Toward the end of the 9th century, as you may recall, Pope Stephen VII had the corpse of Pope Formosus (who had been previously excommunicated by Pope John VIII) dug up and brought indoors. Stephen VII then held some kind of kangaroo canon law procedure (sort of a popish impeachment) of this deceased predecessor for the crime — apparently it was a crime? — of being (pretending to be?) bishop of two places at once. This historical fact is now known as the "cadaver synod." Even though it wasn't a synod at all, of course. Ecclesial history of that period is all very confusing, and the Church was going through popes pretty fast in those days.
It occurs to me that the foregoing is apropos of Congress planning to impeach President Trump — after he has left office.
Which brings us to POTUS 18.
Ulysses S. Grant was elected President of the United States in 1868, by a narrow popular-vote margin but by an electoral college landslide.
He was obviously not a nice man. Why, those early photographs make him look sort of grizzly and dirty. For this reason and for some others which I will elaborate below, and for many others which haven't even been cooked up yet, the time has come to impeach President Grant!
- Grant's false assumed name makes his public office illegal. Born Hiram Ulysses Grant, he became "Ulysses S. Grant" through a clerical error that he never corrected.
- General and Mrs. Grant had been invited by President and Mrs. Lincoln to attend the theater with them the evening of April 14, 1865, but the Grants found something else to do. Coincidence? I think not!
- During President Grant's term of office, he signed legislation creating the Weather Bureau (now the National Weather Service). Since that time, the weather has not improved one bit! If anything, it only continues to get worse.
- Grant smoked cigars, a sure sign of moral and spiritual corruption.
- Grant drank whiskey, and not just first thing in the morning, as George Washington did.
- Grant is said to have enjoyed vacations on the island of Santo Domingo.
- Grant was known to speak to people from Massachusetts.
If not now, then when? If not us, then who? C'mon, man! Cancel Grant!
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