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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2019 9:55 am

I’ll spare everyone the fancy prose and extra reading and simply take your J.F. Kelly and his column “Another Season of out Discontent” to task, thus:

The proper name of the party he enjoys impugning is the Democratic Party—not the “Democrat” Party, a not-so-subtle nod to the juvenile name calling Rush Limbaugh started and Donald Trump (and disappointingly, J.F. Kelly) employ to disparage the forty-nine percent (Gallup, September 2019) of all Americans who identify as “Democrats, or Democratic leaners.” (Forty-four percent identify as “Republicans, or Republican leaners.”)

Mr. Kelly suggests that is improper to remove a duly elected official less than eleven months before an election, but no one is supposed to be above the law. To say, oh, well, he abused the power of his office, and he obstructed Congress from performing its Constitutional role to check and balance the Executive, but the election is less than a year away, is like saying you’re not getting a ticket for DUI since you are only a few miles from home. The law is the law.

It is factually incomplete to say the founding generation created the Electoral College to encourage small states to join the nascent union. While true as far as it goes, the full purpose of the Electoral College was to woo the slave states. They objected to one man, one vote because it would have ended slavery on these shores right then, in the late Seventeenth Century. The Southern states were afraid of economic collapse if they couldn’t use free human labor.

“Donald Trump, for all his many faults, has not been charged with a felony.” As any Constitutional scholar will tell you, impeachment is a political, not legal action. It is unnecessary for the president to commit a crime in order to be impeached. Not all illegalities are impeachable, and not all impeachable offenses are illegal. But to be crystal clear, withholding Congressionally mandated security aid until the recipient state complies with a personal request geared to help the reelection fortunes of that president is transparently self-serving and is unprecedented in our history. Denying Congress its Constitutional authority by not complying with requests for witnesses and documents is also unprecedented, and if allowed to stand turns our democratic republic into a dictatorship where the president is above the law.

Finally, the House Leadership knows that enforcing our laws in this instance may constitute political suicide, but they are willing to stand on principle and take the political risk because fealty to the law and duty to their sworn oaths of office demand it.

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