“The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need, if only we had the eyes to see.”
― Edward Abbey
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“A violation of liberty or rights is an impeachable offense - even if it is not itself a crime.”
Book World: A guide to impeach … someone
Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide by Cass Sunstein
Hey, let’s talk about impeachment. You know, just in case it ever comes up.
Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein has written a concise, enlightening and argumentative history and guide to getting rid of presidents, but he insists he is not thinking of anyone in particular. Or, more accurately, he won’t tell us if he’s thinking of anyone in particular. “With the goal of neutrality in mind,” Sunstein writes in his opening chapter, “I am not going to speak of any current political figure. I am going to focus on the majesty, and the mystery, of impeachment under the U.S. Constitution.”
More recently, high elected officials have delivered their own definitions and rationales. In 1970, Gerald Ford, then a member of Congress, described an impeachable offense as whatever a majority of the House of Representatives believes it to be “at a given moment in history.” And House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi asserted this year that a president cannot be impeached unless he has broken the law.
“Both Ford and Pelosi got it fundamentally wrong,” Sunstein writes. “Their views make a mockery of the constitutional design.”
Based on his close reading of the founders and constitutional law, Sunstein notes, impeachment is a remedy available only “for egregious abuses of official authority.” It is in a president’s discharge of the duties of that office - or in the acquisition of the office - that impeachable offenses can occur. So criminal behavior is neither necessary nor sufficient to trigger impeachment. So while a crime is not absolutely necessary for impeachment, it is not sufficient to trigger impeachment, either. Sunstein binds impeachment to the revolutionary aims of the founders. “A violation of liberty or rights is an impeachable offense - even if it is not itself a crime.”
Trump’s astonishing ignorance and loathsome contempt for all else beside himself and his love of money and exploitation is a clear and present danger to our republic and The Wild - to all that should be preserved and not raped.
I am astonished and angered at how easily trump, by executive fiat alone apparently, can roll-back so much that has gone before - how can such arrogance, willful ignorance, hubris, and pathology even exist in one person?..did those who created the national monuments not do all they could to make it impossible to undo? Will future leaders be strong enough to reverse the destruction trump has wrought?