Week in Review 11-22-2019
This was an historic week on Capitol Hill. The hearings showed the best and the worst of our country. With dignity and respect for our democracy, House Intelligence Chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) lead the impeachment hearings. The Democrats refrained from partisan politics and sought to peel away at the many layers in the case.
Many of the witnesses that were called to testify are dedicated, extremely knowledgeable public servants. Every day these people, along with their colleagues, work to protect our country.
The Republicans chose to make a mockery of the proceedings. They aimed to discredit the witnesses. Their goal was to further politically divide Congress and our country.
The hearings were held in public, televised from start to finish. It was a showcase of democracy in action for the American people to witness, as well as the world. Imagine how this week would have played out in any other country in the world? Our democracy maybe stretched and tattered, but it is still holding up.
To protect our democracy, we have separation of powers, which is not absolute. Its system of checks and balances is designed to allow each branch of our government to restrain abuse by another. Impeachment is regarded as a power to be used only in extreme cases. It must be considered apart from politics.
In 2018, Democratic candidates won 31 seats held by the GOP. Impeachment is not politically popular in their districts. However, these candidates took an oath of office to uphold the Constitution. They placed principle over politics and supported impeachment.
Reps. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), Max Rose (D-NY), Sean Casten (D-IL), Elaine Luria (D-VA) Sharice Davids (D-KS) and Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) are just a few of JAC's candidates that won races in red districts. Their support for impeachment will make their races even more challenging.
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"The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country," said Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Let us remember that the power is in our hands. That power is our vote.