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Congressional Democrats are asserting themselves head first into the existential battle to preserve our democracy and one of the most critically important issues where they can make a historic difference is investigation into the corrupt Trump administration and whether or not impeachment is warranted. The implications of correcting the massive collision course we are on with ethics, honesty, truth, facts and justice are immense for not only the present generation but for generations to come. Each election cycle is ultimately labeled as a watershed moment in the nation’s history. Rarely, however is such hyperbole justified, but the diminished level of public discourse and the depth of political and ideological polarization in the nation currently justifies the importance at this juncture in the country’s evolution.

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The implications of correcting the massive collision course we are on with ethics, honesty, truth, facts and justice are immense for not only the present generation but for generations to come.

We are currently in the midst of an operational lesson to address the need to reinforce and bolster principles that reflect everything we have innately been led to believe defines our existence and continued moral leadership in the world. Have we only deluded ourselves in our beliefs in guiding principles that govern our actions? Is corruption the defining influence that guides humanity? Must we abandon our hopes for a more perfect union? Should we merely surrender our hopes, dreams, and goals for a better world? I hope not.

There is currently developing within the higher echelons of Democratic decision-making in our nation’s capital debate on the propriety/political value in pursuing a course that will lead to the potential impeachment of President Donald Trump. Speaker Pelosi, whose strategic political skills are unparalleled and whom I respect enormously, has recently intoned that Trump may “not be worth it.” Others have offered that a President Pence may actually be worse because he actually understands how to manage the levers of political power and the workings of government. What is the ultimate responsibility of our elected leadership with respect to ensuring that that no one is above the law, not even the President, and that violation of the law carries consequences regardless of one’s position in society?

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Some argue that we must bow to pragmatism and delay the decision on impeachment in lieu of the next election, where the will of the people will be known. But I would argue that twice in the past five national elections the will of the people has been torpedoed by an 18th century procedural compromise known as the Electoral College. While I have sympathy for these assertions and do not dismiss them summarily, at the risk of being labeled a pragmatist I would like to offer that as long as pragmatism is governed by principle it does not have to be a bad thing. Some of my progressive friends may take issue with this but the stakes are simply too enormous to argue among ourselves. Our governmental system demands that Congress take all necessary steps to thwart advance of the criminal enterprise that is the Trump White House and the President’s juvenile grasp of the importance of his actions not only upon the nation but the world.

The nepotism, self-aggrandizement, and failure to comprehend science, facts, evidence, a complex pubic policy process that are the hallmark of this administration demand that principle stand above political calculation. Impeachment, if grounded upon indisputable factual evidence, is the solemn duty of each and every elected member of Congress. Republicans stepped up to the plate in 1974 in the wake of Watergate and I feel confident if for no other reason than self preservation the same will happen in advance of the election next year. But a guarantee of success should not be the barometer by which to measure action.

The only calculus upon which to base one’s conscientious decision upon the issue must be the extent to which the principle of justice is employed equally to all individuals, regardless of position in life, fortune, power, or party. If we lose this essential quality, which is a goal really more than a reality, then we as a society will continue to decay and end up on the ash heap of failed political experiments. We owe it to ourselves and most of all to the world to be true to our aspirations for a just and equitable society. We owe it to our children who currently question the true meaning of life in an uncontrollable pay to play culture where the thickness of the wallet carries more weight than the content of one’s character to show that principle and integrity are not naive notions from a bygone era.

So let us not delve into endless discussion over whether or not to impeach the President. If the facts warrant action we must come together as one to right a listing ship of state and we must prove our worth and value as a civilized society bent upon doing the right thing. That is the ultimate guiding principle that will in fact save us in the end.

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