"On January 6, 2021 a violent mob attacked the United States Capitol to obstruct the process of our democracy and stop the counting of presidential electoral votes. This insurrection caused injury, death and destruction in the most sacred space in our Republic,” Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) said as she explained her support for impeaching former President Trump. “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
In the days and weeks since the insurrectionists stormed the Capitol Building, we have watched a historic, bipartisan impeachment trial come and go. 50 Democrats and 7 Republicans voted to convict Trump, but it wasn’t enough to take him down. Now, it is up to Americans to make sure that this never happens again.
Donald Trump ruined America’s 231-year-old record of peaceful transfers of power and has escaped unscathed, setting a dangerous precedent for future presidents. We can change this and make sure that never again is an official allowed to escape justice. I propose that a new amendment to the Constitution be passed that prevents people opposing the peaceful transfer of power be impeached and permanently barred from future federal office.
Such an amendment would not prevent politicians from questioning voting numbers; instead, it would prevent future political violence regarding election results. Opponents may argue that as it has only happened once under a polarizing figure (or, as a few conclude, that the insurrection was not the former president’s fault), such an amendment would be a waste of time as it has only happened once. I will remind those opponents that we had a one-in-a-century pandemic once and that it is happening again.
I believe that the amendment should be worded as follows:
I believe that a supermajority of Americans can get behind this. If we truly want to protect our democracy, this is a step that we must take. Join me in taking the next steps to protect our democracy for all Americans, and we can make a difference.