Impeachment is not a coup

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Impeachment is not a coup

by John Stoehr, October 2, 2019

https://agenceglobal.com/2019/10/02/no-impeachment-is-not-a-coup/

Impeachment is a constitutional tool designed for times of extraordinary abnormality-say, for instance, when a president presides over an obscenely lawless administration. That’s what we are seeing

Impeachment is a constitutional tool designed for times of extraordinary abnormality — say, for instance, when a president presides over an obscenely lawless administration. That’s certainly what we are seeing. Time and again, the House Democrats have issued lawful subpoenas to gain access to people and resources in their constitutional duty of conducting executive oversight. Time and again, they have been blocked by
a president refusing to recognize their co-equal authority. If the Congress can’t conduct oversight, the executive functions absent accountability. If the executive functions absent accountability, our belief in equal justice before the law is an empty gesture.

Impeachment is, indeed, highly unusual in and of itself. But it should not be understood outside of its context, which, in our current case, is one of extraordinary presidential lawlessness to the point of collusion with an enemy government seeking to injure our republic. So we should see what the House Democrats are doing for what it is. They are not, as the president alleged last night, fomenting a coup d’etat. They are not meeting abnormal politics with more and greater abnormal politics. The House Democrats are instead seeking a constitutional solution to a constitutional crisis.

They are, in other words, trying to bring politics back to normal.

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3 Responses to Impeachment is not a coup

  1. Marc says:

    Video: Why Impeachment Matters More Than Party Politics
    John Nichols, The Nation, 22 min

    https://freespeech.org/stories/impeachment-matters/

  2. Marc says:

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  3. Marc says:

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