It is easy to wear a flag pin or put up a flag outside your door. Neither require much thought and often become part of a routine that requires no self-introspection. Loving this nation and what it stands for isn’t a knee-jerk reaction if one is to hold oneself accountable and to truly understand what it takes to be committed to freedom and justice and equality.
We have now come to a moment that requires every American, especially those charged with governing us, to remind themselves what it means to be an American.
Our Constitution has provided us with three distinct branches of government. The founding fathers made sure that there were checks and balances so no one branch of government could take more power than given to them by the Constitution. They came from a monarchy and understood what tyranny was. The American Revolution was fought to establish a democracy, one in which the people would have a voice and the right to self-government.
It is time to remember what and why they wrote what they did. We are faced with an unprecedented situation where a foreign government has interfered with our presidential election. Donald Trump and his associates have many ties to the Russians, and there are many questions as to his role and his campaign’s relationship with the Russian government.
Any patriotic American should be demanding answers.
Now that the President has taken the unprecedented step of firing FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the investigation into his administration and Russia, it is time for Republicans to put aside their partisan obstruction. (To date, only one other director of the FBI has been fired and that was William Sessions who was under investigation by the Bush Administration for ethics violations and ultimately fired by President Clinton shortly after he took office.)
Sadly that doesn’t look like it is going to happen. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already said he sees no need for a special prosecutor. Other Senate Republicans, such as Susan Collins, John Cornyn, and many House Republicans also see no need for an independent investigation.
What are they afraid of? Is the GOP afraid that the walls will come crumbling down? Are they afraid that President Trump and their party will forever be damaged by what will come out during an investigation? What else could it be?
Why wouldn’t a patriot want to know if a foreign government had interfered in our elections?
The only answer I can come up with is that they long ago replaced their love for this nation and its precepts with a desire for power. To not call for a special prosecutor is unpatriotic. This may be the defining moment where the Republican Party once and for all loses any semblance of a party truly capable of governing.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein must appoint a special prosecutor, to do anything less is to put this country in danger of a constitutional crisis that may forever change the United States of America.