We have reached a point where impeachment is no longer up for discussion. Many people would argue that impeachment proceedings should have begun several months ago. I say, “Impeachment now. Impeachment tomorrow. Impeachment forever.” The current president has consistently shown that he does not believe in or respect the norms of the executive office. He has also consistently shown that he is willing to surround himself with subordinates who will assist him in circumventing the norms and even laws of the United States. As this president continues to enrich himself and his family members, we must continue to sound the alarm and call upon Congress to act.
The framers of the Constitution feared a strong executive and detailed several checks and balances on the executive office to ensure a dictatorship or monarchy type ruler would not succeed. As outlined in Federalist 51, the framers wanted a separation of powers so that if one branch tried to overreach their power, they would be curtailed by the other branches. Impeachment is just one of the checks and balances the framers detailed. That is, if the House of Representatives believe the president has engaged in acts that are unlawful or antithetical to his duty to uphold the U.S. Constitution, then they can move to impeach the executive. They then detailed that if the House voted to impeach, the Senate would be responsible for enforcement of said impeachment.
It is important to remember the definition of impeachment. It is defined as “the process by which a legislative body levels charges against a government official. It does not mean removal from office; it is only a statement of charges, akin to an indictment in criminal law.” Some of you readers may remember when President Bill Clinton was impeached by the Republican controlled House of Representatives in 1998, but was not prosecuted by the Democratically controlled Senate. Several politicians and political scholars believe the current president has consistently lied to the American public about his conversation with political adversaries, asked rogue nations for assistance in U.S. elections, and has consistently flaunted his abuse of the emoluments clause by making money on his various golf courses each weekend.
This is a very short list of the daily abuses waged by this president on an almost consistent daily basis. His lies, large and small, are almost too much for the media to keep track of and the public is largely exhausted and overwhelmed by the daily onslaught of executive overreach. Sadly, the president has framed the media as an enemy of his administration and “fake,” therefore, the deluge of stories pertaining to the president’s illegal and abnormal behavior are merely framed as Democratic biases and thinly veiled vendettas. We cannot allow this to continue. We must demand action from the House before it is too late.
Christina Greer, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Fordham University, the author of “Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream,” the co-host of the new podcast FAQ-NYC.