Let’s talk impeachment…..NO …not everything is about Trump……
There is a wealth of talk these days about ways to remove a president……the one that rings true to most Americans is the term “impeachment”….but before the eye rolls start let me say that this post is NOT about the impeachment of our present president but rather a more historic one…. the trial of Andrew Johnson…..the president after Lincoln……
|In May, 1868, the Senate came within a single vote of taking the unprecedented step of removing a president from office. Although the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson was ostensibly about a violation of the Tenure of Office Act, it was about much more than that. Also on trial in 1868 were Johnson’s lenient policies towards Reconstruction and his vetoes of the Freedmen’s Bureau Act and the Civil Rights Act. The trial was, above all else, a political trial.|
|Andrew Johnson was a lifelong Democrat and slave owner who won a place alongside Abraham Lincoln on the 1864 Republican ticket in order to gain the support of pro-war Democrats. Johnson was fiercely pro-Union and had come to national prominence when, as a Senator from the important border state of Tennessee, he denounced secession as “treason.”|
Hopefully we all learned something from the trial …..like the trial in 1990’s….just because the president is impeached does not mean he will leave office.