Impeachment Process is Oversight Process
I started this Post around June. I was listening to Representative Jerry Nadler, who heads the Judiciary Committee that would become an impeachment inquiry, and he was talking about "time constraints" and the difficulty of impeaching the President. It made me think, it really is difficult to impeach anyone. And that degrades the power of impeachment and attenuates its potential effectiveness. But:
- Is that a real problem or an example of bad process? In this era of gigantic government, where too much power is already delegated to the executive, aren't these matters of "bad constitution" rather than things we can't address? If so then they reflect antiquated process and that should be dealt with. In this post I include a few suggestions on how to modernize that process without a new constitutional amendment.
- What are the benefits if the House impeaches anyway?
What Would Impeachment Accomplish Now?
The benefits of the House impeaching the President anyway are:
- Doing so will Document Trump's crimes.
- This will provide input evidence for prosecutions once he's out of office.
- Doing this will hammer home to the general public the depth of Trump's perfidy.
- This will rebuke and may even shame the shameless Republicans in the House and Senate.
- This may help us defeat him electorally.
For this reason, impeachment articles are worth doing, even with the knowledge that they'll get to the Senate and be ignored or tabled. It is my belief that each Article should focus on one set of infractions, document the criminality and abuse of power and why they are reason for impeachment. The reason for separate articles is that they should result in separate prosecutions, changes in law and impeachment/prosecution of co-conspirators. I personally like the "Drip Drip of investigations" idea. There are at least 8 or 9 articles needed, by my count, and each of them embraces several to hundreds of counts. For more on this see:
Meanwhile this post addresses ideas for improving our antiquated process: