Impeachment of a president is reserved for “Treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” Any time we impeach a president, even for valid reasons, we put the nation in peril.
If impeachment is used as a partisan tool to punish or oust an unpopular president, it sets a precedent for the opposing party to retaliate in kind when it comes to power. Let’s not go down that road. A few Democrats are talking of impeaching Donald Trump should they gain the house this autumn. I urge that they abandon all such talk.
Let me offer a safer alternative. If you feel the president is leading us in the wrong direction, or threatening our republic, then first, vote an opposition majority into the Congress this November to contain his power. Then in 2020, simply vote him out of office. Our votes are our greatest protection from tyranny.
Our republic is a rare and precious jewel. She’s vulnerable and must be protected. Let’s follow the example of a true patriot, whom we’ve just lost, and resolve to put this divisive bitterness aside and work together to strengthen our country. Truly, “A house divided cannot stand.”
I’m definitely a partisan concerning the current administration. But, in the matter of impeachment, I’m looking at this from a distance as a non-partisan citizen concerned for the welfare of his republic. Again, be careful what you wish for. Impeach this president and the delicate fabric of democracy could begin to unravel.