Letters, Dec. 18
A big meal — and we’re all invited
The boys can all remember stuffing down a meal and rushing outside to the events of youth. The girls seemed to have had a little more sense.
Now we are presented with a 50-year pile of books, court records and tabloids of a boy’s venture into trying to make it in Daddy’s big world of money. This is a gigantic, complex dinner filled with adventures and schemes that would challenge John Grisham. The average bear finds it all insurmountable and thus super -rone to shooting from the hip, so load your sound bites. Let’s get this shootout going.
Well, but, what’s the hurry?
While some are getting settled at the table, many have just become aware of the invitation and are still getting dressed.
The food will stay warm. In fact there’s a lot more coming, and some desserts.
This is a big meal and not a fast-food rush.
Don’t drink the Kool-Aid
In a report last week, the Justice Department’s inspector general found that there was no “documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the FBI’s decision to seek FISA authority on Carter Page.” President Trump interpreted the report as proof of an “attempted overthrow” of government. “The report is far worse than anything I would have even imagined”
Which is more likely? Tens of thousands of career civil servants are conspiring to overthrow the government or that we have a single narcissistic, serial liar at the top?
Before you answer, consider that Donald Trump as told over 12,000 lies since he became president. Most of them are easily verifiable as being lies. For example, Trump claims that, water saving bathroom fixtures are causing Americans to flush “10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once” and that windmills cause cancer.
After 30 straight years as a registered Republican, this year I became an independent, as Republicans today seem less a party than a cult. If that statement seems extreme, consider that President Trump himself claims that he could shoot someone and lose no followers. I don’t doubt it.
My advice to Republicans: Just don’t drink the Kool-Aid.
Impeachment standard not met
The U.S. Constitution is clear about the legal standard to impeach the president.
“The president ... may be impeached and shall be removed from office if convicted of treason, bribery, or other (emphasis mine) high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Note that I emphasized the word other, because it means that the other high crimes and misdemeanors must be equal in severity to treason and bribery. Abuse of power or abuse of the congressional impeachment process could only qualify as an article to impeach a president if it is based upon evidence of treason, bribery or other high crimes or misdemeanors.
Such charges were made against both Nixon and Clinton, but with specific evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors.
I did not vote for president Trump, and I have searched with vigor for evidence of a high crime or misdemeanor equal in kind to treason and Bribery; there is none.
John M. Moore