Let the Senate (Show) Trial Begin!

Well, it’s time again for Democrats in the US Senate to try their hands at convicting former President Trump of an impeachment charge passed by the Democrat majority in the US House of Representatives during the last days of Trump’s Presidency.

Here’s how I envision the Senate trial will go early on, with apologies up front to Monty Python:

Sen. Premise: Ohh…How do they impeach a President who’s no longer President?

Sen. Conclusion: It’s funny you should ask that. I’ve been reading a great big book on how to impeach a President who’s no longer President, and evidently, you can either hit them with the book or you can shoot them there, just above the mouth.

Sen. Premise: Mmmm…Sen. Essence suggests flushing him down the toilet.

Sen. Conclusion: Oh, that’s dangerous, ’cause he’ll breed in the sewers and eventually you get huge groups of Trump Supporters flying out of peoples lavatories infringing their personal freedom.

Apparently, according to the US Constitution the Senate’s role in the Impeachment Process is fairly simple:

“When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.

“Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.
- Constitution of the United States, Article I, Section 3

Well now, let’s see here: The Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will not be presiding, there aren’t 67 votes in the US Senate to convict former President Trump, former President Trump can’t be removed from a job he no longer holds, and while former President Trump could be indicted, tried, judged and punished, according to law as a private citizen after the Senate is done with their trial, the Democrats haven’t been able to successfully prosecute any allegation of wrongdoing against former President Trump during the last four or more years despite at least 85 possible attempts…and, my money’s on that they won’t succeed now.

Of course, one possible loophole the Senate Democrats could exploit is to make sure 18 or more Republican Senators don’t show up for the vote, in which case over 2/3rds of the “members present” would be Democrats and, “Voila!”, former President Trump is convicted. I wonder if THAT’S why the Biden* (b)Administration has built a permanent wall around the Nation’s Capitol, and sequestered National Guard troops at the Capitol until as late as March 15th.

Regardless, if you do intend to watch any of the Senate proceedings this excellent song by the 1970′s “Philly Soul” group “Blue Magic” might provide proper introduction:

And, perhaps the Senate will let you toss in your own fifty cents ;-)

Thanks for Reading!

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