BREAKING NEWS: Southwest Florida congressmen vote against impeachment, excusing Trump of betraying USA

The US House votes to impeach Donald Trump. (Image: US House)

Jan. 13, 2020 by David Silverberg

While the US House of Representatives voted today to impeach President Donald Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol and the legislative branch of government, Southwest Florida’s congressional representatives voted against impeachment to keep him in office.

Reps. Byron Donalds (R-19-Fla.), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-25-Fla.) and Greg Steube (R-17-Fla.) all voted against impeaching the president and also against having Vice President Mike Pence invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.

As of this writing, none had issued statements explaining their votes. None made statements on the House floor. None addressed Trump’s responsibility for the insurrection.

Today the House passed one article of impeachment in House Resolution (HR) 24, approving it at 4:33 pm by a vote of 232 to 197. Ten Republicans voted to impeach the president, none from Florida. Four Republicans and one Democrat did not vote.

“President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government. He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government. He thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States,” stated the text of HR 24, after recounting Trump’s attempts to overthrow the results of the 2020 election and his incitement of the mob.

“Wherefore, Donald John Trump, by such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law. Donald John Trump thus warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.”

The article will now be sent to the Senate where, if voted upon, a two-thirds majority can remove the president from office. As of this writing, such a vote seemed doubtful for a variety of procedural and political reasons.

The first measure up for a vote, HR 21, urging Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, came at 11:24 pm last night and passed by a largely party-line vote of 223 to 205. Only one Republican, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-16-Ill.) voted for it. Well before the vote Pence indicated that he would not invoke the amendment.

While Trump is the first president to be formally impeached twice on two separate occasions and in two different bills, it took three tries for Congress to impeach President Andrew Johnson in 1868. Johnson was ultimately acquitted by a single Senate vote.

Although the Southwest Florida congressional delegation did not address their impeachment votes, Steube did spend time commenting on other matters. He took time today to attack Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-15-Calif.), one of the House impeachment mangers, for comparing Trump to deceased terrorist Osama Bin Laden.

In an interview yesterday with the PBS News Hour, Swalwell stated that Trump himself must be held accountable for the attack, pointing out that while Bin Laden was not in the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, “it was widely acknowledged that he was responsible for inspiring the attack on our country and the president, with his words, using the word ‘fight’ and with the speakers he assembled that day who called for ‘trial by combat’ and said ‘we have to take names and kick ass’ that is hate speech that inspired and radicalized people to storm the Capitol,” he said. “And when you read the indictments from the US attorney’s office, they cite that they were called there by the president. They were in the Capitol because the president told them to do so. So we must hold this president accountable. I’m comparing the words of an individual who would incite and radicalize somebody as Osama Bin Laden did to what President Trump did. You don’t actually have to commit the violence yourself but if you call others to violence that itself is a crime.”

Steube stated in a tweet:  “Comparing Trump to Bin Laden is an insult to every American we lost on 9/11, their families, and all of our service members who put their lives on the line to protect us from terrorists. Swalwell is the one threatening our national security. Resign.”

Steube has not to date criticized or condemned Trump for his words at the rally preceding the attack on the Capitol.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi brings down the gavel on the impeachment vote. (Image: US House)

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SWFL politicos react to Trump acquittal, split along party lines

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Feb. 6, 2020 by David Silverberg

It took about a day for Southwest Florida representatives and congressional candidates to react to the acquittal of President Donald Trump by the US Senate on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The resulting statements, tweets and Web postings were predictable based on party loyalty.

Perhaps more revealing were which incumbents and candidates reacted and how quickly.

As of 5:00 pm today, of Southwest Florida’s representatives, Rep. Greg Steube (R-17-Fla.) was most immediate and most vocal. Steube, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, had long denounced the impeachment proceedings as a “witch hunt.” He called Trump’s acquittal “justice” and applauded the Senate debate.

No statements were issued in any online medium by Reps. Francis Rooney (R-19-Fla.) or Mario Diaz-Balart (R-25-Fla.).

Of the two Democrats running for Congress in the 19th Congressional District, Cindy Banyai issued a statement immediately after the acquittal calling it “unsurprising,” “shameful” and “a sad chapter in American history.”

