Editorial: We’re living in historical times

We will tell our children and grandchildren about impeachment


Megaphone Staff

As the country prepares for the upcoming presidential election in less than 11 months, the Trump administration is once again trying to protect itself from its own self-destruction. President Donald Trump, unsurprisingly, is facing what could be his final straw as the House Judiciary Committee has drafted two Articles of Impeachment.

Allegedly, in an effort to abuse his presidential powers, Trump threatened to withhold foreign military aid from Ukraine, pressuring its president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. The evidence is certainly stacked against Trump this time, as many credible witnesses have come forward during the Impeachment Inquiry to testify about Trump’s wrongdoings.

USA Today writes that “the summary of the (phone) call shows Trump asking Zelensky to begin investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, who sat on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma while his father was part of the Obama administration.” 

Although there is a considerable amount of evidence pointing to the fact that Trump broke the law, Republicans in the House are struggling to accept these clear facts. Many of them have attempted to denounce the credibility of several of the witnesses who have testified, despite the fact that some of these witnesses are career government officials. 

At this point, with the amount of Republicans saying that no one is to be trusted, the reality in Washington is that evidence doesn’t seem to matter anymore. If you can lie your way out of a situation through bypassing the truth and directing people’s attention elsewhere, you somehow have found yourself a formidable platform to stand on.

The current belief is that Trump will be impeached, but he will not be removed from office. (Students who paid attention in history class know that to impeach means to charge with an offense; the Senate then conducts a trial and votes whether or not to remove the president from office, something that never has happened before.) There are a majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives, which will most likely lead to his impeachment; however, if it reaches the trial in the Senate, it is unlikely the Republican majority will vote to remove Trump from office, despite the evidence presented. It seems that Trump, in their eyes, he can do no wrong, because they would rather resign than cross party lines.

USA Today adds that “other witnesses, such as former National Security Council official Fiona Hill, have since testified to what she and others referred to as dual policy objectives — so-called ‘regular’ and ‘irregular’ diplomacy channels — where some officials were ‘involved in national security foreign policy’ with Ukraine while others, allegedly led by (Rudoph) Giuliani, were involved in a ‘domestic political errand,’ according to Hill.

Although the amount of information about this impeachment can be confusing and at times overwhelming, it is critical that you recognize the significance of this period of our lives. Regardless of whether or not you believe Trump should be impeached, this is a historical moment in the history of our country. This is only the third time the House of Representatives has officially moved to impeach a sitting president.

CNN writes, “It’s clear that the Democrats who control the House believe they have the votes to impeach President Donald Trump. He’d be only the third president in history to suffer that indignity after Bill Clinton in 1998 and Andrew Johnson in 1868. Richard Nixon resigned rather than be impeached in 1974, but he did so only when Republican senators made clear they’d also vote to remove him from office. Trump faces no such insurrection yet.”

What is occuring in Washington is not something one sees every day. We are living through a trial that may never happen again in our lifetimes and an event about which you will tell your children and grandchildren.

It is true, we are living in a divided age. You are either red or blue, for Trump or against him, excited about the Trump era or missing the tenure of Barack Obama. No matter your stance, it must be remembered that we are going to keep fighting. We are going to battle for the truth because that is what matters in the country. It is time that we remember that we are always attempting to move toward truth, not away from it. This is a lesson the entire country needs to learn.