Why Don’t We Impeach Presidents More Often?

Georges van Hoegaerden
Georges van Hoegaerdenhttps://www.methodeva.com/georges/
Founder, Author, and Managing Director of methodEVA.

First, not all undesirable, flawed, and misguided policies from U.S. Presidents on either side of the political aisle constitute impeachable offenses. Second, Presidents do not have much power, as only Congress can write law that enacts changes or additions in policy, much of it ballooning out of control by virtue of improper stare decisis and social precedent.


Congress defines impeachable offenses as Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors, with weak formal definitions in addition to (1) improperly exceeding or abusing the powers of the office; (2) behavior incompatible with the function and purpose of the office; and (3) misusing the office for an improper purpose or personal gain. And even then, a mere impeachment by the House of Representatives does not guarantee conviction and removal from office; only the Senate can institute removal from office.

Andrew Johnson was impeached in 1868, Bill Clinton in 1998, and Donald Trump twice in 2019 and 2021Richard Nixon resigned.

Sans Theory

The symptoms of America’s failing systems, and thus its deflated strength of human renewal, are the result of humanity not having implemented a theory that determines what can be discovered, in the words of Albert Einstein.

No employee can be deemed guilty for not following a business plan left undefined. No President, Congress, or the People can be deemed guilty without an agreed-upon theory of humanity. In the same way, no player in soccer can be considered guilty of an offense if the theory of soccer from which its rules are derived has not been preestablished.

The gameplay of humanity is already established by nature. All we need to do is acknowledge, understand and adhere to it as best as possible.

Damaging Renewal

Humanity blissfully rings around the Rosie when, in mindless solipsism, we adhere to a Disney World version of human efficacy.

We can and must play nature’s game instead. Nature’s gameplay we know quite a bit more about since the Constitution was first established. Nature’s gameplay points the vector of human evolution in a completely different direction than what our Constitution infers, a conflict severely damaging the renewal of humanity.

Without a pre-established human theory, a President is like a captain on a ship without a destination, proud of the many knots we are sailing in a direction unknown. Everything and nothing is an impeachable offense in that situation.

Constitute Truth

The U.S. Constitution is a set of rules, not inferring a theory. Only establishing first-principles derived from nature’s principles can formulate a theory embedded in systems that need to be controlled by rules to instill trust. In that order, like so:

First-principles => Theory => Systems => Rules

We ruminate in a two-hundred-year-old rabbit hole of manmade make-believe, applying ever-more rules to manmade constructs detached from a theory that creates hordes of rebels without a cause, not contributing to humanity’s collective interest but their own. The vile maxims of individual interests in a game to each his own have and will continue to erode humanity’s interests, efficacy, trust, and renewal.

So, judging a President without a human theory as the measuring stick is senseless. As senseless as a CEO running a business without a business plan.

Have at it.

The sign of an intelligent nation is its willingness and ability to reinvent itself, upstream. Let’s inspire the world with new rigors of excellence we first and successfully apply to ourselves.

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