THE DONALD TRUMP presidency has become an interruption to --and a frustration for--those whose loyalties lie with the deep state. It certainly comes as no surprise that the many congressional sufferers of Trump Derangement Syndrome, along with an enabling press and their co-conspirators entrenched in the permanent buracracy, are following a standard strategy for political control: threaten to impeach the president and, in so doing, utterly disgrace and discredit him while stripping him of his powers.
Some have likened Pres. Trump to Andrew Johnson, the first U.S. president to be impeached. Similarities can be drawn easily. Both men share bombastic personalities, found few friends in the press, and developed enemies within their own party. Both also served over a nation divided by partisan politics and wrestling with what direction the country should be headed.
Johnson ascended to the presidency after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, with the country reeling from Civil War and engaged in bitter debate over the Reconstruction. Trump emerged as a dark horse candidate, winning a bitter election and subsequently presiding over a divided nation split on whether to "Make America Great Again" or succumb to the Left's ever-growing push toward progressive globalism.
The impeachment of Johnson and the threat of impeachment of Trump veil dangerous political power grabs by the Legislative Branch.
In 1959, historical author Milton Lomask contended that the impeachment of Pres. Johnson not only was about Reconstruction, but something more sinister. In "When Congress Tried to Rule," published in American Heritage magazine, Lomask writes, "The real issue ceased to be who was to control Reconstruction, the Congress, or the Executive. The issue had become who was to control the government."
As Lomask notes, after the 1866 mid-term elections, Johnson's vetoes consistently were overridden by the Radical Republican majority, who essentially replaced his (and Lincoin's) plan for Reconstruction with their own version. "They were looking beyond immediate issues to the reconstruction of the American form of government," Lomask contends. He points to a diary entry by Gideon Welles, both Lincoln's and Johnson's Secretary of the Navy: "It is evident that the Radicals in Congress are in a conspiracy to overthrow not only the President but the government."
Under the leadership of the Radical Republicans, the 39th Congress passed a series of laws aimed at eroding...