Now I'm sure some won't understand how that can be, but if you paid attention to both the House impeachment proceeding and their presentation at trial, it is clear that their evidence is nothing more than hearsay, conjecture, opinion and feelings. It does not meet the standards of a normal court proceeding and had it been in a federal courtroom the judge would have thrown it out and chastised the prosecutor for bringing the case to trial in the first place. What's more, in the House hearings, the President was afforded no due process which is guaranteed by the Constitution. He was not allowed to have his attorney present, to challenge evidence submitted or to call his own witnesses. What's more, even when his representatives in the House were allowed to ask questions, they were cut off in mid sentence if and when Congressman Adam Schiff, the Democratic leader for the hearings, decided he didn't want to allow it. He served as judge, jury and in that particular case, executioner in the House proceedings which failed to meet any standard of honor or decency. And now, with the presentations over, the Democratic Senate Majority Leader has the audacity to say that they need fairness in the Senate. Well, they've had fairness. They've been afforded the opportunity to hear the prosecution's case, the prosecutors being the House team who submitted the articles of impeachment. The Senators, all one hundred of them from both sides of the aisle, are the jury. So, the question becomes: Does the jury have the responsibility for providing witnesses to prove the case for a hapless prosecution, one bereft of evidence of something they are charging that isn't even in the federal code? That is the question.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has now gone so far as to say that he will allow the evidence they say they seek to be reviewed privately if it comes to that. And after the House's often secret determinations in a basement bunker in the impeachment process, McConnell wants anyone who wants to read the documents to do so in a confidential environment and not take copies with them. Fair enough considering the selective leaking which took place in the House. But, of course, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has voiced his usual outrage about this suggestion, claiming it has to be open and transparent, as if he has ever been open and transparent about anything. Then there is also talk about having more witnesses, but the Democrats want to limit it to the prosecution. They don't believe the defense should be allowed any more witnesses, which again shows the double standard with which the Democrats have operated toward the Trump Administration in every action they have proposed. So what will all of this lead to on top of the original question and how much time will it take? Well, I guess Mitch McConnell will show us if he is really the master of strategy that so many claim he is, but if this turns out to degenerate into something that could only be drawn up by someone as jaded as Adam Schiff, then the Chief Justice, as the Presiding Officer needs to step in and put the lid on things. Will he do so? I have my doubts.
One thing is for certain, however, and it really can't be changed. If the Senate demurs to the House and resurrects their case which was worse than shabby, the reverberations will last for a long time and this entire process needs to be ended. Donald Trump has done nothing more than what he promised when he issued his own version of the Gettysburg Address last summer from Gettysburg. He is the only President that I can remember who has actively tried to carry out his platform and has been quite good at it despite the constant haranguing by the Democrats and the American bureaucracy. Yes, Trump is outlandish, but he can't get his message out any other way and no man has ever entered the White House with an opposition party that was already working on removing him from office. If America lets this happen, America as we know it is over. Is that what we Americans want? I truly don't believe it is and I believe that in my heart, but everyone must come to that decision and decide if he or she wants freedom or tyranny, for that's what the unjust and unconstitutional process leading to the removal of a President will likely generate. I just hope and pray that everyone realizes that fact and that's why I have chosen to write this commentary. It's time to wake up, regardless of your political persuasion and realize that the wrong decision on this will push America over the tipping point from which she can likely never recover . God bless America and may she ever be free.