I witnessed, yesterday, the most egregious government folly I have ever seen in my 40-plus years of following national politics. Not one member of the Republican Party voted to impeach Trump! Not only did he ask the president of Ukraine to investigate a political rival, I have seen him suggest that China should investigate the Bidens. I have seen him ask “Russia, if you are listening, check out those 30,000 Clinton emails.” He has called the Emolument Clauses in the 230-year-old Constitution of the United States “phony!”
This man has no regard for the laws that rule this country and the rest of the Republican Party just drinks the poison Kool-Aid and keeps goose-stepping along with the Commander in Cheat! Republican President Richard Nixon has been the only president to ever resign. He did so because he knew he would be impeached and removed from office. The majority of both parties at that time realized he had committed obstruction of justice and perjury. Barry Goldwater, the 1964 Republican presidential candidate, made the statement, and I quote, “Nixon needs to get his ass out of the White House now!”
The whole set of rules has changed. It’s no longer what’s good for the country, it’s what good for the political party! This is really dangerous stuff. If this president can give the middle finger to the Constitution, what’s next?
Richard Wasson, Winthrop
Facts against Trump are clear
Picture a new TV crime series. The prosecutor is trying to question witnesses about a major crime boss. The boss publicly directs all his cronies to defy subpoenas and refuse to testify. Many follow his orders. When any of them do testify, the boss publicly attacks and tries to intimidate them.
The boss even threatens one witness’s family, again in public. His own lawyer goes on TV two days later and suggests the witness’s father-in-law may have ties to organized crime. Witness intimidation (or tampering) is a crime in itself. In the real world, the crime boss would at least send out his cronies in secret to threaten the witnesses.
When the TV jury is selected for the boss’s trial, it turns out that half of the jurors are in the boss’s gang. One of them even goes on TV to announce he’s working with the defense attorneys to make sure the boss is acquitted. These jurors don’t care what crimes are charged or what the facts and laws are.
Of course, this would never happen in a TV show. No one would believe it. They’d say: “Maybe in Russia or some small country dictatorship. Never here.”
Tragically, it’s exactly what is unfolding in the impeachment of Donald Trump. But Trump isn’t accused of stealing money, like a TV criminal. He is accused of corruption in using taxpayer funds to pressure a foreign country into helping him win reelection.
The Republican party will do anything to protect their boss, even if it means undermining our Constitution and the system of laws designed by the Founders to prevent our country ever being ruled by a king or a dictator. The oath all senators must take states: “I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws: So help me God.” Republican senators’ public statements show they fully intend to ignore their oath.
Please read the actual charges of impeachment against Trump. They are short, clear, and damning. You can easily find them online. Don’t ignore the facts, like Republicans leaders want you to do.
Randy Brook, Twisp
Across the divide
If you were driving from Winthrop to Mazama last Thursday (Dec. 19), you know you were in the first major storm in the valley. I was there, driving at a snail’s pace, hoping I was still on the road as the snow swirled across my windshield. Finally I made it to the Mazama turnoff. Knowing I was just a short distance from home I made the turn – prematurely – and ended up in a snow bank. In spite of my trusty Subaru with snow tires, I got stuck.
But luckily the truck behind me stopped and, without hesitating, the driver offered to pull me back onto the road. Duty done, my knight in shining armor, declared himself to be a “deplorable,” Trump supporter. Not knowing why he said that (maybe it was one of my “no more war” bumper stickers), he then reached out his hand and told me his name. I didn’t hesitate to respond in kind and thank him for “coming to my rescue.”
So maybe there is a way to reach across the political divide and realize that we, are after all, “neighbors helping neighbors.”
Diane Gordon, Mazama