The Trivialization of Impeachment

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff on Capitol Hill, October 15, 2019. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters)
It has consequences that threaten liberty.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W e have a serious governance problem.

Our system is based on separation of powers, because liberty depends on preventing any component of the state from accumulating too much authority — that’s how tyrants are born. For the system to work, the components have to be able to check each other: The federal and state governments must respect their separate spheres, and the branches of the federal government must be able to rein in a branch that oversteps its authority.

The steady federal encroachment on state authority has created an imbalance that probably cannot be rolled back. I want to focus on the

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