Donald Trump is now the third president of the U.S. to be formally impeached by the House of Representatives. Today the House, under Speaker Pelosi, is saying they will “delay” sending that Constitutional indictment over to the Senate until they are assured of a “fair trial.” In other words the House has, by implication, already convicted the Senate of being governed totally by partisanship — a case of projection if there ever was one.
Under the Democrats, the House has been out of control for all of 2019. Their crusade to fling poo at the president until something kind-of-sort-of might seem to stick is a perfect example of why our Founders created a republic, not a democracy. Remember that generation later watched the French Revolution unfold. They saw first hand the deadly dangers of passionate, unrestrained mob rule — which is exactly what this whole impeachment charade has been, complete with armed Antifa thugs in the streets at times. Not content to merely be in the opposition until the next election, the House Democrats have taken it upon themselves to delegitimize both the Executive Branch and the other chamber of Congress.
Given these circumstances, it’s important to set a benchmark and declare this abuse of one of the Constitution’s most somber provisions as invalid.
Enter the Supreme Court.
The country must decide whether, henceforth, impeachment will be a routine clash between a House of Representatives and White House of different parties over policy differences or acute personal abrasions, as this is, or whether the authors of the Constitution meant, and the national interest requires, that it be reserved for accusations of high crimes on the same plane of misconduct as treason or bribe-taking…
Rejection by the majority in the Senate is not an adequate debunking of this abuse by the Democratic leadership of the House of Representatives of their offices. The country is at a turning point: routinize presidential impeachment or keep it as a last resort in extreme cases of wrongdoing. When the executive and the bare majority of one half of the legislative branch are so severely and antagonistically divided, the traditional tie-breaker is the judicial branch, and it should be consulted.
I agree. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should immediately request a Supreme Court ruling on the Constitutional validity of the House’s actions. Such an examination would have to compare the way the Democrats rammed this through with the precedents of previous impeachment proceedings. I believe such a public comparison would lay bare the manner in which the Democrats abused their majority to deny Trump and the Republicans any effective opportunity to defend the administration by presenting an opposing view of the issues in question. As the House Republican Whip Steve Scalise noted during the pre-impeachment vote discussion, the GOP is still waiting for transcripts of interviews in which they were not allowed, or the ability to call their own witnesses.
The American people have a highly developed sense of fairness, and perhaps an unhealthy obsession with achieving it. That usually gives an advantage to liberals when they propose heavy-handed government intervention in the name of “compassion.” In this case, however, I believe many Americans have been turned off by what has clearly been an unfair process that demanded Trump prove himself innocent rather than place the burden of proof on the accusers. That’s just one of many reasons thousands of people waited in freezing weather for hours to hear the president speak, even as the House marched toward impeachment.
There’s just one problem with taking this pseudo-impeachment to the Supreme Court for validation. In the event they rule the charade for what it is and dismiss it, the Democrats will immediately claim the result is due to Trump having selected 2 of the justices, creating a slim ‘conservative’ (and I use that term loosely) majority. They will press this hard, and in so doing, seek to damage the legitimacy the remaining third branch of the Federal Government — one whose rulings they used to consider holy writ, when it served their cause. It really has come to this: if the liberals can’t run the machinery, they’ll sabotage it. Having burned down the House, they’ll burn the rest of the structure, too.
But only if we let them. The most significant result of Trump’s election in 2016 may be that the other side has dropped all masks and pretense. Their agenda and attitudes are clear for all to see. Come November 2020, the Democratic Party must be destroyed, not just defeated. They need to suffer electoral loss so great that no political organization will again dare do what they’ve tried. And we need to be ready for the inevitable temper tantrum that will result in such a case. As they’re doing in Virginia and other States, keep your powder dry.