In our entire history, Presidential Impeachment has only occurred twice: once concerning Andrew Johnson (Lincoln’s successor) and most recently Bill Clinton. Richard Nixon resigned in view of the twin certainties that the House of Representatives would formally vote to impeach, and the Senate would find him guilty of “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” and remove him from office.

The Framers fully intended that impeachment be rare, and only for the most serious and egregious of reasons; they fully understood how traumatic to the country such a drastic action/event would be, and wanted the political class to address and resolve the actual issues behind undertaking an impeachment if at all possible. At the same time, they also fully knew that the kind of environment we see today could occur, with its bitter partisanship and rancor, and that we needed a process available that would uphold the ideal of “a nation of laws, not of men.”

Bud Nason lives in Littlestown, is a Conservative Thinker and an Adams County Voter. E-mail him at

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