Monday, January 20, 2020

Impeachment: Shield Or Spear? McConnell Invokes"Kill Switch"

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Impeachment of President Trump will dominate world news this week.

Senate Majority Leader McConnell has included what is effectively a "kill switch" in the Senate rules that will guide the impeachment trial that begins tomorrow.

Many on the left are declaring that Founding Father Alexander Hamilton would support the impeachment of Donald Trump.

A closer look at what he said.

Also a few comments on Martin Luther King Jr.

Be informed.

I'll be talking a little about MLK today on the radio, as we celebrate his birthday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is, as of yesterday, including in the US Senate impeachment trial rules a "kill switch" that effectively allows for the President's legal team to seek an immediate verdict or dismissal of the case should the Democrats engage in any trickery which has become the norm since they launched their "impeachment agenda" on the day he was Inaugurated.

After holding their articles of impeachment for more than a month, and only after McConnell threatened to move forward with them, did Pelosi finally parade them through the halls of power from the House to the Senate.

Senate Republicans do not trust them to refrain from playing games that seek to make the Senate trial unfair to the President---like it was in the House of Representatives.

Republican leaders do not believe the Democrat impeachment is legitimate because the charges do not rise to any criteria outlined in the Constitution.

Sen. Josh Hawley, (R-MO) a freshman senator who has been very supportive of the President, had previously drafted a measure that would have dismissed the charges had the House not transmitted them to the Senate.

Now that the articles are in the hands of the Senate, Republican leadership will decide how they will proceed, given the Democrats' propensity to trickery.

If the Senate keeps the "kill switch" rule that allows for a "motion to dismiss" by the President's team will definitely block any Democrat gamesmanship in the days ahead.

Alexander Hamilton would not have supported impeaching Donald Trump--neither does Harvard law Professor (and Democrat who voted for Hillary) Alan Dershowitz.

Dershowitz announced Friday that he has joined the Trump legal team and will present oral arguments against impeachment and removal in the Senate trial.

Politically, he did not support Trump in the election, but says he is joining the Trump team in support of the Constitution.

He believes the issues that are at stake go to the heart of our enduring Constitution.

Much has been said about the fact that Founding Father Alexander Hamilton would support impeaching Trump based on comments he made to George Washington.

The Washington Post published an essay recently in which they said "Hamilton pushed for impeachment powers" and "Trump is what he had in mind."

According to the essay, Hamilton viewed impeachment as a "crucial instrument" that he "helped design and defend."

Joseph B. Sweeney, writing in The Federalist says that's not true.

He says Hamilton was not pushing for any particular power or check and balance; he was pushing for ratification of a more centralized government.

Hamilton wasn't even present for most of the Constitutional Convention, and when he did attend, he actually didn't contribute much, according to the records, although he did write the majority of the Federalist Papers, including the two defending the impeachment process as outlined in the Constitution.

Sweeney says the Post essay misuses Hamilton's comments. Here's a brief overview. I would encourage you to read all of Sweeney's comments.

1. The Post, after covering the two Federalist Papers that discussed and defended the impeachment process, frames a series of Hamilton quotes as though they all discuss impeachment and would support the current impeachment efforts. But only one quote is actually related to impeachment, the others are related to completely different subjects.
2. The essay claims Hamilton "feared an unholy trinity of traits in a future president---ambition, avarice and vanity." The historical support offered for this claim is an anonymous letter Hamilton wrote to a newspaper during the Revolutionary War.
The letter criticized a congressman for using official information for personal financial gain, saying, "When avarice takes the lead in a state, it is commonly the forerunner of its fall."
The Post and the Democrats have taken that language out of context to claim that Hamilton feared a "populist demagogue" president. That's not only disingenuous, it's a lie.
3. The Post and the Democrats repeatedly say Hamilton feared a demagogue president. However, when they quote him in "charging" Trump for having "a temper fond of despotic power and hostile to the principles of liberty," they are, again, lifting statements made regarding one thing and applying it to something else.
Hamilton was warning against an excessive zeal for liberty and democracy to the detriment of good government.
You may not agree with everything in the Federalist Papers---I don't, but my point is that the Left is lifting quotes and using them out of context, to mislead the public.
4. Having taken out of context quotes to create Hamilton's worst-fear-demagogue-president, the Post essay then conveniently omits relevant language from another Hamilton quote to support their "Hamilton's worst-fear-president attack."
They use a quote from a letter Hamilton wrote to George Washington which Hamilton rebuts criticism against his work as Treasury Secretary. His work. Not a future president. He went on to define a terrible man who is seen to mount his hobby horse of popularity to join in the cry of danger to liberty---to flatter and fall in with all the nonsense of the zealots of the day---"It may justly that his object is to throw things into confusion that he may 'ride the storm and direct the whirlwind."
That's Trump, the progressives wail.
However what the progressive Left Democrats are omitting is that Hamilton's rant was very clear that the person he was describing "had the advantage of military habits," which was obviously a reference to say---Aaron Burr---who was not inside government at all but could incite the masses and overthrow the federal government from the outside, based on his "advantage of military habits."

This week our country is entering a place that is unfamiliar to most Americans. One political party trying to remove a President with whom they disagree. Trying to overturn the will of 63 million voters.

And trying to prevent a president from being elected in our 2020 presidential elections.

If you read Hamilton carefully, and I have, one of his greatest fears was that impeachment would be weaponized and used by the party with the most votes in Congress to overthrow a president with whom they disagree, or simply dislike.

We stand on that threshold.


House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. Made an alarming statement last week that should cause every American to awaken to the times in which we live. He said in defense of the House's conduct this past month: "President Trump should be given every opportunity to prove his innocence."

Does he not know the Constitution provides that everyone is innocent until proven guilty? Or does he simply not care?

"Impeachment" is being used as a spear meant to harm, not a shield with which to protect our Constitution and our country.

Pray for the President. Pray for our country.

Be Faithful. Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful.