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Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Witness The Power Of Books In Our Fledgling Democracy
National Security Adviser John Bolton will soon to release a book that corroborates
the impeachment case against President Donald J. Trump, that there was a quid
pro quo full-on press by the president to force Ukraine to dig up dirt on his
2020 opponent in exchange for the release of Congress-approved military aide of
$400 million.The reason this is
important is not just because the president stands trial, but because once again we
witness the power of book publishing, a free press, and the First Amendment.
you like the president or think he’s guilty or believe the punishment should be
impeachment, it doesn’t matter. What is important is that our nation allows, even encourages, the publishing of such books. For democracy to survive or thrive,
it must operate under a system of checks and balances.The fourth estate, our media, serves us well
in that regard.
I don’t know exactly what’s in Bolton’s book.I just hear what the news media reports. I also don’t know, if given the
chance to testify would Bolton’s testimony prove to be factual or damaging. But
the idea that, as a trial is underway, where one political party seeks to squash
the calling of any witnesses, and where the accused invokes executive privilege
more to cover up the truth than to protect national secrets, a book can make
headlines before it is published and possibly force a great turn of events in
our nation’s history is amazing. It’s also necessary.
may write books for any of a million reasons – fame, fortune, branding – or to
share a good story and an empowering message. Fine. But books that potentially
impact and influence the governing of our nation and keep our democracy alive,
well, that is truly beautiful.
the other hand, what if Bolton is lying or sharing third-party anecdotes and
has no new evidence to support his claims? What if the book is a tool of
revenge against his former employer?What if he hopes the spotlight of the of the trial enhances his book
only way to find out is to:
other relevant witnesses testify.
House of Representatives did an injustice to put forward a sloppy impeachment
case, rushed through without all of the evidence or proper procedure normally afforded
such an event. But the Senate can correct it if the goal is truth and justice.
They should let everything be exposed and then vote based on the facts and rule
the nation witnesses firsthand how our government of politics before people
really works, a book with some possible insights or facts looms over a trial
that lacks real substance. May free
speech lead the way to keep our fledgling democracy in check.
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