Friday, January 19, 2018

If Democrats Take the House, They’ll Impeach Trump

The following article appeared in American Thinker on January 18th

Historically, the first midterm elections in a new president's first term result in major losses for the president's party.  The most famous recent example was in 1994, following the 1992 election of Bill Clinton.  In spite of Clinton's oratorical skill, favorable media coverage, and appealing looks and smooth demeanor, the 1994 midterms were a disaster for the Democrats.

Led by the "villainous, scary" Newt Gingrich, Republicans won 54 House seats.  In what came to be called the "Republican Revolution," they wrested congressional control away from Democrats for the first time since 1952.  Once in control, Gingrich instituted his Contract with America programs, a series of congressional initiatives designed to implement what the Republicans felt was their electoral mandate from the populace.  The liberal media hated Gingrich and the Republicans and resented their victory tremendously, ceaselessly deriding the Republican-controlled efforts and referring to it as the "Contract on America."

Similarly, during Ronald Reagan's first term in 1982, his Republican Party lost 27 congressional seats, despite Reagan's overwhelmingly lopsided presidential victory over the hapless Jimmy Carter just two short years prior.  It appears that even popular presidents coming off strong wins are susceptible to profound congressional losses in the first contest out of the gate.
The Gipper

The Republicans may well lose control of Congress in 2018 for the first time since 2006.  This is significant, because one of the things a congressional majority has the power to do is bring articles of impeachment against a sitting president.

In recent (post-World War II) history, this has been done only once, when the Republican House voted in 1998 to impeach President Clinton for lying under oath and obstruction of justice during the Monica Lewinsky matter.  It certainly would also have happened during the President Nixon-Watergate affair in 1974, but President Nixon resigned before any formal charges were brought.

The standard for Congress to level charges against a sitting president is a clear and willful commission on the president's part of "high crimes and misdemeanors" against the country, such that the rule of law, national security, or the common good is grievously threatened.  It's an inexact standard, to be sure, subject to the political whims and mood of the controlling congressional party.

To say Democrat politicians in D.C., Hillary's 60-plus million voters, and the liberal mainstream media regard President Trump as an illegitimate president is an understatement.  They have been complaining and protesting his presence in the Oval Office since day one, starting with their invention of "Crowdgate," where they purported to show how much bigger President Obama's Inauguration Day attendance was than President Trump's.  That day – day one of Trump's presidency – gave birth to liberal "fake news" coverage of his tenure in office, as the liberal cable stations shamelessly and disingenuously compared early-morning photos of Trump's crowd with peak afternoon pictures of Obama's.

So it has continued, unabated, nonstop for over a year. Each roughly-worded Trump Tweet, every criticism by him or his staff of the liberal media, every non-sugar-coated statement to the press, every matter where he calls it as most people think it (but politicians would never actually say it) is trumpeted by his political and media adversaries as yet more proof of his unsuitability for the presidency.

"Had enough yet?  What more do you want?  See?  This is unbelievable, isn't it?"

The lowest possible arbitrary, inexact standards of "high crimes and misdemeanors" to which the Democrat-controlled Congress can possibly stoop will undoubtedly be fulfilled early on in the new congressional year as the Democrats rush to satisfy their highest priority – removing President Trump – to the complete and total exclusion of anything else the country needs to be done.

One can only imagine the breathless, frantic, grandstanding speeches and floor declarations from the likes of Maxine Watters, John Lewis, Nancy Pelosi, Sheila Jackson Lee, Adam Schiff, and Elijah Cummings as they compete for national liberal media adulation with one overwrought, hyperbolic performance after another.
Maxine Waters

Their impeachment effort will not be successful.  Once the Democratic House passes the articles, the impeachment initiative goes to the Senate for trial, where a super-majority is required for a conviction leading to removal from office.  This is a high threshold for passage, as it should be.

In the face of actual "high crimes" – such as a president transferring military secrets to an adversary in exchange for personal financial gain – no doubt, that threshold would be met.  But President Trump's "crimes" are stylistic, not legally substantive.  He does say things in a manner offensive to many and certainly well outside the bounds of historically normal presidential behavior.  Yet the Russian "collusion" issue – the only controversy with any legal overtones whatsoever – is vaporware.  There is no "there" there, not even with a fully armed battalion of partisan Democratic investigators looking under every pebble for well over a year.  In contrast, Hillary's illicit email server containing unauthorized classified material was tangibly illegal, yet she was not charged or prosecuted.  In today's political climate, the perception of criminal activity in D.C. is inextricably linked to party affiliation.

(Article continues HERE)

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