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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:55

A Call for Impeachment

Written by  Bob Serody

I've been listening to the news each day with growing apprehension. On an almost daily basis, the Trump administration has given us grave concern that his behavior and actions are not only eroding our relations with the rest of the world, but there is a sinking feeling that our own nation appears to be under threat by the executive actions of the White House.

Today the bad news began when I heard that seven out of nine members of the Advisory Board on National Parks resigned because Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke refused to meet with or even respond to enquiries from this important board, which was formed to protect our national parks. Then came an even worse announcement.

According an annual assessment by the think tank, Freedom House, basic rights and political freedoms in the United States are deteriorating at a faster pace under President Trump. It accused him of withdrawing from America’s “historical commitment to promoting and supporting democracy”. The report criticizes Trump for making false statements, refusing to disclose his taxes, violating ethical standards, and taking insufficient steps to counter Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

It reminds me of an editorial from the Washington Post published on July 22, when it wrote, “The real estate tycoon is uniquely unqualified to serve as president, in experience and temperament…To the extent he has views, they are wrong in their diagnosis of America’s problems and dangerous in their proposed solutions. Mr. Trump’s politics of denigration and division could strain the bonds that have held a diverse nation together. His contempt for constitutional norms might reveal the nation’s two-century-old-experiment in checks and balances to be more fragile than we knew.”

Our Constitution does have important checks and balances to restrain a runaway branch of the government. We rely on Congress to not only provide important funding to keep the government running, but it also has the duty to protect American citizens by acting to prevent harm from the excesses of the executive branch. That is why the Constitution states that only Congress has the power to declare war on another country. Yet, both parties have ignored the third and most horrific news released today.

The Pentagon is revising its plans calling for a preemptive nuclear strike by including cyber-attacks from another country as provocation to counterattack using nuclear weapons. This means that the U.S. would consider using nuclear weapons in response to non-nuclear attacks. This is on top of Trump’s calling for an increase in an already extensive nuclear stockpile and his promotion of the use of small tactical nuclear delivery systems. It is madness to think that deploying tactical nukes will somehow prevent escalation, including the use of ICBMs. Recall the mistake that caused panic in the hearts of Hawaiian citizens when they thought they were under nuclear attack through an accidental alert, and then it took 30 minutes to announce that our country was not under attack. History always repeats itself. Mistakes happen, but this president is upping the odds for worldwide devastation.

I would like to recall a portion of The Russell-Einstein Manifesto issued on 9 July 1955, which provided the following warning:

In the tragic situation which confronts humanity, we feel that scientists should assemble in conference to appraise the perils that have arisen as a result of the development of weapons of mass destruction, and to discuss a resolution in the spirit of the appended draft.”

“We are speaking on this occasion, not as members of this or that nation, continent, or creed, but as human beings, members of the species Man, whose continued existence is in doubt.”

“We have to learn to think in a new way. We have to learn to ask ourselves, not what steps can be taken to give military victory to whatever group we prefer, for there no longer are such steps; the question we have to ask ourselves is: what steps can be taken to prevent a military contest of which the issue must be disastrous to all parties?”

It is stated on very good authority that a bomb can now be manufactured which will be 2,500 times as powerful as that which destroyed Hiroshima.”

No one knows how widely such lethal radioactive particles might be diffused, but the best authorities are unanimous in saying that a war with H-bombs might possibly put an end to the human race. It is feared that if many H-bombs are used there will be universal death, sudden only for a minority, but for the majority a slow torture of disease and disintegration.”

Here, then, is the problem which we present to you, stark and dreadful and inescapable: Shall we put an end to the human race; or shall mankind renounce war?”

Most of us are not neutral in feeling, but, as human beings, we have to remember that, if the issues between East and West are to be decided in any manner that can give any possible satisfaction to anybody, whether Communist or anti-Communist, whether Asian or European or American, whether White or Black, then these issues must not be decided by war. We should wish this to be understood, both in the East and in the West.”

“There lies before us, if we choose, continual progress in happiness, knowledge, and wisdom. Shall we, instead, choose death, because we cannot forget our quarrels? We appeal as human beings to human beings: Remember your humanity, and forget the rest. If you can do so, the way lies open to a new Paradise; if you cannot, there lies before you the risk of universal death.”


We invite this Congress, and through it the scientists of the world and the general public, to subscribe to the following resolution:

“In view of the fact that in any future world war nuclear weapons will certainly be employed, and that such weapons threaten the continued existence of mankind, we urge the governments of the world to realize, and to acknowledge publicly, that their purpose cannot be furthered by a world war, and we urge them, consequently, to find peaceful means for the settlement of all matters of dispute between them.”


Max Born

Percy W. Bridgman

Albert Einstein

Leopold Infeld

Frederic Joliot-Curie

Herman J. Muller

Linus Pauling

Cecil F. Powell

Joseph Rotblat

Bertrand Russell

Hideki Yukawa

If any of the signatories were alive today, they would renew their joint warning that the only safe world is a world without nuclear weapons. In addition to the millions of deaths, a thermonuclear war could very possibly result in a prolonged nuclear winter on our planet with the consequence of drastically reducing food production. The survivors would face mass starvation. 

There is no doubt in my mind that the signatories would be most alarmed by the type of person who presently occupies the White House. They would quickly realize that a person with his state of mind couldn’t be trusted with his hand on the nuclear button. They would conclude that he is a clear and present danger to the American people and to the entire world.

I therefore call for the Senate to act by immediately beginning impeachment proceedings under Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution against President Trump. It is time for our elected representatives to act now before it’s too late. The safety and security of the planet are at stake.


Bob Serody is a member of Space Coast Progressive Alliance.

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