Congressional Democrats are not solemnly upholding the Constitution. They are conducting psychological warfare under the pretext of law. They want the president and his supporters — those who dared challenge the permanent, elite government class — to know they can never win. Stand with us, the message goes, “get on the right side of history,” or suffer the consequences, just like the president you supported. That is not good faith, adversarial politics. That is, more properly speaking, a form of political oppression.

Watching the impeachment hearings, or reading about them, all Americans should realize: whatever they may think of Donald Trump, more than the fate of a particular president now hangs in the balance. It is democracy that is on trial on Capitol Hill.

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