February 2017 Editorial Winner

He is our president
John M. Wylie II, Oologah Lake Leader

He IS our President no matter what we think of him.
We were deeply troubled by the “Not our President” demonstrations Monday, much as we believe President Donald Trump is totally unfit for the office he holds.
He IS our President, duly elected by the process set forth by the Constitution.
He remains so unless he fails certain tests set by the Constitution:
• If he proves to be mentally or physically unbalanced enough to be totally unfit to serve as President, the Constitution has a provision to deal with that.
But at this point, while we certainly question his judgment in many areas, he has not met the standards set forth by the 25th Amendment, which covers that possibility in great detail.
• If he has committed or does commit “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors,” Article II,
Section 4 says he “shall be removed from office” upon impeachment and conviction.
Impeachment (similar to an indictment in normal courts) requires a simple majority vote of the House but conviction requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate. Again, the Constitution sets forth the process in great detail.
That option isn’t as unthinkable as it sounds. MSNBC reported Monday, “Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., has filed a resolution that could be the first legislative step toward impeachment for President Trump.”
Nadler, a three-term Congressman representing part of New York City, stressed in a live interview that he was “not yet ready to talk about impeachment.”
But he acknowledged that the investigation called for by his resolution could result in an impeachment probe if the initial investigation produced evidence indicating that the Constitutional grounds for such action might exist.
He’s following the right course. We are a country based on checks and balances, respect the law, and especially respect for the Constitution.
At this point Donald Trump IS our president, whether someone likes it or not.
If protestors want to say “His policies don’t represent me,” or “I sure didn’t vote for him,” that’s fine. The
First Amendment is still in full force and that is one of its our Constitution’s virtues—it allows any citizen to criticize any officeholder.
But the office of President of the United States deserves respect, and those who say “He’s not my President” are behaving every bit as badly as President Trump did when he referred to a “so-called judge.”
The Constitution provides an enormous amount of wisdom that has served us well for more than two centuries. If Donald Trump really is not fit to serve, it provides two road maps to remove him from office—for disability or criminality.
While demonstrations are one effective tool in starting either process, the slogan “He’s not my President” is counterproductive. We hope Trump opponents will concentrate their efforts on more productive approaches, starting with a careful reading of the Constitution.

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