I wrote a letter to each of the Congressmen and Senators, [ 2 Senators both (R) and 32 Congressmen – 9 (D) and 23 (R) ] representing Texas. In each letter I listed a number of items that have been questioned by the media, by RS and by friends regarding the practices brought about by the current administration. In the letter I asked their opinion and stand on impeachment. Surprise, after 4 weeks, I received one response.
From the one response –
Impeaching a civil officer is a serious undertaking that is seldom pursued under our Constitution. In fact, the House of Representatives has impeached just two presidents (Johnson in 1868 and Clinton in 1999) in the past 222 years – and each was acquitted by the Senate. One reason we don’t impeach many federal officials is that the Founders never wanted the procedure to be used as a political tool to intimidate members of the Executive branch or the Judiciary.
In other words, we can’t impeach a president because we don’t like the position on health care reform or because a federal judge wrote a controversial opinion. The standard for impeachable misconduct – “high crimes and misdemeanors” – typically involves serious criminal activity or other behavior that includes “maladministration,” moral turpitude, inexcusable neglect of duty, or offenses related to a major betrayal of trust.
So let’s look at the basis for this single response and just ignore the fact that this responder and the others who did not bother to respond do not have the balls or the interest to do what is right for America – if it might mean they can no longer hold onto their power.
“High” in the legal parlance of the 18th century means “against the State”. A high crime is one which seeks the overthrow of the country, which gives aid or comfort to its enemies, or which injures the country to the profit of an individual or group. In democracies and similar societies it also includes crimes which attempt to alter the outcome of elections.
High crimes and misdemeanors is a phrase from Section 4 of Article Two of the United States Constitution: “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.”
Maladministration – the actions of a government body which can be seen as causing an injustice.
Moral Turpitude – conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honesty or good morals.
Inexcusable Neglect Of Duty – breach of trust, careless abandon, carelessness, delinquency, dereliction, disregard, failure to care, heedlessness, idleness, inaction, inattention, inattentiveness, indifference, inexcusable carelessness, malfeasance, malignant oversight, nonfeasance, omission, reckless absentmindedness, severe laxity, severe laxness, thoughtlessness, abandonment
Have we seen any of these impeachable actions, performed, offered, or perhaps mandated by our current President? If we the people can see it, why cannot our elected officials see it?
I am getting tired of hearing that we all must get along with a madman that is corrupting and bankrupting America or listening to the current Speaker claim “we have him right where we want him”, right before he gives away the farm – again!. Mr. Speaker, you and your friends, do not represent my interests or the interests of the country. Sometimes it is not whether you win or lose, it is about doing what is right and tossing the jerk up against the wall and demanding an answer. You may not be able to get the impeachment through the Dem controlled Senate, but by God you can at least make headlines that you are attempting to do what is right for America.
“No man in the wrong can stand up against a fellow that’s in the right an keeps on a-comin.” – Texas Ranger, W. J. McDonald