There is none so blind as those who will not see. Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, this is an American and cultural condition that has infiltrated logical or factual reasoning.

Americans are biased or prejudiced according to one’s culture, external influences, and childhood experiences, including adult or parental preferences.

In recent months, politics has shifted toward destruction. The impeachment hearings violated several historical and legal precedents. The Declaration of Independence reads that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to abolish it and institute a new government.

It has been stated that the current president is not above the law. This is true. However, the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence grant every citizen certain rights and protections, even the president. A portion of the Fifth Amendment states that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. One representative within the House of Representatives initiated the process of impeachment, contrary to tradition, by a vote of the full House of Representative and due process of law. This same House Speaker then withheld the two Articles of Impeachment from the Senate, again violating tradition and the due process of the law.

The instability, injustice, and confusion introduced into the public councils have, in truth, been the mortal diseases under which popular governments everywhere have perished; they continue to be the favorite and fruitful topics from which adversaries to liberty derive their most specious declamations (Madison, Federalist, No. 10).

The American dream of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is in decay. Like so many nations of the past, America will crumble if we the people do not demand leadership and allegiance to America rather than allegiance to political parties or self-interest.

Richard C. Anderson