The day of the vote to convict or acquit Donald Trump over two articles of impeachment, I watched Alabama Senator Doug Jones deliver his reasons for conviction. As I sat watching Senator Doug Jones give his statement on why he will vote to convict Donald Trump, I felt emotionally moved. He articulated the courage of morals and country over president. He convincingly made the statement that there is only right versus wrong. And right should always prevail over wrong. He cited his upbringing in Alabama as one of the reasons why he must stand with truth and justice over lies and injustice. He stated that:
“Doing right is not a courageous act. It is simply following your oath.” “Our country deserves better than this” president.
As a trial lawyer like Mr. Jones, he laid out the case for why both articles of impeachment should result in a conviction vote. Just as we do in court rooms to juries, he stated that folks should not leave their common sense at home. In this impeachment setting, Republican senators left their common sense at home, their oath to uphold the constitution of the United States at home along with their sense of morality. In doing so, they have not made America great; they have weakened America both here and abroad.
Historically, years from now, I hope our leaders regain their sense of morality and commitment to country over politics. Senator Jones stated that his father would likely have chosen country over family—as he was so committed to our country. In today’s world, our Republican leaders only choose power, politics and a politically corrupt president over the rest of us. As Mr. Jones stated, our country –America–“she deserves better.” The majority of the GOP are expected to acquit Donald Trump for his wrongdoing.
Senator Doug Jones (D. Al) is Democrat running for reelection in a red state. He is serving his first term. It would be easy and perhaps somewhat politically understandable if he chose the political out like his fellow Republican comrades. Mr. Jones chose justice, morality and the law over political gain.
In the statement that is concluded by many speeches, I hope that God saves America.
Debbie Hines is a trial lawyer and former Baltimore prosecutor.