To achieve this impeachment, the Democrats ORDERED all Democrats “MUST” vote for impeachment even if they disagreed. This is clearly a total denial of the democratic foundation of the United States. We have people who run for office and tell you what they personally stand for. Then they get to Washington and the Party tells them it does not matter what they were elected to do, the Party instructs them how to vote and when.
Rep. Jeff Van Drew has refused to be dictated to and has announced that he has left the Democratic Party stating publicly that the Democrats told him that: “You Have To Vote For Impeachment.” The partisanship which has dominated this impeachment has deprived citizens of the most fundamental of their constitutional rights, to be represented by elected politicians. The very right to participate equally in the political process has been denied by Nancy Pelosi ordering Democrats to vote party line. This has undermined the fundamental principle of representative government.
Politicians are not elected to advance party political beliefs, but make representations as to their policies upon which people then vote whereby they choose their political representatives. If a party can direct the votes of representatives contrary to the very policies that achieved their position is as unconstitutional as directing votes against races, creed, or gender.
If partisanship supersedes democratic principles then this has debased and dishonored our democracy, turning upside-down the core American idea that all governmental power derives from the people. These party dictates have enabled politicians to entrench themselves in office as against voters’ preferences. This has promoted partisanship above respect for the popular votes which are the cornerstone of our democratic society. This impeachment process is constitutionally invalid encouraging a politics of polarization and dysfunction. If left unchecked, the future abuse of this impeachment process will undermine society which will irreparably damage our system of government.