Impartial Justice and Republican Morals
On Tuesday, January 27th, the Senate was sworn in as jurors for former President Trump’s second impeachment trial.
As part of their oath as jurors, they swear, under oath, the following words:
I solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be,) that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of , now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws: so help me God.
This is not different than the juries present at trials around the county. When you join a jury trial, you are supposed to be impartial.
All decisions made should be guided by the facts presented. The evidence should be the sole deciding factor when the jury votes guilty or innocent.
Every decision made for their future conviction should be judged in a vacuum, unaffected by who this individual is, or what the repercussions of the decisions might be.
That’s the ideal.
That is what every juror around the country is expected to do when they are placed on a jury.
Now, the Senate is the jury.
Unfortunately, I have my doubts that they can keep their oaths.
No evidence has been given yet. But many Republican Senators are already ready to dismiss the case.
They haven’t heard from the impeachment managers all of the reasons that they believe it is constitutional to impeach a president after he has left office, but they already held a vote on it, and most Republican Senators were already ready to declare it unconstitutional.
If we were trying to seat a jury for a criminal case, would you fill it with employees of the person being charged? People who know they will be fired if their boss is convicted?
That would be absurd.
And yet, in a case that involves the leader of a country sending a force holding flags with his name on it, against the lawmakers as they are about to confirm that he is losing power… this…