If you can still support Donald after the release of Volume II of the Mueller report, your values are not American values.
Imagine you are an employee at an employee-owned business. One day, you learn that the senior accountant was discovered trying to embezzle money from the company, but that he was stymied in his efforts by an ethical junior accountant who refused to help his senior commit the crime. What would you do in this situation?
Would you demand that the management and the Board of directors fired the senior accountant, or would you let him continue to work at the company as if he were trustworthy and as if nothing had happened? Furthermore, what would you think about your fellow employees who were OK with looking the other way?
This is essentially the situation we, as Americans, find ourselves in today with respect to Donald. Per Volume II of the Mueller Report, Donald tried 11 times to commit the crime of obstruction of justice, but was blocked each time by subordinates and aides who refused to follow his illegal orders. And now his supporters are telling us that Donald should not be punished for his intended but foiled crimes.
While the fact that Donald was unsuccessful in his commission of multiple crimes may protect him from indictment by law enforcement, that fact does nothing to negate the fact that he has shown he is untrustworthy, unethical, and does not respect the rule of law. I, for one, feel that Donald should be punished for his intended crimes. As he is the President of the United States, the correct punishment is impeachment.
I understand the argument that it might be smarter to focus on defeating Donald in the 2020 election. I understand the arguments that impeachment might turn off voters from voting for Democrats in 2020. I understand the argument that the Senate is almost certain to exonerate Donald even if the House successfully impeaches Donald. I understand all of that.
But understand this – none of it matters. None of it.
There comes a point where you have to decide what you stand for. Do you stand for the ideals and values and rights and civil liberties of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America, or don’t you?
America finds herself at just such a point today. If the House of Representatives – Democrats and Republicans both – is unable or unwilling to put aside party politics and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, as they swore to do when they took their oaths of office, then they have no right to be in power nor any right to be our legislators.
The rule of law is more important than winning an election. The Constitution of the United States is more important than winning an election. Donald doesn’t believe either of these things.
And if you still stand behind Donald today, knowing now what he intended, neither do you.