“Impeachment is an important tool and check on unbridled, self-serving power in our government,” she stated. “Shame on the Senators who chose party over country. This acquittal moves us to the dangerous precipice of dictatorship.

“I’m worried an unchecked Donald Trump will move forward to run ram-shod over our institutions, further eroding our democracy and enriching himself and his cronies at the expense of the American people,” her statement continued. “Those who care about democracy should take this opportunity to double-down on their commitment to the people and work to ensure we have proper leadership in the future. Invest in good grassroots candidates and vote!”

Of the eight Republicans running in the 19th Congressional District, four issued comments, most on Twitter: Byron Donalds, Dane Eagle, William Figlesthaler, and Ford O’Connell. All expressed some degree of satisfaction with the verdict.

Antonio Dumornay, the lone Independent, did not issue any statements or post on social media.

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Karim blasts back at Rubio impeachment remarks

February 1, 2020

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Annisa Karim

In a statement issued today, Collier County Democratic Party Chair Annisa Karim responded to Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s statement that an impeachable offense does not necessarily warrant removal from office. The statement follows in full:

Hello Democrats!

What we are seeing in Washington is absolutely crazy. We have Senators and Congressmen putting Party over Country and it has to stop.

Here’s what Marco Rubio said yesterday: “Just because actions meet a standard of impeachment does not mean it is in the best interest of the country to remove a President from office.”

Here’s how I responded: “Actually, Senator, that’s exactly what it means. Your position as a public servant and the Constitution compel you to act in the best interest of your Country. How incredibly unpatriotic of you to acknowledge that the President’s actions rose to the level of impeachment and you are simply going to ignore your constitutional duty. That is a dereliction of duty; you should be ashamed.”

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US House votes to send impeachment articles to Senate; SWFL delegation votes on party lines

01-15-20 Managers voteThe House votes to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate. The final nay tally was 193.   (Photo: US House)

January 15, 2020 by David Silverberg

Updated 6:00 pm with comments and statements.

The US House of Representatives at 1:33 pm today voted to send articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump to the US Senate by a vote of 228 to 193.

The vote on House Resolution 798 was along party lines with only one Democrat, Rep. Collin Peterson (D-7-Minn.), voting against the resolution.

Southwest Florida representatives, Republican Reps. Francis Rooney (District 19), Mario Diaz-Balart (District 25) and Greg Steube (District 17), followed Party discipline and voted against the resolution.

“House Dems have wanted to impeach @realDonaldTrump since his first day in office and they stopped at nothing to ensure he was impeached in the House. I hope my colleagues in the Senate spend more time examining facts than the House did during our impeachment circus,” tweeted Steube. “Today, Articles of Impeachment that have no basis in the Constitution are being sent to the Senate. If this was a court of law, these Articles would be dismissed upon arrival.”

Rooney did not address the impeachment vote. His mind was on Russia: “Putin’s proposed constitutional reforms to limit his Presidential successor’s powers is a sign that he has no plans to relinquish power after his term expires. Regardless of what happens in 2024, he will continue to rule over the Russian Federation,” he tweeted.

Diaz-Balart did not make a statement on the impeachment vote but did issue a tweet supporting democracy in Venezuela. “The U.S. continues to stand behind Venezuela’s legitimate president @jguaido. Freedom will prevail,” he wrote.

Among candidates, Democratic congressional candidate Cindy Banyai tweeted: “Happy to see progress on the impeachment. Looking forward to a well structured Senate trial. I implore the leadership to allow additional witnesses so we can learn the truth. Every action must be taken to defend our democracy.”

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Floridian Rep. Val Demings named impeachment manager

01-15-20 Pelosi names impeachment managersHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi names House impeachment managers. From left to right: Reps. Hakim Jeffries, Zoe Lofgren, Jerry Nadler, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Val Demings, Sylvia Garcia, Jason Crow.

Jan. 15, 2020 by David Silverberg

Floridian Rep. Val Demings (D-10-Fla.) has been named one of seven impeachment managers appointed today by House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-12-Calif.).

