To the Editor;
I am a registered Republican. I believe in the rule of law and that no one is above the law. Short of that, we flirt with anarchy or dictatorship. It makes no difference which political party one chooses, or even if no-party voters choose, ethical behavior and common decency are paramount.
The news article on syracuse.com reporting that various local committees of the Republican and Conservative parties are turning their backs on Congressman John Katko for his vote to impeach Donald Trump.
An insurmountable amount of evidence, using Trump’s own words and videos, actions, or lack of actions, supported a reason to bring him to answer for his behavior. After the general election votes were cast, ample time was afforded both parties to challenge the votes and results. Suits were filed, reviews of challenges were before the courts, no evidence supported an unfair election, rigged or otherwise.
Mr. Trump has a long history of Don Rickles-type insults toward his adversaries. Perhaps he thought the Jan. 6, 2021, rally would not result in the violent chaos that occurred at the Capitol. We will never know for certain. What we do know is that the protest turned ugly and dangerous.
Reasonable, law-abiding, and mostly ethical people were charged with reviewing the situation (the House of Representatives) and make a recommendation to the Senate whether to bring proceedings asking Trump to answer for the violence.
Political affiliation should have no bearing on ethics. Without ethical decisions, chaos ensues, and rule of law runs amok. It was obvious that Mr. Trump could not be found guilty. The votes were not there from the beginning to convict. There were also procedural flaws that would have nullified the results if Trump were found ‘guilty’.
It appears Mr. Katko’s vote to try Mr. Trump, was a vote of ethical mandate, supporting the rule of law. To censure or punish someone for acting ethically is Unamerican. We are better than that. We need to look beyond the conspiracy theorists and mumbling of the riotous mobs and decide: do we want peace and domestic tranquility, or do we want to live in the shadow of fear and violence? We need to applaud righteous behavior, not punish it.
One of the most egregious flaws in government today is the tendency to vote along party lines: without regard to right or wrong. It has led to turmoil and fueled discontent. It is a reason there is so much dissatisfaction in the system. We need more people with courage to consider ethical points of view when voting, not less.
Patrick Ryan | Jamesville, NY
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