About March 2019
Impeachment is the constitutional remedy for when elected officials are guilty of a serious wrongdoing. But is it worth the risks? Does it damage the integrity of our institutions, or is it just another one of the measures that we may resort to, although—preferably—not too often?
In the lead essay for this month, Cato Vice President Gene Healy argues that we have exaggerated the damage that an impeachment can do to our constitutional system, and that perhaps this measure should not be regarded as so extreme after all. Answering him will be Prof. Bob Bauer of the New York University School of Law, Prof. Sanford Levinson of the University of Texas, and Ross Garber, a legal analyst for CNN who is among the most experienced impeachment attorneys in the country.
This is a timely topic. It’s also bound to be controversial. Comments are open, but we ask with more than the usual urgency that readers remain temperate and civil as they discuss this month’s essays.