Extra Edition!

I typically only publish two posts (plus the music post) each day, but today I had to do another short one, for this one made me see red.

Lindsey-Graham-2Lindsey Graham is now asking every republican in the Senate to sign a ‘loyalty oath’ to Donald Trump, stating that they will stand behind the president in the face of the impeachment ‘threat’.  Now, the thing that is most galling about this is the fact that … every single member of Congress has already sworn an oath … to uphold the Constitution.  They have in effect sworn an oath to act in the best interests of We the People.  They do not owe loyalty to the president, but to their constituents.  For them so sign an oath of loyalty to the very person who is trampling the Constitution and who is destroying the nation, taking no interest at all in We the People, would be violating their very oath of office.

This is the text of the Oath of Office taken by every single senator:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.”

It should be noted that Article II, section 4 of the United States Constitution reads …

“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

The Impeachment Clause was included in the Constitution in order to create another check against abuses by government officials and to give Congress the ability to remove from power an unfit officer who might otherwise be doing damage to the public good.

The Founding Fathers did not specify what constitutes “other high crimes and misdemeanors”, for at the time (1787), they had little or no context and felt it better left to future generations to decide.  At any rate, it is in the Constitution, so impeachment of this president, who has arguably done more harm than good in the nearly three years he’s been in office, cannot be called ‘unconstitutional’.

Lindsey Graham is wrong in calling for an “oath of loyalty” to this president or any other.  Members of Congress are intended to provide oversight to the president, not to swear fealty!!!  Lindsey and all his republican buddies would do well to remember by whose good graces they serve, and who can remove them in their next election!  If the senators sign such an oath, it is my opinion that they will be violating their oath of office by failing to uphold the Constitution.

30 thoughts on “Extra Edition!

  1. While British politics is a complete mess, I do think yours is much more corrupt.
    When did politics become about preserving the corrupt leader over preserving the ‘truth?’ A line has been crossed and so nothing can be trusted that comes from the current administration. All other countries should distance themselves from Trump. This is an unconscionable act by Lindsey Graham who would force a lie, rather than serve the people with honesty.

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    • You’re right … the level of corruption in Washington is without precedent, at least in this country. Frankly, though it sounds cruel, I wouldn’t argue against someone bombing the White House & Capitol and let’s start from scratch. The biggest point of frustration is that since the corruption is so widespread, We the People are going largely unheard. The minority is ruling and the majority is being ignored. Not one single day since Trump took office has his approval rating reached 50%, and yet …

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  2. Signing an oath of loyalty to the President, WTF??? Pledging fealty to a monarch is why this country fought for it’s independence in the first place. Looks like we’re coming full circle, and our liberty is being tested once more. *Sigh*

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    • Precisely! The Congress is meant to provide oversight to the president … how the heck can they do that if they have sworn fealty to him??? Sigh. I’m so tired of all of this … and yet, … there’s a long road ahead … I cannot afford to be tired yet!

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  3. “No one will really understands politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems – of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind.” – Thomas Sowell. Lindsey Graham is up for re-election in 2020…thus he panders to Trump by being the standard bearer for the oath of loyalty to his supreme leader. Whilst not unexpected, it is deplorable! Thank-you!

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    • Such a cynical … yet valid … outlook. Sigh. More and more, it becomes obvious that self-interest rules our government. Are there exceptions? Sure … consider Representative Justin Amash, a republican who spoke in favour of impeachment, and then left the GOP. But, consciences are not in abundance in politics these days. Perhaps they never were, but as long as chaos was minimalized and the politicos paid lip service, we were content. But … we can no longer ignore what is right before our eyes, can no longer ignore the elephant in the middle of the room. Lindsey and Mitch are both up for re-election next year and I hope the voters of South Carolina and Kentucky tell them both where to go. Sigh.

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  4. This is unbelievable!!!! What in the world, does trump have on Lindsey Graham? This is bizarre!!!! It’s all about money, power and coercion! The Republican Party is morally bankrupt! Asking his fellow Republicans, to sign a loyalty oath to trump, should be considered….. an act of treason!

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    • I know, my friend! I was … in shock … furious … when I read this. I hope the GOP loses every bloomin’ election next year! They have sold their souls downriver and deserve to fade into oblivion. No, sigh … it won’t happen, but we can work to get as many of them out as possible. Hugs!

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  5. I called fourteen senators today, all of them republican, two of them from my state and the graham cracker’s office! Spoke to seven real live elected officials. Neither of whom were from MY state. Stated that as long as the cracker thinks every senator should swear an oath of loyalty to the PRESIDENT, then they could just start an impeachment on the cracker for inciting a coup. For they in effect would be betraying the Constitution to which they have already sworn an oath of protection and defence.

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  6. I saw an old YouTube clip starring Lindsey Graham pontificating on his view that any president who would obstruct Congressional oversight hearings by refusing to obey subpoenas issued by Congressional committees is committing an impeachable act. So there you go.

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  7. Jill, I called ten Senators today, one of them Graham. You are right to be annoyed. Graham’s loyalty is to the constitution not a person, especially as corrupt as the current president. There is an article penned, I think in Politico, called “The Humiliation of Lindsey Graham.” This was before this oath. I just wish John McCain was still alive, as Graham would have been too embarassed to pull something like this. Keith

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    • AWESOME, Keith!!! ✋ I will be calling some tomorrow, and emailing most, for phone conversations are increasingly difficult. I’m proud of you! I will look for that article … Found it!!! Yes, it was Politico, and I’ve bookmarked it to read in the morning, since it is after 2:00. I saw a cartoon earlier today, that showed the ghost of McCain leaning over Graham’s shoulder. I think that Graham is a man without a conscience.

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      • Jill and others, Lindsey Graham is on the wrong side of history. When people ask in the future, how could people support a president who is so untruthful and so disloyal to allies and agreements? The answer is people like Lindsey Graham. Keith

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        • So very true, Keith. But, I would go a step further and say that Lindsey and his ilk could not exist were it not for the everyday people who support him, who keep sending him back to Congress every 6 years.

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