The Senate removed Julius Caesar from office on March 15, 44 BC. The Senate conspirators viewed themselves as liberators, believing their fellow Romans would honor them for their deed. Caesar, however, was very popular with the middle and lower classes, who were enraged that senate oligarchs had killed their hero. The Roman Empire descended into civil wars lasting more than a decade. After defeat in battle the Senate leaders, Brutus and Cassius, committed suicide. Caesar’s heir, Octavian, became the first Emperor – the Roman Republic forever lost.
Two American presidents have been impeached (Andrew Johnson and Clinton), and one resigned (Nixon) before the impeachment vote or trial could take place. No American president has been forcefully removed from office by the US Senate.
Some Americans are weary from three-years of impeachment talk, believing that if Trump were removed from office, peace and harmony may be restored. America’s polarization, however, will continue no matter who the president may be. If the Senate voted to remove Trump, this would be the beginning of conflict, just like it was in Rome.
Some also want to impeach and remove Vice-President Pence. The OD Action website states, “Tell Congress: Impeach Trump and Pence now,” posted long before the recent Ukraine controversy. The September 30, 2019 edition of the Washington Post had an article titled: President Pelosi? It could happen. Likewise, Paul Callan has an Oct. 31, 2019 opinion piece for CNN titled: How a Trump impeachment could lead to a Pelosi presidency.
The American republic has enjoyed two-centuries of peaceful transfer-of-power, from one president to the next. However, we have no idea what would happen in a removal from office by force, particularly if a significant percentage of the electorate views the removal as unconstitutional or unjust. Would the American armed forces divide their loyalty between the Commander-in-Chief and Congress, giving rise to a civil war?
If America descends into political chaos, as a result of impeachment, will our enemies take advantage of this opportunity? Will North Korea invade the South? Will China invade Taiwan? Would Iran attack Israel? Would one of our nuclear foes risk a nuclear attack while we are distracted?
Only fools pursue a course of action that has never been tried and that is highly risky. The 2020 election is only twelve-months away. Why are Democratic leaders in Washington so unwilling to trust the will of the American voter? If voters think Trump is guilty of high crimes, they will not vote for him, and will give Democrats control of the Senate.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” To that I would also add patience. Wait patiently for the 2020 election and trust the will of the American voter. I hope you are praying for America.