The pipe dream of impeachment

The left-leaning proponents of removing President Trump from office by invoking the 25th amendment have by now realized that it was all a pipe dream and haven’t got a leg to stand on with pursuing an impeachment proceeding. That’s because the Senate SHALL HAVE THE SOLE POWER TO TRY ALL IMPEACHMENTS, not the House of Representatives. When the president of the United States is tried, the chief justice shall preside [article 1, Section 3, U.S. Constitution], and no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two thirds of the members present. Without a conviction, it would be another futile exercise. While we/you are on the subject of the Constitution, check out the 14th Amendment [section 3]: “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or Military, under the United States, or under any state, who having taken an oath as a Member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State to support the Constitution of the United states, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. but Congress may by a vote of two thirds of each House remove such disability.” To identify such person or persons it is necessary to define insurrection and rebellion. The cheap, everyday dictionaries that you can buy at any book store will typically list these two words as synonyms for each other without really defining either one. My dictionary reference, containing three volumes of 1,000 pages each defines insurrection as [1] an act or instance of revolting against civil or political authority or against an established government. [2] An act or instance of rising up physically. Rebellion is defined as [1a] To oppose or disobey one in authority or control [1b] to renounce and resist the authority of the ruler or the government to which one owes allegiance.

To summarize: Who is it that loudly, and daily announces their intention to remove President Trump from his lawfully elected office? Have they taken the prescribed oath of office? Should they be held to the standard outlined in the fourteenth amendment [section 3]? If not, why not? As for me, I will choose the Constitution over partisan politics all the time, every time.

Warren J. Roberts

Warren Center