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anne mikolay 2018As the impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump continues in Washington, let’s review the meaning of a few pertinent words.

Trial – (noun) 1. A formal examination of evidence before a judge, and typically before a jury, in order to decide guilt in a case of criminal or civil proceedings; 2. A test of performance, qualities, or suitability of someone or something.

Evidence – (noun) The available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid.

Witness – (noun) 1. A person who sees an event, typically a crime or accident, take place; a person giving sworn testimony to a court of law; evidence, proof.

Impartial – (adjective) Treating all rivals or disputants equally; fair and just.

Farce – (noun) A comic dramatic work using buffoonery and horseplay and typically including crude characterization and ludicrously improbably situations.

Deception – (noun) The act of deceiving someone; a thing that deceives.

Predictable – (adjective) Able to be predicted; behaving or occurring in a way that is expected.

By definition, then, what is currently taking place in the senate does not meet the criteria for a trial. A trial without evidence (defined as fact, not opinion) or witnesses (those with knowledge or proof) is not a trial. It is a deceptive, predictable farce. An impeachment trial in which Republican senators are more concerned with securing their positions than supporting truth and maintaining a constitutional democracy will not benefit the American people.

As the 45th President of the United States is impeached, let’s bear in mind the wise words of the 26th U.S. President, Theodore Roosevelt:

“The man who loves other countries as much as his own stands on a level with the man who loves other women as much as he loves his own wife.”

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the president…is morally treasonable to the American public.”

And, most importantly, “Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him 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.”

Since we all foresee the predictable outcome of this alleged impeachment trial, let me toss a few additional relevant definitions into the mix:

Disillusioned – (adjective) Having lost faith or trust in something: disappointed that something is not as good, valuable, true, etc., as it had seemed.

Doomed – (adjective) Likely to have an unfortunate and inescapable outcome; ill fated.