Lance Simmens: The pulse of the American public is surging northwards of 70 percent in favor of allowing witnesses, including 69 percent of Republicans and 84 percent of Democrats.
Lance Simmens: Gone are the days of high-level debate and compromise, gone are the days of any semblance of bipartisanship, gone are the days when patriotism dictated that the needs of the people would take precedence and prominence over partisanship.
Lance Simmens: Without even a hint of contingency planning or even a thought of advising the co-equal branch of Congress, which is constitutionally responsible for declaring war, the Emperor has taken us to a place where massive loss of life is no longer a threat but virtually an assured inevitability.
Lance Simmens: The audacity and brazenness of this President to reject the norms of decency and service to the nation and its citizens will linger long after he has been dispatched to either prison or unfortunately a prosperous retirement.
Lance Simmens: Kids were merely attending school, beginning of the school day but one day from the end of the school week, I am sure chattering about plans for the weekend, maybe even talking of plans for the upcoming holiday season, just going about their daily routines.
Lance Simmens: The greatest travesty of the myriad injustices Trump has inflicted upon our nation lies in his eagerness to exploit division through tactics of diversion, denial, delusion, deceit, deception, and obfuscation.
Lance Simmens: Democratic approaches to rectifying inequality in the human condition are empathetic, compassionate, and rest on the belief that yes it really does “take a village.” Republican approaches are premised on the belief that everybody is responsible for their own “success.”
Lance Simmens: While it is easy to characterize each succeeding week of this disaster that is the Trump Era as cataclysmic it is still too early to proclaim his imminent demise.
Lance Simmens: Trump, in repeated winks and nods on issues of race and violence, might just as well have loaded the ammunition clips into the weapons used in what are acts of domestic terrorism.
Lance Simmens: Donald Trump is not nearly as devious as he is cruel. He cares little for anyone beyond himself or anything beyond money. We are certainly better than this!
Lance Simmens: Mueller’s testimony does not close the chapter on investigation, only on his involvement in it. We owe it to ourselves to continue to plumb the depths of this sorry chapter in our history and follow it to wherever it leads.
Lance Simmens: Trump’s ill-tempered bluster and saber-rattling bravado, ironically built around narcissism and cowardice is full evidence of a temperamental and intellectual immaturity befitting a very young and very, very spoiled child.
Lance Simmens: Given the success of his Svengali-like obsession and success with cultivating massive, gut-wrenching cult-like obedience and razor sharp divisions within the American society there is no guarantee that the time frame might not be longer