First expel, then impeach and convict her: To discourage such high crime, by her or others, in the future
On May 22, 1856, the “world’s greatest deliberative body” became a combat zone. In one of the most dramatic and deeply ominous moments in the Senate’s entire history, a member of the House of Representatives entered the Senate Chamber and savagely beat a senator into unconsciousness….
Representative Preston Brooks… entered the old chamber, where he found Sumner busily attaching his postal frank to copies of his “Crime Against Kansas” speech.
Moving quickly, Brooks slammed his metal-topped cane onto the unsuspecting Sumner’s head. As Brooks struck again and again, Sumner rose and lurched blindly about the chamber, futilely attempting to protect himself. After a very long minute, it ended. …The nation, suffering from the breakdown of reasoned discourse that this event symbolized, tumbled onward toward the catastrophe of civil war. (The Caning of Senator Charles Sumner)
We’re gonna win this battle,” Waters said… If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd, Waters told a gathering Saturday. “And you push back on them. Tell them they’re not welcome any more, anywhere. (Maxine Water: God is on the side of people driving Trump officials from restaurants)
“Now we are engaged in a great civil war….” So President Lincoln observed in his famous Gettysburg Address in 1863. I have for some years apprehended the time when Americans in our era would have to admit that we practically in the midst of a similar catastrophe. The Maxine Waters call for Trump-haters to mob members of President Trump’s Administration reminded me of the caning of Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner (described above) in that Waters’ action is a far worse. The Congressional Representative who caned Sumner acted as an individual, driven by outraged passion. Waters spoke at one remove from the action she incited others to take. Moreover, she did not attack one person. She incited attacks against people who represent the whole Executive power of the United States government, which the Constitution vest in the President of the United States.
Members of Congress have introduced a resolution censuring her action and calling upon her to resign. But how can they ignore the fact that she is inciting people throughout the nation to attack the duly elected government of the United States. Cabinet officers are, as it were, members of the President’s official body. Anyone who physically mobs and intimidates them attacks the Executive branch of the U.S. Government. They impair the function of the Branch of government immediately responsible for the nation’s general defense and domestic tranquility. This damages the Constitution’s effective authority.
Maxine Waters is a consummate leftist ideologue. As such, she must be thoroughly familiar with the strategy and tactics communist/socialist ideologues have deployed in other democratic constitutional republics to disintegrate their constitutional order. She “attended a Nation of Islam event headlined by Louis Farrakhan” in which he praised her, even as he defended Arab suicide bombers targeting Israeli civilians.”
In the “flash mob” era of internet driven communication, Maxine Waters actions plainly constitute an effort to deploy mobocratic terror throughout our nation. Such an attack is an injury “done immediately to the society itself”, a direct assault on our body politic. As such, it self-evidently fits the definition of a high crime or misdemeanor, as Alexander Hamilton defined that term in Federalist” #65. By inciting people around the country to inflict such injuries, Maxine Waters induces and therefore participates in them. She should not be censured. She should be expelled. At the same time, she should be impeached and, by simple majority vote in the U.S. Senate, convicted of her highly criminal misdemeanor. By going through the process of impeachment and conviction, Congress adds to expulsion the further penalty of barring her from ever again holding any office under the Government of the United States.
If Maxine Waters behavior is not itself an act of war, then it certainly is a harbinger of war. As such, it is far more ominous than the pre-Civil war caning of Senator Sumner. Through her association with Farrakhan, Maxine Waters may be known to people who plan and implement “suicide bomber” terrorist attacks like those Farrakhan praised. The “flash mob” assaults Waters incites would provide cover for just such attacks, ironically endangering the lives of their intended targets and any who respond to her incitement. Waters’ actions might therefore herald an oncoming storm—as it were, of acid rain—more insidious, stealthy and ultimately fatal than the open warfare from which our Union, freed from institutional slavery, emerged to save the much of the world from ideological enslavement in the 20th century.
In the 21st Century, it threatens us again. I pray that members of Congress are still loyal to the oath that binds them to pursue “a more perfect union” of our states and people. I pray that they will have the wisdom to discern the clear and present danger Maxine Waters’ actions pose to that objective; and the courage to deal with it preemptively, before imitation of her bad example works to leave our Constitutional self-government—of, by, and for the American people—naked to our enemies.
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