Why your opinion on impeachment is important

There are a myriad of polls gauging whether the public wants the president impeached. It appears, however, that many do not know what impeachment is, how it is done, or even if what the president has done is an impeachable offense. The Democratic Party leadership could very well be using this non-official “impeachment inquiry” for political purposes to buy time to bombard the public with a propaganda narrative to sway voter opinion against the president and his party. The news media is doing little, if nothing, to get to the specifics of what the Democrats think is an impeachable offense and whether the charges, which formally have not been made, are credible. Let’s start with the Constitution.

Article I Section II of the Constitution states: “The House of Representatives shall choose their speaker and other officers; and shall have the sole power of impeachment.” Article I Section 3 says, “The Senate shall have the sole power to try all impeachments. When sitting for that purpose, they shall be on oath or affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two thirds of the members present.” Article II Section 4 states: “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.”

Impeachment is a political, not a necessarily a criminal action. Treason and bribery are particularly definable. According to the Constitution, treason can occur only in a wartime situation. Bribery is taking something of value for an act. High crimes and misdemeanors give Congress a large berth to impeach—and that could be anything Congress determines is impeachable. The House of Representatives can impeach a president with a simple majority vote. Once impeached, the president would be tried in the Senate, where it takes two-thirds of the members present to remove him from office. The House would appoint members to prosecute the case against the president before the Senate.

The Democratic Leadership is making the case before the people that seeking assistance from a foreign country to investigate a political opponent is an impeachable offense. A law doesn’t need to be broken for impeachment. The bar is whether this act deserves removal from office. Other charges are/will be added—obstruction of justice, obstruction of Congress, conspiring with a foreign government, etc. The Democratic Party is gambling that the citizens of America will support impeachment—This is why it is so important for the media to sway public opinion against the president and his party. This brings into clearer focus the reports about an ongoing coup attempt. As 2 Timothy 3:13 says, “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” Your opinion matters. Make it known. 

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Bill Wilson