Impeachment: The Left’s Ultimate Weapon


In 1868, President Andrew Johnson was impeached for violating the Tenure of Office Act that had been enacted by Congress over his veto in 1867. Defying the law, Johnson fired Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, without getting Senate approval, as the act required him to do.

In his 1956 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, John F. Kennedy made Edmund Ross one of the Senate’s “Profiles in Courage” for his decisive and heroic vote not to convict and remove Johnson.

Repealed in 1887, the Tenure of Office Act was later declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

But while the act was the lethal instrument to be used in the political assassination of a president whom the Radical Republicans meant to terminate, Stanton’s ouster was not the primary cause of their fury.

What truly enraged the Radical Republicans was Johnson’s resolve to be more magnanimous toward the defeated South than they meant to be. Johnson had in mind an earlier end to the military occupation of the South and a more rapid return of the seceded states to the Union.

The story is told in the 1942 Hollywood film “Tennessee Johnson,” starring Van Heflin, which has since gone down the memory hole along with Woodrow Wilson’s White House favorite, “Birth of a Nation.”

As historians concede, the impeachment of Johnson was about Reconstruction and who would remake the South. Would it be the Southern majority that fought and lost the war, or the victorious Yankees and the “scalawags” and “carpetbaggers” laboring alongside them?

The triumphant Radical Republicans were not about conciliation. So severe were aspects of the occupation that Gen. Robert E. Lee reportedly said if he had known what was coming, he might not have quit fighting.

So, too, the impeachment of Donald Trump is not really about his 10-week delay in shipping arms to Ukraine or his postponing of a visit by Ukraine’s president until he announced an investigation of Burisma Holdings and Joe and Hunter Biden.

Even before the 2016 election, Democrats, collaborating with a like-minded media, were using the instruments of power they possess, to first prevent and then to overturn the election results of 2016.

Russiagate, the James Comey FBI investigation, the Mueller probe — aborting a Trump presidency has always been the goal.

Saturday, White House counsel Pat Cipollone succinctly described to the Senate the bottom line:

"They're asking you to remove President Trump from the ballot in an election that's occurring in approximately nine months. ... They're asking you to tear up all of the ballots across this country on your own initiative, take that decision away from the American people."

To save "our democracy," to which they pay tireless tribute, the impeachers want to ensure that the people, in a supposedly free election in 2020, are not allowed to make the same mistake they made in 2016.

To save our democracy, the House and half the Senate want to deny the America electorate one of the most important roles the people play in this republic -- the exercise of their right to choose the head of state and commander in chief of the United States.

Disqualifying presidential candidates whom populists favor but elites abhor is a quite common practice -- in Third World countries.

Over the weekend, we learned that John Bolton, who has offered to testify in the Senate trial, claims in his coming book that Trump made a direct link between sending military aid to Ukraine and Ukraine's opening an investigation of the Bidens.

This has caused some Republican senators to reconsider calling witnesses, particularly Bolton, in the impeachment trial.

If four Republicans vote for witnesses, they will be doing the work Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler and Nancy Pelosi's House failed to do in their haste to get Trump impeached by Christmas. They will be prolonging a trial set up to burn and bury their president.

The Senate should let Trump's defenders complete their case, as the House managers and impeachers have already done. Then allow 16 hours of questioning. Then call for the verdict.

There is no treason, no bribery and no high crime in what the House managers allege. There is nothing in the articles of impeachment voted that rises to a level to justify removing a president.

Harry Truman dropped atomic bombs on defenseless cities and sent 2 million POWs back to the tender mercies of Stalin in Operation Keelhaul after World War II.

JFK greenlighted the overthrow of an ally, President Ngo Dinh Diem in South Vietnam, in a coup that ended in the murder of Diem.

LBJ ordered the wiretapping of Martin Luther King, and his White House shared the fruits of that FBI surveillance with a friendly press.

No one was impeached.

Why? Because Truman, JFK and LBJ were establishment favorites.

For Trump, a phone call with a Ukrainian president saying, "Send us your Biden file and we will have a meeting," is a political capital crime justifying democracy's version of a death penalty.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of "Nixon's White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever."

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14 thoughts on “Impeachment: The Left’s Ultimate Weapon”

  1. This impeahmont thing stinks to high haven, take any given president has made the same phone calls, maybe an intentional slip up, but guess what, no BS as in DC today. How can these people hate Trump so much? It defies logic, it is a subversive effort by the ‘deep state’.

    1. This is not about hate! This is about keeping their ass out of jail!! What are the odds that Biden ,Romney Pelosi and Kerry all have sons sitting on boards in the Ukraine!!! All Democrats!!!

      1. It’s a protection racket. Those corrupt companies pay ‘us’ to leverage their own feds not to investigate them; “Well son of a ___, they fired the prosecutor.” The reason their offspring are on the board is so they can collect the payments, instead of mom and pop who are sitting Congresspersons (draping themselves in the flag and communicating with the founders via a Ouija board). Juniors are no more ‘employed’ there than the goons are employed at dry cleaners in Chinatown, who show up for their weekly payments. I don’t see how Ukraine is any better with our ‘help’ than they were the Soviet Union’s.

