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Now Is The Time For All Good Republicans …

… to come to the aid of their party, and to the defense of our country and constitution. And most important, the defense of Truth – the foundation of any worthy endeavor.

I understand that many Republicans felt compelled to vote for Donald Trump in 2016. There was allegiance to their party. There was commitment to Republican values. There was fear of and distaste for the Democratic agenda. There was deep-seated loathing for Hillary Clinton. There was an abundance of the ever-ubiquitous conspiracy theories.

A lot to overlook or try to reason as “not too unacceptable.”

Before he decided to run for president, Trump had already established himself as a blustering braggart, a cockalorum promoting his business prowess by masquerading as an acquaintance of himself over the phone to the New York news media he sought to manipulate. A real estate “mogul” welching out on small business contractors by reneging on agreed upon terms as well as moneyed creditors by hiding behind multiple bankruptcies. An arrogant game show host taking sadistic pleasure in firing people.

After he started his campaign his ongoing behavior reinforced this persona.

There were the childish name callings of his Republican opponents and the outrageous encouraging of his supporters to physically attack protestors at his rallies. There was his boasting about his entitlement to sexually assault women. There was his exclaiming he could “shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue and not lose a single supporter”!

Certainly one of his most egregious actions was his disparaging of Sen. John Mc-Cain, a war hero and patriot to most of us.

Now as president, Trump has spent two years and eight months embroiled in controversy and misjudgments that run the gamut from laughable to threatening the safety and future of our country, all justified in his mind by extravagantly praising himself.

By Aug. 5, he had made 12,019 false or misleading claims, according to the Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes, and tracks every suspect statement he has uttered.

He credits himself with having a “great relationship” with our most dangerous adversaries while they test missiles and plan more interference in our elections.

He takes the word of Vladimir Putin over the work of our intelligence community.

Now he has gone so far as to publicly call on foreign countries to investigate his political enemies. His supporters can’t say this is a witch hunt now that the most damning witness against Donald Trump is Donald Trump, both from his direct statements and the transcript his White House released of his conversation with the president of Ukraine.

We’ve heard from respectable Republicans like Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, and Colin Powell, the latter saying, “the Republican Party has got to get a grip on itself. Republican leaders and members of the Congress … are holding back because they’re terrified of what will happen [to] any one of them if they speak out.”

The argument that this impeachment inquiry is just more of a Democratic vendetta against Trump and that “we’ve just gone through the Mueller investigation” is ludicrous. Trump is a serial miscreant. Are we to let him, unbridled, continue to stroke his ego at the expense of the country? It is obvious that his defense is to double down and, like his call for Chinese help in sullying the Bidens last week, to repeat his misbehavior. And for what? Just to show he can, or because he doesn’t get it?

The latest scandal is not the last scandal.

It’s time to end the use of “alternative facts” to bolster untenable positions, unfounded accusations to deflect attention from real wrongdoing, and contrived conspiracy theories to rebut true events.

It’s time for a return to rational discourse and empirical solutions. We need to open our minds to new ideas, even if they disturb or scare us. Merely calling them products of the “liberals” or “the left” doesn’t negate them. A lame attempt to trivialize careful thinking by making it the sole purview of a political leaning leaves the speaker open to the censure of the future.

Forty-five years ago a freshman congressman representing the sixth district of Virginia, our district, had the integrity to look at the facts about Republican president Richard Nixon’s malfeasance and vote for his impeachment. Republican Caldwell Butler wasn’t voting with regard for his party. He was voting with regard to his conscious. He wasn’t following Republican leadership. He was following his own sense of duty to the Constitution of the United States of America and leading the Republican Party.

Subsequently, a delegation of Republican senators led by the dean of conservatives, Barry Goldwater, went to the White House to tell Nixon he would be removed from office if impeached.

Nixon resigned.

Are there now Republicans with their courage and patriotism?

Democratic politicians, like Republicans, fearful of the wrath of Trump and his “base,” were reticent about starting impeachment proceedings.

The revelations of the last two weeks have shown them there is a greater danger to the country than their failure to win reelection.

It’s time for Republicans to have the same epiphany.

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