With impeachment done after a second Senate acquittal today, many Democrats are thirsting for more punishment and actions to further demonize former President Trump. Despite two successful House impeachments, they are obsessed with someone they used for all attacks, actions and campaigns over the last five years.
a. Pursue a 14th amendment action (vote)
Congress may try to prevent Donald Trump from holding any public office again for supposed insurrection. Created after the Civil War, (ratified-1868) when national rebellion was a legitimate concern, the usage would require a tall order:
No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.Amendment XIV, Section 3
Problems with this option include the obstacle of getting 67 votes in the Senate again when only 57 voted for the charge of insurrection today. In addition, 290 of 435 Representatives in the House would have to vote in favor. Considering the Democrats have 221 seats to the Republican 211, with 3 vacancies, a lot of new information would have to surface, which clearly does not exist. This action would consume Congress, already distracted from real work on covid-relief(possibly unnecessary), infrastructure plans among other actually, bi-partisan issues.
Unfortunately, we know the appetite of leftists and liberals alike, to to keep Donald Trump in the news and with negative attention to distract from their failures and missteps and policy ambitions.
b. The second option- censure, is described by the U.S. Senate as:
“Less severe than expulsion, a censure (sometimes referred to as condemnation or denouncement) does not remove a senator from office. It is a formal statement of disapproval, however, that can have a powerful psychological effect on a member and his/her relationships in the Senate. ” (www.senate.gov)
According to the U.S. House, “Since 1800, Members of the House and Senate have introduced resolutions of censure against at least 12 sitting Presidents. Two additional Presidents received criticism via alternative means (a House committee report and an amendment to a resolution). The clearest instance of a successful presidential censure is Andrew Jackson. The Senate approved a resolution of censure in 1834.” (www.house.gov)
Censure will likely happen as it is simpler to accomplish, but less desired as it does nothing to alter the President’s record or future. However, political theatre has and will continue to cooperate with the mainstream media to create systemic disruption of truth and justice.
Spread the word and facts to maintain the Republic as the founders provided.