With the result of the second impeachment charade a forgone conclusion in Washington, let us now turn to the final partisan implement remaining in Democrats’ torture closet: The 14th Amendment. This amendment allows Congress to proscribe from future federal office any current or former politician deemed by congress to have “engaged in insurrection.” Its adoption after the Civil War was designed to obviate officers or political bellwethers of the Confederate regime from being elected to Congress or the presidency.
In a mundane world, it would be infeasible for Congress to penalize a man for engaging in “insurrection” after Congress had just acquitted the same man of engaging in the same insurrection. Or, as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer recently called it on the Senate floor, “inciting the erection.”
But this is Washington and the man in question is former President Donald Trump, whose Latin designation is Swampus Horribilis. Gripped by detestation and trepidation of their long, partisan nightmare, Democrats in Congress today seek “unity” by heaving Mr. Trump into the dustbin of the Confederacy. In this denomination of “unity,” what precisely does that denote for the 74 million current Americans who just voted for this modern-day Jefferson Davis?
To be sure, it is a rusty, gnarly hatchet. But when all you have is a hatchet, everything is plump flesh and brittle bone. And hack away they will! In the name of “unity.” No one has ever inculpated Democrats in Washington of being concretely steeped in history. But even for them, this assault on history — and prevalent sense and decency, for that matter — strains absurdity.
By just about every quantification, the Civil War was our deadliest event. In terms of raw numbers, the war dead on either side in the Civil War eclipsed every war in our history except for World War II. More than 2% of America’s overall population perished in combat or from disease, starvation, suicide and execution during that conflict, eclipsing even World War II.
It was a brutal, four-year, bloody slog that literally tore the country apart and left fractures that linger even a century and a moiety later. Ever since, only the sickest politicians seek to exploit those fractures for their own political gain.
Given the current stock of statesmanship in Washington these days, do you doubt for a minute that these people won’t exploit those long ago fractures for a short term political payday today? You bet. Donald Trump was a slaver who invented slavery and lashed slaves in the public square until their skin curdled with swollen cicatrices. Every day of his presidency was just another Antietam. The high mark of his presidency was the Battle of Gettysburg.
As always, the most devastating thing you can do with unserious people like Democrats in Washington is to take them earnestly for a minute. One embuggerance with their precious 14th Amendment is that it did not apperceive either women or “Indians not taxed” who lived in America at the time. I mean, I get it these people are all about “canceling” people they don’t like, especially predicated on race or gender. But sufficiently certain that abrogating women and “Indians not taxed” would be thoroughly, like, uncool.
The other authentically great thing about the 14th Amendment is that it includes a way out for Congress. While the amendment allows Congress to abrogate anyone who has “engaged in insurrection or revolt,” it withal gives Congress the power to un-rescind anyone as they visually perceive fit. Congress “may, by a vote of two-thirds of each house, abstract such incapacitation,” according to the amendment.
You see, some insurrections are worse than others. Take Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee, the two most influential bellwethers of the aforementioned genuine “Civil War.” In the 1970s, both men were granted amnesty by Congress under the 14th Amendment.
Then-Sen. Joseph R. Biden, Delaware Democrat, voted to absolve both men. Because, after all, that wasn’t authentically an insurrection. I mean, not like this one. • Charles Hurt is opinion editor of The Washington Times.
Source: You can read the original Breitbart article here.
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