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Impeachment is Utterly Inappropriate – Ask James Madison

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Reluctantly, we find ourselves discussing impeachment – again.  In modern America, rather ominously, when factions line up against each other, this old English tool – embedded in the Constitution – is trotted out like an elixir for what ails us.  It is not.  It is an extreme measure, utterly inappropriate for this moment. 

First, what ails us is not a gregarious, full-throated president wielding executive power with uncommon panache, or even a president quick to make politics personal.  We have had those before, and likely will again.  It is far deeper. 

What ails us is a widening fissure in the body politic, one side believing in traditional American ideals – led by individual liberty, the other taken with centralizing power and remaking the world in their image, mandating an end of social ills as they see them.   

Put differently, what ails us is a division between those who appreciate American history as a long, undulating process of free people pooling their talents, defending their nation and raising opportunity for all, and those who see American history as failed, in need of condemnation and remaking, if necessary by radical measures. 

So, while impeachment grabs headlines, it is no more than the symptom of a disease we would rather not think about.  And what is that disease?  In short, the disease of short-sightedness, failing to teach recent generations that America is not just special, but unique. 

America grew out of long-sightedness, sacrifice for the future, respect for those who came before us, persistent risk-taking, hope in the nation’s ideals, faith in a merciful God, as well as in ourselves and our fellow Americans.  

For the long-sighted – hundreds of millions of deceased American citizens – the world was filled with uncertainty and injustice.  America spelled opportunity and hope.  They wanted a chance – to succeed as individuals.  Given the chance, they did – individually and together. 

They did not want handouts, free things, or a chance to give up and depend on others.  They did not want the government to do for them what they could do for themselves or to tell them what they could and could not do, except as enhanced everyone’s opportunity to succeed.

Most of our ancestors, literally and figuratively, would be shocked that our government has run up a 23 trillion-dollar national debt, that we are not unified in defending the nation, protecting borders, honoring veterans, allowing free speech and free exercise of religion, not tending to the nation’s mental health.  They would be shocked that we do not understand the history they forged for us, or burdens that inheritance imposes. 

In short, America is not an accident.  It is the product of long suffering, lessons learned the hard way, great failures, resilience and great success.  It is about staying unified when foreign and domestic forces try to divide us, undermine individual liberty, inflame passions.

That brings us back to impeaching a president.  This rash impeachment is not about an inconsequential call to a foreign leader, ginned into a complaint – assisted by a committee that now sits in judgement on that complaint. 

It is not about non-existent obstruction of justice, in a probe that lasted three years and produced nothing – at enormous cost in treasure and stress to the American people. 

It is not about public corruption, since understanding what led to that waste is an inquiry that must be conducted – and that the American people deserve to know.

This emotionally stoked, stumbling and outcome-determinative push for impeachment is about something smaller and bigger.  Smaller – because it is about misusing the Constitution to unseat a duly-elected president, a quest for power to satisfy dark passions. 

Larger – because this impeachment drive is about imposing the will of a craven few on America, using whatever pretense serves.  Americans understand their country is divided, and that resolving differences is incumbent on them. 

That said, they do not want to see the republic torn asunder by congressional hubris, self-adulating chairmen, dissembling and dishonest, focused by animus on unseating a president.  Most are not interested in another show trial; they are exhausted.  What they want is responsible leadership, a return to the long view. 

Impeachment is not a magic elixir for what ails America.  Every one of the founders would say so, and many did.  Perhaps the most poignant warning came from James Madison, Father of our Constitution. 

Said Madison, the Constitution was not meant to enhance but to contain Mankind’s tendency toward violent factions.  He considered anything pulling in that direction a “dangerous vice.”  Madison was clear.  Impeachment had its place, for “incapacity, negligence or perfidy” – but was an extreme remedy.  Misuse was dangerous.

Madison’s greater fear was that human passion would lead to misuse, distortion or destruction of the Republic.  As he wrote in the Federalist Papers, “human passions” are the great threat, which has “divided mankind into parties, inflamed them with mutual animosity, and rendered them much more disposed to vex and oppress each other than to cooperate for their common good.”

If politics is messy, impeachment is messier.  Abuse of the Constitution is uglier and more dangerous than House Democrats realize.  Impeachment will not fix what ails us; it is an extreme measure, utterly inappropriate for this moment.  Madison knew it and most Americans do also.

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Frank S.

