Members of Congress need courage
One of the most significant aspects of the House impeachment inquiry is the number of professional civil servants who are stepping forward to testify about what they perceive as inappropriate and perhaps illegal actions by the president and high-ranking executive department officials regarding U.S. foreign policy, particularly in dealing with Ukraine.
Our nation’s laws and institutions are only as good as the men and women charged with keeping and implementing them. Always is it an open question as to whether our nation can withstand demagoguery at the highest levels of leadership
The courage required by these civil servants, which White House officials have disparagingly referred to as “Deep State,” should not be underestimated. If the president is impeached, the Senate is not likely to remove him from office, and if he is re-elected, those now stepping forward are likely to be targeted by the Trump administration.
Moreover, the president and his allies probably will double down on their efforts to, in the words of former ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, “hollow out” the State Department by replacing as many career civil servants as possible with men and women whose loyalty will be to the president, and not to our democracy.
We should applaud these courageous men and women and pray our elected members of Congress will show the same courage.
Duane Johnson, Topeka