Case Of Impeachment

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 … the trial in 1990’s….just because the president is impeached does not mean he will leave office.

Class dismissed!


10 thoughts on “Case Of Impeachment

  1. I remember because I read JFK’s “Profiles in Courage” many years ago:

    Edmund Gibson Ross (December 7, 1826 – May 8, 1907) was a politician who represented Kansas after the American Civil War and was later governor of the New Mexico Territory. His vote against convicting President Andrew Johnson of “high crimes and misdemeanors” allowed Johnson to stay in office by the margin of one vote. As the seventh of seven Republican U.S. Senators to break with his party, Ross proved to be the person whose decision would result in conviction or acquittal. When he chose the latter, the vote of 35–19 in favor of Johnson’s conviction failed to reach the required two-thirds vote. Ross lost his bid for re-election two years later.

  2. I enjoy the way the very idea of impeaching Trump (Or of removing him from office by some other often vague legal means) makes some fat-faced, bug-eyed, bespectacled, left-wing nobodies soil their adult diapers. Some of those kinds of blithering idiots have whole blogs devoted entirely to this paranoid possibility.

    1. This post was not about Trump….I wanted to show that impeachment process is mostly a waste of time which I have pointed out on several occasions…..chuq

      1. It is good that you addressed “Impeachment” because it is getting to be an over used a word as “Abortion” was at one time. Do you remember when all you heard about was “Abortion?”

      2. Yes I do recall and it will make a comeback never fret… impeachment loses its allure….some things are eternal…LOL chuq

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