The President’s Call for Unity Followed by Blatantly Divisive Actions

President Biden stacks the Trump reversals

At the end of President Biden’s inaugural speech, I posted that his call to unity would be proven sincere or hollow within a week. It took him only a matter of hours to alienate half the nation. Let’s review his immediate divisive actions and inactions.

  • The most blatant disunity action was actually the president’s inaction on the impeachment of Donald Trump. America is essentially split evenly on whether the former president should be impeached a second time. This impeachment is arguably bogus on its merits and its constitutionality. The most unifying move the president could have made to underscore his appeal for unity would have been too head off this debacle of a process. He could have easily picked up the phone and called Pelosi asking her to back off in deference to his need for a peaceful start to his presidency. He could still do this with Schumer.
  • Then he immediately began constructing his own wall–a two-foot high stack of executive orders overriding many of Trump’s conservative advancements. Most of these advancements were vital to our nation’s security and prosperity as well as supported passionately by, again, half of Americans.
  • He restricted immigration enforcement, removed limitations on asylum, stopped all deportations, added illegals to the census count, and shut down further building of the wall. Caravans with thousands of illegal immigrants immediately formed in Central America and began heading toward our boarder (deja-vu?). Border security that had finally become orderly and effective is now back in chaos, and American jobs are threatened again.
  • He halted the Keystone Pipeline abruptly ending thousands of jobs. That combined with his promise of major cutbacks in fracking will likely end American oil and gas independence. Watch gas prices soar.
  • He reentered the Paris Climate Accords recommitting America to more than our country’s share of environmental restrictions while giving China and other countries a pass. The U.S. already exceeds the requirements of the Accords without this commitment.
  • He reversed former President Trump’s ban on transgender recruits in the military. Former President Obama had cleared transgender persons to openly serve in our armed forces without restriction, but Trump canceled that order. Now, under President Biden, biological men will be allowed to identify as females, dress in female uniforms, and be housed with women. Likewise, biological women will dress as men and will live in male quarters. Biological males and females will be forced to shower together, especially on deployments, in wall-mounted showers with no dividers (typical in the military). Directives have been distributed to all U.S. military personnel that cooperation and respect will be demanded of everyone in this co-mingling of the genders. As a retired military officer, I find it extremely difficult to even write about this unfathomable situation.

These are just a few examples of the radical leftist agenda of this president’s first few days in office. To put this in perspective, his 30 executive orders and directives in his first three days without advice or debate compare to Trump’s and Obama’s first week with four and five such orders respectively. Unity? I haven’t seen it yet.

With this election, America has taken a deep dive into radical cancel-culture socialism with little regard for the Constitution. And I believe we have seen only the first hints of what is to come. The saddest part of this is that multi-millions of conservatives voted for our present condition. Their votes for Biden were not for him or his agenda. Their votes were simply against Trump because they didn’t like his personality and demeanor. I didn’t like that part of Trump either. But I loved what he did for America to keep us from where we are now going.

I voted with over 74 million others for a president who did more to better American lives than any other president in my lifetime. I just hope and pray that the anti-Trump conservatives will see what is happening now and at least build a conservative congressional majority firewall in 2022–if it’s not too late by then.

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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