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Opinion: Why Rep. Doug Collins should vote to impeach Trump
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., left, and ranking member Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., right, both speaking during a House Judiciary Committee markup of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in Washington. - photo by Associated Press

An open letter to U.S. Rep. Doug Collins:

This president must be impeached, convicted and evicted. 

We both witnessed the same damning testimony and evidence during the House impeachment proceedings, so we both know that the coordinated Republican talking point of the day: "Where's the evidence?" is utterly disingenuous. 

We both know that this president is guilty as charged in the articles of impeachment, and we both know he is certainly guilty of far more. Remember another mob boss, Al Capone, was finally brought down by pedantic tax laws. 

We both know that the theatrics staged by you and your Republican congressional colleagues are completely at odds with the clear facts and evidence presented so far and that these theatrics are only meant for your malinformed base, who didn't witness the testimony but blindly trust the provably false statements of this president and his propaganda machine. 

We both know he is only able to avoid accountability because he has destroyed faith in the media, which is the only practical way for the people to know what our government is doing. 

Mr. Collins, the founders trusted us to carry on a representative democracy and gave us the rules and tools to do so. Failing to exercise your oversight responsibility and enabling this president to flaunt the rule of law and fundamental American norms will usher in a new America. 

In this new America:

  • The co-equal branches of government are replaced by an all-powerful executive branch that is immune from the law and accountable to no one;

  • The power of the presidency will be at the disposal of the highest bidder, foreign or domestic;

  • The president can use the full might of the United States for personal gain;

  • With the fall of James Madison's free press, citizens no longer have a source of objective truth and will only know what they are told by the State;

  • Thus fed on State propaganda, the president has unchallenged power to act counter to the good of America and the will of the people. 

If you doubt the plausibility of that future, consider present-day Russia and North Korea. Consider all the empires that have risen and fallen in mankind’s short history. The Chinese Qing Dynasty, the British Empire, the USSR, Nazi Germany, ad nauseam. 

Human behavior is what it is, and there is no reason to think America is immune from this fate. It is faith in the ideals of the Constitution that has staved off the descent into chaos that is now upon us. 

Psychology being what it is, Mr. Collins, you likely see yourself as a hero in this story. But know this, there is only one way this plays out with you as a noble hero.

Do the Right Thing: Impeach, convict and evict this president. 

Or, at the very least, get out of the way.

Jeff Gilbert


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