Impeachment is not a coup
by John Stoehr, October 2, 2019
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.