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.

4 Responses to “The Declaration of Independence’s instructions on impeachment”

  • J. Ewing says:

    Time for a paraphrase of Brer Rabbit, as a plea to Democrats: “Oh, please, please, don’t throw Trump into that briar patch [of impeachment]!”

    Did you notice that in the 24 hours after Pelosi’s announcement, Trump 2020 took in $5 million?

  • eric z says:

    For now it is an inquiry. Should grounds be uncovered in hearings, where subpoenaes cannot be dodged for phony “security” reasons, then there will be a vote on impeachment. For now fact finding. Later action, depending on facts found. Not just the quid pro quo implicit situation with Ukraine, screw over Biden family no matter what or funds stay withheld, but was there a conscious coverup attempt to prevent such facts from seeing the light of day. Barr, what role, should he be impeached? Rudy, no official Department of State authority, back-channeling like crazy? How far did he go? A ton of questions about impropriety. Where things land, in the House, remains dependent upon hearing results. Things are being done with due caution. Why Trump felt he could get away with that Ukranian intrigue is a mystery, where answers need to be uncovered. Was there crime of a level to impeach? Given the low Starr-Kavanaugh bar set against Clinton by ill-mannered Republicans, who knows?

  • Gary Gross says:

    This investigation has been ongoing for almost 3 years. Democrats won’t find anything because, believe it or not, Trump isn’t anywhere as evil as Democrats think.

  • Mark says:

    The current process is without due process, fairness, cross-examination and no witness transcripts. So unfair to the President. If the DoJ IG Report confirms FISA abuse and if the John Durham report shows criminal acts against our duly elected President then there must be accountability. Remember, the Comey leaks to his professor friend got to the NYT which caused the appointment of Mueller. His 448-page report CONFIRMS there was no Russian collusion or collaboration between Trump/his campaign to affect the 2016 election. Poor loser Hillary wrote the book “What Happened” and still blames everyone but herself for the 2016 loss. Thanks to Democrats, we’ve wasted 3 years for nothing and they are looking for ANYTHING to reverse the 2016 election. Keep in mind there have been 4 investigations into Russian collusion (3 by the House/Senate committees plus Mueller) and they all came up with the conclusion no collusion occurred. Trump wins 2020 with even more electoral votes no matter who runs against him.

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