Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

February 9, 2021
Impeachment of former president is unconstitutional

Americans, we have a problem that needs to be immediately addressed by everyone who loves this country, and what it stands for.

This nation was founded on the principles and laws expressed in, and underscored by, the U.S. Constitution; arguably the greatest document ever constructed for the forming and governing of any nation.

This great document has kept many people, groups, and issues from going off in horrible directions, and even when they have gone off the rails, the guiding principles and mandates of the Constitution have brought them back to where they should be.

I do not currently know anyone who thinks the U.S. Constitution is not a valid governing document, and if I encountered someone who did I would ask them to clearly explain how a document that was constructed to fix problems that existed even at the time of its writing is not a good document to have in place.

I write this article today because there is a grave unconstitutional injustice currently occurring in our nation through the actions of our own U.S. Congress.

Regardless of how you believe, politically or otherwise, you must agree that no one is above the law.  Without law we are no better than tyrannical or totalitarian regimes that trample upon the rights of those who are weaker than they are. As far as such regimes are concerned, THEY are the law, and they can do as they please, even if the majority disagrees with them.

I would plead with you to care about the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law enough to speak out against the travesty that is unfolding in Washington D.C. Regardless of how you personally feel about former President Trump, you must not allow your feelings to get in the way of your support of and allegiance to our nation’s Constitution.

The U.S. Senate is undertaking an impeachment trial on former President Trump.  This action is unprecedented and completely unconstitutional.

According to the U.S. Constitution an impeachment of the President must occur with the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court presiding.  

Chief Justice Roberts has refused to preside over these illegal proceedings because he has made it clear they are blatantly unconstitutional.

Chief Justice Roberts is absolutely correct. Article II, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution clearly states that the President, Vice President, or any civil officer can be removed from office through impeachment. Chief Justice Roberts has made it clear that a private citizen cannot be impeached. Former President Trump is now a private citizen, and thus he cannot be impeached.

Clearly the current power structure of the U.S. Senate does not care what the law is; they have made it clear they are going ahead with an illegal impeachment trial.

I plead with you to set aside your personal feelings and consider what is occurring. They have made it clear that to bring their personal desires and prejudices to bear, they are willing to throw the U.S. Constitution under the bus; a constitution they swore to uphold when they took office.

Please consider the shame they are bringing on our nation. In addition they will not succeed because the outcome can be appealed to the Supreme Court, and obviously the Supreme Court will overturn their unconstitutional actions, assuming they can get enough votes, which it seems clear they cannot.

But consider even more where this will lead us as a nation. If the U.S. Congress, both the House and Senate, are willing to openly ignore the U.S. Constitution to get their way in this case, the precedent will be set for them to do such harm to others in the future. 

The American public will have no confidence in, and no assurance of, the protection of the U.S. Constitution.

The current Congress is willing to allow their blind hatred and disdain for one man to completely derail the trust we have had in this precious, unmatched document for almost 250 years.

How can we claim to be a nation of law when those who write and enforce the laws are themselves openly destroyers of the law?  

You and I, our children and our grandchildren, and beyond, will live in a land that is governed by a lie.  

In other words, all that has been fought for over the last 245 years, in wars and actions that has seen well over one million lives sacrificed will be counted as nothing just so that those currently in power will have some sort of twisted revenge on one man whom they disdain.

Is that why you salute the flag, and repeat the Pledge of Allegiance?  Do you do so for a pretense, and not with integrity of conscience?  Is that how you feel when you sing the National Anthem?

Again, this is not an issue about a former president. This is not an issue of some in Congress getting in the last jab or the last word. This is an issue that will define or destroy the heart and soul of our nation.

Jon McCartney is pastor of First Baptist Church of Tooele.

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