While I disagree with most of John Balentine’s recent column, I am addressing his assertion that “the losing side should accept the results” with regard to the 2016 election. (“Remembering Pilgrim pride, part I,” Nov. 20). This false narrative, promoted by Republicans, claims that the impeachment of President Trump is about Congressional Democrats trying to “undo” that election.

In the 230 years since the ratification of our Constitution, only two presidents have been impeached and a third ( Nixon) resigned before the vote on his impeachment. It is a serious duty of Congress under Article 1 of the Constitution and has only been used when there is evidence of suspected abuse of power or criminal activity. The GOP wanted to impeach President Obama, not for possible crimes, but according to Republican Congressman (Michael) Burgess of Texas “to prevent him from pushing his agenda.” President Clinton was impeached, and acquitted, for perjury and obstruction of justice involving his moral indiscretions, standards that apparently no longer concern the GOP.

Many key Republicans refused to accept the legitimacy of President Obama’s election as evidenced by their “birther” lies and worked diligently throughout his terms to obstruct his leadership and undermine his policies.

Accepting the results of an election does not include giving any elected official a pass on behavior that is illegal or harmful to the nation. All elected officials take an oath to uphold the Constitution and rule of law.

Congress has the legal right and duty to see that they do so.

 

Susan Chichetto

Bath