In my 68 years, presidents have come, and presidents have gone. Some have been better than others in one area or another. None have been perfect … nor will any ever be, for it is a job in which decisions must be made without having perfect information, leading a nation of people with differing opinions in many areas. Harry S. Truman was president when I was born, and there have been eleven since, not counting the current office-holder, whom I refuse to refer to by that title.
But never, since the founding of this nation, has there been such a corrupt, power-hungry president than we have today. Making it worse, however, is that in the second line of defense, the U.S. Congress, we also have far too many corrupt senators and representatives. When I say ‘corrupt’, in this case, I mean selfish, greedy, putting their own best interests ahead of those of the nation and the 330 million people living within its borders.
Donald Trump is facing impeachment in the House of Representatives. I won’t argue that there could have been many more articles of impeachment than the two that have been issued, for that was a strategic decision and I can both understand the reasoning behind it, and on the flip side, rue an opportunity missed. A few short days ago, I would have said that every single democrat in the House of Representatives would vote their conscience and it was a sure bet that Trump would be impeached. Today, it is somewhat less certain.
Mind you, I am still 90% certain that Trump will be impeached in the House, but it seems that some of the democrats in the House are putting their own political future ahead of what is right and just, namely impeaching a corrupt president in order to protect the democratic principles outlined in the U.S. Constitution.
It seems that democrats who represent districts that Trump won in 2016, fear losing their seat in next year’s election if they vote to impeach. Some have said they will vote for only one of the two articles of impeachment, in an attempt to show their constituents that they are operating independently of the party. Others are considering voting against both articles.
Yes, it is almost a certainty that some democrats in the House will lose their bids for re-election next year as a result of the impeachment. But, there is a greater purpose here that must be considered. If Donald Trump is not held accountable for his actions, his horrific behaviour toward the people of this nation, of the entire world, will continue. If his nearly unlimited power is not checked, then not only the United States, but every nation on this planet will become a little less safe. But there is still yet an even wider consequence.
If Donald Trump is not impeached for his actions, then what is to stop the next president, and the one after, and the one after that, from acting out of self-interest to the detriment of the nation? We are at a crossroads in this nation where we must decide whether we wish to continue as a democratic republic, even with all its inherent flaws, or if we are willing to hand over the reins to corrupt politicians who will, no doubt, act as autocrats.
It is up to us to ask our elected officials if their intent is to make this a better nation, a team player in the bigger world, or if it is to further their own self-interests. I have asked this of my representative, Warren Davidson, and his response was, in essence, that he will follow those things that will secure his own wealth. I have asked it of others in the republican party, who have assumed me to be a rather stupid being, hence they attempted to convince me that their own net worth and that of the nation are one and the same. Pity those who mistake me for an idiot only because I have wrinkles and grey hair.
Martin Luther King once said …
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
This is where this nation stands, my friends. This is the test our elected officials in Congress must either pass or fail. The ‘man’ who sits in the Oval Office has already failed the test … what will the rest do? What will your senator or representative do? Ask them! Let them know your opinion! Challenge them! They are, after all, our employees, not Donald Trump’s! Hold. Them. Accountable. We may not get another chance, my friends.