Russ White MUG

At the end of the Senate hearings on the articles of impeachment, Republican senators took exception to U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff quoting a White House staffer saying the president would have the “head on a pike” of anyone who crossed him in the process. Someone should, today, ask U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, or former Ambassador Gordon Sondland their thoughts on that comment.

Right at the beginning of this president’s run for the office, one of the fire chiefs I worked with made this observation: “If you are a person of principle and support this president, you are massively misinformed. If you are a person who is aware of what is happening, and you support this president, you are a person without principle. If you are a person who is aware of what is going on and you have principles, you cannot be a supporter of this president.”

It is truer today than it was then.

Fortunately, while Republican elected officials, with a single courageous exception, have proved they are completely lacking in morals, ethics and integrity, and are ruled by fear of the petty tyrant in the White House, there is an ethical majority in this country who are outraged by his behavior.

We are seeing some hand-wringing from some in the national Democratic organizations over their candidates and their electability. They are also concerned there was no massive increase in turnout for the Iowa caucuses, and may not be for the Feb. 11 New Hampshire primary. They needn’t worry.

There is no massive increase in these early nomination contests because there is no one in the field who is obviously better or more acceptable than any of the others. In the end, whether the nominee turns out to be Yang or Klobuchar or Sanders or Biden or Warren or Bloomberg or … whoever, the nominee will not be Drumpf, and that is all that will matter to the ethical majority in this country.

The last presidential election caught America by surprise. Too many took it for granted and either stayed home or cast protest votes. Drumpf snuck in under the wire by the slimmest of conceivable margins. That is not going to happen again this time.

Over the next few months, ever more proof of this president’s corruption will come to light as the Democratic field winnows itself down to whoever the next president is going to be.

The ethical majority won’t allow Drumpf a second term.

— White, a retired fire services chief in South Florida, lives in Orange City. Send email to