Impeachment Was the Epitome of Hypocrisy

Just when I had concluded that Congress couldn’t do anything more hypocritical than what I had already witnessed, they impeached the president…again! Forceful removal from national office is justified, but for many prominent Democrats rather than the president. Let’s review who is really guilty of inciting insurrection.

First, much of President Trump’s rhetoric at the rally on January 6th was unwise in my opinion. But, he never once urged the crowd to do anything illegal and certainly did not suggest engaging in violence or entering the Capitol building. He did not incite insurrection–period. He said, “We’re going to walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen.” He did not even organize the rally. It was organized by a non-profit group, Women for America First, and they invited him to speak. Yet, in the impeachment proceedings on Wednesday, the Democrats testified one after another that Trump “planned, organized, and directed the mob to violently storm the Capitol.” Anyone has the right to criticize the president’s words and actions prior to the riot, but no one has the right to blatantly lie about his words and actions. The fact is the votes to impeach were based on lies as was the case for the last impeachment. However, the truth is that several politicians should be removed from office.

Joe Biden said he would like to take Trump behind the gym and “beat the hell out of him.” Throughout his campaign, his silence regarding the unprecedented violence by radical leftists was his tacit approval and an invitation for the mobs to continue. Many lives were lost.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “I just don’t know why there aren’t uprisings all over the country. Maybe there will be.”

Vice President Elect Kamala Harris urged that, “Protesters should not let up.”

Congresswoman Maxine Waters urged her followers, “If you see anybody from (Trump’s) cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

Senator Cory Booker said he wanted to punch the president.

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley said of Black Lives Matter, “There needs to be unrest in the streets.”

In large measure, Democratic rhetoric of this kind has incited radical leftists to conduct criminal insurrections across America.

In 2011, thousands of Democrat anarchists stormed the Wisconsin Capitol and occupied it for two weeks. The Democrat response: “This is what democracy looks like.”

In 2016, hundreds of BLM activists blocked interstate highways and violently accosted police, killing several. The Democrat response: “To assign the actions of one person to an entire movement is dangerous and irresponsible.”

In 2018, a mob stormed the Supreme Court building and pounded on the door yelling threats. The Democrat response: “It’s understandable.”

Last summer, in major cities across the country, groups of leftists marched in streets, set buildings on fire, looted businesses, assaulted innocent bystanders and police, killing several. The Democrat response: “These are mostly peaceful protests.”

Later, mobs seized several blocks of downtown Seattle for days declaring it an autonomous zone of self government. The Democrat response: “It’s a block party atmosphere.”

In August, a crazed mob attacked several prominent Republicans, including Senator Rand Paul, departing late night from the Republican Convention. DC police were told to stand down. The Democrat response: Silence.

Ignoring their own guilt, this Democratic Congress has doubled the number of impeachments in our nation’s history, this time without even a traditional inquiry and investigation. And only for political gain. The Democrats’ appeal for unity is totally hollow.

Understanding Impeachment

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We’ve all been subjected to the Democrat threats of Trump impeachment, but what is really at stake? The term “impeach” is highly provocative and refers to the first step to unseat a properly elected president. The present effort is taking national divisiveness to a new level with virtually no chance of conviction. Few people really understand impeachment, but all citizens need to. Let’s look at just what it is and what it is not.

Many view impeachment to mean the removal of a president. However, it is just like an indictment in the court system. A president has to be later convicted of the articles of impeachment to be removed. The whole process is codified into law by Article 1 of the Constitution which basically follows the 14th Century British process. It is not a criminal trial process, but rather a determination of fitness for office.

Very serious charges have to be considered by the Congress in order begin an impeachment process. Article 1 specifies “treason, bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors” as justification for impeachment. Such infractions of the law would have to be compiled into Articles, or charges, of Impeachment by the House of Representatives. The House would select certain members as prosecutors to make the case before their full body. Then, they would need a simple majority of those voting to impeach, which they would probably have in this Congress (217 out of 433 [currently two vacancies], and they have 235 Democrats). Should they impeach, it would be only an indictment that would then go to the Senate for a conviction decision to remove the president.

The whole body of the Senate would consider the evidence in a court-like trial with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, as presiding judge. As in the House, a Senate committee of prosecutors would bring the charges. The Senate would then require a two-thirds super-majority vote to convict (67 out of 100). So only 34 Republican votes would be needed to block conviction. The Senate has 53 Republicans. The bottom line is there would be almost zero chance of conviction unless the president were proven to have committed some kind of heinous crime. Most Americans would view the House action as purely political and an abuse of their constitutional responsibility. Democratic representatives would be attempting a last-ditch effort to oust the president because everything else had failed.

In the history of America, no president has ever been removed from office following impeachment. In 1842, an attempt to impeach John Tyler for vetoing a string of tariff bills failed to get a House majority vote. In 1868, Andrew Johnson was impeached for replacing the Secretary of the Navy without Congressional consent, but the Senate fell short of the two-thirds vote for conviction. In 1999, Bill Clinton was impeached in the Monica Lewinsky debacle, but the Senate couldn’t muster even a majority of votes to convict him.¬†Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 over the Watergate cover-up before an impending impeachment.

If a president would ever be removed by impeachment and conviction, the vice president would assume the presidency and would select a new vice president. If the vice president were also removed or declined the position, the speaker of the House Pelosi, oh my!, would become president.

There is no provision for a president to appeal an impeachment or conviction. However, removal by impeachment and conviction for a crime is not subject to sentencing. If criminal activity is involved, the president would be subject to entering the criminal justice system afterward for possible arrest, indictment, trial, conviction, and sentencing.

So, what does all the hoopla about impeaching Trump bode for his future? Almost assuredly nothing. Incivility, miscalculations, even lying and sharing of classified information are not impeachable offenses. Even impeachable offenses such as Clinton’s obstruction of justice would not likely result in conviction and removal. Treason, bribery, and high crimes are very high bars to clear. Personally, I don’t believe impeachment of President Trump will ever get past the threat stage, and shouldn’t. Even if the craziness in the House somehow managed to get the President impeached, there is hardly any possibility of conviction in the Senate. Unless something turns up tantamount to treason or murder, the¬† storm winds of impeachment will have no more effect than a light breeze.

I invite your comments and shares.

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