Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Justice for All, Including President Trump

            The topic of discussion for this Constitution Monday concerns justice. The Declaration of Independence was written and signed, and the War for Independence or Revolutionary War was fought because the American colonials did not feel that Great Britain was treating them justly.

The Preamble to the Constitution states: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of the America.”

            The Pledge of Allegiance also discusses justice. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

            As shown by the founding history of the United States, by the Constitution, and by our Pledge of Allegiance, Americans believe in justice for all. Yet, President Donald Trump is being treated unjustly by the leadership of the House of Representatives. To begin with, Democrats are insisting that Trump be held to higher standards that Democrats are. 

Trump is being charged with asking Ukraine for help in investigating the origination of the investigation against him. In doing so, he asked for any help possible in investigating corruption of the Biden family. He made no threats or promises, but he did ask for assistance if Ukraine found any information. Ukraine had already decided to reopen its investigation into Burismo, so Trump wanted to be informed if they find any signs of corruption done by Americans, particularly Hunter Biden. Investigating corruption is part of the President’s job of upholding the laws of the land.

            In an interview today with Meet the Press, Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) called for an investigation into a letter sent in 2018 to the prosecutor general of Ukraine by three Democrat Senators. Senators Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey), Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) asked Ukraine’s prosecutor general to help in the Mueller special investigation into Trump activities. They did not merely ask for help, but they threatened to withhold aid if Ukraine did not cooperate with Mueller. In his call for investigation for the three Senators, Rand was asking for justice. He was asking that Republicans and Democrats be treated equally according to the law.

            Another way that injustice is taking place is in the impeachment process itself. Representative Adam Schiff (D-California) and his fellow Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are proceeding in ways that are unjust to Trump. Byron York of The Washington Examiner noted that the Democrats insist that witnesses testify in deposition, rather than in public or by transcription. This decision invokes ethics rules that prevent members from sharing any details publicly. Even though Democrats leak selected parts of the testimony that is helpful to their agenda, Republicans do not dare respond because they do not want to risk being investigated for an ethics violation. York concluded his article with this statement.

In his much-criticized letter to Congress, White House counsel Pat Cipollone said Democratic handling of the impeachment investigation “violates fundamental fairness.” He meant fairness toward the target of the proceeding, President Trump. But there is also the question of fairness toward the American people trying to follow an impeachment process shrouded in secrecy. Don’t they have the right to know what the President’s accusers say?

            In addition, Trump is not allowed to have representation, issue subpoenas, or question witnesses. They have taken away his constitutional right to defend himself. Some of them have even gone so far as to say that he must prove his innocence. This is totally against the laws of our land, which say that we are innocent until proven guilty.

            President Trump, as well as every American, has the right to be treated justly. The Democrats are not being fair or just. They are ramrodding the impeachment through their committees in attempt to impeach Trump before evidence of corruption in Ukraine – and possibly other nations – comes to light. They have concluded that if they don’t impeach the President, he will be re-elected.  I believe that their impeachment process will be their downfall. Americans are not stupid or blind. We can see what is happening, and we will vote accordingly.

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