Congress has failed Americans yet again

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R–Alaska, made a confession of conscience after hypocritically voting to not allow witnesses in President Trump’s conviction trial when she said: “Congress has failed us again.”

If senators didn’t have “Democrat” or “Republican” tattooed on their foreheads, President Trump would have been found guilty of abuse of power and obstruction of justice.

Republican senators admitted that the House Judiciary Committee proved its case, but then copped out to save their political skins by claiming Trump’s “actions did not reach the level of impeachable offenses.”

Our Constitution says that “high crimes and misdemeanors” are impeachable. The key word is “and,” meaning any crimes, such as reckless/drunken driving, are impeachable offenses.

Wouldn’t you think that, all party bias aside, our forefathers meant that the president should exhibit the highest standards of honesty, proprietary and dignity—not highly questionable judgment and inappropriate behavior?

If our president is allowed to do as he/she wishes, then where does abuse of power end and the U.S. becoming a dictatorship begin? If our country cannot withstand doing what we know is right, honorable and just, how can we survive becoming morally corrupt from within?

The Republicans harp on following our Constitution, but they just set the precedent that no president can be impeached/convicted if the president thinks that what they are doing is for the good of the country (or for their own good).

Isn’t that what they mean when they say that Trump’s action did not constitute an impeachable offense?

If we believe that, we are truly sick, and don’t even realize that our Congress has failed us.

Andrew Johnston


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