Look out below. Nancy Pelosi and CNN and the mainstream media just threw the Constitution out the window, and it’s going to make a helluva mess when it hits the ground.
It’s actually worse than that: the Constitution is right now on life support guided by Doctor Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Look at it this way. When the genius Founding Fathers created the Constitution, they went off in a new direction from previous systems.
Clearly the government of the new United States of America was not going to be a monarchy. Nor was it going to be a parliamentary system whereby the legislature could simply dismiss the chief magistrate of the government by a vote in the House of Commons.
Something infinitely more brilliant, more innovative was to be the order of the day: the citizens would vote for super-voters in an electoral college. These people would be apportioned to the states on the basis of many items, but population was clearly one of them.
These electors would then elect the president. This worthy gentleman ( soon it could be a woman, too ) would assume the office of president along with a vice president of the same political party (although parties are not mentioned at all in the founding documents).
This person would see that the laws be faithfully executed. He could not be thrown out of office by a simple vote of the parliament as in the Mother Country.
That is, a motion of no confidence could not remove the president. No, to remove the president, the Congress had to vote overwhelmingly by a majority of votes in the lower house (House of Representatives) to "impeach" the president. Then that had to be backed up by a two-thirds vote in the upper body (something like a House of Lords but not hereditary, instead elected).
Crucially, vitally, the impeachment could only be for bribery, treason, and "other crimes and misdemeanors."
It could not be just because the parliament did not like the president’s looks.
To read Ben Stein's full article, please visit The American Spectator.
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