An open letter to U.S. Rep. Larry Bucshon

To the editor:

As I read the Constitution, the reasons for removal from office for impeachment are rather vague, undefined, and are not restricted to criminal conduct. It appears to me the founders were primarily focusing on abuse of power for personal gain.  Your job is to judge the facts accordingly.

I believe in doing what is right, but if I had this weighty responsibility how would I know if my thinking was right?  Am I being fair in only judging the President’s behavior or are outside influences affecting me?  This is where I turn to an expert on impeachment, Indiana University law professor Charles Geyh, who spoke at a non-partisan impeachment discussion in Jasper on Nov. 14.  He ended his presentation by applying the Golden Rule Gut Check which struck a chord with me.

No matter how you feel, he asked each individual to consider a scenario in which Obama is President (he actually said Hillary Clinton, but Obama works too) and Obama conducted himself in an identical manner to President Trump.  Then ask yourself: Would you feel the same way and want the same outcome?  Such a simple concept, but perhaps hard for a person to be really honest with themselves.  If one wishes the same outcome for Trump or Obama, then I expect they are doing what is right in their mind.  If not, I expect they may be influenced by outside forces rather than only judging the President’s behavior.  You can’t look at the same behavior and have it two different ways; that’s not right! I think with such a significant matter doing what is right, as defined above, is more important than party, job security, constituency, or anything else.

I fear most politicians don’t have the self-assurance or courage to separate their judgement from the pressures of their position.  Who knows if I could; but I sure hope I would.

—Dwight Slocum

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