OPINION: Trump Has Proven Why He Should Be Impeached

President Donald Trump (Photo courtesy Royalty Free Archive)

Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution calls for impeachment for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors by the president, the vice president and all civil officials of the United States.

Observing the officials of this Executive Branch from top down sent me scurrying to my Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary looking up the word “treason.”

The entry on “treason” is long so I’ll “trim and select” various elements, and occasionally insert an accusation or comment (in parentheses).

“Treason” is the offense of acting to overthrow one’s government (FBI, DOJ,CIA, NSA, HLS, EPA, HUD, DOE, etc). It’s a violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign (in this case the Constitution of the United States) or to one’s state (the USA). It’s the crime of giving aid or comfort to the enemies (Putin’s Russia) of one’s government.

My dictionary links “treason” and “sedition” in a nuanced manner. Both mean disloyalty or treachery toward one’s country or its government.

“Sedition” is any act (disbelieving and demeaning American security experts), writing (tell-all tweets to friends and foes), speech (accepting the word of Vladimir Putin while rejecting all evidence, and condemning the American press) directed unlawfully against state authority, the government, or constitution, or calculated to bring it into contempt or to incite others to hostility, ill will or disaffection (every speech at every Trump rally). “Sedition” does not amount to treason and therefore is not a capital offense.

Question 1: Do not both sedition and treason qualify as high crimes and misdemeanors?

Question 2: How can an entire political party (Trump’s loyalists and/or Stormtroopers) be impeached for the crimes of sedition and treason?

Suggestions please!


Nicholas Molinari


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