Regarding Amy Mallison-Austin’s letter to the editor in the Nov. 21 edition, how fast we forget the history lessons of high school on the U.S. Constitution. I’ve been confused by the misrepresentation of some of the House members on the impeachment process.
I don’t remember that the impeachment inquiries of the past (President Richard Nixon and President Bill Clinton) were “illegal” or “unconstitutional.”
Those past inquiries were done to have an open, public discussion so the American voter had the facts to make-up their minds come time to vote.
I remember a history lesson on our forefathers drafting the Constitution, arguing and tossing ideas back and forth regarding the very issues that we are seeing unfold today. These passionate men didn’t know if their great idea of a democracy would stand or fail. One thing they did realize, they needed to address different scenarios in which an elected individual could slip up and fall back to ruling as a king or dictator.
I was saddened by the misrepresentation of Dr. Fiona Hill and Lt. Col. Vindman. These two service professionals have worked to secure our government as their life’s work. It was clear to me that they are upholding the Constitution to the best of their abilities. They put themselves into the public arena to state the truth of their experiences in the events that are in question regarding the Trump administration.
We, the American voters, need to hear all the facts to make up own minds on the events that actually happened.
Would our forefathers be proud of us? I’m not so sure. But I do know from my history lessons that the authors of the Constitution drafted a document that is our country’s foundation. It is not a document that can be changed daily by a select few government officials who want us to believe their version is the correct way to interpret Constitution.
I’d also advocate that the Constitution should be a priority subject, to be studied and analyzed, in history classes at school. At least the next generation would have an understanding and be able to know when an elected official wants to change it’s meaning when the situation fits.
Carol Orris, Bradford