Well, Obama did say he wanted to transform America. From where I’m sitting it appears he was successful, although the transformation started decades ago, mostly in our colleges and universities. Our ancestors would truly be aghast if they saw the deep divide in America today. When I see the actions and ideas of the regressive Left, I am ashamed to call these people my fellow Americans. They truly disgust me. Of course they feel exactly the same way about those of us who still adhere to traditional American values. God help us all.

Wayne D Peterkin

Instead of having a serious crime by the administration deserving of investigation the Democrats have launched this impeachment BS searching for a crime, any crime, that they can apply their predetermined verdict to for the purpose of ousting our president by a coup. I don’t think they really expect to remove him, just smear him enough and continuously with help from their comrades in the media to prevent Trump’s re-election, and that would be very bad for our nation. This is all about political power for the left in 2020 and has nothing to do with what is best for the nation. As corrupt and immoral as Democrats and the media have become, the ends always justify the means to a leftist. They will stop at nothing.

Gram Cracker

Great article; thank you, Mr.Charles. I am sick to death of this chaos and hatred, and very concerned for my grandchildren and great grandchildren. Whatever happens probably won’t affect me for very long (relatively speaking), but the younger generation most likely have not been taught the history of our country if they have been educated in public schools. I don’t even want to think about what their lives could be like. But my hope is in the Lord, who made heaven and earth, and who puts the person He wants in power. And He will help all His children to think and act appropriately, if they fear Him. (see Proverbs 1)

Patsy Kwitkin

Thank you for your truthful comment. May this nonsense be over soon. Trump has done a great job. .any other Presidents have done nothing and hurt the American people in so many ways. Please I pray stop this!!!!

William

Democrats resulting from the aggtessive actions following Khrushev’s warning in the 60’s.

McCarthy’s investigations proved the existance of communists throughout the basic infrastructure of the US Government!

This is their next big push following the loss of Killer Hillary at the last election. B..l S..t Obama/whover, the last criminal imposter that Congress refused to vet before his “election”, who prepared the way for the world to attack an unprepared USA!

My new ‘public dirty word’ is “democrat” which means a willful, ignorant, petulant, selfish XHILD who never thinks foe themself.

Dee

We are in a Civil War today. The left and the right. not color, not religion but brother against brother all over again. Obama really started a lot of it with his redistribution of wealth. His jumping in feet first and then backing out apologizing later for some things that happened when he found out the t rue incident. Quite a few times. I wish they would put His wife’s thesis back online so that everyone could read how racism she is. it was sickening. they had it on when elected but took it down immediately after. Today, he did put on some regulations that provide us with some security and safety (Wall street, banking) We don’t need another 2008. Some of that was also caused by him allowing banks to lower their qualifications on mortgages. I KNOW folks who didn’t qualify but got a home and then lost it… Read more »

Veteran

Since the Democrats are no longer representing law abiding American citizens in Congress but the interests of foreign invaders, criminals, and those who undermine our system of government from inside its bureaucracy, and since they no longer see their oath to uphold the laws and the Constitution of the United States as binding, why are they still in Congress? The Constitution prescribes that Congress will debate pertinent issues, that they must pass a budget, that all get to participate, yet the Democrat ruled House has excluded conservatives from many functions, limited their speech, and restricted them from asking questions. Instead of participating in solving the problems of our country, they obstruct, and attempt to overturn the results of a legal election. We need an Article V Convention of States to clarify the definition of sedition.

Glenn Lego

Why is everything Trump wants to do that is conservative the leftists consider against America’s “values?”

J. FARLEY

THIS IS WHY THEY WANT TO DESTROY THE 2nd AMENDMENT AND IF THEY DO YOU WILL NEVER SEE FREEDOM AGAIN OR FAIR
ELECTIONS AGAIN !!!!!!!!!

Mashpx

The problem is, this Socialist crap all started back in the late 1960’s. I remember warnings that our education system was quietly being invaded, which was the real reason Democrats pushed so hard to nationalize our public education system. It was so they could uniformly rewrite our History books and the curriculum of our schools to indoctrinate our youth like lemmings into the socialist mindset. They were obviously successful by how so many students are such strong supporters of Socialists like Bernie Saunders. If we don’t take some drastic measures very soon to fight all this Commucrat/Socialism, the USA is doomed to follow in the tracks of the every other failed Socialist country in history like the USSR. It’s time Republicans and Libertarians start publicly protesting to make it know WE are in the majority, and we are NOT going to take it anymore! It’s time to go on the… Read more »

Sharon Harrigan

This country was founded by God, and it’s government at that time was based on Biblical principles. I would ask each person who reads this article to please pray that the LORD will bring about another great awakening to our country. He has done it in the past and is able to do it again, if we pray.
2 Chronicles 14:7 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land.”
I have heard this before, “America, you are too young to die.”

Morbious

Right, America is not an accident, but nor is the situation we find ourselves in. A century of communst influence has driven us to this point. No one would drive west for days then be surprised at seeing the pacific. Sixty, even fifty yrs ago, the communsts couldve been dealt with, but a combination of sympathy, place holding and spinelessness allowed them to take over most major institutions. We’re old enough to recall the mayhem in the sixties. Why did so many college presidents allow radicals to occupy buildings and disrupt normal proceedings? Do the dems think impeachment a magic elixir? No, itsjust the next step in the card game for the soul of this country. If they do it and fail, no consequences accrue and they’ll have a juicy campaign slogan. If by some collusion with rino senators they can get even a handful of romney types on board,… Read more »

Stephen Woods

Those supposedly political want to be leaders in our Democratic Government that want to turn us into a Socialist form of Government make me sick to my stomach. They are the most ugly, meanest, stupid people, let me rephrase that, Animals. They remind me of the Nazi’s and the Communist when they were trying to attain power. It only cost the world 100,000,000 good people for them to attain power. How many good American citizen’s are they going to maim and Murder to get what they will be very sorry for when they, if they attain their wicked will on the righteous American’s????

Diana

This is a diversion they are trying to hid something the murder of the pervert in jail, Biden crimes that lead back to obama, or their own crimes that Barr is checking out we know it is another farce to hid something worse on their side, this has to stop bring a sue against the congress and the Democratic Party, for slander, collusion, fraud, dereliction of duty, breaking of laws and distorting our Constitution as Written, plus causing undo harm to America and the American people by not protecting our boarders, all high crimes and bet their is much much more crimes

Nancy Sypolt

Very well stated and well written article! Regardless of what the slimy dems do, we are still the greatest country. I wish they would stop the craziness. Trump has been excellent as President, and has tried very hard to keep all the promises he made to us Americans, even though he was stopped at every turn by the far left. I believe this all started when Obama became President. All our American values were trampled on by him and his henchmen men. Also, the professors who are teaching our children, are mostly socialists who have no regard for American values, capitalism, or American history. Our society today has no great hero’s to look up to, only a man and administration who failed our country! Namely Obama and his crooked administration.

Stephen Russell

Dems should be impeached but then again illegal, They provoked this, THEY Dems should pay for 3 year abuse, the Public wont take endless impeach post 2020 race, it will cause Civil War 2 unless other actions provoke pre 2020 race by Dems

Lav

Sad is that Truth and Justice are taking the back seat. With everything so personal we forget to avoid the feelings and push for Truth and Justice. If there was Truth and Justice for all then we would not be so divided. We would not protest, call each other names and give the lack of respect that is out there now. Shame on those who cover for some and pursue others for the same faults. I Vote for Truth and Justice for Good of All fellow Americans not just me and my agenda.
So Sad we are where we are today. I think President Trump is doing a wonderful job, despite what our government is doing to him. Thank you Jesus and I pray for our country as a whole not as divided parties.

rfox

The “democrat” party are nothing more than communists, they feel they are so close to their goal of ultimate power they can taste it. This is causing them to pull all the stops out, forget about hiding their true “ideals”. Look at all the useful idiots they have shilling for them. Get ready folks, we are in trouble

JohnH

Big distraction to all of our real problems (forget about Turkey invasion, China trade war NKorea threats, Hong Kong, GM strike no mention at all, and on . Trump actually pushing Dems to go for impeach & look at the way he asked China to investigate Biden also. What a bag of tricks on all sides & more division in our country. My opinion, the dems have not come up with a 2020 candidate & I wish Repubs would come up with a candidate to put some pressure on Trump to be more truthful to American people. Why did he talk to Turkey on Sunday & did not talk to our Kurdish allies at same time ????

Dolf R.

Impeachment inquiry is not an impeachment. This charade is being done to take the focus off of the Dumbocratic party. They are almost broke and in disarray. Biden will not be the candidate. He is a buffoon that is merely holding Hillary place until she steps out from behind the curtain to steal the nomination.