Election season is upon us, and here I sit writing at 5:00 A.M. I very rarely suffered a night of insomnia for the majority of my life, but that changed four years ago. The presidential campaign was so nasty that I began to fear for our country. The rhetoric that spewed every day brought to the forefront a hatred that had been hidden for many years. People who had been afraid to reveal their real feelings were suddenly feeling empowered, and I was feeling powerless.
Four tumultuous years have passed, and I find myself awake in the middle of the night once again. Our country has been torn apart in many ways, but that has happened before, and we survived. I don’t agree with many things that the current administration stands for, but I realize that a large contingency of Americans do agree with his policies. We vote in a president every four years and then live with those results, so I can accept living the American way. I can even accept a president who does things that I disagree with most of the time, when we have the checks and balances that our forefathers attempted to build into our system.
What I can’t accept...what keeps me up at night...is one party hijacking that system for their personal benefit. During the Nixon debacle, the Republicans stood behind truth and told the President to resign or be impeached. Nixon had, in fact, done good things while in office, but when he allowed corruption to fester and helped cover it up, the Republican Party refused to stand behind him. Country came first!
Where is this proud party now? When the Senate Majority Leader announces that he will support The President during any preceding, he is slapping the faces of all who believe in checks and balances. He declared a verdict before he heard the first witness. But wait...he has decided to block all witnesses. He has decided to block the search for truth, which is also a slap in the face of our President. He is telling the world that he fears the truth, instead of fairly listening to both sides in order to clear the President’s name.
Sadly, he does not stand alone. Very few in his party are willing to seek the truth because it might hurt them politically. If they truly believe that the impeachment is a sham, then hear all of the facts and vote it down as the Democrats did during the Clinton years. A majority of Americans want to hear the facts, and the Senators should be our representatives, so vote for transparency. Then listen to all of the facts carefully and vote with your conscience. In the same way that I don’t believe that the democrats should find our President guilty without hearing all of the facts, I believe the Republicans owe it to their constituents to hear everything offered on both sides of this issue.
Unfortunately, our current group of Republican Senators have proven time and again that they will do the politically expedient thing for their party and their political career rather than their country. In doing so they make a mockery of our system. In doing so they betray the American people. In doing so they harm the credibility of our President. He deserves better. We deserve better. History will not judge them well.
Speaking of legal messes, Flight Risk by Cara Putman is an exciting legal thriller that just might distract you from the legal thriller we are living every day.
As always a complete review of this book follows my blog.