Dismiss the Impeachment Trial
Without any evidence admissible under the Federal Rules of Evidence indicating a crime or misdemeanor, and no crime or misdemeanor defined by the U.S. Code included in any count of the Articles of Impeachment of President Trump, the Senate trial should be dismissed for the lack of grounds.
Whether by a Senate vote to dismiss or by an action before the Supreme Court, this blatant attack on the Constitution by members of Congress must not be tolerated. If dismissed by Senate vote, any Senator may still pursue a ruling / writ of certiorari by the Supreme Court determining whether any impeachment can be brought without any evidence of a crime or misdemeanor, itself violating the Constitution.
Secondly, this action by some members of the House advanced by some members of the Senate is a violation of those members oath of office, and they must be held accountable.
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution.
Worse, this egregious action by those we elect to offices of honor and trust is another in the ongoing attacks of these domestic enemies on the very heart of Constitution. The structure and language of the Constitution are framed to carry out and enable the Framers’ intention. That intention is ideologically declared, in part, in the Declaration of Independence, and is further expanded upon in the voluminous writings of the Framers and Founders such as are found in the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers. Records of the Constitutional Convention and the first Congresses confirm the Framers’ intention that there be justice for all! Additionally, those same public records emphasize the Framers’ fear of the public majority, and their intention to limit the Federal government.
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Reflected in those writings are intentions that may not be displaced by those seeking to destroy all that made America great. Most important for any law and particularly the “supreme law of the land” is the reality that without holding to the intention of the makers of the law, the opinions and interpretations of those holding the reins of political power result in injustice and tyranny. In the instance before us, members of the House attempt to violate the Constitution on multiple counts to institute their own laws and deprive us of the freedoms the Bill of Rights is intended to protect.
Most threatening to liberty and justice for all is the fact that these traitors are also members of the same party that championed the slavery that led to the Civil War. Now they attempt to enslave voters succumbing to their bribes soliciting their votes seeking election to public office. They seek to eliminate the checks and balances on governments the Framers put in place to protect minorities from the injustice of majorities. They seek to make government a god eliminating the “one Nation under God” intended and paid for in blood and sacrifice by the men and women who gave birth to America. Instead of relying on the Laws of “divine Providence” whose Author provided the countless miracles which enabled a segment of the colonists who had no army, no navy, and no unified military organization to defeat the mightiest army and navy of their time, they call to the religions of humanism to reject and ignore the truths of science and history.
It is these ideologic enemies who ignore, reject, and seek to replace the structure of government protecting us from unjust government power with three separate and equal branches. Already succeeding in abrogating and removing many states’ rights and taxing us with indirect taxes, Congress makes laws and privileges for itself that remain unavailable to the common citizen. Running amuck over civil rights, the tyranny of the administrative state they fund and institute operates without reasonable and appropriate Congressional oversight. These same enemies suggest and promote doing away with the Electoral College; enslaving Americans with a socialist agenda; tolerating unbridled capitalism; and burdening our “posterity” with unconscionable debt.
These public enemies would have us forget the lessons of the past. Not having enough workers with a work ethic and skills necessary to succeed in a free and just environment nearly brought disaster to the Jamestown colony. Governor Bradford of the Plymouth Colony writes of the failures of socialism. President Washington warns of the failures of government currently afflicting our Nation. President Lincoln lived and died fighting the party now still seeking to divide us. Bonhoeffer warned us of the toleration of unjust government. Truman showed us the cost of just resolve. Rev. Dr. M.L. King, Jr. showed us the success of just dedication and sacrifice. President Reagan orchestrated the downfall of the Soviet Union. Mother Theresa showed us grace and compassion.
The Senate must confront and defeat this attack on the Constitution by dismissing the impeachment trial, and seek judgment on those attacking this one Nation under God.
When you think about racial equality and civil rights, which political party comes to mind? The Republicans? Or, the Democrats? Most people would probably say the Democrats. But this answer is incorrect.
Since its founding in 1829, the Democratic Party has fought against every major civil rights initiative, and has a long history of discrimination.
The Democratic Party defended slavery, started the Civil War, opposed Reconstruction, founded the Ku Klux Klan, imposed segregation, perpetrated lynchings, and fought against the civil rights acts of the 1950s and 1960s.
In contrast, the Republican Party was founded in 1854 as an anti-slavery party. Its mission was to stop the spread of slaver y into the new western territories with the aim of abolishing it entirely. This effort, however, was dealt a major blow by the Supreme Court. In the 1857 case Dred Scott v. Sandford, the court ruled that slaves aren’t citizens; they’re property. The seven justices who voted in favor of slavery? All Democrats. The two justices who dissented? Both Republicans.
The slavery question was, of course, ultimately resolved by a bloody civil war. The commander-in-chief during that war was the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln – the man who freed the slaves.
Six days after the Confederate army surrendered, John Wilkes Booth, a Democrat, assassinated President Lincoln. Lincoln’s vice president, a Democrat named Andrew Johnson, assumed the presidency. But Johnson adamantly opposed Lincoln’s plan to integrate the newly freed slaves into the South’s economic and social order.
Johnson and the Democratic Party were unified in their opposition to the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery; the 14th Amendment, which gave blacks citizenship; and the 15th Amendment, which gave blacks the vote. All three passed only because of universal Republican support.
During the era of Reconstruction, federal troops stationed in the south helped secure rights for the newly freed slaves. Hundreds of black men were elected to southern state legislatures as Republicans, and 22 black Republicans served in the US Congress by 1900. The Democrats did not elect a black man to Congress until 1935.
But after Reconstruction ended, when the federal troops went home, Democrats roared back into power in the South. They quickly reestablished white supremacy across the region with measures like black codes – laws that restricted the ability of blacks to own property and run businesses. And they imposed poll taxes and literacy tests, used to subvert the black citizen’s right to vote.
And how was all of this enforced? By terror — much of it instigated by the Ku Klux Klan, founded by a Democrat, Nathan Bedford Forrest.
As historian Eric Foner – himself a Democrat – notes: “In effect, the Klan was a military force serving the interests of the Democratic Party.”
President Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat, shared many views with the Klan. He re-segregated many federal agencies, and even screened the first movie ever played at the White House – the racist film “The Birth of a Nation,” originally entitled “The Clansman.”
A few decades later, the only serious congressional opposition to the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 came from Democrats. Eighty percent of Republicans in Congress supported the bill. Less than 70 percent of Democrats did. Democratic senators filibustered the bill for 75 days, until Republicans mustered the few extra votes needed to break the logjam.
And when all of their efforts to enslave blacks, keep them enslaved, and then keep them from voting had failed, the Democrats came up with a new strategy: If black people are going to vote, they might as well vote for Democrats. As President Lyndon Johnson was purported to have said about the Civil Rights Act, “I’ll have them n*****s voting Democrat for two hundred years.”
So now, the Democratic Party prospers on the votes of the very people it has spent much of its history oppressing.
Democrats falsely claim that the Republican Party is the villain, when in reality it’s the failed policies of the Democratic Party that have kept blacks down. Massive government welfare has decimated the black family. Opposition to school choice has kept them trapped in failing schools. Politically correct policing has left black neighborhoods defenseless against violent crime.
So, when you think about racial equality and civil rights, which political party should come to mind?
Carol Swain, former professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University.