Friday, January 31, 2020

Moral bankruptcy and the impeachment process

I am just wondering about how the Republican Senators are explaining their actions to their children (or, given the age of most of them, their grandchilden).
I don't for a moment think that most of them believe that Donald Trump is an innocent man, but they are willing to support him because the alternative - the impeachment of a Republican president, and potential years in the political wilderness for the Republican party - they see as unthinkable. Even those who hate the guy will not vote to impeach him, and precious few will even vote to allow the semblance of a fair trial, with witnesses and all the other trappings of a normal court case. If their grandkids, then, ask them why they would do that, what do they say? Do they just take a deep breath and say that the success of the party is more important than the truth?
Consider something else: how does Trump lawyer Alan Dershowitz explain to his grandkids the morality of his argument that a president can do pretty much anything to get re-elected so long as he believes that his re-election is in the public interest of the country. This is such a shocking statement that even small children will see how wrong it is, and what a precedent it would set for the future. Dershowitz too must be aware of how wrong, and how dangerous, it is. What, then, does he say to said grandchildren if the subject comes up at the dinner table? That the law is all about winning at any cost, and that morality just doesn't come into it? Or does the whole family just know not to bring the subject up.
It's a pretty sad state of affairs, and you have to feel for the moral agonizing these people have to deal with. Ha!

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