A second-term member of Congress, Demings represents the area around Orlando.

Born March 12, 1957 (aged 62) in Jacksonville, Fla., she was first in her family to graduate college and began her career as a social worker in Jacksonville. In the early 1980s she moved to Orlando to join the police department and was named Orlando’s first female police chief in 2007.

She first ran for Congress in 2012, narrowly losing to Republican Rep. Daniel Webster. She ran again in 2016, winning with 64.9 percent of the vote and was re-elected in in a primary in 2018 with 75 percent of the vote.

The other impeachment managers as announced by Pelosi are:

  • Adam Schiff (D-28-Calif.), Lead Manager, Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, serving his 10th term. Before Congress, Schiff was a California State Senator and served as federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles for 6 years, most notably prosecuting the first FBI agent ever to be indicted for espionage.
  • Jerry Nadler (D-10-NY), Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, serving his 15th term. Nadler has served as the top Democrat on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties for 13 years.  Before Congress, Nadler served in the New York State Assembly for 16 years.
  • Zoe Lofgren (D-16-Calif.) Chair of the Committee on House Administration, which has jurisdiction over federal elections, serving her 13th term. She has played a role in three presidential impeachment proceedings: as a Judiciary Committee staffer during Nixon, as a Judiciary Committee Member during Clinton, and now as a Manager.
  • Hakeem Jeffries (D-8-NY), Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, serving his 4th term in Congress. He is a Member of the House Judiciary Committee.  Before Congress, Jeffries served in the New York State Assembly for 6 years.  An accomplished litigator in private practice before running for elected office, Jeffries clerked for Judge Harold Baer Jr. of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • Jason Crow (D-6-Colo.), member of the House Armed Services Committee. Crow served as an Army Ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Before running for elected office, he was a litigator in private practice in Colorado.
  • Sylvia Garcia (D-29-Texas), member of the House Judiciary Committee. Before Congress, where she is serving her first term, Garcia served in the Texas State Senate.  Previously, she was the Director and Presiding Judge of the Houston Municipal System and was elected City Controller.  She was later elected the first Hispanic and first woman to be elected in her own right to the Harris County Commissioner’s Court.

The managers will oversee the impeachment trial in the Senate.

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For the record: SWFL politicos react to Trump impeachment

12-18-19 Pelosi at daisThe impeachment vote of President Donald Trump.

Dec. 19, 2019 by David Silverberg

Southwest Florida politicians and activists reacted strongly to yesterday’s impeachment of President Donald Trump by the US House of Representatives. Below, a sampling as of noon today:

Democrats:

10-19-19 Cindy BanyaiCindy Banyai, congressional candidate, 19th Congressional District: “While I am proud of our American governance processes in action, I am saddened that it was necessary. I expect more from our leaders than petty manipulations for personal gain and constant deception. I expect transparency, honesty, and truth from our leadership. This is something that every American should expect and demand.” (Banyai’s full statement follows this article.)

12-19-19 Annisa KarimAnnisa Karim, chair of the Collier County Democratic Party: “Congress, co-equal to the President, did its job in protecting our country and fulfilling their oath of office to, ‘support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.’

“Deflection and distraction do not change facts.

“Fact: the President sought help from a foreign government against an American citizen who might challenge him for his office. That is an impeachable offense and Congress had a duty to act.”

Republicans:

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Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, 25th Congressional District: “There should not be any doubt about the ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ that form the basis of an impeachment. As the facts demonstrate in this case, there were no violations of law, and therefore, this impeachment has no merit.”

 

 

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Rep. Greg Steube, 17th Congressional District: “Tonight, I voted no on the Articles of Impeachment for President Donald J. Trump. This impeachment charade was riddled with procedural failures, denials of due process, and partisan games. The facts are clear, the president has not committed an impeachable offense, and certainly not a high crime or misdemeanor as the Democrats allege. I urge the Senate to quickly evaluate the lack of evidence and acquit the president, so we can all focus on improving the lives of Americans instead of further dividing our nation.”

(As of this writing, Rep. Francis Rooney, 19th Congressional District, had not released a post-vote statement.)

