A few restless Ohio Republicans have, once again, drafted articles of impeachment against fellow Republican and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. The move comes months after a first unsuccessful round of impeachment articles. The legislators reiterate their previous complaints that DeWine has overstepped his authority as Ohio’s chief executive. This controversial move however, only weakens GOP coalitions, distracts from the pressing issues of the day, and is grounded upon fanatic accusations and baseless rationale.
If there were genuine reports of malicious wrongdoing and abuse of power coming from the governor’s office, of course the General Assembly should act against the perpetrators. However, that is not the case. Governor DeWine has been acting fully within legal and ethical parameters set forth by the Ohio Constitution and Ohio Revised Code. The band of renegade Republicans suggest that even if the governor has done nothing illegal, impeachment can still be considered for incompetence or mismanagement. But this too is not the case. Governor DeWine’s decisions have been sound, coherent, and methodically explained to the public. No actions appear to be irrational or without some form of factual information backing them up. On top of this, recent polling suggests that an overwhelming number of Republicans and Democrats support the governor’s handling of the pandemic.
Suspicion of power is not a bad thing; a vigilant citizenry helps defend against things like abuse and fraud. Impeachment is a tool used in government for serious crimes and wrongdoings that are considered an abuse of the public’s trust. No evidence or actions taken warrant an inquiry into the handlings of this pandemic in Ohio. People are upset and this is understandable. Our normal way of life has been abruptly altered into a life of thermometers, masks, and social distancing. But threatening a political leader with impeachment for doing nothing more than his job will solve nothing. This is simply a political stunt set out as a symbolic protest for actions and decisions that needed to be made. And while these orders and guidelines maybe tough, the actions taken by Mike DeWine have absolutely saved a countless number of lives in Ohio.
Logan Paul Rex
Logan Paul Rex is a historian and Head of Collections and Marketing at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta. He received a degree in history and political science from Ashland University where he was also a scholar at the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs.