This is taken from a Newsweek article written by Jason Lemon, first published on October 23, 2019, and titled “PASTOR WARNS IF TRUMP IS REMOVED FROM OFFICE, ‘GUYS THAT KNOW HOW TO FIGHT’ WILL HUNT DOWN DEMOCRATS.”
Really? Is this what our nation has come to? A Christian pastor advocating violence over a political event like impeachment? Violence? From a religious leader in this country, regardless of the religion or the number of followers he might have?
Read some of the article for yourself. See if you don’t agree that maybe we’ve gone too far with this political mess we have in our nation’s capital.
“Christian church leader Rick Wiles threatened that ‘There’s gonna be violence in America’ if President Donald Trump is removed from office.
Wiles, the senior pastor at Flowing Streams Church in Florida, made the remarks on his right-wing TruNews program Tuesday evening. He claimed that cowboys, mountain men and ‘guys that know how to do violence’ would start attacking and ‘hunting down’ Democrats.
“‘If they take him [Trump] out, there’s gonna be violence in America,’ the religious leader said. ‘That’s all there is to it,’ he asserted.
“‘However he leaves, there’s gonna be violence in America,’ Wiles went on. ‘I believe there are people in this country, veterans, there are cowboys, mountain men, I mean guys that know how to fight,’ he said, ‘and they’re going to make a decision that people who did this to Donald Trump are not gonna get away with it.’
“‘And they’re gonna hunt them down,’ the pastor said.
“‘The Trump supporters are going to hunt them down,’ he added. ‘It’s going to happen and this country is going to be plunged into darkness and they brought it upon themselves because they won’t back off.'”
Really? All that over something that should be resolved in the voting booth? Violence in the streets? Really?
Whether the public realizes it or not, impeachment does not result in a criminal trial. Nor should it result in violence. The Constitution does not clearly define the crimes that a President can be impeached for, but it allows for the process. It’s not like the Penal Code where crimes are, for the most part, clearly defined. It’s been left up to self-serving political hacks to define the impeachable act before they can act. Have they done that, yet?
The Constitution is not a document that defines criminal acts, but a document that defines the freedoms afforded the citizens of this country, and the processes for their continuance. Removing an elected official from office through the impeachment process does not result in jail time, nor should it result in violence. Whether you think so, or not, Rick Wiles seems to be advocating the overthrow of our government through violence, something that I do not believe our Founding Fathers would have stood for.
In a letter to James Madison, Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1787, “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.” Is Rick Wiles following Thomas Jefferson’s suggestion and advocating a violent rebellion? Nowhere in that statement did Thomas Jefferson advocate violence. A rebellion can be accomplished without violence, and I believe Mr. Jefferson would agree. I think that’s what the election process is all about, and I think that’s what the future President was addressing in his letter to the man that would follow him to the highest office in the land.
If a President that was rightfully elected does not turn out to be who or what you think he should be, vote him out of office the next time around. Or, make damned sure that the Washington Buffoon you sent to our nation’s capital to conduct business on your behalf knows how you feel.
There’s a reason the constitution does not include the judicial branch in the impeachment process (other than the Chief Justice overseeing the trial). It’s not a criminal affair. After the House (politicians) votes to impeach (simple majority), the entire Senate become jurors in a political trial whereby, if convicted (super majority—two thirds), the accused is removed from office, only. During the trial these Senators cannot conduct any other business until the trial is completed and they have voted. And, at this point, I’m sure they will vote along political lines unless their constituents pressure them to do otherwise.
Until the public turns against the accused (in this case, one Donald J. Trump) do not expect him to be removed from office. Meanwhile, our elected officials will be busy doing political b.s. instead of conducting business that they were elected to conduct. In this case, a rebellion might be necessary. A rebellion that would begin with a unified public loudly proclaiming their wishes. Speak up. Let the politicians in Washington, DC know how you feel.
But, before we even go that far we must ask ourselves, “What is an impeachable offense?” At this point, until it’s agreed upon as to what an impeachable offense is our government is at a standstill and more useless than usual. Once it can be clearly defined we can move forward. Until it is, though, our elected officials, those we expect to conduct business on our behalf, should do what we elected them to do.
Are you aware that the government runs out of money on November 21st—ten days from now? We’re facing another government shutdown (again for political reasons), and, meanwhile, our elected officials are bickering over a loosely defined constitutional event like impeachment, and religious leaders are calling for acts of violence. I say to our Washington Cons (yes, folks, they are conning us at every turn), “Get the important business out of the way first, and then go back to your childish ways.” I think we, as your bosses, deserve that. Want to keep your jobs? Then do your job!
Good night, Mrs. Jackson, wherever you are.