Monday, December 30, 2019

The Trouble

The end of the year cannot be discussed without talking about impeachment.  DJT, the impotus, has finally reached his rightful place in history as only the third president to ever be impeached. If the "R"s are right about anything, it's that this event was seen as necessary from the day he was elected with 3 million less votes than his opponent.  We have arrived here not because of the "D"s, but because of the man himself, and the party and its base that will not put the good of the nation over the power they crave.

So as the world ends another year without significant action on  Climate Change, we focus on the Trouble of our body politic.

Perhaps the most surprising and well crafted speech of the entire process came from  Steny Hoyer, the Majority Leader:

In this speech, Rep Hoyer is the first D that I can remember who responds to the Republican cry that this process reverses the vote of 63,000,000 voters.  "There has been a lot of talk about the  63 million votes for DJT, little talk of the 65,000,000 who voted for Hillary Clinton."

In a clear and slow delivery, Rep. Hoyer crafts a story of the need, indeed the constitutional obligation for the House to pursue impeachment.

Immediately after, Speaker Pelosi announced that she would not send the impeachment articles over to the Senate until she was satisfied that the Senate would do its constitutional duty and hold a fair trial of the evidence.  Only then would she appoint the prosecutors from the house to pursue removal.

A few days later, in the well known Christianity Today,  Editor Mark Galli wrote this equally brilliant and well crafted editorial about DJT:

It’s time to say what we said 20 years ago when a president’s character was revealed for what it was.

"We love and pray for our president, as we love and pray for leaders (as well as ordinary citizens) on both sides of the political aisle.

"Let’s grant this to the president: The Democrats have had it out for him from day one, and therefore nearly everything they do is under a cloud of partisan suspicion. This has led many to suspect not only motives but facts in these recent impeachment hearings. And, no, Mr. Trump did not have a serious opportunity to offer his side of the story in the House hearings on impeachment.

"But the facts in this instance are unambiguous: The president of the United States attempted to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president’s political opponents. That is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral.

"The reason many are not shocked about this is that this president has dumbed down the idea of morality in his administration. He has hired and fired a number of people who are now convicted criminals. He himself has admitted to immoral actions in business and his relationship with women, about which he remains proud. His Twitter feed alone—with its habitual string of mischaracterizations, lies, and slanders—is a near perfect example of a human being who is morally lost and confused."

Galli goes on to quote from CT regarding their positions regarding President Clinton during his impeachment and then writes:

"To the many evangelicals who continue to support Mr. Trump in spite of his blackened moral record, we might say this: Remember who you are and whom you serve. Consider how your justification of Mr. Trump influences your witness to your Lord and Savior. Consider what an unbelieving world will say if you continue to brush off Mr. Trump’s immoral words and behavior in the cause of political expediency. 

"If we don’t reverse course now, will anyone take anything we say about justice and righteousness with any seriousness for decades to come? Can we say with a straight face that abortion is a great evil that cannot be tolerated and, with the same straight face, say that the bent and broken character of our nation’s leader doesn’t really matter in the end? "

Galli closes his argument with this:

"To use an old cliché, it’s time to call a spade a spade, to say that no matter how many hands we win in this political poker game, we are playing with a stacked deck of gross immorality and ethical incompetence. And just when we think it’s time to push all our chips to the center of the table, that’s when the whole game will come crashing down. It will crash down on the reputation of evangelical religion and on the world’s understanding of the gospel. And it will come crashing down on a nation of men and women whose welfare is also our concern."

Of course, those who still embrace this gross immoral president, clamored back.

But new subscriptions at Christianity Today have outweighed cancellations by 2 to 1.  And that is the ratio we will need in the Senate to rid this nation of this trouble.

But it won't end.

Not while the Russians are running the "R"s.

And the "R"s are running Red.

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Blogger Unknown said...

Well said, Oz! Happier New Year to you as well!

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