Disagreeing with Rep. Chu’s Vote on Impeachment

(Regarding the Dec. 20 article in the Review, “Chu: Why I Voted to Impeach Trump”):

I enclose my letter of response to Rep. Chu. You may wish to use this letter as an editorial response in the Review.

Dear Rep. Chu:

Previously I have supported your actions as our elected representative, but now must firmly disagree. Your statement printed in the South Pasadena Review that you were “exhausted’’ by your vote for impeachment is understandable. Unfortunately, your consent to the two impeachment articles leads to two very tragic results:

1. You endanger our Constitutional “separation of powers.” Impeachment was included in the Constitution to cover very serious misconduct by the president, not to allow dismissal of a president for disagreeing with Congress, or for being disagreeable.

Our Constitution specifically rejects the parliamentary system in favor of the “separation of powers” principle. In the UK and in most other “parliamentary” systems, the Parliament creates the prime minister, the head of government. If Parliament does not like the prime minister, or seriously disagrees with policies, Parliament may dismiss the prime minister. Not so in the U.S.; Congress is co-equal with the president and the executive branch, but cannot dismiss a president for policy or personality differences.

This very political impeachment process includes no alleged crime whatsoever. Mueller’s team, Rep. Schiff and others have tried for three years to find any criminal violation by Donald Trump, without any success. Your consent to impeachment encourages future Congressional moves to hinder any president for any reason, contrary to our Constitution.

2. Your consent encourages a dangerous trend in American politics — extreme hatred.   I do not accuse you of “hating” President Trump; you probably do not like his politics and personality, and resent his unexpected defeat of Hillary Clinton. Others in your caucus, specifically including Reps. Schiff and Nadler, promote hot hatred, not necessarily related to any policies. This extraordinary hatred has become politically widespread, and features lying and vicious character assassination (e.g. in the Kavanaugh confirmation). The Democratic Party should be ashamed of this development. Hatred leads to destruction. Our political system has suffered much greater damage from this extraordinary atmosphere of hot hatred than from any boorishness by President Trump.

We voted for you to do the peoples’ business in Washington, not to support extreme hatred.

Sincerely yours,

Daniel M. Evans (A registered Democrat in South Pasadena or San Marino since 1958), Monterey Road