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State Rep. Dane Eagle, 77th Florida District, congressional candidate: “Our President has been impeached as part of a political stunt. A sad day for our country. We can’t afford to go down this path any longer – we need leaders in Congress who will stand up for the President and the prosperity of our nation!”

 

11-29-19-dan-severson.jpgDan Severson, congressional candidate, tweet: “Pray for our @POTUS. He is an innocent man. Today the @TheDemocrats have attacked all Americans who voted for him, who are now employed, whose economic outlook has improved, whose 401Ks have grown.  An attack on @realDonaldTrump is an attack on all of us.”

 

 

11-29-19 William FiglesthalerWilliam Figlesthaler, congressional candidate statement: “Tonight’s vote highlights the sickness of liberals in Congress and the need for conservative Republicans to take back control of the House.”

Other congressional candidates had not issued statements as of this writing.


Cindy Banyai, full statement:

The House of Representatives passed two articles of impeachment on December 18, 2019. There is much to be proud of as Americans – the courageous testimony of government officials in reporting malfeasance, representatives pushing forward in the face of criticism and political attack to preserve our institutions and the balance of power that makes us strong. There is also much to lament – the mere fact that the egregious corruption that prompted the articles even occurred, the flip response of the president on impeachment, including the statement “I’m having a good time” made during his Battle Creek rally that evening.

Impeachment is not something to be celebrated, but a necessary check on unbridled power like that which we have witnessed from President Trump. While I am proud of our American governance processes in action, I am saddened that it was necessary. I expect more from our leaders than petty manipulations for personal gain and constant deception. I expect transparency, honesty, and truth from our leadership This is something that every American should expect and demand.

The United States as a nation is a model to the world in terms of our Constitution, government structure, and adherence to the rights of people against the powerful. We need processes like impeachment to remain a model for democracy and we need to continue to restore faith in our institutions. Our adversaries want to see the failure of our model and democracy moreover. We need to keep fighting to retain integrity in our government because the whole world and all of humanity is counting on us standing up for democracy.

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© 2019 by David Silverberg

No surprises: SWFL congressmen vote against impeachment

12-18-19 Pelosi at daisHouse Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi at the dais during the vote on the second article of impeachment.

Dec. 18, 2019 by David Silverberg

Southwest Florida’s Republican members of Congress: Reps. Francis Rooney (R-19-Fla.), Greg Steube (R-17-Fla.) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-25-Fla.), all voted against impeaching President Donald Trump tonight.

The first article of impeachment, abuse of power, passed the US House of representatives by a vote of 230 to 197 along a largely party-line vote.

The second article, obstruction of Congress, passed by a vote of 229 to 198.

House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-12-Calif.) stated in a news conference following the vote that “we’ll see what happens” before naming impeachment managers and sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate. She stated that she wanted to know more about how the Senate intends to conduct a trial.

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©2019 by David Silverberg

BREAKING NEWS: Rooney announces ‘no’ on impeachment

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Dec. 18, 2019 by David Silverberg

Rep. Francis Rooney (R-19-Fla.) announced at 4:12 pm today that he would be voting against the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump.

Rooney was one of the last undeclared Republicans to make his intentions known.

Rooney cited what he considered the unseemly speed of the process as the reason for his vote.

His full statement follows:

“The impeachment of a President is among the most somber votes that any Member of Congress can take. The process should not be rushed or based on an artificial timeline, nor should it be partisan or incomplete. It should be thorough and convincing. I repeatedly urged the leaders of the process to stay these proceedings until all executive privilege claims and refusals to deliver documents could be adjudicated by the courts, and all relevant primary sources of testimony could be heard under oath, as was the case in both the Clinton and Nixon impeachment hearings.

 “Additionally, having asked numerous ex-White House Counsels and well-known government attorneys, there can be no ‘obstruction of Congress (or of justice)’ while the person refusing to comply is relying on a claim of executive privilege. Only after losing in court, and still refusing to comply with a subpoena, would a claimant be obstructing.

 “Based on the limited evidence provided to the House of Representatives, the President’s behavior, while inappropriate, was neither criminal, nor does it rise to the level of justifying impeachment.

