This letter by Rev. Gary McCaslin appeared in the Corning Leader on Sunday February 2, 2020. It is posted here with permission of the author.
Richard Nixon Wants a Retrial
We have heard the essence of Trump’s defense from Alan Dershowitz: “The President can do whatever he wants as long as he is doing it in the best interest of the country and the American people. Even if he gets caught in the process, our President hasn’t done anything wrong. Nothing actually happened that could be called impeachable because the defense money was delivered to Ukraine, Zelensky got his meeting and all is well.”
Now imagine Richard Nixon in heaven. Upon waking from a celestial nap, he hears the news of Trump’s dismissal and his first words are: “Wait a minute! I want a retrial! I never imagined such a creative defense! Please remember: ‘I am not a crook.’”
Nixon continues, “Yes there was a Watergate break-in and the burglars had money in their pockets from the Committee to Re-Elect the President, but the plan was foiled and nothing really happened. In addition, every effort to discover dirt about the Democrats to help my re-election was all done in the best interest of the American people.”
As we come back to reality, we recognize this as a preposterous scenario. However, the Dershowitz defense now protects the President more than the Constitution. In addition, with a unified Republican Congress, it is unlikely the two parties will ever be able to work together again. Any possible collaboration is met with a barrage of presidential tweets that demean, ridicule and reveal a President whose communication skills simply mirror those of a schoolyard bully.
We can do better America ~ we must elect a new President and a Congress who will restore our land to one that is ruled by the Constitution and not by a power-hungry dictator.