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President Trump shouldn’t have been impeached for multiple reasons. First, the record brought over was the thinnest in impeachment history. That isn’t just my opinion, though I certainly agree with that statement. That’s Jonathan Turley’s opinion, too.

During his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee, Prof. Turley said “If the House proceeds solely on the Ukrainian allegations, this impeachment would stand out among modern impeachments as the shortest proceeding, with the thinnest evidentiary record, and the narrowest grounds ever used to impeach a president. That does not bode well for future presidents who are working in a country often sharply and, at times, bitterly divided.”

At a time when the nation is doing well on multiple fronts, especially the economic front, what’s required is a stabilizing agent. The Constitution is one of those stabilizing agents. We’d be wise to include the Declaration of Independence, too. There’s a specific part of the Declaration that I’m thinking about that fits into the impeachment discussion.

The second paragraph of the Declaration starts by saying this:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

The colonists talk about the usurpation of rights granted to them by “Nature’s God.” They passionately believed that the British monarchy wasn’t acting in good faith. In fact, the Declaration listed their items of contention later in the document. (We’ll return to that later.) The next part of this paragraph is important. Here’s the key part:

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes;

Adam Schiff’s Democrats should’ve thought this through before injuring our republic. Were rights being violated? Were laws being broken? What was at the heart of this impeachment?

What was at the heart of this impeachment were 2 things. Democrats hate President Trump and Democrats disagreed with President Trump’s negotiating methods. Fighting a war to end slavery is a just cause. Impeaching a president because you don’t like him or you disagree with his handling of things is destabilizing. That’s dangerous and it shouldn’t be tolerated.

Impeachment should be reserved for Nixonian things. Nixon told the FBI that they didn’t need warrants to wiretap antiwar protesters, a violation of the protesters’ Fourth Amendment rights. Nixon told members of his staff to lie to investigators, clearly a case of obstruction of justice. These are things that rise to the level of treason or bribery.

Compared to the things that Nixon did, the things included in the Schiff-Democrat impeachment of President Trump are trivial. To emphasize the Declaration of Independence’s cautionary note, we shouldn’t impeach a president “for light and transient causes.”

For a month or so, I’ve had thoughts rattling through my head on whether the Declaration of Independence holds instructions on the topic of impeachment. Tonight, the final piece of the puzzle dropped into place. The answer is an emphatic yes.

The opening paragraph in the Declaration says “When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

The next paragraph is key:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes.

Let’s start with the second paragraph, which states that “governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” What House Democrats are attempting to do is institute a government without the consent of the governed. That’s the first strike against today’s Democrats. They aren’t listening to We The People. Instead, they’re listening to Resist Movement activists. The latest polling shows two-thirds of the country opposing impeachment. Still, that’s what House Democrats are shoving down our throats.

The wisest admonition to House Democrats, not that they’ll listen, is when it says that prudence dictates “that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes.” In other words, governments, like election results, shouldn’t be overturned for reasons that aren’t “lasting, enduring, or permanent.” If Democrats think that the reasons why they’re forced to impeach President Trump aren’t enduring for multiple generations, they should abandon this push.

This is the time for cooler Democrat heads to prevail. Just because Democrats are upset with 2016’s election results doesn’t give them the authority to overturn an election. If Democrats don’t heed the Declaration’s lessons, if Democrats instead shove impeachment down our throats, then they’ll pay a heavy price in November, 2020.

It’s apparent that the Democrats’ respect for this nation’s founding documents, starting with the Declaration of Independence, is minimal at best. In the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, it states emphatically “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”

This afternoon, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee took the first step in what’s expected to be their attempted impeachment of President Trump. In this instance, impeachment would be done because Democrats are sore losers, not because President Trump committed any high crimes or misdemeanors.

This Democrat House of Representatives is setting the principles that this great nation was founded upon on its head. Earlier today, the House Judiciary Committee Democrats voted to hold the Attorney General in contempt of Congress for obeying U.S. statutes.

That’s the definition of changing government “for light and transient reasons.” It’s also the portrait of pettiness. Rep. Doug Collins, (R-GA, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, opined thusly:

It’s time to throw these bad faith Democrats out of office. They’ve been all about investigating President Trump. They haven’t shown any interest in solving this nation’s problems. (Think the illegal immigration crisis.)

Each 4th of July, I make a habit of reading the Declaration of Independence. What’s amazing to me is that it’s constantly teaching me new lessons. This morning, a dear friend called me after midnight to be the first to wish me happy birthday. During our conversation, we talked about different generations’ perspective on history.

The thing about the period that we’re living in right now is that it’s based so frequently on instant gratification. By contrast, the Declaration teaches us something entirely different. Specifically, I’m referring to the part where it says “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

My wish is that this nation would return to building things that are long-lasting, resilient and sturdy. The things that the founders built were sturdy. The principles that guided their decisions have withstood the tests thrown at them. Yes, laws have had to be changed but the principles upon which this constitutional republic was built haven’t had to been changed.

Another thing that the Declaration has taught me is that the signers laid out the specific reasons why they were declaring their independence from the throne. Compare that with the flash mobs on college campuses that simply disrupt conservatives with violence. Antifa and its allies act like violent children going through terrible twos. The men who signed the Declaration acted like adults.

Finally, the other thing that the signers of the Declaration of Independence understood was that they would likely be hung for treason if they didn’t defeat the British in the Revolutionary War. That’s why these words stand so proudly:

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

Happy Independence Day. May Nature’s God continue to bless the nation He helped create.