 “It is now time to get back to the business of passing the USMCA, securing our borders, fixing our immigration system, protecting our environment, and working to reduce our unconscionable national debt.”

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© 2019 by David Silverberg

State of Play Impeachment Edition: Rooney undecided, Southwest Floridians take to the streets

12-17-19 Impeachment rally NaplesPro-impeachment demonstrators in Naples yesterday.     (Photo: author)

Dec. 18, 2019 by David Silverberg

Today is Impeachment Day, and the US House of Representatives is expected to vote on the two articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump.

The guys with the votes

As of this writing Rep. Francis Rooney (R-19-Fla.) remains officially undecided on his vote, perhaps the only such Republican. Yesterday, Dec. 17, he told NBC2’s Peter Busch that he was leaning toward a “no” vote. According to Busch’s twitter feed, Rooney wanted Democrats to wait for the courts to compel Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and others to testify about their direct communication with President Trump.

According to Busch, Rooney believes what President Trump did with Ukraine was wrong but is not sure if it rises to impeachment. He told Busch that he would spend the day researching and talking to experts but more than anything he wanted Democrats to slow the process.

Rep. Greg Steube (R-17-Fla.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee was an outspoken Trump defender during that committee’s hearings and can be expected to vote against impeachment. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-25-Fla.) has been silent on impeachment but can be expected to vote the party line against it.

Impeachment demonstrations

12-17-19 Cindy Banyai Cape Coral impeachment rallyDemocratic congressional candidate Cindy Banyai calls for impeachment before a crowd outside Rep. Francis Rooney’s office in Cape Coral.            (Photo: Jacob Ogles)

While Diaz-Balart may be silent and Rooney undecided, Southwest Floridians took to the streets to make their preferences known.

In Cape Coral, a crowd estimated at over 300 appeared outside Rooney’s office in Cape Coral.

Democratic congressional candidate Cindy Banyai addressed the crowd, saying some Congress members need an ethics lesson, according to Jacob Ogles, who covered the event for Florida Politics. Banyai called for impeachment and removal.

Ogles estimated that there were also 50 pro-Trump demonstrators present, including Republican congressional candidates Dan Severson and William Figlesthaler.

Based on reporting by Dave Elias for NBC2, the pro and anti-impeachment demonstrators mixed together in Cape Coral, leading to considerable friction and jostling.

12-17-19 Dave Elias attempts to reportNBC-2’s Dave Elias reports amidst a raucous crowd in Cape Coral.

Further south, in Naples, perhaps 300 protesters appeared for a demonstration at the corner of Rt. 41 and Airport Pulling Rd., outside the Collier County government complex, to demonstrate for impeachment. The peaceful demonstration began at 5:30 pm and elicited considerable support from passing drivers. It was organized by Collier Freedom organization, spearheaded by activist Cindy Nayer.

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The small number of  pro-Trump demonstrators in Naples.

Only three Trumpers appeared in the crowd and the interaction was peaceful, friendly and good-natured. Eventually, they left. About a half hour after the main demonstration began, a handful of pro-Trump demonstrators appeared on the other side of Airport Pulling Rd.

Police presence was heavy. The event was covered by NBC2 and WINK-TV. There is no mention of it in the Naples Daily News.

Another candidate in the 19th?

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Trae Zipperer

Yet another candidate may jump into the Republican primary for Rooney’s seat. He’s
Trae Zipperer, a real estate broker who says on his Twitter feed: “I’m leading the charge to clean every veteran headstone in America by Memorial Day 2020. Every veteran headstone should look like it belongs in Arlington.”

Although reportedly considering a run, Zipperer has not yet filed his candidacy with the Federal Election Commission.

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©2019 by David Silverberg

 

An open letter to Rep. Francis Rooney

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Dec. 15, 2019

Rep. Rooney:

This week you will face the most momentous vote of your time in Congress: whether or not to impeach President Donald J. Trump.

Only you know the full events of your past but I do not think I’m exaggerating if I say that this may be the single most important decision of your life. Previously your decisions affected you, your family, your business and your employees. As a member of Congress you have voted before to chart the course of the United States. However, this vote, more than any other, will determine the future of all the people of the United States, and indeed the people of the entire world and the planet on which we all live.

