John Hammer stopped by to talk about it. My wife brought it up over dinner the other night. It was the topic at the coffee shop.
Impeachment.
Turn on the national news and two-thirds or more is related to impeachment. Fox, CNN, MSNBC . . . doesn’t matter. The topic is the same, only the slant changes.
I won’t speak for you or anyone else, but impeachment, or rather the talk of it, is grinding me down to the nubbins. I’m so sick of it that I tune it out as soon as it starts – probably just as some of you are doing with this column . . . if you even got this far.
Well kind sirs and ladies, I beg your indulgence. I propose an end to all this, and believe it or not, it involves one thing the Democrats in the House are saying that I agree with. It’s time for a change.
In the Constitution.
Article 2, Section 4 reads: The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
The process spells out that impeachment begins in the House where a simple majority is needed. If that happens, then a trial is set in the Senate. Over there, two-thirds of that august body must vote to impeach before a president can be removed.
The Senate makes sense to me. In today’s world, the House does not.
Why?
Because impeachment, the very mechanism that should be reserved for only extreme cases, has become a political tool. It’s being waved about like it’s no big deal. No one seems to understand that for the folks who voted for Trump – and many who are planning on voting for him again, if you are to believe the polls – will feel that politicians have stolen their ability to elect a president.
Because that’s exactly what politicians would be doing.
The really frustrating part of all this is that it’s for show. And nothing more. Trump is not going to get kicked out of office – not unless a whole lot more is uncovered. So all the brouhaha and sabre rattling is doing is wasting time, wasting dollars and creating a whole lot of emotions in Americans.
Apathy. Anger. Frustration.
Think any of those are good for the Republic?
And friends, let’s not blame the Democrats. They’re only the latest to pull this crap. The Republicans did it with Obama.
It’s time to end the nightmare. It’s time for a change.
Here’s what we could do. If impeachment is going to be partisan then let the party bringing it up be held to this standard. Ninety percent of them have to vote for it. And for the other party? Fifty percent of them must.
Does that raise the bar? You bet it does. The bar should be exceptionally high if the politicians are going to overturn the voters. And if a president or someone commits an egregious enough act, then those numbers should not be a problem. And if the Democrats can’t get 90 percent of their colleagues to agree, and half the Republicans, then the whole matter goes away – actually, would never be brought up.
Just the way it should be.
It’s time for a change.

Two cents, which is about how much Timmons said his columns are worth, appears periodically in The Paper. Timmons is the publisher of The Paper and can be contacted at ttimmons@thepaper24-7.com.