Article I, Section 3
When I reread the last paragraph of this article of the US Constitution this morning (I have read it before, but it is still not in my memory banks. Hell! It has taken almost two years to almost get the preamble down.) something perked my interest.
This paragraph reads:
“Judgment in cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.”
The first time I read it the word “Party” leaped out at me enthusiastically.
‘Party, you mean the whole Republican party can be liable! No wonder the Senate is so afraid to impeach and remove a President.’
Let us face it, no single person made Donald J. Trump, even Donald J. Trump is only mostly responsible for this miserable excuse for a human being. “I blame society.”
After almost two years of this horror bringing out the darkest side of America’s nature, I want a shot at all of them, which I never will get. I know that.
Then I reread it and went, ‘Ah shucks!’ Party just means the individual Trump, or any sitting President.
The parts about “Indictment, Trial, Judgement and Punishment” and “disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States” made me realize just how much Nixon, Ford, and the US government got away with when Ford pardoned him.
Gods! I was so much younger once.