Incompetence Is Not A Crime Or An Impeachable Offense

The Democrats are taking control of the House of Representatives. At this moment it appears that Nancy Pelosi will pick up the gavel of leadership as she takes the position of Speaker of the House..

The country is currently caught in the throes of a constitutional identity crisis, the magnitude and severity of which may take years or decades to accurately discern and effectively address.

This crisis has been precipitated by the threats to Democracy and the cardinal principle of the Rule of Law that are extant in the behaviors and utterances of the current occupant of the White House.

We are at a crossroads, not an impasse.

However, the choices and decisions made by the incoming leadership in the House of Representatives may well determine the fate of the American experiment in democratic self-government for the foreseeable future and generations to come.

"Although the U.S. Constitution grants no formal, express authority to oversee or investigate the executive or program administration, oversight is implied in Congress’s array of enumerated powers." ------Wikipedia

This is the crux of the checks and balances envisioned by the framers of the Constitution.

In my view, there are two primary spheres in which Congress can and must exercise the implied powers of oversight of the Executive Branch:

1) Matters of a legal and/or ethical nature and concern ie wrongdoing of one kind or another; 

2) Matters involving executive, administrative, and managerial effectiveness and competence, which may include budgetary issues and concerns.

Questions involving criminality may involve the high crimes and misdemeanors that are the substance of impeachment.

Matters involving governmental ineffectiveness and/or incompetence do not and cannot rise to the level of impeachable offenses.

In 2020 the Democrats must wrest control of the Executive Branch from the megalomaniacal narcissistic fascist imbecile and pathological liar who, through a masterwork of demagoguery and fraud, occupies the Oval Office.

Aside from selecting charismatic and creative candidates, their narratives must resonate with the general electorate as sincere and inspirational as well as substantive and meaningful.

What the Democrats do, as they take control of the House of Representatives, should be a manifestation of the narratives that should be the foundations of the campaign themes and platforms that they will run on in the next election cycle.

So here's the question:

In exercising the implied powers of legislative oversight, should the Democrats' focus on matters involving executive wrongdoing, or matters on involving administrative competence or the lack thereof? 

The stakes are much too high for the Democrats to fail to "get it right".

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Comment by Tom Cordle on January 5, 2019 at 10:44am

I agree that incompetence is not a crime or an impeachable offense, though the law does allow for the crime of criminal negligence, and certainly, this fool is guilty of that – and much more. So while you offer a Hobson's choice, I will take the liberty of arguing Congress must do both.

While we're on the subject, as I understand the original intent of the Founders, the role and the duty of the Executive was to carry out the will of the Legislature, and the role of the Legislature was in turn, to carry out the will of the people, or at least the will of white, male property owners.

But as history bears witness, the people apparently don't trust themselves – or at least they don't trust each other, and so they habitually and willingly cede their individual liberty and responsibility to a single man (almost always a man), whether he be called Pharaoh, King, Emperor, Czar, Lord, Khan, President, Pope or God.

Comment by koshersalaami on January 5, 2019 at 12:47pm

MNFIAPL

megalomaniacal narcissistic fascist imbecile and pathological liar

You deserve to have this enter the lexicon

Comment by Ron Powell on January 5, 2019 at 5:51pm

@Kosh; Only if I haven't left anything out...

Comment by Ron Powell on January 5, 2019 at 5:58pm

@TC; " I will take the liberty of arguing Congress must do both."

Only if their narrative can be simple and succinct and still carry the political weight of doing both...

The Dems must carefully craft the narratives before taking an electoral path to the White House...

Comment by koshersalaami on January 5, 2019 at 9:33pm

Very carefully

Comment by moki ikom on January 6, 2019 at 1:49pm

Incompetence is in itself not a crime sure, but selecting an incompetent pilot to captain the cockpit of the only spaceship that can support Life is to subject us all to the pilot's Death Wish:

"Stuff happens," ... Trump encouraged the Nashville crowd to repeatedly chant “Death Wish!” before alerting them... ...

Comment by Maui Surfer on January 6, 2019 at 2:54pm

The incompetence in the Confederate Yankee Traitor Orange Seditious Pathological Liar is self-evident. What incompetence needs to be addressed is the incredibly high level of credulity that allowed Russia's former and current Rocket Scientists to the control their opinions and, so sadly, their votes in our country, not Albania, on both the public Internet and via the Dark Web bots. The lack of understanding is so broad and comprehensive that our Putin owned leader still uses an unsecured mobile phone. The imbecilic stupidity is truly top to bottom.

Comment by moki ikom on January 6, 2019 at 3:21pm

Maui,  i'd  favor a Xi or  Putin-owned leader over a Netanyahu/zionazi Wall Street-owned leader anyday.  Don't you figure the U.S. deserved some payback after wClinton et.al selected Yeltsin over Gorbachev.  Yeltsin took Russia to the brink of economic and social  collapse with wBrowder-style capitalUSism.  Trump is our Yeltsin, though it's not yet clear that it took Russia meddling in our hypocrUSy to get our Agent Orange since that could be underestimating our incompetence to lead the world.

Comment by Ron Powell on January 6, 2019 at 4:30pm

"...it's not yet clear that it took Russia meddling in our hypocrUSy to get our Agent Orange since that could be underestimating our incompetence..."

Interesting phrasing when taken out of context....

Comment by Maui Surfer on January 6, 2019 at 4:44pm

Gorbachev was an actual Hero. Yeltsin was simply what you have come to expect from a Russian "leader"- a drunken loudmouth nincompoop ... Putin is not a politician, he is a security trained strongman and a criminal who has illegally amassed the largest fortune in the world. He is the world's richest scumbag of any sort. Yeltsin could never have gotten Trump elected, he held no sway over the Russian Rocket Scientists who rule the Dark Web. And Clinton, while he certainly lobbied, cannot be given credit for Boris' election the way Putin can for Drumpf's, the German "Swede" con artist.

Are you making some horrid connection between Jews and Wall Street? Before I go any further please answer that, because if bigotry is involved I've got some straight talk for you ...

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