A Constitutional Republic
It’s no longer a partisan question. It becomes clearer every day. It’s not a strategic question. It’s not a partisan question. It’s no longer a question of how much more, or when is enough enough. It’s a constitutional question. It’s an oath of office question, the oath taken by every member of Congress under the U.S. Constitution.
U.S. Constitution Article VI. clause 3
“The Senators and Representatives … and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution . . .”— U.S. Constitution, Article VI, clause 3.U.S. Constitution, Article VI, clause 3
Oath of Office, Article VI, clause 3
“I, __, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
The Integrity of Office and Democratic Republic
With every passing day, some who have taken the oath of office side-step the duties of their offices by “purpose of evasion” in the face of the growing constitutional crisis. It is no longer a question of which side of the aisle. No longer a question of partisanship. Supporting and defending the U.S. Constitution means, at very least, upholding the constitutional checks and balances among executive, congressional, and judicial branches designed to protect a democratic republic. Assaults and circumventions around that division of powers are assaults on the Constitution and the rule of law it protects.
Loyal Opposition and Loyal Majority
The British idea of “loyal opposition” — loyalty to the nation and to the oath to “support and defend” the Constitution — is a long-standing tradition of democratic republics. The loyalty is to the Constitution. Faithfulness to one’s oath of office, not loyalty to a person. Loyal oppostion is necessary to hold accountable whichever party is power at any given point in time, but It presumes the equal loyalty of party in the majority.
Patisan stone-walling against the Constitutional duty of Constitutional oversight — whether by a President, the House of Representatives, or the U.S. Senate — constitutes violation of the oath of office by “purpose of evasion”.
The Twinkling of an Eye: No time to blink
Some argue that an impeachment inquiry by the House of Representatives, regardless of its findings, is destined to fail because the majority party in the Senate will exonerate the President of the majority party.
We do well to remember the wisdom of an earlier American President:
Democracy… while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.
Some things cannot wait. Some things have time limits. Constitutions, the rule of law, and democratic republics can disappear in the twinkling of an eye. This is no time to blink.John Adams
Some things cannot wait. Some things have time limits. Constitutions, the rule of law, and democratic republics can disappear in the twinkling of an eye.
This is no time to blink.
— Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, May 25, 2019