For Democrats it is not a question of if President Trump will be impeached, but a question of when. Hillary Clinton had barely finished her concession speech before the left leaning pundits began speculation of how long Donald Trump would remain in office before the axe fell. Since the election the calls for impeachment from the Democratic leadership have only increased. It does not matter that the entire foundation of these calls for impeachment are based on archaic laws never used in our history or on rumors and innuendo based upon circumstantial evidence or unnamed sources. What is important for Democrats is that the calls for impeachment are made; made frequency and made loudly. To the Democrats, who have just declared “Total War”, the legal basis for impeachment is irrelevant. If you are able erode the trust of the public and hamstring the agenda of the President then an actual impeachment becomes a bonus prize. Make no mistake, Democrats know the likelihood of impeachment is low, but they will settle for a comatose Trump administration that is handicapped by legitimacy issues and they will ride roughshod over the American people to get there.
This is a dangerous game that Democrats are playing. President Trump has barely held office for a month and calls for impeachment without evidence undermine our entire system. Even Presidents are entitled to due process and one of the central ideological underpinnings of the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment is presumption of innocence. If our Congressional Lawmakers can start lightly tossing out accusations of “Treason, Bribery or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors” without concrete evidence we impugn the character of the President and by extension the office that he represents. It is the right of Congress to provide oversight of the President, but it is also their duty to do so in a manner that avoids unnecessarily eroding the public trust in the system. Continued calls for an impeachment that they know are unlikely ever go anywhere only serve as a dog whistle to their political base for the purposes of fundraising and as a vehicle for usurping the will of the people.
As lawmakers these individuals are fully aware of the intricacies of meeting the standards of guilt, yet despite this knowledge continue to act in an irresponsible way that sets a bad precedent. Democrats have shown their willingness to upend tradition and rule of law in order to push their political agenda, but I caution them before they go too far. Much like they now regret the use of the nuclear option for cabinet appointments, continued calls to move for impeachment without just cause will one day be used against them. This is the danger of wielding political swords, as they tend to cut both ways. Constituents of both sides of the aisle need to let their lawmakers know that this type of unchecked behavior will no longer be tolerated as it always ends badly. If we cannot figure out how to reverse this trend of unrestrained incivility and disregard of the rules we may ultimately devolve into a place where we move beyond words and legal wrangling and the consequences are direr, because out there in that future, due process is a bullet.
Do these sound like people who President Trump can work with? These are the leaders of the Democratic Party.
“Out here, due process is a bullet.” John Wayne as Colonel Mike Kirby in Green Berets