What could happen
Well, Trump has finally been impeached but found not guilty by the Senate. Think about it: If the Democrats controlled the Senate by two-thirds, then he would have been removed from office. If the House could impeach on any grounds it chooses, as many have said it could, then it could impeach the new president, Mike Pence, and convict him in the Senate. Who then would be president? The Speaker of the House would automatically become President Nancy Pelosi.
If that doesn't scare you, just think of what could happen next time there's a Democrat president and Republican-controlled House and Senate, and the House could still impeach on any grounds it chooses.
If our founding fathers had even thought it could come to this, they would have more specifically defined the terms of impeachment. Something must be done before politics gets even more crazy.
An older delivery boy
Re Benny Roark's recent letter in which he asked if he was the oldest delivery boy: The answer is no.
I was born Sept. 30, 1930, and delivered the Arkansas Democrat by bicycle in Marianna at the age of 10 in 1941. I also was awarded a prize for increasing my subscribers during a contest period at that time.
I would like to know if any others have reported being older than 89. I am still a subscriber to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
CARL S. NORMAN
Still leaning to GOP
Although there has been a slight reduction in the GOP-leaning bias of our remaining local newspaper since the retirement of Mr. Greenberg, sometimes it is hard to remember that.
Case in point from Friday:
A. Headline--"Senate faults Obama on Russian meddling"
B. First paragraph--"... its failures were 'understandable' because the government lacked information and had limited policy options at the time."
I believe to call this headline "misleading" would be a laughable understatement. Couple this example with the apparent policy of putting favorable reports of the GOP-controlled federal government on page 1, with actual news of their outrages buried within or completely left out, and it becomes clear why I dread reading "our" newspaper every day.
North Little Rock
Senators Boozman and Cotton: Well, you blew it. You had an opportunity to do the right thing, and you chose partisanship instead.
You might have made a difference in the matter of the impeachment of a corrupt and lying president, but no, with you, apparently, it's "my party, right or wrong." Senator Romney, of your party, alone stood for what is honorable and just.
Your reasoning, as expressed in your statements, is flawed. You say that the indictment does not rise to the level of an impeachable offense. However, even the nonpartisan GAO says that Trump's withholding of government-authorized funds to Ukraine was illegal. And the excuse that Congress should get back to the business of the people is hogwash. The business of the people is, after all, sound and lawful governing, not governing by executive writ and whim. It is governing by and for all the people, by a Congress that is fully engaged and ready to curb unlawful acts by the executive branch or anyone else.
That, sirs, is what you did not do. Shame! History will not be kind to you and your party for this egregious misapplication of trust.
Unable to protect us
I often disagree with Dana D. Kelley's weekly column, but seldom to the degree that I do with his column of Feb. 7. In his defense of the electoral college, Mr. Kelley states that popular vote would have "disproportionately favored the most populous states." Obviously, a direct popular vote would be perfectly proportionate to the voting population. Thus he can only mean that it would be disproportionate to the states themselves. A fair point I suppose, but hardly democratic in the stricter definition of the word.
Mr. Kelley further states that the founders were concerned about "uneducated people making uneducated choices en masse about matters of great governmental importance." Perhaps like electing an unfit and unqualified person of dubious moral fiber, Mr. Kelley?
I couldn't agree more with the founders on this point. The electoral system was intended to eliminate such persons, not usher them into high office. Since it has proven itself unable to protect us from such a person, perhaps it is time to rethink the electoral college to bring it in line with the founders' stated intent.
Voted his conscience
In these fanatically partisan times, watching Mitt Romney vote to impeach President Trump was to witness a stunning act of moral courage with fidelity to true--not fake--Christian values. Unlike his hypocritical fellow Republicans, Romney chose to put his belief in God, his nation and his oath of office before political party. It left me breathless.
Mitt Romney is the essence of a true statesman. I will always respect him for his vote even though he has and will continue to vote for policies I will never support.
His willingness to suffer the slings and arrows of his fellow Republicans to keep his faith strong and conscience clear reminds me of another great Republican statesman--the late Sen. John McCain. Like Romney, McCain will always be viewed by history as a Republican willing to vote his conscience instead of party. He alone was responsible for keeping Obamacare in force when his colleagues wanted to scrap it with absolutely nothing to replace it. Romney and McCain--two amazing American patriots.
I've always believed there are a few honest, real Republicans in hiding while their party wallows in the Trump cult. Wednesday we saw one come into the sunlight and stand on the right side of history.
Editorial on 02/09/2020
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