A great leadership hinges on commitment to public service and accountability. By being accountable, integrity is established. For corrupt leaders who abuse their power, there’s a day of reckoning. In the political landscape, we might recognize this as impeachment.
Because no one is above the law; even a highest-ranking official can be held accountable and ousted from office. When one proves to be unworthy of people’s trust by corrupting, the greatest sin a leader could make is committed – failing the nation he swore to protect.
However, the responsibility to do right by our country does not fall on public officials alone, it also falls on us. By staying vigilant, we show our leaders that we’re always watching them. And that we won’t just sit back for any acts of injustices and wrongdoings.
Here are 25 impeachment quotes on the importance of honesty for good governance.
A President can obstruct justice and Congress has the full right to hold a President accountable for such law-breaking through impeachment. After a President leaves office, I believe they may be held accountable through the courts as well. – Joe Sestak
A president cannot defend a nation if he is not held accountable to its laws. – DaShanne Stokes
The impeachment of President Trump confirmed the laws are insignificant. – Steven Magee
Wild animals look good in the jungle, not in the Oval Office. – Abhijit Naskar
Failing to indict a criminal sitting president sends the message that those in power are above the law. – DaShanne Stokes
If a criminal becomes a politician, it’s the fault of the citizens, not the system, and if a system keeps failing to oust the criminals from politics, that too is the fault of the citizens. – Abhijit Naskar
Impeachment is not a remedy for private wrongs; it’s a method of removing someone whose continued presence in office would cause grave danger to the nation. – Charles Ruff
The Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will undoubtedly leave millions of Americans dissatisfied about the outcome, conviction or not. What must not happen, however, is millions of Americans feeling that the process itself violated the letter and spirit of our Constitution. – Martin Luther King III
I fear no motion of no confidence or impeachment, for they are the lawful mechanisms for the people of this beautiful country to remove their president. – Jacob Zuma
The genius of impeachment lay in the fact that it could punish the man without punishing the office. – Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
The only conduct that merits the drastic remedy of impeachment is that which subverts our system of government or renders the president unfit or unable to govern. – Charles Ruff
Let me be clear – no one is above the law. Not a politician, not a priest, not a criminal, not a police officer. We are all accountable for our actions. – Antonio Villaraigosa
Impeachment must not be a raw exercise of political power in which the House impeaches whoever it wishes for any reason it deems sufficient. Indeed, it is the solemn duty of all of the members of the House in any impeachment case to exercise their judgment faithfully within the confines established by our Constitution. – Charles T. Canady
If the president does something dastardly, the impeachment process is available. – Brett Kavanaugh
If the Senate impeachment trial were a real court, all 100 senators would be removed as jurors for bias for or against the president. – Mike Braun
I want to be very honest, that I believe impeachment is a very big step – I believe it is something that should not be taken lightly – and it has to be something where we bring people along. – Elissa Slotkin
No point is of more importance than that the right of impeachment should be continued. Shall any man be above Justice? – George Mason
An impeachable offense is whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history. – Gerald Ford
Whether it’s a sitting president when I was an impeachment manager, or a Republican president who has taken liberties with adherence to the law, to me the standard is the same. – Bob Barr
This is a case if the President is permitted to be above the law, then we no longer have a republic. – James Bovard
From Watergate we learned what generations before us have known; our Constitution works. And during Watergate years it was interpreted again so as to reaffirm that no one – absolutely no one – is above the law. – Leon Jaworski
Experience has already shown that the impeachment the Constitution has provided is not even a scarecrow. – Thomas Jefferson
When people ask if the United States can afford to place on trial the president, if the system can stand impeachment, my answer is, “Can we stand anything else?” – George McGovern
This trial is not born from hatred. Far from it. It’s born from love of country. Our country. Our desire to maintain it. Our desire to see America at its best. – Joe Neguse
Impeachment is our system’s last resort for someone who treats himself or herself as above the law, the most relevant thing is whether this president, by his recent course of action, on top of his violations of the foreign corruption or emoluments clause, this president has shone that he cannot be trusted to remain within the law and our constitution’s last resort for situations of that kind is to get the person out of office. – James R. Clapper
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