To impeach . . . or not impeach?

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That is the biggest question of the moment in America.

As we ponder that question, let's explore further in terms of the historical, constitutional, practical, and political considerations and ramifications.

Admittedly, impeachment is always fueled by partisan motives. However -- just for a few hours this afternoon -- let's set aside the tribalistic, bitter hyperpartisanship, and let's objectively explore this in depth. In doing so, we'll discuss the following:

The History
○ The constitutional basis for impeachment and removal of a high-ranking government official.
○ The Framer's intent for impeachment as part of the checks and balances, and the separation of powers.
○ What were Hamilton's ideas on impeachment? (See generally, The Federalist Papers No. 77).
○ Past individuals who were impeached by the House.

The Legal Process
○ The launching a formal impeachment inquiry.
○ The drafting of the articles of impeachment as a charging document.
○ A full body vote by the House, followed by a formal trial in the Senate.

The Politics
○ Ostensibly a legal process motivated by hyperpartisanship.
○ The shocking moral inconsistencies and the blatant hypocrisies.
○ A hypothetical exercise of double standards in politics: If President X of the Political Party Y committed the same underlying acts, should that person be impeached and removed?
○ How the impeachment process will affect the electorate in a run up to the 2020 Elections.
○ Finally, is the current situation more akin to 1974 or 1998 . . . or perhaps 1868?

More details to follow.