Leonard Pitts Jr. (Miami Herald reprinted in the Tucson Daily Star) advises Speaker Nancy Pelosi Madam Speaker, it’s time for us to save ourselves]
"I pray for the president of the United States. And I pray for the United States of America.” — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. But, says Pitts, prayers are not enough. Snippets follow.
These are not normal times. These are, with apologies to Thomas Paine, times that try men’s souls. And their faith. And their hope. More to the point, these are times that require the patriot to stand and be counted.
… how can [the House] remain supine in the face of the most lawless presidency in history? Its continued inaction sets a troubling precedent.
After all, Trump has lied, given succor to our enemies, spilled state secrets and obstructed justice in plain sight. If you cannot impeach this president for that now, what president can you impeach for anything, ever? Short of first-degree murder, what crime could some future president commit without being able to defend herself by pointing back to 2019, when Trump did worse and Congress only shrugged?
What’s on the line here, then, is bigger than Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi or even the 2020 election. What’s on the line here is the very rule of law, the DNA of America.
It is good that Pelosi invokes the power of prayer. But she’d do well to heed the gospel writer James on the futility of faith without action. Or as Benjamin Franklin famously put it: God helps those who help themselves.
Madam Speaker, it’s time for us to help ourselves. And save ourselves.
Impeach him now.
“ Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” — James 2:17