Senators have solemn duty
Pundits across the political spectrum are citing a prescient statement Alexander Hamilton included in the Federalist Papers, warning that the greatest danger in a Senate impeachment trial is that the ultimate decision would be determined “more by the comparative strength of parties than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asserts he “will be working in total coordination with the White House counsel's office” in leading the impeachment trial. Sen. Mike Braun has declared,“There's not one impartial juror of the 100 in the Senate. I'm going to vote to acquit unless there's something new that comes up, and I don't anticipate that happening.”
Braun is correct about the difficulty of analyzing facts in an objective manner. Any honest juror would have to admit that after hearing charges against a defendant it is difficult to avoid forming presumptions of guilt or innocence. The question is whether that juror is committed to serving as an open-minded participant, willing to be convinced through the evidence.
We know the president himself ordered the suspension of Ukrainian aid and that his team tried to keep his directive confidential. If President Donald Trump jeopardized national security for personal political gain, violated the Impoundment Control Act then attempted to conceal his actions, I hope Sens. Braun and Todd Young can help us understand how an open-minded juror could vote to acquit Trump.
Our senators will take a separate oath to serve as jurors in the impeachment trial. As such they will not serve as representatives of their party, nor merely Hoosiers. They will represent the entire country in defense of our Constitution.
Franke Park's Yule marvel
Thank you, Blue Jacket, Fort Wayne Parks Department and all the sponsors for a wonderful Fantasy of Lights at Franke Park. Your time, effort and participation are greatly appreciated. Such a great Christmas marvel!
BETSY and MARK RACINE
DeVos failing public schools
I challenge anyone to name something positive that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has done for public education.
A longtime Republican donor from Michigan (whose family's worth is $5.4 billion), Devos got off to a rough start when her 2017 Senate confirmation hinged on a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. The hearings revealed her amazing lack of knowledge on education law and policy.
DeVos attended private schools, as did her children. Caring little about public schools, she is strong advocate for vouchers and charters. It is shameful that Cabinet member DeVos should be held in contempt of court and her department fined $100,000. (October, 2019).
Public school supporters look forward to the end of DeVos' tenure in 2020. DeVos has been a complete failure to our public school teachers and students.