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Opinion: We should listen to Rep. Adam Schiff
Adam Schiff
House Democratic impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington, after the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. - photo by Associated Press

The closing arguments by Rep. Adam Schiff on Thursday and Friday lays it on the line not only for the senators acting as jurors but for you and me: We can't count on Trump to defend the interests and national security of our nation. 

Abuse of power in this case is putting personal above national interest. 

Furthermore, as Rep. Schiff noted, just as important, a vote against the second article, obstruction of Congress, means any future president is a king. He or she could ignore a co-equal branch of government. 

It’s a cult when you let one person do that. It’s no longer a constitutional government when you let a second. 

Courage demands of us and our senators that we no longer accept the danger of the 45th president. America is more than any policy, any party, any division. It is united around the Constitution. The president is a threat to the Constitution. He must be removed. 

Where were you when Rep. Schiff made these arguments? Where were you when the republic heard its most desperate, most stalwart, most patriotic defense in modern times? Where were you? I hope you were listening.

Matthew Boedy

Gainesville

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