Friday Open Thread | Back to Impeachment

I want to talk about the question of impeachment. The polls say that the Democratic Party base is absolutely all-in for impeachment. I am quite sure of those polls. I believe those polls to be true. I am part of the Democratic base. I am an African-American woman. Since Black people ARE the base of the Democratic Party, I understand completely the reasoning behind it.

Black folks believe in the rule of law. And nothing galls us more than when we see the rule of law being so fragrantly disregarded.

I have said numerous times that one of my pet peeves that I won’t let stand is for someone to castigate the patriotism of Black Americans. I don’t know a collective more patriotic than Black Americans. We are the group that had to dig deep to find a reason to believe in this country. We believe in its ideals, and so, when we see instances of those who display everything against what this country IS SUPPOSED TO BE FOR, it needs to be called out.

Black folks gathered all kind of receipts during the Presidency of Barack Obama. We have them collected, stored, and file neatly to be pulled when necessary. We also are keeping receipts during this Administration. We now know that all the GOP said that they represented was an absolute and utter farce. They don’t care about treason against this country. Their supporting Dolt45 in lockstep, watching him trample across the Constitution from the Emoluments Clause to challenging the powers of the Legislative Branch, to his purposefully not filling posts, thus damaging the apparatus of Government, Using the Government to abuse the least of us, along the border and within this country.

We look at what Dolt45 has done, and it’s obvious that he is a criminal, heading a criminal family, and the only people he hires are other criminals. Up and down his Administration are criminals. The Justice Department ‘Memo’ on a President can’t be indicted was bullshyt. Either we are a nation of laws, or we are not. He has committed Obstruction of Justice numerous times, and needs to be held accountable.

This time has been very knowledgeable, so that we know who supports, TRULY SUPPORTS this country. And, its beliefs.

 

Barbara Jordan said the following in her opening remarks at the Watergate Hearings:

Earlier today, we heard the beginning of the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States: “We, the people.” It’s a very eloquent beginning. But when that document was completed on the seventeenth of September in 1787, I was not included in that “We, the people.” I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation, and court decision, I have finally been included in “We, the people.”

Today I am an inquisitor. An hyperbole would not be fictional and would not overstate the solemnness that I feel right now. My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total. And I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction, of the Constitution.

“Who can so properly be the inquisitors for the nation as the representatives of the nation themselves?” “The subjects of its jurisdiction are those offenses which proceed from the misconduct of public men.”1 And that’s what we’re talking about. In other words, [the jurisdiction comes] from the abuse or violation of some public trust.

It is wrong, I suggest, it is a misreading of the Constitution for any member here to assert that for a member to vote for an article of impeachment means that that member must be convinced that the President should be removed from office. The Constitution doesn’t say that. The powers relating to impeachment are an essential check in the hands of the body of the Legislature against and upon the encroachments of the Executive. The division between the two branches of the Legislature, the House and the Senate, assigning to the one the right to accuse and to the other the right to judge, the Framers of this Constitution were very astute. They did not make the accusers and the judgers — and the judges the same person.

We know the nature of impeachment. We’ve been talking about it awhile now. It is chiefly designed for the President and his high ministers to somehow be called into account. It is designed to “bridle” the Executive if he engages in excesses. “It is designed as a method of national inquest into the conduct of public men.”² The Framers confided in the Congress the power if need be, to remove the President in order to strike a delicate balance between a President swollen with power and grown tyrannical, and preservation of the independence of the Executive.

And, Richard Nixon’s transgressions were miniscule compared to the crimes and thievery of Dolt45.

This great piece of writing from Adam Serwer about those who really believe, and practice what this country is supposed to preach:

Black Americans did not abandon liberal democracy because of slavery, Jim Crow, and the systematic destruction of whatever wealth they managed to accumulate; instead they took up arms in two world wars to defend it. Japanese Americans did not reject liberal democracy because of internment or the racist humiliation of Asian exclusion; they risked life and limb to preserve it. Latinos did not abandon liberal democracy because of “Operation Wetback,” or Proposition 187, or because of a man who won a presidential election on the strength of his hostility toward Latino immigrants. Gay, lesbian, and trans Americans did not abandon liberal democracy over decades of discrimination and abandonment in the face of an epidemic. This is, in part, because doing so would be tantamount to giving the state permission to destroy them, a thought so foreign to these defenders of the supposedly endangered religious right that the possibility has not even occurred to them. But it is also because of a peculiar irony of American history: The American creed has no more devoted adherents than those who have been historically denied its promises, and no more fair-weather friends than those who have taken them for granted.

There is no greater example of what it means to be privileged than watching the right abandon democracy in favor of authoritarianism as a means to maintain power.