A Call to Action for People of Faith



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Pray for our leaders

Praying for the personal and political destruction of our elected leaders seems to indicate that we have gone sideways somewhere. I find this very disturbing.

Kevin more than 4 years ago

Silence is NOT the answer. We are with you! and those of good faith!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes. "In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

Tim Castonguay more than 4 years ago

You cannot always have your way

Just like I quietly accepted the reality that Obama was our President for better or worse--and Obamacare along with his inability to effectively deal with ISIS has felt like worse--you need to learn that a President will not always fall in with your ideal and in 4 to 8 years another President will be in place that a whole other group of people will be complaining about! In other words, be the true liberal you think you are and learn to respect those who disagree with you--or at least learn how to suffer quietly!

Betsy more than 4 years ago

While I can agree with the sentiments....

I do not support impeachment of President Trump at this time. The constitution specifies that to be impeached a President must have committed "high crimes and misdemeanors." At this time it has not been established that Mr. Trump did either, though lawsuits related to emoluments clause (profiting from his office) may establish malfeasance here after considerable investigation. While Mr. Trump is a racist, a boor, incompetent, and colluded with a foreign power, it is not yet established he has committed any crimes.

Several other factors bear. The two times a President has been impeached - Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton - the charges were trumped up and both times the process was misused, and both times the Senate (in Andrew Johnson's case, by one vote) failed to convict, wisely. Also, in both cases, public opinion regarded the process as unnecessary and an overreach.

Now it is possible Vice President Pence may be deserving of removal as well due to his involvement in Russiagate. If he could be impeached jointly, or prior to Trump's, my position may change. But that would take a perfect storm.

If Trump is impeached, convicted, and removed, Pence would otherwise assume the Presidency and be granted an extended honeymoon from the corporate media. All indications are he would be a worse President than Trump.

At this time, Republicans hold majorities in both Houses of Congress. Let them take the lead on this. While I have great admiration for the Democratic firebrands calling for impeachment, Al Green of Texas and Barbara Lee of California among them, unless Republicans come around calls for impeachment are likely to go nowhere, and quite rightfully so. Let hearings be held and process work itself out.

The political math shows while Democrats have a better than even chance of retaking the House in 2018, retaking the Senate remains elusive. 22 Democratic Senators, 9 Republicans, and 2 Independents are up for re-election in 2018. Two Republicans, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Dean Heller of Missouri, are in trouble, but more Democrats, primarily from red states are: Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Claire McKaskill of Missouri, Jon Tester of Montana, especially so. The realistic expectation is Republicans will keep a slim majority in the upper chamber. Conviction of Impeachment requires a 2/3 vote. This is unlikely to occur unless things change dramatically. At this point in time impeachment is unlikely and unwise. That could change in a New York minute but it hasn't yet. Let's let the process play out and be patient. Nixon's crimes occurred two years and two months before he resigned. He was not impeached by the full House, but the Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment which the full House would have approved, but he resigned before they could vote. He was told by Senators Barry Goldwater, Hugh Scott, and Howard Baker that there were only about 10 Republican Senators who would vote nay.

George Nixon Shuler more than 4 years ago

An alternate suggestion

Could another possibility be to pray for the President's conversion? By "conversion", here I mean his conversion to any compassionate version of any mainstream faith.

I hold no brief for Trump, but in many ways I fear a Pence presidency far more than a Trump presidency. Policy-wise, I fear that Pence will be just as heartless as Trump, but far more politically effective.

Rev. Dr. Bob Faser more than 4 years ago

No High Crime

Your post assumes that President Trump has committed a high crime worthy of impeachment. He has not. Granted he is a load mouth with little restraint but other Presidents had the same temperament - Andrew Jackson for one. I do believe that VP Pence would make a better President. My question to you is are you still angry that Clinton lost? Would she have been any better? If President Trump is guilty of offences so severe that he should be impeached then Sec. Clinton is also guilty. More so, it appears that Clinton may have actually broken the law. That remains to be conclusively proven but is under investigation.

Jeff more than 4 years ago

It's Not Always Easy

My first thought was of Samuel and Suzanna Wesley. One thought they should pray for the king and one thought not. They had a huge disagreement. My friend, should we not always pray for our leaders?

Skipper Anding more than 4 years ago