Law professor Noah Feldman’s cryptic warnings this week about the afterlife – in the context of the House impeachment hearings – qualify as the most bizarre, um, “argument” yet against those who oppose moving forward with efforts to remove President Trump from office.
During questioning with the House Judiciary Committee, the Harvard faculty member (a Democrat operative who has on four previous occasions publicly voiced desire for Trump to be impeached) defended his advocacy for the impeachment (and ultimately, removal) of the president by urging all present to think about meeting “Madison and Hamilton” in the afterlife, “ . . . wherever it is we go, the good place or the other place.” Feldman’s implication, we may only assume, is that these two Founders, so key to the composition and ratification of the Constitution, represent a moral high ground that we should pursue. How embarrassing it would be in the hereafter to meet forebears like Federalist author Alexander Hamilton or the fourth president, James Madison, and be judged by these who, were they alive today, would surely stand with Nancy Pelosi and her fellow inquisitors.
Neither constitutional clarity, present facts, nor past precedent are on the side of impeachment/removal. Therefore, Feldman and others who wish to overthrow the 2016 election results are groping for any line of reasoning that might clinch this and give them their desired result. It is almost like the Old Testament prophet Amos (chapter 4, verse 12) was in the back of attorney Feldman’s mind as he essentially pleaded, “Prepare to meet thy Framers!”
In crafting a call-to-action with spiritual overtones like this, Feldman was insinuating that, “If the Founders were alive today, they’d side with us!” An additional implication is, “One day you’ll look back and wish you’d done this.” Visit any used car lot in the worst part of town and you’ll hear closing arguments more cogent than this. Such a ”fallacy of emotional appeal” is more the purview of a cult leader peddling Kool-Aid than of a Constitutional scholar promoting truth.
But the mindset of a cult is driving the Democratic Party these days: Irrational, delusional, wide-eyed, and bent on a cause, however toxic and terminal that cause might be. Feldman’s eschatological pleadings bring several things to mind:
First, it is strange indeed that the afterlife and one’s moral accountability would be invoked by a spokesperson for the party whose ideology has so firmly been rooted in secularism for several decades. Every plank of the Democratic platform has— for years— been solidly nailed to a view of reality that does not acknowledge God or absolute morality. Interesting, isn’t it, that eternity and one’s moral accountability be invoked by those whose political convictions have long attached value only to things “here” and “now.”
And while we’re talking about the fate of our souls (notice that Feldman argued for impeachment by theorizing about “wherever it is that we go . . . ”) let’s quickly try to find our way back to the solid footing of reality: Feldman is right to infer that there is life after death. Yes— this life is not all there is, and how we live really does matter.
This pastor and patriot has a word for the for the party that has spent decades fighting for the right to abort children, and has been unrelenting in their fight against perpetuation of America’s Judeo-Christian heritage; As sincerely as can be offered, may I lay out a heartfelt admonition to the party that booed God at its 2016 convention, is promoting transgenderism and homosexuality to our children, fights against what our Founders saw as God-given “unalienable rights,” and has resorted to endless acts of political treachery in their quest to recast America into a secular utopia:
In the afterlife, meeting Alexander Hamilton would be the least of anyone’s concern. Ponder less about meeting James Madison and more about facing Jesus Christ! History will, no doubt, evaluate the rightness of impeachment proceedings; eternity hangs on the state of our souls. All persons (Democrats, Republicans, and everyone in between) will be judged by God. Christmas, the season we’re now celebrating, is a reminder not only of this, but also a reminder that God loved the world enough to send us Jesus.
The lights came on in Bethlehem last weekend to begin that sacred land’s observance of Christ’s birth, commemorating the light Who came into history via a manger so long ago. But in this frenetic time of political clamor and cultural darkness, let’s pray that the light of truth will shine unobstructed throughout our world. Beginning, let’s hope . . . in Washington.