The House of Representatives impeached President Trump on charges of incitement of insurrection because of a speech. My conclusion is the House cannot defend their actions. His speech called for peaceful, patriotic support because the election was not legal in many states. Speech is protected. Also, the group who invaded the Capitol 1) planned it days before the speech was made that the Representative’s claim incited the insurrection. 2) some of those invading were not Trump supporters but rather Trump haters who relished seeing him impeached 3) the Capitol police knew about the riot plans in advance and chose to do nothing. Their lack of action could be construed as aiding and abetting the criminals. Please check for yourself and then decide.
Six Days Prior to Biden’s Taking Over
The purpose of this post is to critique the work of the 116th Congress on January 14, 2021, six days before the planned inauguration of Joe Biden.
I suggest that Americans should ask, “Are the allegations of the Democrats substantiated by the actions of President Donald J. Trump? Did the House of Representatives and Nancy Pelosi do due diligence to investigate the charges prior to impeaching? Also, as Americans who are ruled by the Constitution, will we stand by silently when our government calls making a statement that an election was stolen a “high crime” and thus punishing the speaker, therein ignoring their first amendment rights?”
Many are comparing the President’s statements and actions to those of other Democrats in an effort to prove that what President Trump did pales in comparison. I prefer to ignore all similar or worse behavior by Democrats and rather examine if the claims can be substantiated and if they violated our Constitution. I want to look at what we know actually happened. A starting point is to look at the:
The articles begin by stating:
“1 Resolved, That Donald John Trump, President of the
2 United States, is impeached for high crimes and mis-
3 demeanors and that the following article of impeachment
4 be exhibited to the United States Senate:”
We see immediately that even these representatives comprehend that President Trump HAS NOT committed Treason or Bribery. They are, however, claiming he committed a “high crime.” Here is their reiteration of the “high crime:
‘In his conduct of
9 the office of President of the United States—and in viola-
10 tion of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the of-
11 fice of President of the United States and, to the best of
12 his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution
13 of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional
14 duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed—
15 Donald John Trump engaged in high Crimes and Mis-
16 demeanors by willfully inciting violence against the Gov-
17 ernment of the United States, in that:
18 On January 6, 2021, pursuant to the Twelfth
19 Amendment of the United States Constitution, the Vice
20 President of the United States, the House of Representa-
21 tives, and the Senate met at the United States Capitol
22 for a Joint Session of Congress to count the votes of the
23 Electoral College. Shortly before the Joint Session com-
24 menced, President Trump addressed a crowd of his polit-
25 ical supporters nearby. There, he reiterated false claims
26 that ‘‘we won this election, and we won it by a landslide’’.’
According to Representatives who are supposed to represent all constituents, it was a high crime, inciting violence, and a failure to carry out his duties as president for President Trump to say in his speech that he “won in a landslide” and also, for him to say that “mail-in voting led to massive voter fraud.”
In their decision it becomes a high crime to state what one believes, especially if it contradicts Democrats. We know that Trump and his supporters based their beliefs on all swing states stopping the counting on election night when President Trump held a sizable lead and American citizens who were willing to come forward and risk everything to become Whistleblowers. Also, poll watchers reported massive irregularities that millions believed needed to be investigated. Lists were provided of names of people who voted who are deceased and others stated that massive fraud was prevalent. The alleged “crime” the House cited was committed when President Trump chose to believe these common Americans over Democrat politicians or establishment officials. The articles further stated:
1 He also willfully made statements that encouraged—and
2 foreseeably resulted in—imminent lawless action at the
3 Capitol. Incited by President Trump, a mob unlawfully
4 breached the Capitol, injured law enforcement personnel,
5 menaced Members of Congress and the Vice President,
6 interfered with the Joint Session’s solemn constitutional
7 duty to certify the election results, and engaged in violent,
8 deadly, destructive, and seditious acts.
Keep in mind that President Donald Trump isn’t being accused of an action of insurrection. He is being accused of causing others to commit an action with words in a speech. (The actual statements were not included as evidence and were not presented simply because in today’s America, those in power do not seem concerned or will not allow themselves to be bothered by actual evidence.) Also, they ignore a timeline that shows the President was speaking when the invasion occurred and he at no time suggested protesters invade the Capitol. Rather than argue about the speech, itself, the full transcript can be read or heard at Arkansas online.
The third and last part of Trump’s enumerated “High Crimes” is one sentence taken from a conference call Trump made to Georgia officials. The articles state:
President Trump’s conduct on January 6, 2021 was
10 consistent with his prior efforts to subvert and obstruct
11 the certification of the results of the 2020 presidential
12 election. Those prior efforts include, but are not limited
13 to, a phone call on January 2, 2021, in which President
14 Trump urged Georgia Secretary of State Brad
15 Raffensperger to ‘‘find’’ enough votes to overturn the
16 Georgia presidential election results and threatened Mr.
17 Raffensperger if he failed to do so.
18 In all of this, President Trump gravely endangered
19 the security of the United States and its institutions of
20 government. He threatened the integrity of the democratic
21 system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power,
22 and imperiled a coordinate branch of government. He
23 thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest
24 injury of the people of the United States.
The phone call addresses voter fraud, stolen votes, and how the steal was accomplished in the state of GA. It seems apparent that rather than asking Raffensperger to steal votes for him, he is asking him to recover the thousands of votes that were stolen from him. The phone call is still on-line for all to hear.
Quotes From the President’s Speech.
- It’s just a great honor to have this kind of crowd and to be before you and hundreds of thousands of American patriots who are committed to the honesty of our elections and the integrity of our glorious Republic.
- “Let us peacefully and patriotically walk down to the Capitol” to “cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women.”
- We will never give up. We will never concede. It doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved.
- Almost 75 million people voted for our campaign, the most of any incumbent president by far in the history of our country; 12 million more than four years ago.
This impeachment seems to be a rushed effort to harm a political opponent and it feels very ominous and threatening to those of us who care about free speech, equal justice under the law, and freedom from corruption. However, feelings are not of importance in this situation. What is is of utmost importance is the TRUTH. Democrats and powerful people in the establishment have declared Biden won the election, therefore that is declared to be ‘truth.’ No one at this time is being allowed to question this or present any evidence to suggest otherwise. There are a few states where dissension has been allowed and a few people who perpetrated election fraud have been charged, but for most in this post-truth era of America, where rather than investigate fraud, officials certify their choice, we are not allowed to question or comment if we do not accept what they have declared as “truth.” Not even if you are the President of the United States and millions of people agree with you.
Millions believe the election was stolen, but perhaps this stealing of our first amendment right to say so is the biggest steal of all.