This one is short, but definitely not so simple.
We have come to a defining moment for our country and for our president. The distinction is well worth noting. The president represents our nation and our Constitution; he is not one and the same. As the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s recent actions begins, we must be led by the Constitution and not by passion for or against the man. Republican Teddy Roosevelt expertly explained:
“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country.”
Now, we must all ask ourselves, has President Trump stood by this country?
Is it patriotic and in our country’s best interest for the President of the United States to ask a foreign nation to investigate a political rival? The answers will define us for future generations.
Will President Trump release the transcript - unaltered - of his controversial telephone conversation with President Volodymr Zelensky of Ukraine? Will the White House release the Whistleblower Complaint to Congress? The answers will define Donald Trump for all time.
Though the line has been drawn in the sand, this is a bipartisan issue. It is time now for all Americans to choose their allegiance and define our nation’s future.
Further food for thought from Teddy Roosevelt: “It is patriotic to support him (the president) insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.”
This is our moment of truth.