Impeachment Letter to my Congressman

Michael McCord
Jun 20 · 5 min read
Trump demeans this daily

I am under no illusions as I suspect you might be as well. It’s likely that impeachment will exacerbate the country’s political divisions and given the unhinged behavior of this president, it will be a messy, daily slog of Constitutional trench warfare. But that should be expected: it’s a political and moral cleansing not a Kumbaya sing-a-long. This process of focused accountability will not be a panacea; it will not offer magic fairy dust of immediate justice. In all likelihood it will not lead to the removal of the most corrupt and lawless president in U.S. history. But it will require every member of the House and the Senate to take a stand. If Republicans want to defend the morally and legally indefensible, which given their current level of absolute subservience they likely will, then let them. Let them be accountable as well.

If impeachment is bypassed, despite the promise of more hearings and oversight, Trump can say with rare, complete honesty: The Democrats didn’t impeach me so what’s the big deal? Imagine the Democratic presidential nominee having to stomach that in a presidential debate?

Both of us at different times in our lives took a similar oath: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same…”

Michael McCord

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Former political editor and columnist for Portsmouth (NH) Herald, award-winning journalist and writer, humbled satirist. @mmgolfer

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