Why it's dangerous
Many of the questions being asked during the impeachment questioning phase were from senators apparently looking for political cover, fearing the wrath of the vindictive man sitting in the Oval Office, or their own conservative constituents back home. Moral courage was conspicuously absent but for the few senators who evidently still have a conscience. Lawyers do what lawyers do when adeptly dodging the truth or making specious arguments.
After being bored to tears watching the back and forth, Alan Dershowitz walked to the podium to answer a question about the dangers of impeaching the president. Dershowitz, who revels in the notoriety of high-profile cases defending the indefensible--O.J. Simpson and Jeffrey Epstein come to mind--spent a good deal of his five minutes explaining how divided and how dangerous partisanship has become during his lifetime, and how dangerous it would be to impeach the president, who you might remember said he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose supporters. Dershowitz proceeded to eloquently opine about this being the most dangerous time in American history, and for that reason we should not impeach the president.
Think about that. My head is still spinning! If this is the most dangerous time in history for the country, who made it so? I think we can blame Newt Gingrich and the Tea Party for its no-compromise origins, but it's our president who has been the one acting from the first day in office to further divide this country into two camps. I've not seen one scintilla of evidence to the contrary. So I guess the unsaid argument Dershowitz was making is that if we were to actually impeach the president we would have a civil war, with the streets filling up with his supporters armed with their military-style rifles. I have every confidence it would be our commander-in-chief leading the rabble.
So according to our POTUS, the economy is great, best it has ever been. He implemented tax reform to help the average American, or so he speaks.
My son, who is a head of household father of two children, will enjoy the smallest tax refund he has ever seen. This is a hardworking man with a 2019 income of about $35,000. That income is a barely workable income for a person with two children and household expenses to cover.
I'm certain that the rewriting of our tax code benefited the wealthy in many ways not available to folks like my son. A terrible slight to those existing on the fringes of income and expense balance.
Please remember this when the next voting cycle begins.
Offer affordable care
I applaud Tuesday's editorial in this newspaper re scarcity of mental health services in Arkansas. The editorial referred to the lack of these services for the homeless population; however, this scarcity affects the lives of many other Arkansans as well.
The editorial referred to record surpluses in our state coffers. If this is the case, why have we seen such drastic cuts in our state's mental health services--cuts that caused the closing of Greater Little Rock Mental Health Center and resulted in Ozark Guidance, Professional Counseling Associates, Mid-South Health Systems and Counseling Associates signing a letter of intent to combine and form a new entity named Arisa in an effort to stay financially stable? As a social worker in the psychiatric field in Arkansas for many years, I witnessed cuts in mental health services, but this is the worst crisis I have seen.
I have watched friends and family members struggle with clinical depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, to name a few. Even with appropriate treatment, these illnesses can be devastating for patients and families. When treatment is not available, suicide is too often the consequence.
I believe that, as Arkansans, we have an obligation to provide affordable mental health care for our loved ones and friends. Join me in contacting Governor Hutchinson, your senator and representative. They are the ones who created this situation, and they are the ones who can remedy it!
Did not perform job
My complaint about Trump withholding funds from the Ukraine is the president refusing to perform his job as laid out in the Constitution.
The purse strings of the U.S. are controlled by the House of Representatives. The funds for Ukraine were approved by Congress. The president's job as the executive of our country is to ensure that the laws made by Congress are carried out. I believe Trump's refusal to release the funds is an impeachable offense, for refusing to carry out the mandate that our Constitution requires of the president.
We have three very separate branches of government for very good reasons--as checks and balances on the power of our federal government, to preserve our republic.
Editorial on 02/01/2020
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