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Where’s the outrage over this administration’s offenses?

Editor, The Beacon:

I’m just old enough to remember people desperately embracing a petty despot as he lied and “scapegoated” a certain group as the cause of their desperation. Today, I see the same thing happening in America, where there is no comparable desperation. But people seem to embrace the message. And others remain quiet, which seems to add fuel to the smoldering hate and internecine squabbling.

A president stands accused of serious crimes. His surrogate attorney general hides, then mischaracterizes, the Mueller report.

Ignorance and confusion about the report’s findings lead to a TV spectacle intended to make the public aware. One point clearly brought out by the special counsel was that Russia did meddle, is now meddling, and will continue to meddle in our elections. Yet, I see no outrage on these pages.

Bills intended to better the lives of all Americans are blocked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and there is no national outrage.

Our president is coddling our enemies and trying to destroy our alliances. ’Rump rewards Russian attacks on our election by lifting sanctions designed to curb their illegal activities — and there is no national outrage.

Today, the GOP-led Senate has blocked a bill that would have helped America defend itself against future attacks. The past two days have been filled with headlines about how the Democratic hearings were a bust and got very low ratings.

This was not a made-for-TV special! This was an attempt to let the nation know about our dire situation.

So, the nation is led by one who would sell America out, who would commit crimes to keep that fact away from the people, and who would ignore his constitutional mandate to protect the nation — and there is no national outrage. And Rauschenberger says about another four Trumpian years: “I’m good with that.”

They said it couldn’t happen here, but recent actions by a completely amoral leader seem to hark back to the days of a compliant court, an obsequious populace, and outright defiance of the law (subpoenas).

Rumored dumping of Mike Pence could very well lead to dropping all pretense and produce a ’rump-Epstein ticket that this Christian nation could really get behind.

Julius C. Bennett

Deltona

 


Don’t refuse to impeach because you think the Senate won’t convict

Editor, The Beacon:

The question of impeachment is afoot in the land.

President Trump has provoked serious questions as to whether he has committed impeachable offenses.

A long and wide trail of evidence is available in the form of the Mueller report.

And by the way, if you claim the mantle of American citizen and have not at least read the executive summary of the report, please appreciate that any comments you make about impeachment may seem ignorant to those who have.

There are many reasons being offered to oppose impeaching the president. Each warrants discussion.

Here I am focusing on one of those, to wit: Unless one can be assured the Senate will vote to convict, it is a waste of time, resources and attention while other important priorities are neglected.

I think this notion is nonsensical, pessimistic and inherently hypocritical.

Impeachment is simply the constitutional process of presenting a charge (probable cause) of impeachable conduct via the House of Representatives. Clearly impeachment per se does not assure the outcome of the Senate trial presided over by the chief justice of the Supreme Court. Nevertheless, impeachment tarnishes a presidency for all time.

While contested details may fade, the odor of impeachment will not. That is why it is more than a ceremonial bit.

Now contrast how prosecutors handle similar cases against regular folks.

When a suspect is charged after probable cause is demonstrated, no questions about a guarantee or requirement of conviction arise. Prosecutors move forward based on the quality and amount of evidence. Whether they prevail is determined by a jury and/or a judge.

As Americans, we all live under the rule of law. When credibly accused, regular folks expect to stand up and be held accountable. We should expect no less from presidents. Either all are obligated by the rule of law or none are.

Bobby Brooks

DeLand