Dec 18, 2019
By Ceylan Karasapan Crow
Tonight Downtown Santa Rosa was ringing with chants of IMPEACH and REMOVE Donald Trump, cars honking in support of the crowd, someone singing over the loud speaker "We shall overcome... the day Trump is impeached and goes away". It felt good to be there, showing up to protest the asault on our democracy and the integrity and freedom of the press. We don't buy the ongoing lies and denial by the administration and their supporters in the Senate. We must SHOW UP and express our outrage, its too dangerous to hide in our little lives and let such a clear derailment of democratic checks and balances, and disregard for human rights go on. The very survival of the earth is no less at stake with the policies being put in place behind the scenes.
I'd like to quote a few paragraphs from two editorials to bring into the fold the role of the president of the United states and impeachment as one of the most important checks and balances procedure as it is laid out in the constitution. One editorial is by YONI APPELBAUM, MARCH 2019 ISSUE in The Atlantic/IDEAS and the other by THE DENVER POST EDITORIAL BOARD PUBLISHED today: December 17, 2019 at 5:46 pm | UPDATED: December 17, 2019 at 8:19 pm.
These are excerpts that bring forth the urgency of the situation we are in, without the sensationalism some media and television outlets often taint the facts with.
"On january 20, 2017, Donald Trump stood on the steps of the Capitol, raised his right hand, and solemnly swore to faithfully execute the office of president of the United States and, to the best of his ability, to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. He has not kept that promise.
...The oath of office is a president’s promise to subordinate his private desires to the public interest, to serve the nation as a whole rather than any faction within it. Trump displays no evidence that he understands these obligations. To the contrary, he has routinely privileged his self-interest above the responsibilities of the presidency. He has failed to disclose or divest himself from his extensive financial interests, instead using the platform of the presidency to promote them...
....More troubling still, Trump has demanded that public officials put their loyalty to him ahead of their duty to the public. On his first full day in office, he ordered his press secretary to lie about the size of his inaugural crowd. He never forgave his first attorney general for failing to shut down investigations into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and ultimately forced his resignation. “I need loyalty. I expect loyalty,” Trump told his first FBI director, and then fired him when he refused to pledge it.
....Trump has evinced little respect for the rule of law, attempting to have the Department of Justice launch criminal probes into his critics and political adversaries. He has repeatedly attacked both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. His efforts to mislead, impede, and shut down Mueller’s investigation have now led the special counsel to consider whether the president obstructed justice...
....As for the liberties guaranteed by the Constitution, Trump has repeatedly trampled upon them. He pledged to ban entry to the United States on the basis of religion, and did his best to follow through. He has attacked the press as the “enemy of the people” and barred critical outlets and reporters from attending his events. He has assailed black protesters. He has called for his critics in private industry to be fired from their jobs. He has falsely alleged that America’s electoral system is subject to massive fraud, impugning election results with which he disagrees as irredeemably tainted. Elected officials of both parties have repeatedly condemned such statements, which has only spurred the president to repeat them.
These actions are, in sum, an attack on the very foundations of America’s constitutional democracy.
Source: The Atlantic/IDEAS
MARCH 2019 ISSUE
These are just tiny bites of this excellent article on the process and importance of the provisions in the United States Constitution relating to impeachment:https://amp.theatlantic.com/amp/article/580468/
"It is with a solemn sense of responsibility to the U.S. Constitution and a deep love of this country that we call for Congress to exercise its power of impeachment.
The Denver Post editorial board does not take this position lightly.
President Donald Trump was elected to serve this nation in a legitimate election, and to recommend that the Senate remove him from office is a severe and consequential undertaking that has only occurred two other times in U.S. history.
But we have determined — based on hours of sworn testimony, text messages, emails and the president’s own words — that Trump has so abused the power of his office that for him to remain in the White House is a threat to our democracy.
All Americans, regardless of their political affiliation, should be deeply troubled by Trump’s actions. Standing up now as a nation and declaring that this U.S. president and future presidents cannot behave with such blatant disregard for honesty and integrity is essential. We cannot tolerate this behavior...
....Trump’s actions, if they go unpunished, will pave the way for foreign prosecution powers to become proxy tools of aggrieved presidents seeking to secure a political victory at any cost. “This is precisely the thing that the founders feared — foreign interference in our elections. (George) Washington was strong about it in his farewell address,” Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Arvada, told The Post editorial board last week as we considered an editorial on impeachment. “I hesitated and I’ve been reluctant … but this goes to the heart of freedom, and independence, and fair elections.”
....Despite Trump’s assurances that he was only interested in stopping corruption in Ukraine, that is not what the record supports. Trump and his staff were clear they wanted two things mentioned in a planned press conference: Biden and the 2016 election interference. Trump asked Zelensky directly on July 25, according to a not-verbatim transcript of the call, to look into “talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution, and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it … It sounds horrible to me.”
...We cannot imagine that our founders would shrug their shoulders at such a request made with the full force of the president’s official powers.
Nor can we imagine they would look kindly upon Trump thumbing his nose at Article 1 Section 2 of the Constitution, which gives the House the sole power to impeach. Trump ordered officials not to participate in the inquiry and subsequently, a host of individuals, most serving at his pleasure, refused to comply with congressional subpoenas.
We find Trump is in clear contempt of Congress, although we wish Democrats would have taken the time necessary to have the courts adjudicate the issue and determine with complete certainty that Trump’s order was unlawful.
We hope the House will send these grave charges to the Senate and that Senate Majority Leader... will ensure there is a full and impartial trial to determine if Trump should still be trusted with the powers of the presidency."
Source and further reading:
This editorial lays out concisely the importance of impeachment for the democratic process whether or not the president is removed from office.
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