I don’t feel one bit guilty about not watching the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. I followed his nomination, election and governing for the last four years and I read all the “insider” books about his scandalous behavior. 

When he was first elected, I wrote a few columns making fun of him. He’s not funny. He’s a clear and present danger.

Trump is simply not a good person. He is not a good human being. If I have to explain why, I guess you haven’t been paying attention. People who voted for him knew this and know it still. They can’t say they didn’t know what he was from the time he walked out in the first Republican debate and called everybody names, some vicious.

I won’t attempt to list all of his outrageous behaviors and actions; they’ve been well-documented by the free press, which, by the way, is in danger if he’s re-elected.

So while I respect the rules of impeachment, I’m not going to spend days waiting for a few Republican senators to find their spines. Because they’re spineless, they’ve been able to roll themselves into a big woolly ball of self-deception and lies and they’ve allowed the big scary orange cat to bat them around at will.

It’s apparent that none of this matters to his supporters. They want things from this country that are in many cases diametrically opposed to Constitutional guarantees. They want government support for Christianity, instead of freedom of religion (which, by the way, includes freedom from religion). They want unborn children to be protected but are willing to turn their backs on immigrant kids in cages.

I can’t believe I’ve lived all these years and have to keep re-learning the truth about my country: the stubborn, malignant part, redolent of the Old South (will it ever catch up?) simmers with resentment, self-pity and racism, and hates progress unless it’s theirs.

I believe in our Constitution and in liberal values. Everything I was taught about this country is true — its freedom, its opportunity, its Constitution and laws. (Well, since I was born and raised white, I guess that’s no big deal.)

So I have kept asking myself how we got a president so lacking in good qualities. I think this is the reason: We had eight years of a brilliant, empathic, black president and now we must pay the price.

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Mary Kay O'Grady

Mary Kay O'Grady is a former high school English teacher and later owned her own public relations business, The O'Grady Group. She has lived in Oak Park for almost fifteen years. She is currently the chairperson...

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