For only the third time in the history of the United States, a president has been impeached.
It is a somber and serious matter, but it is an event that the Founders of our country anticipated. Indeed, in the creation of a government of three co-equal parts, impeachment is one of the checks and balances that the Founders anticipated might be needed to keep a wayward president in check.
As Annisa Karim, chair of the Collier County Democratic Party, notes:
“On the final day of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, when our Constitution was adopted, Americans gathered on the steps of Independence Hall to await the news of the government our Founders had crafted. They asked Benjamin Franklin, ‘What do we have? A republic or a monarchy?’
“Franklin replied, ‘A republic, if you can keep it.'”
“Congress, co-equal to the President, did its job in protecting our country and fulfilling their oath of office to, “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
“Deflection and distraction do not change facts.
“Fact: the President sought help from a foreign government against an American citizen who might challenge him for his office. That is an impeachable offense and Congress had a duty to act.”