I also know from your statements that you fully appreciate the gravity and momentousness of this matter as well as its burden and responsibility and the magnitude of its implications.

I will not go over the evidence and arguments that have already been made. You have been far closer and better informed about this matter than any of us outside government could ever be.

But as a constituent and a citizen and American who still has and cherishes the fundamental right to speak freely and petition government for a redress of grievances, I would like to address larger issues.

When the founders of this nation met to draft the Constitution they had to deal with the ultimate fundamentals: How do people behave? What is government? What is fairness? What is justice? What is effective? What is right? What is wrong?

We have not had to think of these things in the last 240-plus years because they got it so right. We’ve very successfully lived within the framework and rules they created. By doing so, generations of Americans built the richest and most powerful nation humanity has ever seen and spread its best ideals and values around the world.

But now we have to address those fundamentals again. It is extraordinary that a single man has in less than three years so challenged centuries of precedent, experience and institutional strength to the point where the foundation of this society and civilization is at risk. But here we are.

You, more than most, know the full scope and sweep of American power and influence. Having served as an ambassador representing the United States abroad, you also have a broader perspective than many of your colleagues in Congress. You have worked shoulder to shoulder with the men and women of the US diplomatic corps and you know first-hand their intelligence, their commitment and their patriotism. These are the people under relentless attack by this president.

You know the subtleties of policy and how decisions made in the US capital can ripple outward and either erode or nourish foreign shores. You, more than most, can appreciate the full dangers of a president using the vast power of the United States for petty, personal ends—and I believe that you have a full appreciation of the scope of that economic, military and political power.

As an advocate of Kurdish independence you appreciate more than most the disaster this president’s casual betrayal of the Kurds caused and the genocide he unleashed.

You have very reasonably and responsibly said that you will keep an open mind about the evidence in this case and its implications. For that you’ve been attacked by the people who were your political base before that moment. You have quite rightly said that “impeachment is such a grave matter that it demands that a strong and clear case be made” and those who pursue it should “assure that no stone is left unturned.”

But who is the person who has ensured that those stones remain unturned? Who has built a virtual stone wall around the White House and Oval Office to ensure that Congress did not get the facts and testimony it legitimately sought and to which it is legally entitled?

Very much to your credit you urged the administration to cooperate and fulfill its constitutional duties. You specifically called on Energy Secretary Rick Perry and other top officials to testify.

You and I come from very different ideological perspectives and there is much about which we disagree. But I can say without fear or favor that in these matters you’ve behaved with probity and responsibility. Your observations have been insightful and your actions prudent. Your statements have been well-reasoned and logical.

However, when it comes to this president, White House and administration, your “repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury,” as the founders put it in the Declaration of Independence.

And so we come to the current pass and this week’s vote.

When you vote this week, you’ll be voting on more than just two articles of impeachment. As the founders did, you’ll be addressing fundamentals. You’ll be voting on whether the entire structure of this government will remain standing, whether this Constitution will stay in force, whether the experiment begun by the founders to have a government that rests on reason and compromise and the popular will rather than the whims of a single individual will survive. In short, you’ll be voting on whether “government of the people, by the people, for the people” shall or shall not perish from the earth.

As an American, as a constituent, as a citizen, as the grandchild of immigrants, let me issue this appeal: For the sake of ourselves, our families, our grandchildren and their grandchildren; for the sake of all Americans; for the sake of every person everywhere who has aspired to American dreams and ideals; for the sake of huddled masses yearning to breathe free; for the sake of equal justice under law; for the sake of fighters against tyranny everywhere; for the sake of the founders; for the sake of the Constitution; for the sake of democracy; for the sake of liberty; for the sake of freedom; for the sake of independence; for the sake of your honor; for the sake of your courage; for the sake of your place in history; for the sake of your conscience; and for the sake of your country, the last best place on earth, please, please, please

VOTE TO IMPEACH.

Sincerely,

The Paradise Progressive

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© 2019 by David Silverberg