Here We go Again

02Aren’t Baby Boomers a lucky generation? We saw a man walk on the moon. We’ve gone from “Hello Mable, connect me to Gloria,” to cellphones and Facebook. We even have vehicles with more entertainment options than the houses where we grew up.

Now we have become the first generation of Americans to witness three attempts to remove a President from office. Recapping the previous attempts for those of you keeping score at home, impeachment is like an indictment.

The House can vote a bill of impeachment. The Senate will try the impeached person. A two-thirds majority of the Senate is required to convict. In 232 years, two presidents have been impeached. None have been removed from office.

Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were impeached, but not convicted in the Senate. Richard Nixon resigned before he could be impeached or removed from office. Those of us born in the heady days following World War II were around to witness the Nixon and Clinton struggles.

Now, it seems, we must ponder the possible removal of Donald Trump. The charge for impeachment according to the Constitution is “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” But what does that mean?

It’s an argument that goes back to the Constitutional Convention. The Smithsonian Institution recently noted, “(George) Mason, (James) Madison and delegate Edmund Randolph—did the most to set down a vision of when Congress should remove a president from office. Though the men had very different positions on the Constitution, their debates in Philadelphia and at Virginia’s ratifying convention in Richmond produced… (a subscription to the Jimplecute is required to continue reading this article).

 

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