Essays on American politics and foreign policy

By Donald E. Nuechterlein

Donald Nuechterlein is a political scientist and writer who resides near Charlottesville, Virginia. He is the author of numerous books on American politics and foreign policy, including

  • Defiant Superpower: The New American Hegemony, 2005
  • America Recommitted: A Superpower Assesses its Role in a Turbulent World, 2000
  • A Cold War Odyssey, 1997


Donald Nuechterlein


MARCH 1999

One month after the Senate concluded the impeachment trial of President Clinton, many still wonder why a majority of senators failed to convict him on either the charge of perjury or obstruction of justice. Important lessons were learned from this episode, but one of the benefits is the civics lesson many Americans got about our constitutional system of government.

Here is my list of the major lessons we learned:

We will not see another presidential impeachment for some years. But one benefit that emerges from this affair is the publics new awareness of our system of checks and balances in government. We are hopefully a wiser people for having gone through this painful process.

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