Democrats' Attempt to Impeach President Trump Is Asinine.
Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
On January 20, 2017, the day President Trump was inaugurated, The Washington Post declared the beginning of a campaign to impeach him. The President of the United States had not yet engaged in an official act other than raising his hand to take the oath of office and the shameful attempts at removing him had already begun. Today, the Democrats, intoxicated with their lust for power, have demonstrated no growth, no maturation, and no progression in their abilities to exercise any restraint in their authority. Instead, they prepare for yet another ill-advised attempt at assaulting a sitting President a mere two weeks prior to the natural end of his tenure.
Let's be clear: the effort at impeaching President Trump is insanity. First, as we saw in the last impeachment attempt, there is no high crime or misdemeanor with which to charge the President. The thought that President Trump tried to lead, insight, or provoke an insurrection on January 6, 2021, is laughable. The man gave a speech. That's it. Yes, it was laden with charged political rhetoric, but it was the same as any other politician would deliver.
"If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun," then-candidate Barrack Obama boldly proclaimed at a Philadelphia fundraiser in 2008. Yet, no sane Republican ever claimed he was inciting violence or calling for an insurrection. Similarly, when the same President Obama in a hot mic moment unwittingly asked Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to message then incoming President Vladimir Putin that he would have "more flexibility" in dealing with missile defense after his reelection campaign, no Republican was sufficiently ridiculous to file impeachment documents claiming he collaborated with a foreign power. Yet, these are the types of destructive actions Democrats are presently promoting.
On Monday, House Democrats filed Articles of Impeachment against President Trump. In part they read, "President Trump repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the Presidential election results were the product of widespread fraud." First, that there was "widespread fraud" in the 2020 election is an irrefutable, fact, and second, such fraudulent activity did affect the election.
Democrats also claim that the President incited an insurrection by stating, "if you don't fight like hell you're not going to have a country anymore." Well, compare that to Joe Biden's declaration that “part of it is just establishing with your opponent that if they want to fight, I’m ready to fight. I’m ready to fight." To claim that a politician is encouraging insurrection or other illegality merely because he or she engages in confrontational language when referring to his opponents or the evils of government is simply downright hypocritical. To carry such petty accusations to the level of a legal proceeding, much less impeachment, is dangerous to our form of government and morphs a process that used to be considered solemn into a recurring, hackneyed, cheapened, and petulant joke. The Democrats, and worse yet, the country will suffer greatly because of what is being done here today.
The issue of invoking proceedings under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution iwth the aim of removing the President from office is similarly deranged. Section 4 of the Amendment is triggered by a written communication from "the majority of . . . the principal officers of the executive departments" (whoever those are) or another body assigned by Congress through law, stating "that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office."
This bar is necessarily high. It is not that the President is an idiot, or a moron, or not liked, or exercises poor judgment, it's that he "is unable to discharge the powers of his office." This implies a physical or mental ailment that has robbed him of his capacity or has left him disabled. Frankly, at this point, Assigned President-Elect Joe Biden appears much closer to meeting this criterion than President Trump.
On numerous occasions since November 3rd, I have written that Biden and the incoming Democratic regime is going to experience great difficulties in governing due to their strong appearance of illegitimacy. Their recent actions are making their precarious situation even worse. Like voracious sharks elevated to a state of frenzy by chummed water, the Democrats seem to be unable to control their voracious appetite for power and self-destruction. Their path is charted for failure, and all the rest of us can do in response, is hold on for the ride.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He served in the Florida House of Representatives. He is the author of numerous books including The Federalist Pages, The Case for Free Market Healthcare, and Coronalessons. He is available for appearances and book signings, and can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com.
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