Saturday, February 1, 2020

What Does Failure Look Like?

The Senate confirmed that the fix is in and that the Impeachment Trial is not a trial but a political exercise in futility.

No witnesses, no documents, no justice in the Senate - LA Times

Republicans Block Impeachment Witnesses, Clearing Path for Trump Acquittal - The New York Times

While the final outcome, as I wrote some days ago, has almost never been in doubt, taking the high road to get to that ending would have been the honorable thing to do. 

Despite the weak defense argument that no witnesses were required, the failure to investigate fully the charges during the trial is a threat against the Constitution. AND even if the allegations were proven, the second question about whether they constitute an impeachable offense could then have been addressed from a factual basis. 

It is clear that fearing for their jobs the Senate Republicans, save for two brave souls, hung together.   It is a perversion of the words of Franklin when he warned the Continental Congress that: We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately. 

Rather than having an official, sworn testimony upon which voters could base their decisions during the upcoming elections, now we are left with a book,  rumors and innuendo. Let the blustery comments begin.

The truth is out there--but will remain hidden from view. The coverup is complete. The Senate has most assuredly failed in executing its most solemn of tasks.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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