Impeachment & the Declaration of Independence fit together

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President Trump shouldn’t have been impeached for multiple reasons. First, the record brought over was the thinnest in impeachment history. That isn’t just my opinion, though I certainly agree with that statement. That’s Jonathan Turley’s opinion, too.

During his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee, Prof. Turley said “If the House proceeds solely on the Ukrainian allegations, this impeachment would stand out among modern impeachments as the shortest proceeding, with the thinnest evidentiary record, and the narrowest grounds ever used to impeach a president. That does not bode well for future presidents who are working in a country often sharply and, at times, bitterly divided.”

At a time when the nation is doing well on multiple fronts, especially the economic front, what’s required is a stabilizing agent. The Constitution is one of those stabilizing agents. We’d be wise to include the Declaration of Independence, too. There’s a specific part of the Declaration that I’m thinking about that fits into the impeachment discussion.

The second paragraph of the Declaration starts by saying this:

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.

The colonists talk about the usurpation of rights granted to them by “Nature’s God.” They passionately believed that the British monarchy wasn’t acting in good faith. In fact, the Declaration listed their items of contention later in the document. (We’ll return to that later.) The next part of this paragraph is important. Here’s the key part:

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes;

Adam Schiff’s Democrats should’ve thought this through before injuring our republic. Were rights being violated? Were laws being broken? What was at the heart of this impeachment?

What was at the heart of this impeachment were 2 things. Democrats hate President Trump and Democrats disagreed with President Trump’s negotiating methods. Fighting a war to end slavery is a just cause. Impeaching a president because you don’t like him or you disagree with his handling of things is destabilizing. That’s dangerous and it shouldn’t be tolerated.

Impeachment should be reserved for Nixonian things. Nixon told the FBI that they didn’t need warrants to wiretap antiwar protesters, a violation of the protesters’ Fourth Amendment rights. Nixon told members of his staff to lie to investigators, clearly a case of obstruction of justice. These are things that rise to the level of treason or bribery.

Compared to the things that Nixon did, the things included in the Schiff-Democrat impeachment of President Trump are trivial. To emphasize the Declaration of Independence’s cautionary note, we shouldn’t impeach a president “for light and transient causes.”

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