This article is a really thoughtful primer on how impeachments can be right, wrong or unknown impactors in democratic systems.
I never read the Federalist papers in school, but especially over the last 2 years have been obliged to delve into them occasionally for purposes of the show. I am frequently struck by how much thought and wisdom went into the writing of these papers, both the pros and cons what the new Constitution should include and how it should be phrased, that never actually made its way into the Constitution. I suppose that the footnotes required would have been ponderous, yet clarifying.
The article cites Hamilton thus:
… because presidents are judged by the legislative body, the instrument inevitably has a political component. In the United States, for instance, Alexander Hamilton warned in Federalist #65 of this risk — “the greatest danger, that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.”
The English in the original text of Federalist #65 is written in an archaic style and is also technical in nature, so it might me useful to go to a site that summarizes it such as here, in the literal Cliff’s Notes version. On this page, a useful mention is made of the 17th Amendment:
As this section is largely expository, detailing the nature and necessity of the powers to be exercised by the United States Senate, there is no need to comment except perhaps to note this: Publius made much of the “distinctive” character of the Senate arising from the fact that its members would be chosen by the state legislatures, and not directly by the people, as was the case with members of the House of Representatives. In 1913, with the adoption of the Seventeenth Amendment to the Constitution, it was stipulated that United States Senators in each state were to be “elected by the people thereof.”
by John M. Carey, Javier Corrales, Mariana Llanos, Leiv Marsteintredet and Aníbal Pérez-Liñán [WASHINGTON POST] DATED April 11, 2018
In late March, Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski resigned from office, a day before he would have been impeached. Kuczynski was the 10th Latin American president since the 1990s to leave office under the threat of impeachment.
Kuczynski’s downfall highlights some of the pitfalls of impeachment, a term that shows up a lot in the U.S. media these days. Here are some key takeaways:
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Net Neutrality: What took Obama so long? Does his party have to get smashed in elections before he acts decisively?
Impeachment: If the GOP wants to impeach Obama, let’s talk about the DoJ sending Bush/Cheney to the Hague. I’m sure they would be welcomed with open arms.
Voter Fraud vs. Election Fraud: What’s the difference?
Don’t stop property taxes or Homeowners Insurance costs: This is not always made clear
Leaves heirs with debt issues: Taxes and reverse mortgage debt (FROM WEB SITE:Taking out a reverse mortgage can jeopardize your ability to leave your home to your heirs. If this is a priority for you, think twice about a reverse mortgage.)
FROM WEB SITE: Are you on a fixed income with no other assets? If you don’t have much income, a reverse mortgage might not be the best option for you. If you take out a reverse mortgage loan and then have trouble paying your property taxes and homeowner’s insurance, you could face foreclosure.Reverse Mortgages: Good or bad
“Underbanking”: What is it and why does it matter?
Organ Transplants: Why the dearth of donors?
Stop using the word “Harvest”
Some participants indicated that they wouldn’t donate the organs of their next of kin if his or her heart were still beating, even if they were proclaimed brain-dead.
due to a belief in the afterlife and the concern for maintaining body integrity.
Others can’t shake the “ick” factor. Defined by researchers as “a basic disgust response to the idea of organ procurement or transplantation,” a 2011 study in Scotland found that non-donors reported higher levels of the ick factor and concern with body integrity than donors.
Distrust of doctors; maybe too anxious to ‘harvest’. (The only word not explored in the article.)
WAYS OF PROMOTING ORGAN TRANSPLANT DONATION
“Opt out” instead of “Opt In”.
Top-of-List for donors and their families.
In-Network donations (like a private “Donor’s Club”)
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