        1. He might as well be. He sides with them all the time. He has no respect for the Republican party.

  2. THE DEM WANT TO KEEP CHANGING EVERY TIME SOMETHING ELSE COMES . THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE FED UP WITH IT AND THE DEM WILL TAKE A VERY HUGE LOSS IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE.
    I ALSO FEEL THAT COST WILL ALSO BE A BIG BILL FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND WANT THE DEM TO PAY FOR IT.

  3. If the DEMOCOMMUNISTS go “down that road” with “witnesses”, they had better be prepared to allow witnesses from the other side, and that will include the “non-whistle-blower/whistle- blower” , bug-eyed PROVEN LAIR, POS “shifty shiff”, biden, his no-experience son hunter, the other biden family members that have “profited”, , and MANY other corrupt democommunists “offspring” that have also profited from their corruption. If anyone will “pay the price” as piglosi has opined, the DEMOCOMMUNIST “party” will, as well as expose all their nefarious acts to the American people.
    If that does ever happen , expect the “fifth”to be pleaded, and all the corrupt scum walk out grinning at the TV cameras, while showing the “middle finger” to the people (just like always).

  4. Over 30 years ago I watched NBC news interview a Democratic Senator and the conversation led to a question he was asked about voters, his answer I never forgot to this day was a simple direct answer! He said that most voters are clueless when it comes to Politics and believe everything they hear and most never check the facts they just go with what they hear and still today he was right, the immutable Americans!

  5. SCHUMER IS NOTHING BUT A BLOOD SUCKING LEACH. I WANT TO SEE HIM VOTED OUT OF OFFICE. WE NEED THOSE TERM LIMITS BACK FOR NEXT YEAR FOR SURE.!!

  6. Our forefathers would be mortified by what most democrats and some republicans have done while serving in Washington. Instead of working for the people, they work for themselves, lie and promote falsehoods for the sake of votes and corrupt gains. How is it our former President Abama entered the office of President with little Capitol and now on the meager salary of the President can buy a ten million dollar house? Where did the millions come from? How is it all the members of the Biden family receive millions as CEO’s without any experience and knowledge in the field. Wouldn’t it be remiss for our President to seek investigation of these very people, especially when every indication is that they were deals made because former Vice-President Biden misused his power to swing these shameful deals?

  7. TIME’S UP! THE VETS ARE COMING!

    TIME’S UP! FAR TOO MANY OF YOU POLITICIANS/BUREAUCRATS/ACADEMICIANS/MEDIA HAVE CROSSED THE LINE! WE OUT HERE IN THE HEARTLAND KNOW THIS IMPEACHMENT SHOW IS NOTHING BUT ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO COVERUP YOUR OWN CORRUPTION. D.J. TRUMP IS OUR PRESIDENT AND YOU ARE NOT GOING TO REPLACE HIM.

    SEEMS THERE IS ONE GROUP YOU SWAMP CREATURES FORGOT ABOUT. YOU FORGOT ABOUT THE 1000’S OF COMBAT VETERANS STILL ALIVE AND FULL OF TOTAL DISDAIN FOR ALL OF YOU. WE ARE COMING TO TEACH EACH OF YOU THAT YOU ARE OUR SERVANTS, NOT OUR LEADERS. SEE YOU SHORTLY, SUGGEST YOU GET READY!

    SOLDIER/COP/GRUNT, RETIRED

    Rape, Pillage,Plunder; America, You’ve Been Had!

    How much more before you stand up to those who have made the following lessons learned facts?

    1. The American people are the most effectively lied to people in modern times thanks primarily to the American political class, the American bureaucracy, the American media, and American academia.

    2. Arrogance coupled with ignorance equals stupidity.

    3. The greatest threats to the American people are the corrupt and/or incompetent politicians/bureaucrats/academicians found at every level of government/academia, and the majority of the American so-called media.

    4. Most of the politicians/bureaucrats/academicians I have encountered during my years as a soldier/cop I most kindly refer to as; self-serving, witless, cowards.

    5. The American Profession of Arms and our brothers/sisters in blue have failed to protect the American people from all of their enemies, both foreign and most especially domestic.

    Soldier/Cop/Grunt, Retired

    PS These lessons learned were first presented to a gathering of Americans in 1989. The only positive change to the American political environment since then has been the arrival of one, Donald J. Trump! Since D.J. Trump took office I have added more lessons learned thanks to the overall behavior of the parties highlighted in lessons learned 1-3 above. Seems approximately 25% of the American population has declared war on the rest of the nation!

    6. After carefully watching the whole of the political class since Donald J. Trump walked down that escalator in Trump Tower to date, I can say without reservation that most of the group will sell their souls and our bodies just to remain in power. (Added 2019)

    7. Want to see what the United States of America will look like if the left takes control of the government? Take your pick, New York City, Baltimore, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, or the complete package; California. (Added 2019)

  8. The senate needs to immediately clear our President, quit this illegal disgusting most likely criminal garbage, and force the democratics to pay every dime back immediately with interest no payments, then start prosecuting these vile politicians and those hiding in the background obama, soros, clinton

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