Now that the Democrats have gone public with what may be a futile attempt to turn public opinion against the president on the basis of three little words, Quid Pro Quo, in a language that only a small percentage of Americans have ever studied and involving a country that few Americans would be able to find on a map, history may ask why the US Congress turned aside from potentially much more serious grounds of impeachment, namely his vicious, vitriolic and vindictive anti-immigrant racial bigotry.

(In raising this question, I am paraphrasing the ancient Greek poet Hesiod, who in his great, circa 700 B.C.poem "Works and Days", (Erga kai Hemera) condemned those who "turn aside from justice"(parekbainousi dikaiou).)

Ron Fein, Legal Director of Free Speech for People, as the head of a team of legal experts listed at the end of the article, has published a September, 2019 report issued by by three organizations, Free Speech For People By the People; CREDO Action, and Equal Justice Society showing that there is, very arguably a far more serious and compelling reason to impeach and remove Donald Trump from office. The tittle of this report is;

WHEN IS RACIST ABUSE OF OFFICE AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE?

(Sorry, I do not have a link for this report. Please access through Google.)

First, the report, citing the precedent of Andrew Johnson's 1868 impeachment for making inflammatory, racist speeches against newly emancipated African-Americans (among other grounds) lists reinforcing constitutional norms and limiting harm to the nation as grounds for impeachment. The report states:

"Impeachment on this ground would emphasis that it is not acceptable for the president of the United States to misuse his official position to disseminate false and misleading public statements for the purpose of sowing hatred and hostility among the people of the United States on the basis of race, color, religion or national origin..."

Statements by Trump that are too numerous to mention attacking Latino immigrants as "criminals", "rapists", "gang members" and "drug dealers"; and Muslim immigrants as "terrorists" would certainly meet this description.


To be continued.in the next installment in this series.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law