Ramblings of a Rambler – Feb. 2020
By Bill Watson, Publisher
Prime Time News ~
Hi Prime Timers! Did you ever hear the Chinese curse, “ May you live in interesting times.” Seems like we’re living that curse. For the third time in our country’s history we are impeaching a President. I wasn’t around for the first one (Andrew Johnson) but I do remember the Clinton impeachment.
Like most Americans I’ve been tuning into the impeachment trials and I’ve gotta say I’m hooked. These are serious charges and like 7 out of 10 Americans wish to see and hear all the evidence and information that witnesses can provide. I love the history of our country and enjoyed hearing the House managers use of quotes and facts from our founding fathers and other great Americans throughout our grand history. I’m in the process of reading the Pulitzer Prize wining novel 1776 by David McCullough. Our story as a country is fascinating and inspirational. We have had, and continue to have some outstanding people who tend to the flames of freedom for our country above self. They carry the dream.
We have two senators acting as jurors, Cory Gardner and Michael Bennett. Congressman Jason Crow (a freshman congressman) is one of the Democratic House managers presenting the case against the President. I was impressed that he was chosen for such an important role in history and also impressed by his testimony. If you haven’t had the opportunity to hear his testimony, below are his closing remarks…
“Now before I conclude, I think you all deserve an explanation from me as to why I am standing here. There’s been a lot of conversation the last few years about what makes America great. And I have some ideas about that. I happen to think that what makes America great is that generation after generation, there have been Americans that have been willing to stand up and put aside their self-interest to make great sacrifices for the public good, for our country. I know because I have seen people do that. Like some of the people in this chamber, I have seen people give everything for this country so we could sit here today.
“Now this isn’t politically expedient, it certainly isn’t for me. It’s hard, it requires sacrifice, it’s uncomfortable — but that is the very definition of public service. That we are here to give of ourselves for the country, for others, at sacrifice to ourselves.