Good Morning Pioneer Baptist!
I am not a Constitution scholar.
But I can read, and here for others to read is a portion of Article I, Section 3 of the United States Constitution.
“The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.
Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.”
Three things appear particularly significant to me this morning as we watch the impeachment of former President Trump unfold in the United States Senate. But before I name those three, let’s remember what impeachment is, especially in relation to a public official. It is “to accuse (a public official) before an appropriate tribunal of misconduct in office.” (Dictionary.com)
Here we go: #1) Impeachment is about removal from office. President Trump holds no office from which to be removed. The U.S. House of Representatives has overstepped its bounds in impeaching a private citizen, having no Constitutional authority to do so. #2) A former public official (President Trump in this case) is “liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.” If President Trump is guilty of anything, the courts are the proper authority to try him. #3) The Chief Justice shall preside in cases involving the President, and of course, President Trump is not the President, so the Chief Justice is under no obligation to preside, and further, it is patently ridiculous to have a member of the jury, who has already virtually voted the defendant guilty, sit as judge. (Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont)
Setting aside for a moment the unconstitutionality of the whole matter as outlined above, why would a Democrat controlled House be so eager to enter into a process to remove a man from office who has already been removed according to the tabulation of the votes? My “guess” is their extreme dislike of the man, combined with the anticipation of his “…. disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States:” In short, they don’t want me to be able to ever vote for Donald Trump again!
If Donald Trump is such a Hitlerian figure, if he is such an incompetent fool, if he is such an anti-American dictator, wouldn’t people see this clearly after his four years in office? And anyway, why should one party take away a citizen’s right to vote for the candidate of their choice? The Democratic Party now holds the House, the Senate, and the White House. Why do they feel it necessary embark on a “Captain Ahab expedition against a Moby Donald of their own smallness”? Donald Trump’s speech on January 6 cannot be responsible for a riot which had been previously planned by others, and which Governmental agencies already had intel on. All the more when he never told those gathered on January 6 to riot, in point of fact, he did the opposite. And as far as inflammatory speech, opponents of President Trump have been far more guilty of that than he, and let’s not even bring up the violence over the summer by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, violence which so many officials of the Democratic Party condoned, enabled, and actually helped fund (I consider raising funds to bail out perpetrators of violence to be a funding of violence, which our Vice President Harris publicly did.)
These are my beliefs on the constitutionality and the mentality of what I see as the impeachment charade that we are witnessing. Is God testing us? Is God giving us what we deserve for turning our backs on Him? What is more violent than refusing life treatments to a baby who has survived abortion? Is an unrestrained lifestyle the new Molech for carnal Americans, dancing naked before the Golden Calves of worldliness?
Captains Ahabs need to take their Pequod back to the South Wing, rising above their fanatical revenge over losing their leg to Moby Donald in the 2016 election. It’s time for them to do their best to get our Ship of State sailing on a straight course. After all, it is they who stand at the helm.
Love to all,