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Richard Crowson Commentary

Crowson: Don't You Just Love The Fall?

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Ah, fall! Tumbling down between the branches of our government come the plummeting shreds of our Constitution.

Oh, look! Dancing downward on the winds of a Trumpian bellow! Why, it’s the Constitutional right of the House of Representatives to impeach! Article 1, torn to shreds and now in descent, says The House “shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.” Now it’s just a discolored leaf from that document, about to come to rest in the dirt surrounding the White House.

Oh, look! What’s that swirling about in the autumn air? I do believe, yes, yes, it is! The Constitution’s Foreign or Domestic Emoluments Clauses! “Emolument” is a fancy word for profiting from one’s employment or from an office one holds. Sort of like, say, if an elected official had business holdings in a foreign country, failed to divest those holdings, and then had to conduct foreign policy with those very countries. See how that scrap of our Constitution slips and spins its way downward!

Oooh! There’s a pretty one drifting to the ground! I believe that’s the Constitution’s 1st Amendment! Something about freedom of speech? When the President blocks Twitter users who challenge his Tweets, he blocks their freedom of speech and… zing! Another chunk of our Constitution takes a windy ride into oblivion!

So many leaves of our nation’s sacred document, once firmly attached to the limbs of our towering Tree of Liberty.  Now see them doing an autumnal, tumbling waltz on the winds of the White House whims.

Don’t you just love the fall?