Here we go again:
An attempt to throw a former President out of office several weeks after he has already left office. Article 2 Section 4 of the Constitution is quite clear on this:
“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
The operative point here is that impeachment is NOT a criminal proceeding. It is remedial and the judgement is limited to no more than removal from office and a disqualification to hold future offices.
How the heck can you remove someone from office who is no longer in office?
A bit of logic is needed here:
If impeachment is limited to office holders, obviously the impeachment of a president who is no longer in office is unconstitutional. Thus, they cannot prevent Donald Trump from running for or holding future offices. That would have to be decided by the voters. Should Donald Trump be prevented from running for office again just because the Democrats don’t want him too?
Like a previous impeachment attempt, investigations of every sort including a long and expensive Mueller investigation, an attempt to invoke the 25th Amendment, threats of criminal indictments, etc. this new impeachment attempt will go absolutely nowhere. The Left cannot let go of their pathological hatred of the 45th President and remind me of the monomanical Captain Ahab in his pursuit of white whale.
Of course, this is in keeping with President Joe Biden’s proclamation that he wants to bring the country together….right? And, of course, Congress has nothing else on they need to concern themselves about other than throwing someone out of office who is already out of office….right?
Considering what this country has been through for the past year, and continues to be dealing with for the foreseeable future, Congress should be working hard to unify this country. Whether you liked President Trump or not, whether you feel he incited an insurrection on January 6th or not, he is now history and the good and bad should be left to the historians to debate. Congress and the Biden administration have more pressing issues to deal with now and failure to do so will result in much more serious problems than a former president. If the House is concerned about inflammatory language perhaps they should start with Maxine Waters urging people to harass Trump officials in public venues such as restaurants and such, or perhaps Senator Charles Schumer standing in front of the Supreme Court threatening the Justices if they didn’t do what he wanted.
To summarize, Democrats should just drop the whole thing. The votes are not there; ergo, it’s a waste of time. All it will do is raise Trump’s profile, give him a platform to air his grievances, and launch his political revival. Who wants that?
The Democrats want that.
Despite President Biden’s pretensions about bringing our nation together, Democrats want to impeach Trump because it will be divisive, not despite its divisiveness. They are banking on his being acquitted and politically revived, not underestimating that possibility. They want him to run for office again, not banish him. Yes, the former president’s impeachment trial will be divisive for the country, but not in a way that troubles the Democrats. Rather, it will unite the Left while intensifying the Right’s internecine conflict. Democrats do not delude themselves into believing Trump will be convicted at the Senate trial and disqualified from future office. To the contrary, they want him to remain a force, wreaking havoc on the 2022 GOP midterm-election effort and the 2024 presidential campaign — splitting the party.
The best thing we can all do is completely and totally ignore this whole toothless impeachment charade. As journalist Brit Hume said of the Left in a recent Twitter post:
“These people are a plague, enemies of freedom of thought and speech. They are enabled by the culture of political correctness.”