The Declaration of Independence’s instructions on impeachment

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For a month or so, I’ve had thoughts rattling through my head on whether the Declaration of Independence holds instructions on the topic of impeachment. Tonight, the final piece of the puzzle dropped into place. The answer is an emphatic yes.

The opening paragraph in the Declaration says “When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

The next paragraph is key:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes.

Let’s start with the second paragraph, which states that “governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” What House Democrats are attempting to do is institute a government without the consent of the governed. That’s the first strike against today’s Democrats. They aren’t listening to We The People. Instead, they’re listening to Resist Movement activists. The latest polling shows two-thirds of the country opposing impeachment. Still, that’s what House Democrats are shoving down our throats.

The wisest admonition to House Democrats, not that they’ll listen, is when it says that prudence dictates “that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes.” In other words, governments, like election results, shouldn’t be overturned for reasons that aren’t “lasting, enduring, or permanent.” If Democrats think that the reasons why they’re forced to impeach President Trump aren’t enduring for multiple generations, they should abandon this push.

This is the time for cooler Democrat heads to prevail. Just because Democrats are upset with 2016’s election results doesn’t give them the authority to overturn an election. If Democrats don’t heed the Declaration’s lessons, if Democrats instead shove impeachment down our throats, then they’ll pay a heavy price in November, 2020.