Honesty in government is not an oxymoron

I sent letters to my Congressional representatives and to the Judiciary Committee chairs and ranking members on May 10, 2019. It is disgusting that their offices did not even acknowledge receiving the letters. So I sent another round of letters amidst the holiday season and summarize that letter for public consideration.

Our national situation continues on a precarious path of eroding public trust and faith in our government. As a registered Republican, I implore Congress to support the full disclosure and transparency President Donald Trump touted for so long.

His position has seriously changed on this after it was found out he withheld U.S. Congressionally approved defensive aid to Ukraine in order to ask for favors for his own personal use. That information was moved from one server to a more secure and secret server, evidence of a cover-up.

Following all the recent sworn testimony by the limited officials permitted to testify regarding Ukrainian demands from President Trump, the evidence shows a pattern of continuous obstruction of justice, contempt of Congress, bullying of the press and media.

Again, listening to the President’s many sides of the same story and FOX news, Breitbart, etc., unfortunately the clear evidence so far has led me to conclude President Trump should be impeached as he willingly instructed his colleagues (in the Executive branch as well as personal attorneys, friends and family) to serve evil purposes contrary to law and the U.S. Constitution.

The House impeaches and a trial is held in the U.S. Senate. The House has pursued hearings and developed a compelling case that “high crimes and misdemeanors” have been committed by President Trump and his associates at the President’s explicit and implicit direct abuse of power.

The Senate needs to objectively consider the evidence and convict or not convict. A free and open debate and cross examination will continue to make our country strong.

Let me say as a “political scientist” that such a high turnover rate in the “highest levels of the Executive Branch” as well as leaving many positions unfilled demonstrates that President Trump does not so much want to rule from evidentiary or factual background as much as “just winging it” that endangers the entire country and world.

His disdain of expert, informed intelligence and advice indicate a rigidity to rule by authoritarian actions. Facts do matter; no amount of tweeting or spinning can change them.

I need a strong response from our Congress to clearly state the American position about the need to follow the Golden Rule (“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you.” Matthew 7:12), and not the one that says “The man with the Gold rules.”

I would like to see and hear that Congress has the collective courage to take on objectively the largest menace to our freedom and republican form of government as embodied by the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and a history of gradual, yet continual human progress.

John C. Jennings
Freehold Township