By ALI AHMED ’22
To the Honorable Members of the 116th United States Congress,
These United States were founded on the principles that no one man should solely possess power. Thus, during the creation of our nation, the Founding Fathers placed safeguards on power, such that had—in Benjamin Franklin’s words— an official “rendered himself obnoxious,” he could be removed from office and replaced. As the current situation remains, the President of the United States, Donald John Trump, has already committed crimes severe enough to warrant impeachment proceedings. However, I do not speak to argue whether or not the Commander-in-Chief should be removed from office; an investigation into the President shall establish the facts and the Senate shall decide whether or not the President stands culpable for his crimes. Instead, I urge the House of Representatives to impeach this President in order to defend the U.S. Constitution. The current President’s carelessness for morality stands as a frightening precedent if left unchecked. This presidency’s reign has been anything but normal, yet this very deviation from the norms shall institute the moral and ethical standards that we hold the most powerful person in the world to. Anything less than the most meticulous scrutiny upon our Commander-in-Chief stands as a disservice not just to the American public, but to the world.
The current Presidency has been mired in political scandals, squabbles, and the like, many of which warrant impeachment in isolation. From sexual assault allegations, multiple accusations of the obstruction of justice, or the solicitation of interference into the 2020 Presidential Election from the Ukrainian Government (a clear violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971), this Presidency has committed clear transgressions worthy of removal from office. However, accusations of impeachment for political gain by both the President and his Party have led to the polarization and the disputation of the severity of his crimes. However, even in spite of this politicization, these crimes violating federal law ought to be impeached upon as high crimes, as no man in the United States should be held above the law, even the President of the United States. Certainly, the culpability of a President should not be determined by politics.
As the President of the United States, the most powerful man on Earth should be kept to the highest moral and ethical standards. This presidency has tested the upper limits of our checks and balances, has violated federal law, and has shown utter disregard to the safety and security of the citizens of the U.S. Along with the multiple crimes our President has committed, the disposition of our President has been alarming, to say the least. Our President has threatened nuclear war with other Nations, endangered the lives of Allies, and has reversed decades of negotiations ensuring the safety of U.S. citizens. As a fifteen year old, I’m scared. I’m scared for my future. I’m terrified as a result of his actions. The President must protect its younger citizens, not endanger them. Such a man should not be allowed to hold the most powerful office in the world without proper checks on his power. Refusing to impeach this President despite mounting evidence against him violates the moral foundations this Nation is built upon. In addition, allowing our President to continue to commit federal crimes without scrutiny or investigation contradicts the very moral convictions that the Founding Fathers possessed in respect to governance. Ignoring the abuses of power this President has committed shall set a dangerous precedent which grants the President—and future presidents—the liberty of unbridled and unchecked conduct. I urge every member of this Congress to view th e President in his moral convictions instead of for political gain, for effective governance should benefit the masses, not a political party. A vote on impeachment should not be driven by political biases or motivations. Instead, such a vote should be based on whether or not we want to hold our President accountable for his violations against the laws of the Nation.