What is the Senate Impeachment Trial really all about?

The Chicago Tribune opinion article titled: Impeachment trials are not about proving criminal behavior, made this statement.

““Of course, impeachment trials aren’t criminal proceedings. Impeachment is a political process.” And then, often in the next breath, they’ll say stuff like: “This wouldn’t work in court,” or, “The legal standard for incitement is a very high bar.”


Constitution Definition of Impeachment

requires that Senators be under oath or affirmation when sitting for that purpose, stipulates that the Chief Justice of the United States is to preside when the President of the United States is tried, and provides for conviction on the vote of two-thirds of the members present. 


The Purpose of This Post

Is to relate an ancient proverb and a comedy play to the question which of the above articles reveal what the present Senate Impeachment really all about.

King Solomon

25 It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly, only later to reconsider his vows. (Proverb 20:25)

Gils Excerpt

 Which is separated to sacred uses, is devoted to the Lord, as first fruits, tithes, offerings, &c. which if a man converts to his own use is sacrilege, and this is a sin and a snare, and brings ruin on him;

it is too late after the vow is made to inquire about the lawfulness or expedience of it, and how to find out ways and means to dissolve it and be clear of it; for it is better not to vow, than to vow and not pay, Ecclesiastes 5:4; when a thing is in a man’s own hands, he may do what he will; but when he has devoted it to another use, it is no longer in his power;

What’s My Point?

All legislators take an oath in office or a vow to uphold the Constitution.

My point is it appears only six of the Republicans seem to be voting their consciences or something else, and none of the Democrats.

What does this mean the definition is really all about?

In My Opinion

It is as the Chicago Tribune article states, the impeachment is a political process.

However, it should be about taking a vow to uphold the Constitution.

Which in my opinion, because of the way the Democrats voted, to me it is perhaps more a political process if for some reason all the Democrats only vote one way.

Does that mean the Senate does not believe the vows or oaths they take is an oath to the Constitution or to a comedy of their political party?

If Interested

Read the source links

You Decide

Are the Senators obeying the oaths or vows to the Constitution of their oaths or vows to their political party? And if so, what does that say for the two systems of justice in the USA or row high bar of the Senators oaths or vows they took to uphold the Constitution?

As for the six Republican Senators who voted to proceed with the impeachment, based on their previous opinions about Trump, does it makes you wonder if the reason they voted to proceed have anything to do with their conscience, the Constitution, or their past personal opinions and disapproval of Trump?

If so, in my opinion, the Senate trial along with politicians’ oaths and vows is best explained in the title of a Shakespeare Comedy and the trap meaning in the King Solomon verse.

“Much ado about nothing.”

25 It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly, only later to reconsider his vows. 


Regards and goodwill blogging.

The Senate Failed the Test