A request to my representative in Congress, John Katko (R, NY-24):
The challenge in writing to you about Donald Trump’s assault on democracy is to focus on the long view, to avoid getting caught up in his latest deliberate distraction, his latest incendiary rallying cry.
So I’ll merely nod at the damage he’s doing — with plenty of help — to the environment, women’s rights, health care, financial regulations, global relations, truth, integrity and basic human decency.
Here’s what I ask:
That you rally other Republicans in the House, perhaps fellow “moderates” at first, and publicly push for impeachment as outlined in the 25th Amendment, Section 4.
Impeachment is highly unlikely until after the 2018 mid-term elections, of course, but it is imperative that rational members of the House act now.
You must be familiar with the baseball term “minimize the damage,” which is what a team does when it falls behind and does what it can to keep the game from getting out of hand. That’s where we are now.
My request includes a rather personal question.
How do you want to be remembered?
You and your colleagues in Washington have a choice — to leave a political legacy or a patriotic legacy. Which means more to you?
For a Republican to go against this administration takes courage. I watched a video of you at a rally last March outside of the Blarney Stone in Syracuse, where protestors grilled you about why you wouldn’t hold a public town hall.
When one man asked you, “What are you afraid of?” it was clear the question rankled you. You spoke of being a federal prosecutor and getting death threats. You said you’re not afraid of anything.
I ask that you adopt that same attitude and stand up to the bully in the White House. Take the long view, past 2018. Minimize the damage.
Given the president’s behavior of late, pushing for impeachment now may actually earn the respect of more constituents and help you win another term in Congress.
More important, how do you want history to treat you?