A democracy cries out for justice but will anyone hear her? There are plenty of people listening but is anyone actually hearing and will anyone hear her? America is listening, Democrats are listening, Republicans are listening and Independents are listening but will any of these listeners actually hear her? Or are we – the American people, too busy with kitchen table items and other things in our daily lives to actually hear the cries of this fledgling (less than 250 years old) democracy? Are the Washington congressional Democrats too busy thinking about getting reelected to hear her? Are the Washington congressional Republicans too busy thinking about getting reelected to hear her? Are the Washington congressional Independents too busy thinking about getting reelected to hear her?
States do not elect our federal politicians to go to Washington and check their brains at the door before they are sworn in as congressmen and congresswomen. Sure they are supposed to represent their constituents but, since more often than not, they have access to information that we as their constituents do not have access to that allows them to be better informed on the facts of a situation than we are, they need to use their brains: we expect them to use their brains! The American people do not expect these politicians to simply function as robots and act solely based on the polls; at least, I don’t. And that is why they can’t check their brains at the door before being sworn in. When we elect them we endow them with our trust and expect them to exercise good judgment, to the best of their ability, to do the right thing for our country and for us based upon all of the information that they have.
If our elected politicians fail to do this, if they fail to honor their oath and protect the Constitution and defend our country against all enemies – foreign and domestic – then what is the point; what is the point of them being there if they are not going to protect our democracy? Far too much blood has been shed to sustain this democracy to allow anyone, regardless of their status or position in life, to undermine it. That means that the impeachment of the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America is not about party, it is not about personal political ambition and keeping ones job but it is about our country and preserving our democracy as we now know it.
It is beyond disconcerting for me, and it is reasonable to assume for all of the American people, to witness what is happening in America right now; it is frightening! People have circled the wagons of their chosen faction and retreated to their chosen sub-groups within that faction. They are hunkered down and prepared for war. What people are not prepared for is to engage in reasonable discourse and work together to save a democracy – our democracy – that is crying out for help; that is crying out for justice. We are not prepared to do this because just like Mr. Trump has hollowed out the State Department and gummed up any other means of solving America’s problems short of war, he has divided the American people and hollowed out the hearts of far too many of them and rendered them incapable of thinking clearly.
The Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America has proven and continues to prove that he is about dividing Americans, not bringing us together. This is nothing new to him so he is extremely good at it. He has so far lived his entire life this way and the odds are that he is not going to change. This was not okay but it was to some degree acceptable for Mr. Trump as a private citizen. But it is not okay for him as The Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and it is not to any degree acceptable.
Mr. Trump is the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United states of America, yet his language and actions are more often like that of a street thug than that of the leader of America! Court records suggest that Mr. Trump has committed multiple felonies and the fact that his once personal attorney, Michael Cohen is currently serving time for something that he did for “Individual One” serves to help substantiate that. But for the fact that he is the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America Mr. Trump would likely have been charged with and convicted of multiple felonies and serving time in prison.
Mr. Trump should be bringing Americans together. Instead, he has successfully led us into the alienation of our allies and the cozying up to strong men and our adversaries, he has appeared to advocate for white supremacy and successfully divided us based on race, he has been instrumental in furthering the polarization of America, he is arguably instrumental in emboldening racist and the rise in hate crimes and he is systematically withdrawing America from her leadership role in the world.
Mr. Trump is brazenly stripping America of her esteemed position of being looked upon by the free world as the beacon of freedom, justice, dignity and fairness. He is in the process of smothering the torch on the Statue of Liberty in much the same way that he has smothered the meaningful, warm relationship that America once had with the ally that gifted that statue to us. The American people must put a stop to the rotting of America; we must do everything in our power to assure that the politicians we elected and sent to Washington will impeach and remove Mr. Trump from office before he can do any further damage to this great democracy, America.
Eulus Dennis – author, Operation Rubik’s Cube and Living Between The Line