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 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.