In the first 175 years of the nation, the House of Representatives impeached only one president, Andrew Johnson. Now in the last 57 years, it’s impeached two, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, and it may be ready to impeach a third.
Why the rise in impeachments? Because we forget that impeachment is extraordinary. The normal way to remove a president is by the people through elections. The extraordinary way is impeachment, with its Constitutional requirement of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Lacking political patience, we threaten to make the extraordinary now ordinary.
Politics is an ugly business. Quid pro quos in foreign policy? They doubtless happen more than we think and, if we don’t like them, we have a chance to cast our vote in one year. But a case of high crimes and misdemeanors demanding an extraordinary remedy?
I think not.Read More »
Townhall Review – December 7, 2019
George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley testifies before the House at the request of President Trump.
Hugh Hewitt turns to Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton to talk about Senate preparations for a likely impeachment trial.
Mike Gallagher comments on an interview between Georgia Representative Doug Collins, ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, and Chris Wallace of Fox News.
Hugh Hewitt talks with retired Admiral James Stavridis about the tension between the United States and China.
Dennis Prager talks about the terrorist stabbing in London by a known terrorist who was released from prison after only serving 6 of 12 years for a previous terrorist crime.
Sebastian Gorka and James Rosen, investigative reporter for Sinclair Broadcasting, talk about the soon-to-be-released Justice Department report on events that led up to the Russia Collusion investigation.Read More »
Despite strong economic growth of recent years, an even more important number tells a much less encouraging story.
For three years in a row now, we’ve suffered an unprecedented decline in life expectancy—with self-inflicted harm striking more Americans in the prime of life. The lead author of a new study for the American Medical Association says, “the whole country is at a disadvantage compared to other wealthy nations.”
While people around the world enjoy steady increases in longevity, America has been moving in the wrong direction for the first time in a century.
Experts say prime causes are drug overdoses, suicides, and alcoholism—“deaths of despair” that inflict a horrible toll, despite declining rates of crime and poverty, and dramatic improvements in medical care.
Prospective leaders in an election year must confront this threat to our national well-being that prematurely steals spouses, parents, neighbors and work colleagues from those who need them.Read More »
China’s ‘1984’ Control Over Its People Grows Ever Stronger: Hugh Hewitt with Admiral James Stavridis
Hugh Hewitt talks with Admiral James Stavridis (USN, Ret.) discuss a Wall Street Journal article on China threatening retaliation over proposed U.S. sanctions. They also discuss parts of Hewitt’s piece in the Washington Post titled “Trump has done the world a favor by highlighting China’s communist regime.”
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