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In the year of our Lord 897, the moldering body of Pope Formosus was disinterred and brought to trial. The reasoning behind this macabre spectacle was truly Byzantine. The guy wearing the cool hat at the time, Pope Stephen VI, belonged to a different political faction than poor dead Formosus and apparently thought that this bizarre act would stifle the opposition. He may have also have wanted to take posthumous revenge on the ex-pope for previous slights. Formosus was duly excommunicated and what was left of him was dumped in the Tiber river.
In February 2021 C.E., the recently deceased presidency of Donald Trump will be exhumed and brought to trial before the U.S. Senate. The reasoning behind this absurd spectacle is truly Byzantine. The party in power in the Senate belongs to a different political faction than poor Orange Man Bad and apparently thinks this ridiculous act will stifle opposition. They may also want to take revenge on Trump saying mean things about them.
Now, I’m not a Constitutional scholar, but I thought the whole point of the impeachment trial was to remove the person from office. In fact, once a person leaves office and becomes a private citizen, the Senate does not have any authority to conduct a trial. The Senate, after all, is not part of the Judicial branch. Separation of powers and all that. Hey, I have an idea! Let’s look at the actual Constitution:
Wow, those founding fathers were really prescient!
Well, if that’s the case, why stop at Trump? The great Obama had the most scandalous scandal-free administration in history; let’s impeach him. Then we can impeach George W. Bush for the Iraq War. Nixon will get the impeachment he weaseled out of by resigning and dying. Let’s nail LBJ for running the Vietnam War and JFK for starting the Vietnam War. FDR will get his for the racist Japanese internments. Harding will finally be held accountable for Teapot Dome. Woodrow Wilson will finally be held accountable for being Woodrow Wilson. Jackson will be convicted of exiling the Cherokees to Oklahoma, Washington, and Jefferson for having slaves. Then we’ll take all their bones and dump them in the Potomac. That’ll unify the country!
Or we could stop this farce right now. I’m not saying this because I’m a fan of Donald Trump; frankly, I was looking forward to a respite from all the drama. But the Democrats want to keep DT in the limelight. Without him as a distraction, the Democrat voters might realize that the party leadership is a bunch of ancient inept political hacks.
The basis for this farce is ludicrous, of course. The supposed inciting remarks occurred a mile away at the same time that the assault on the Capitol building was happening. Once they were caught, some of the loons who took part in that idiocy claimed that Trump told them to do it. I guess they had taken off their tinfoil hats and received the message via the fillings in their teeth. If we accept the testimony of nutjobs, we’ll also have to charge the Beatles for the Tate-LaBianca murders. Charlie Manson, after all, said that he was being directed by the lyrics in the White Album. George Harrison and John Lennon are obviously guilty, having nothing to say in their defense.
Things did not turn out so well for Pope Stephen VI after the original Cadaver Synod. The opposition became more united in response to the weird ritual, and his allies deserted him. He had his awesome hat taken away, was thrown into prison, and was strangled in his cell. At least the Democrats don’t need to worry about that. Nowadays, no high-profile criminals are strangled in their jail cells.Published in