The unending quest to do away with President Trump has entered a new phase this week. The lamestream mediais full of hopeful, frenzied speculation that Mr. Trump will surely be impeached, so he should just resign. The next fake news scandal will do the trick! Just ask Lanny Davis. Congressional Democrats and their media PR shop—that would be the lamestream media—are salivating over all the investigations they’ll spring on Trump if they take over the House of Representatives in November, so he should just resign right away. And if Nancy Pelosi regains the Speaker’s gavel, they’ll just impeach him outright because Trump, so he’d better resign, yesterday. But only the most Trump deranged among them believe any of that. Well, OK, that’s most of them, but just in case none of those schemes work out, a long time Clinton/Democrat mouthpiece has come up with an entirely new scheme to get rid of Mr. Trump. The good folks at Legal Insurrection report:
Robert Reich, who served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, has taken on a new role as a leader of the progressive resistance movement. Like many others on the left, Reich is taking unhinged rhetoric to new levels.
In a recent post on his website, Reich suggested that impeaching Trump would not be enough. His presidency must be annulled:
‘Don’t Just Impeach Trump. Annul His Presidency
The only way I see the end of Trump is if there’s overwhelming evidence he rigged the 2016 election. In which case impeachment isn’t an adequate remedy. His presidency should be annulled.
Let me explain.
Many people are convinced we’re already witnessing the beginning of the end of Trump.
In their view, bombshell admissions from Trump insiders with immunity from prosecution, combined with whatever evidence Robert Mueller uncovers about Trump’s obstruction of justice and his aide’s collusion with the Russians, will all tip the scales…
Impeachment would remedy Trump’s ‘high crimes and misdemeanors.’ But impeachment would not remedy Trump’s unconstitutional presidency because it would leave in place his vice president, White House staff and Cabinet, as well as all the executive orders he issued and all the legislation he signed, and the official record of his presidency.
The only response to an unconstitutional presidency is to annul it. Annulment would repeal all of it – recognizing that such appointments, orders, rules, and records were made without constitutional authority.’
Eureka! He’s got it (the whole thing is here)! This is the obvious way to do away with all that annoying presidential succession stuff. What’s the point of doing away with Trump if it will leave Mike Pence in the Oval Office? He’s a crazed Christian dictator who will force everyone into Jesus camps, and take away everyone’s right to say horrible things about Christians, while not allowing them to force Christians to bake cakes for Gay people and Satanists. And then there are all those annoying laws and executive orders Trump passed, and the horrible appointments he made of Constitution-supporting radicals! We can’t have the kind of unprecedented prosperity and relatively low taxes we’re experiencing; people might come to expect it, and then where would Democrats be?
But there may be a little problem. Let us first, gentle readers, be sure we know the definition of “annul.” Merriam-Webster helps:
Annul: annulled; annulling
1:to declare or make legally invalid or void
* He wants the marriage annulled
* His title to the estate was annulled.
2:to reduce to nothing : obliterate
3:to make ineffective or inoperative : neutralize
* to annula drug’s effect
Ah, so that’s what Reich is saying! We’ll just declare Trump’s election legally invalid or void. We’ll make it ineffective or inoperative! That should be easy, right? We’ll just refer to the Constitution, Article II, Section 5, which says:
The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on annulment upon the desires of former minor cabinet officers that worked for the Clintons, because Trump.
That seems pretty clear…what’s that? There is no Section 5 in Article II of the Constitution? Well, what’s that got to do with anything? I mean Robert Reich wants to annul Trump, and he’s a past semi-famous Democrat, so what does the Constitution have to do with it?
Sigh. Just in case anyone is interested, the actual Constitution may be found here. It explains how a president may be impeached and removed. There is no such thing as annulling a president, no matter how much the fevered brains of the Trump deranged might desire it.
Reich’s suggestion is as pathetic as it is ridiculous. He, like so many other leftists and never-Trumpers, think themselves so much more intelligent and moral than normal, God and gun clinging Americans they have the divine power to overturn any election if they don’t like the results. Theirs is a higher patriotism, and they’re only doing what is necessary because we’re not patriotic enough to see that following the Constitution will upset their applecart. Not only that, they must overturn everything resulting from that election, even if Democrats had some hand in passing it. It’s the only way. They have the power to invent out of thin air mechanisms—annulment—by which to manifest their designs, and the power to disenfranchise anyone that voted against their divine, enlightened, woke will. True, their divinity stems from progressive philosophy rather than from a higher power, but they see progressive philosophy and their latest messiah as the only higher power, so what’s your point?
The danger, gentle readers, is that if annulment succeeds, the Constitution becomes nothing more than a yellowing document reposing in the Federal Department of Yellowing Documents, a historic curiosity for only as long as progressives decide it should be allowed to exist. Some of the people that wrote it were slave holders, and old dead privileged white guys who would have done loads of microaggressions if microaggressions were a thing back then, whenever it was, so that shouldn’t take long.
When extra-constitutional means can be invented as needed to further any progressive desire, America is over. We become a dictatorship, and as with all dictatorships, there will be rivers of blood. After all, if annulment doesn’t succeed, what’s left? Calls for violence against the property of God and gun clingers–oh wait, they’re already doing that–and very quickly, violence against God and gun clingers. What’s that? They’re doing that too? Oh.
I have often observed that if progressives succeed in provoking a civil war, it will be blood, but brief, and they will not be the victors. Virtue signaling and gaseous rhetoric tend to do rather poorly against well-armed, tactically proficient and determined actual patriots. I have also observed that we all must do everything we can to avoid such a conflict.
I am told by various media spokestwerps and swamp dwellers that Mr. Reich is a bright fellow. Perhaps, but this suggestion of his, which is apparently sincere, does not speak to intelligence. It speaks of desperation, hatred, and abject contempt for the deplorables that dared vote for a man that would work against the status quo. That’s the point of the Constitution. It gives deplorables the power to elect people that will shake up the status quo, that will drain the swamp of the self-imagined elite like Reich that think they know better. It also keeps those superior beings from overturning their lawfully enacted choices. That’s the essence of our representative republic. That’s what Mr. Reich, in his self-imagined brilliance, wants to discard.
The irony is that if he succeeds, he creates a new rule: whoever is in power makes the rules, without restraint. Should Democrats seize power through the means Reich suggests, and should they then be removed from power as they intend to remove Mr. Trump from power, they will very likely find themselves being annulled. That would be ironic justice indeed.