Letters to the Editor

Letter: Change the law to prevent malicious impeachment

To the Editor:

Democratic House members colluded, asserted, and then failed to prove that President Donald Trump misbehaved. Instead of proposing a sensible sanction, House Democrats abused their power and demanded that the Senate politically assassinate Trump for exercising his Constitutional rights. No doubt Democrats clearly violated the Constitution that governs their actions, individually tarnished themselves, and their capacity to be trusted ever again.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her co-conspirator managers put themselves above the law to invent and rush through a completely partisan and totally unfair prosecution. Their radical behavior was blatantly obvious to everyone but them. The Senate had no choice but to put the Democrats in their place.

Democrats must pay a price for ignoring their primary duty of legislation and staging a partisan coup. There should be legal consequences. 

In their shameless pursuit of power, Democrats do not care how much pain and disorder they cause for us Americans. The Framers authored the Constitution including remedies to decide legal squabbles within the three branches of government. They never envisioned they needed to prescribe actionable consequences against Congress for defamation/slander, abuse of power, anti-constitutional conduct, or other illegal antics. Congress must fashion new legal guardrails.

Consider a guardrail law prohibiting a partisan majority of the House from beginning an impeachment inquiry. The minimum requirement could be the number of the majority seats plus 10% of the minority seats to begin an impeachment inquiry. Should a second impeachment inquiry be proposed for the same president, the standard could be raised to the number of majority seats plus 25% of the minority seats. Of course a vote by the full House is required. 

The Electoral College provides a firewall to protect the minority from majority dominance in presidential elections. The president deserves a similar shield from a partisan dictatorship once he is in office. 

No person is above the law. No federal branch is authorized to abuse the law. A full acquittal never restores the damage done by a wrongful prosecution. Never again should anyone be at the illegal whims of partisan persecution – amend the law.

Rick Dime

Richmond

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