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What Chief Justice John Roberts Had to Say in His Year-End Report

What Chief Justice John Roberts Had to Say in His Year-End Report
Chief Justice John Roberts believes the American public has “come to take democracy for granted” and expressed concern that civic education in the country has “fallen by the wayside.”

Writing his year-end report on the state of the judiciary, Roberts urged federal judges to continue educating the public about the Constitution and how the federal government operates.

"In our age, when social media can instantly spread rumor and false information on a grand scale, the public's need to understand our government, and the protections it provides, is ever more vital," he said in the report, which published Tuesday.
The Baghdad Embassy Siege: Did the Iranian Mullahs Think Donald Trump Would React Like Jimmy Carter?

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The Baghdad Embassy Siege: Did the Iranian Mullahs Think Donald Trump Would React Like Jimmy Carter?
My latest in PJ Media: The Islamic Republic of Iran, facing demonstrations at home that threaten its very existence and more in Iraq that threaten that country’s Shi’ite proxy government, is resorting to a tested and true strategy. Fox News reports that “crowds of angry Iraqis protesting America’s recent airstrikes against an Iran-backed militia have […]

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The Impeachment Show Part Two...Maybe

By: Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / Right Side Patriots on American Political Radio

"A decline of public morals in the United States will probably be marked by the abuse of the power of impeachment as a means of crushing political adversaries or ejecting them from office."
- a paraphrase of the words of Alexis de Tocqueville used in the 1889 impeachment defense of President Andrew Johnson

And so we sit and wait as January 6th is fast approaching...the day when the Senate is supposed to start the beginning stages of part two of the Trump impeachment show...that is if Nancy Pelosi decides to send part one...the House impeachment...over to the Senate. And if she doesn't send it over then technically President Trump is not officially impeached no matter how much or for how long the Democrats throw their to be expected hissy fit, and besides the nation now knows that their “political coup” was both corruptly put together as well as being corruptly and maliciously sought.

In fact, Noah Feldman, the very Harvard law professor Jerry Nadler called to testify before the House Judiciary Committee as a constitutional expert, a man vehemently anti-Trump, now has stated that President Trump indeed might not technically be impeached and that the vote taken is illegitimate if Nancy Pelosi refuses to send the articles of impeachment over to the Senate. And per Professor Feldman because, “Both parts (the House and the Senate) are necessary to make an impeachment under the Constitution. The House must actually send the articles and send managers to the Senate to prosecute the impeachment. And the Senate must actually hold a trial.”

And Noah Feldman added that, “If the House does not communicate its impeachment to the Senate, it hasn’t actually impeached the president. If the articles are not transmitted, Trump could legitimately say he wasn’t truly impeached at all,” thus leaving Nancy Pelosi with political egg on her face. Remember, while Article I, Section II, Clause V of the Constitution states that, “The House of Representatives...shall have the sole Power of Impeachment” Pelosi's refusing, to date, to send said articles over to the Senate she has actually put the Senate, through no fault of their own, in violation of the Constitution. How so...simply for their not holding a fair trial thus denying President Trump not only the chance to defend himself but denying him his constitutionally given right to do so as per Article I, Section III of the Constitution, something our Founders and Framers clearly did expect a House impeached president to do.

And so the impeachment debacle continues on as Nancy Pelosi whines that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not yet revealed how a Senate trial would be conducted nor has he assured her that said trial would be fair, impartial, and not result in an automatic acquittal of President Trump. Translation: Pelosi does not want a Senate trial to be handled in the same way as she allowed the House “political coup” to be handled, as in their predetermined verdict to impeach. What goes around comes around is not part of Nancy Pelosi's liberal-speak agenda.

So now as I write this article we are left with a “he said, she said” battle of sorts with Pelosi and McConnell at each others throats with Pelosi calling McConnell “the grim reaper” and with McConnell saying that Pelosi had “cold feet” for her not wanting to send the two articles of impeachment...“abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress”...over to the Senate because she knows the House case is both weak and would surely go down to a crashing defeat in the Republican controlled Senate. And weak it is for while Nancy Pelosi continues to erroneously bloviate that President Trump was “impeached forever” regardless of what the Senate now does or does not do, not only has Democrat shill Noah Feldman countering her assumption, but so too has Democrat attorney and internationally respected constitutional law professor Alan Dershowitz who posed two key questions. First (and I paraphrase), are there significant allegations to justify a Senate trial and second, how can Trump be impeached when the House articles of impeachment as written are not in the Constitution as grounds for impeachment.

And to both questions, Professor Dershowitz, the man who recently met with President Trump and who it's rumored might actually join Trump's Senate legal team, stated that he is “strongly opposed to the two criteria for impeachment...on the grounds proposed by the Judiciary Committee and voted upon by the House as neither is found in the Constitution.” Professor Dershowitz also added that said articles are the “kind of general, vague, open-ended criteria that is weaponized against any president when the opposing party has a majority in the House of Representatives.” And how right he is especially when there is no bipartisan support for impeachment as there was in both Richard M. Nixon's and Bill Clinton's impeachment cases.

Remember, Alan Dershowitz knows well that we are now seeing Alexander Hamilton's greatest fear coming to fruition...the fear he wrote about in Federalist 65 where he stated, "the greatest danger that the decision will be relegated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt." And not to be forgotten is that unlike in a parliamentary democracy where a president can be impeached solely on the grounds of “no confidence,” this type of impeachment is not permissible under a constitutional republic...a fact Democrat politicians most especially choose to ignore.

