#WhatUpWednesdays With Vangie: 0.13.2021
Impeachment Episode (Season 2 Episode 2)
A week after white supremacists’ Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol and tried to undermine our democratic process the US House voted to #Impeach our current President, again. What happened was one branch of government (Executive) tried to attack another branch of government (Congress) by inviting his supporters, fueled by months of lies and propaganda, who felt emboldened to invade and desecrate the symbol of our nation’s democracy. For some reason Trump’s party sycophants' want to pretend last Wednesday didn’t happen by excusing an insurrection as poor judgement and people who are frightened about what will happen to them in the next four years. Complete fantasy and bull crap.
A little civics lesson. “In impeachment proceedings, the House of Representatives charges an official of the federal government by approving, by majority vote, articles of impeachment. A committee of representatives, called “managers,” acts as prosecutors before the Senate. The Senate sits as a High Court of Impeachment in which senators consider evidence, hear witnesses, and vote to acquit or convict the impeached official. In the case of presidential impeachment trials, the chief justice of the United States presides. The Constitution requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate to convict, and the penalty for an impeached official upon conviction is removal from office. In some cases, the Senate has also disqualified such officials from holding public offices in the future. There is no appeal.” (Source: www.senate.gov)
Federal officials can be impeached for, “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” The Constitution does not specify exactly what defines, “High crimes and misdemeanors,” and can be subject to debate. I would imagine inciting an insurrection would be considered a high crime and misdemeanor.
The house introduced Articles of Impeachment, it passed with a vote of 232, yes and 197, nay to impeach the President, for a second time. My opinion of the opposing arguments to not impeach were both baseless and ridiculous. They continued to call for unity and moving forward from a violent attack on them and the Capitol. I say, no. There is no unity without accountability. For us as a country to heal from what happened this past week, and the past two months since the Presidential election those who continued to perpetuate lies and conspiracy theories need to be held accountable and punished to the fullest extent of the law.