Impeach and Convict --- Or Not
Posted on: Feb 9 2021 / Written by: Brett Lunger
For the second time in less than fourteen months, Donald Trump has been impeached by the United States House of Representatives.1
The first impeachment ended in acquittal when the Senate failed to gain the necessary Super Majority to convict.
Now, the Democrats are back at it again. This time they have issued a single article of impeachment, alleging “Incitement of Insurrection” (117th Congress, Session 1, House Resolution 24).
Supporting their impeachment contention, House Democrats cite remarks made by Trump while addressing a crowd of loyalists on the morning of January 6th. The Democrats contend that Trump’s remarks sparked a violent assault on the nation’s Capital just blocks from where he was delivering his speech.
It should come as no surprise that this allegation has generated controversy and is the subject of heated debate on Capitol Hill and around the nation.
Where do you stand? Do you have an opinion regarding Donald Trump’s guilt or innocence? Do you believe that Trump’s remarks incited the crowd to violent insurrection? Or do you think that his remarks, as ill-conceived as they might have been, fall short of “inciting insurrection?”
Good. Taking a stand on such issues is important. An engaged citizenry is vital to the future well-being of our democracy.
But wait. Let me ask two additional questions. First, did you read the full text of the House’s article of impeachment? Second, did you read the full transcript of Donald Trump’s speech?
If you answered “no” to either question, is it possible that your passionate desire for a particular outcome has prevented you from making an objective analysis of the issues?
Objectivity is not easy, but it is critical if our opinions are to have any credibility. See my essays “Open Minded” and “DNC Debates.”