By Dr. Sal Martingano, FICPA
Recent American politics have exposed the best and worst in our elected officials. Most are attorneys or former prosecutors, practicing their craft under the guise of congressional cover. The outcome can make or break this country.
First, Remember that Mainstream Media is the “Third Political Party” that Divides Us All
The Media has become our unofficial, UNELECTED, third political party. Corporate giants dictate TV media talking points to psychologically influence unsuspecting listeners into opposing factions.
- Facts are “cherry picked” or manipulated to offer a point of view that can stir hatred rather than the quest for truth.
- If opposing views disagree, facts have consequences… but the truth cannot be both ways.
- For one political party to vow continued retribution if their impeachment charges are denied, is un-American and agenda driven.
- Never is the process of twisting words to push a political agenda more apparent than in Adam Shiff’s “Schiff List”……
Adam’s “Schiff List” of Unfacts
Unfact: “A deliberate falsehood made to pass as fact (as for partisan or propagandistic purpose)”.Merriam-Webster Dictionary
House impeachment manager Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) listed 10 reasons he believes Ukraine investigations were for the President’s personal gain. However, believing in something, vs. having the actual facts does not make a legitimate case for impeachment.
Schiff, who is also an attorney, knows full well that what he believes means nothing in an impeachment trial yet goes a long way influencing public sentiment, division and hate. Schiff is a constant, unapologetic user of his personal “beliefs” as falsehoods made to pass as fact (AKA “unfacts”).
Impeachment Facts vs. A False “Schiff List”
FACT #1: This Impeachment does NOT meet Constitutional Criteria
The charges against Trump do not meet the constitutional criteria for impeachment, PERIOD.
The U.S. Constitution protects the rights of citizens while limiting government intrusion. Duly elected government officials are citizens first and government officials second. All citizens MUST be protected, except for reasons of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.
Congress (which is bipartisan) must VOTE and enter into agreement that articles of impeachment MUST be of a serious and criminal nature to the country. The “House” launched an impeachment investigation, calling multiple witnesses LONG BEFORE Congress (House and Senate) voted on an impeachment inquiry. By congressional definition, this is Unconstitutional.
Unfortunately, the overwhelming partisan politics displayed by the democratically-controlled “House”, shows not only their contempt and hatred of Trump, but also shows their total disregard for the laws that govern our country.
The most frightening part is, when the government commits unconstitutional acts that violate citizens’ rights, most of the uninformed will not even realize it.
FACT #2: This Sets a Dangerous Precedent for Future Presidencies
Based on the present context, impeaching the president for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress will set a dangerous precedent for all future presidents.
The constitution gives a wide margin of discretion to the president, except for reasons of treason, bribery and other high crimes and misdemeanors. Similarly, the decisions of the president are no different than the decisions made by the parents of a household, i.e., not everyone will agree with those decisions but they are their decisions to make.
Every president must consider the concept of ‘quid-pro-quo’ as part of their decision-making process when dealing with national and international affairs. The concept of compromise and leverage depends on mutual agreement of terms. If future presidents must weigh impeachment vs. what’s best for America, we may as well have a monarchy, not a representative republic.
FACT #3: Opinions and Rhetoric Cannot Change Constitutional Law
Just because you don’t particularly like a president, or their political motives, does NOT mean you can change Constitutional laws and procedures to impeach. Constitutional expert and attorney Alan Dershowitz describes this best in the following:
“You cannot turn conduct that is not impeachable into impeachable conduct simply by using words like quid pro quo”.Alan Dershowitz
Constitutional Expert and Attorney
It is difficult to separate one’s ‘feelings’ or ‘personal beliefs’ for or against a president’s political motives; however, one cannot simply change constitutional law and procedures to impeach.
The relentless and ‘childlike’ behavior displayed during this impeachment trial is tantamount to “bullying” the American public. Only FORCEFUL action stops Bullying, not acquiescence.
FACT #4: The President Can Legally Freeze Military Assets
Presidents are legally justified in freezing military assistance to any country if not consistent with established U.S. policy and this is not an impeachable offense.
The impeachment premise “assumes” a specific date was intended to disperse money to the Ukraine. That is simply not true. Congressionally-appropriated funding, military or otherwise, must be dispersed by the fiscal year ending on September 30th. Trump cut the check to Ukraine on September 11th.
House Democrats never considered that Ukraine was transitioning to a new, democratically-elected government. A review of the aid is easily justified under such circumstances to ensure U.S. funding would not fuel additional corruption.
FACT #5: Impeachment is Intended Only as a Last Resort- NOT a Political Weapon
Impeachment is the last resort equalizer for political or constitutional injustice and should never be weaponized as a tool by any political party.
The Constitution doesn’t address the possibility of impeachment used as a political weapon but
Article 1, Section 3, Clause 6 does indeed state the following:
“No Person (president implied) shall be convicted without the concurrence of two-thirds of the Members present.”U.S. Constitution
Article 1, Section 3, Clause 6
The framers assumed that a two-third MAJORITY of congress would preclude weaponization attempts.
Impeachment proceedings are not TV scripts for a “Law & Order” episode. They give the citizens the legal clout to dispel monarchy. It is the integrity of congress to root out personal beliefs and abide by constitutional law.
The framers of the Constitution gave power to impeach a duly elected president as a neutral, non-partisan tool of last resort- only to be used against criminal incumbents in extreme cases.
Maxine Waters (D-CA), a 15 term member of congress typifies political weaponization when she stated the following:
“Impeachment is about whatever the Congress says it is. There is no law.”Representative Maxine Waters
WOW!!! What a frightening viewpoint from one of our elected representatives!
3 Things You Weren’t Told About Political “Behind the Scenes” Impeachment Activities
1: Democrats Care More About International Relations than About Corruption
After Trump’s July 25th call, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) told Ukraine president Zelensky that U.S. aid would be threatened if they resumed investigations into Hunter Biden. Murphy told reporters the following:
“Investigations of past corruption allegations involving Americans (including former Vice President Joe Biden’s family) would be disastrous for long-term U.S.-Ukraine relations.”Senator Chris Murphy
Source: The Washington Times
2: Democrats Hide Conspiracy Through Mysterious, Unidentified “Whistleblowers”
Why was the whistleblower protected from testifying?
During the Obama administration, the DNC whistleblower used Ukraine to dirty up Trump during the 2016 election and was the “go-to guy” on Ukraine for Vice President Biden.
Adam Schiff He conspired with the whistleblower before the House impeachment hearings to whip up the frenzy over Trump’s call.
He is a fact witness to the Biden ‘quid-pro-quo’ in strong-arming Ukraine to shut down the Burisma investigation. Adam Schiff was protecting a co-conspirator, not a whistleblower.
3: This Impeachment is a “Staged Coup”, Weaponized for Political Gain
The whistleblower’s lawyer Mark Zaid, stated the following:
“It was always the Democrats’ plan to stage a coup and impeach President Trump, all they ever needed was the right scheme.”Mark Zaid
The Democrats lost on the Mueller probe, so they had to settle on the Ukraine phone call and Schiff’s cover-up of his involvement with the whistleblower. This is a sad chapter in Congressional Justice indeed!
Revenge is sweet but is not the antidote… To all political representatives: Make your case, present it to the public that you are elected and paid to represent, and let the ballot box be the final arbiter.
A more in depth understanding about the history of impeachment and the lessons learned from the Trump impeachment trial is contained in my newly-released book:
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