious situation. It is the method specified by the Founders to remove a sitting president from elected office before the end of their term. But in the grand scheme of politics, impeachment is simply a part of our system of checks and balances, of maintaining good governance of the people, by the people and for the people.
The mechanics of impeachment are not terribly difficult. The House of Representatives brings impeachment charges against federal officials, including the President, as part of its oversight and investigatory responsibilities. If the articles of impeachment are adopted by a simple majority vote, the proceedings are sent to the Senate. The Senate then employs a quasi-judicial posture, in essence, the senators, much like a petit jury, act as the finders of fact, hear and weigh the evidence before them before culminating in a vote/verdict to acquit or convict. If a two-thirds majority of the senators vote to convict, the president may then be removed from office, with or without the possibility of holding future office. Fines and potential jail time for crimes committed while in office are left to civil/criminal courts.
The Constitution is a social pact between individuals and their government. It does not give us any rights, but protects our natural rights from unwarranted and unwanted government interference. In America, we are a democratic republic, we consent to be governed, but only if and when our elected officials act in our best interests and fulfill their duties as servants of the people. For those representatives who violate their oath to the Constitution, most likely by placing their own self-interests, be they political, pecuniary or otherwise, ahead of the good of the nation, of us, of We the People, of who they work for, impeachment is the just and proper method of intervention and, if necessary, termination of any clear and present danger to our rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. In the end, at least in the America I know and cherish, it all comes down to us.
In Federalist 65, Alexander Hamilton explained the difference between impeachment proceedings and the civil/criminal court system. Impeachment involves government action and is a safeguard against;
“misconduct of public men, or in other words from the abuse or violation of some public trust.”
In addition to treason and bribery, the Founders chose “High Crimes and Misdemeanors”, an old English legal term denoting crimes by public officials against their government, punishable by death, as grounds for removal. Additional offenses are identified in the individual pre-US Constitution state constitutions that provided for impeachment for “maladministration” or “corruption.”
Well, what do you think? Has Donald J. Trump, our 45th President violated our public trust? Committed treason or bribery? High Crimes and Misdemeanors? Maladministration or corruption? That’s like asking how many of the seven deadly sins has he violated. All of them. Now he must pay.
Repeat after me: Impeach!-Remove!-Incarcerate!*
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