Because impeachment un-does a constitutional election, the president’s conduct must shock the conscience to justify the proceedings. Trump’s does not.
The law professors that Schifty called only reinforced that perception. They didn’t talk about law; they talked about their own partisan hatred.
And believe me, these are true partisans who stand in opposition to most American values. We’ve all learned what a crazy Leftist Pamela Karden, the proudly Leftist, Jewish, bisexual, conservative-hating Stanford Law professor is, but Noah Feldman, from Harvard Law, also has an ugly, anti-American, anti-Constitutional side. Although Feldmanwas raised in a modern Orthodox Jewish community, he deeply disliked that community and has put his Leftist bias ahead of his faith and ethnicity, and ahead of the Constitution. My friend Cinnamon Stillwell caught him all the way back in 2008 being incredibly supportive of sharia law, which is decided not philosemitic:
[K]eynote speaker and Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman is a notorious champion of Sharia law. In a March, 2008 New York Times Magazine article on the subject, Feldman claimed:
In fact, for most of its history, Islamic law offered the most liberal and humane legal principles available anywhere in the world. Today, when we invoke the harsh punishments prescribed by Shariah for a handful of offenses, we rarely acknowledge the high standards of proof necessary for their implementation.
…At its core, Shariah represents the idea that all human beings — and all human governments — are subject to justice under the law.
Reviewing Feldman’s latest book, The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State, Jonathan Schanzer elaborates on this disturbing thesis:
Feldman’s central premise is that the scholars of early and medieval Islam were guardians of justice. These independent scholars, he argues, kept the all-powerful caliph in line by judiciously ensuring that his decrees were in accordance with Shari’a law. The proper application of Shari’a ensured fair governance. Thus, Feldman claims, resurrecting the scholarly class is needed today.
Yet Feldman’s book, Schanzer concludes, “fails to convince the informed reader that Islamic law and democracy are destined for marriage.”
In an aptly titled piece on Feldman’s scholarship, “Shilling for Sharia at Harvard,” Hillel Stavis warns that “it can only be a matter of time before the professor, having asserted that Sharia law is desirable, will assure us that its introduction in the United States is inevitable.”
The people whom Democrats called to testify may be credentialed, but they’re not smart, they’re not moral, and they’re clearly unversed in American constitutional principles.
But back to the extraordinary partisanship driving these bizarre proceedings against Trump. As many have pointed out before, past impeachment proceedings either drew support from both sides of the aisle in Congress or came from a Congress with a huge, veto-proof single party majority. What distinguished them, I think, from what’s happening now is presidential behavior that literally “shocked the conscience.” [Read more…]