Now as per the Constitution itself, Article II, Section IV, clearly states that the only grounds for impeaching a sitting president, as well as for impeaching the Vice-President and all civil officers, are for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors,” none of which are included in the House articles of impeachment. And while the crimes of bribery, extortion, and treason were things Democrats placed on the anything but impartial hearing table they were not included in said articles because no grounds for such charges were proven let alone proven beyond a reasonable doubt. This left the Democrats only being able to throw a “blanket covering” as to what said impeachment was to be based upon as there was and remains no tangible proof that President Trump committed any actual crime nor that he even came close to committing such a felonious behavior as “abuse of power” or “obstruction of Congress.”

Also remember, whether the Democrats like it or not, President Trump's asking a foreign head of state in a (transcribed) phone call to look into their country's past corruption is not a constitutionally described crime, hence it is not a constitutional abuse of power. And when that government has a known history of corruption and is now seeking both U.S. foreign and military aid, asking its leader if said government in the past colluded with prior U.S. officials or presidents in any “suspicious activity” also is not a constitutionally described abuse of power. And here is where the Democrats case against President Trump not only falls apart but sees an innocent man being publicly railroaded solely for partisan political gain. And it's being done so while a prior U.S. vice-president did indeed collude with a foreign government and should be the one on trial for abuse of power.

In fact, past presidents from both political parties have abused power to one degree or another with no threat of impeachment being hung over their heads as it is with President Trump. Here are but two examples one from each party.

On September 15, 1863, during the height of the Civil War, Republican President Abraham Lincoln suspended union wide the Writ of Habeas Corpus...suspended an individuals right to appear before a judge to determine if their detainment is lawful before being imprisoned. And Lincoln's suspension specifically included cases involving prisoners of war, spies, traitors, or any member of the military, thus allowing the government itself to indefinitely imprison anyone suspected of being a rebel spy or saboteur without having to “show cause” or make a case for the arrest in court. And while some in Congress deemed that Lincoln had overstepped his bounds with this suspension, impeachment was not an option discussed.

Remember too, President John F. Kennedy also abused power when he agreed to the “limited wiretapping” of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. based upon allegations that two of his most trusted aides, Stanley Levison and Jack O’Dell, had communist associations. Now being pressured to go forward with the King wiretapping by then FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, Kennedy never challenged nor questioned any of Hoover’s allegations about Dr. King or his alleged communist ties. In fact, JFK himself warned Dr. King that he was in danger of losing his civil rights cause because of his loyalty to both men. And yet Dr. King never severed those ties and lied about doing so when asked. And this led to the wiretapping which even back in the early 1960's was a questionable act at best. And yet when this was found out no member of Congress called for Democrat President JFK's impeachment.

And President Trump's Ukrainian phone call and any other things Democrats are accusing him of pales in comparison to these two what actually could have legally been argued as possible impeachable “high crimes and misdemeanor” offenses...offenses wisely not perused for the good of the country which is something today's Democrats seem not to care about at all.

But the bottom line is that if the Founders and Framers wanted “abuse of power” or “obstruction of Congress” to be impeachable offenses they would have included such in the Constitution. Remember, there must be a specific violation of the Constitution's mandates regarding the act of impeachment for impeachment to occur. And when you add in that both Schiff and Nadler chose to omit the words bribery and extortion from either of the articles of impeachment...with bribery at least being a constitutionally stated impeachable offense but something the Democrats could not can now understand why, again as per Professor Dershowitz, both articles, especially "abuse of power," are written in a "general, vague, and open-ended criteria" type of way.

So where do we stand now as the battle between Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell continues to heat up, and what has President Trump said about Pelosi's stalling tactics? First, our president has rightfully slammed Pelosi for her “crying for fairness” after she led a knowingly “unfair process” in the House. And second, Pelosi and McConnell remain at odds over what McConnell calls Pelosi's “shoddy work” and the fact that Democrats might simply be too in the “prosecutors getting cold feet” send over the articles of impeachment now that Pelosi has deliberately held off sending them which at the same time allows “partisan rage at this particular president to create a new toxic precedent that will echo well into the future.”

But to make matters add to the Democrats maliciously partisan driven drama...Nancy Pelosi...who ever so foolishly fancies herself having control over the Republican majority Senate...stated that “we'll make a decision as we go along” regarding turning over said articles adding that “we'll see what the process will be on the Senate side” before doing so. Sounds a bit like extortion to me...a truly impeachable offense as does the House Democrats...courtesy again of Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler...having raised the distinct possibility of new impeachment articles being forthcoming. And it's all part of a misguided attempt to try and force former Trump counsel Don McGahn to testify at the upcoming Senate trial, something they know will not happen as long as Mitch McConnell stands strong and the Republican senators remain united in support of a president being publicly railroaded simply because Hillary Clinton is (thankfully) not president.

And in this case I'm sure Republicans will stand strong for if President Trump is not acquitted in the Senate...acquitted of crimes he never committed...the Second American Civil War might not be too far behind. Words of, words of fact...yes, as “We the People” can only stand by for just so long watching our country being destroyed by the “enemy within”...with the “enemy within” sadly being today's Democrat party. Case closed.

Copyright @ 2020 Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / All Rights Reserved. 

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