The hype of the looming impeachment of President Trump has brought many differing opinions about the matter. The Democrats in Congress are pushing hard for the impeachment, while Republican Senators are already drawing their line in the sand to protect the President. But, many are forgetting the main reason behind this impeachment and that is the preservation of our Constitutional order.
The debate has been ongoing in regards to Trump’s actions back in July. Did he commit the high crimes and misdemeanors that are described in the Constitution? It is important to understand what the founding fathers meant by that statement.
“High” denotes high office. They were not describing statutory misdeeds but rather “those offenses which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust.…
“They are of a nature which may with peculiar propriety be denominated POLITICAL, as they relate chiefly to injuries done immediately to the society itself.”
—Federalist No. 65 (Alexander Hamilton)
Republicans would be outraged if Obama had done the same exact thing while President. If Obama had talked with the leader of a foreign government and suggested that they investigate the Trump organization for their misdealings in that country prior to the election they would be calling for the same impeachment the Democrats are calling for. That is the very nature of the abuse of power that is being charged with Trump.
This impeachment of President Trump is absolutely partisan in nature, but it needs to happen in order to protect the Constitution. We can’t have a President that thinks he operates above the law of this country and can take out political opponents like a tyrant.
As Justin Amash said on Twitter the other day, “You don’t impeach a president for ordinary crimes and misdemeanors. You impeach a president for high crimes and misdemeanors. You don’t look to statutes. You look to whether his behavior involves abusing power, violating the public trust, or using his office for personal gain.”
My message to Republicans is simple. Stop protecting this man and be the better person by protecting the Constitution.