Today the Senate saw fit to relitigate the constitutionality of trying the impeachment of a President no longer in office. Chris Cuomo is among those who doesn’t understand why today was necessary since it is so obvious to him that of course it is constitutional for the Senate to proceed. The universal consensus appears to be that the House Managers had their act together and Trump’s defense very much did not. I learned some very interesting constitutional history of which I had previously not been aware. I wanted to share the most powerful moments that bookended the House’s case – first a 13-minute video of the events of January 6th, followed by an emotional plea by Rep. Jamie Raskin. I watched the entire House case, but have only seen the “highlights” of the Trump side. I did not watch the Trump side for the very simple reasons that:
- The earth is round.
- Climate change is real.
- We really did land on the Moon.
- Darwin was right.
- The Holocaust actually happened.
Sometimes listening to “both sides” is a colossal waste of time. The other thought I’ve had is that if as expected this trial ends without penalty for Trump impeachment as a remedy really is irreparably broken. The Constitution is infused throughout with the Framers’ assumption that there will be natural tension between the branches as each jealously guards its prerogatives against the others. By that standard Congress would be quick to keep an overstepping President in line. In the case being tried this week, the Congress was subject to a direct violent attack instigated by the then President. If something this extreme doesn’t provoke both chambers to rise up unanimously and say in no uncertain terms regardless of any other political disagreement, “Mr. President, you DO NOT get to treat us this way!” then nothing will. I think we need to have a conversation about amending the Constitution to provide for a different method for removing or disqualifying a dangerous President. We also need to redouble our efforts to teach how our government works and why a democratic republic is a good thing.