December 13, 2019

Everyone needs a civics lesson on impeachment

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JD: You know David I’m sure it’s been a while since any of us had a government or civics class in high school. So maybe it would be really helpful to briefly take a moment and discuss exactly what the founding fathers put into place concerning impeachment including both the grounds and the process of impeachment.

DJ: One of the foundational principals in our country and that makes it unique in the history of the world as a system of checks and balances that are built into our Constitution. This means that we have three equal and yet separate branches of government the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches. And within that system is the prevision for the removal from office of the President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States if Congress finds him guilty of treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

Since 1789 nineteen Federal officials have been brought up on impeachment chargers by the House of Representatives with eight people convicted after a Senate trial. Now two Presidents have actually been impeached by the House that would be Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton but neither were convicted in the Senate. Back in April of 1974 the Judiciary committee approved three articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon and when it became clear he would be impeached and convicted he resigned in August. So of the eight persons impeached and convicted in Congress all were judges who faced charges including perjury, tax evasion, bribery and in one case supporting the Confederacy.

So the language for the standard for impeachment is high crimes and misdemeanors and it’s been some what of a controversial statement and continues to be a source of confusion. The general intent of the framers was high crimes and misdemeanors with involved contact that would seriously harm the public including the security of the country and seriously compromise the person’s ability to faithfully execute the duties of their office.

JD: David James with a short civics course on impeachment.

We report this information because it is setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.

Each of us need a refresher course in civics even the members of the United States House of Representatives. As the world watches our endeavor to impeach President Trump we must consider how important this responsibility is. Removing a President from office is a major political decision and it must be done in humility and prayer not because you hate the man.

God established human government, Genesis 9:6, in order to direct human kind in the will of God. The future is in His hands, Revelation 17:17, and will happen. Mans responsibility is to follow the Lords will for the end times.