I am a life-long Democrat with a deeply held conviction that Democrats, by and large, are better at good governance than Republicans. Through my entire adult life, I’ve recognized the importance of exercising our right to vote. I vote in local, mid-term, and national elections. During presidential campaigns, I pay close attention, because that is when we determine who will lead the nation and who will set the tone for our public discourse.
I also have a personal tie to the calendar date of our presidential elections. Every four years, my birthday either coincides with, falls just before, or close after the day we elect our president. As we were approaching November 3, 2020, my better half asked, “What do you want for your birthday?”
Without hesitation, I answered: “Win the White House. Hold the House. Win the Senate.”
On November 4th, we knew the Democrats had held the House. And on November 7th, there were thousands of people dancing in the streets in cities all across the country and around the world: those of us who had voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were cheering and celebrating because we had won—more than 81,000,000 of us had hope for a better future. We had elected two intelligent, competent, and compassionate people to serve as our President and Vice President. We knew they would bring the best and the brightest with them and lead the way to ending the pandemic, rebuilding the economy, and restoring the soul of the nation.
Amidst the cheering and happiness on that day, a friend called to again wish me happy birthday and to say—at least you got two of your wishes.
True. But it wasn’t quite over. Because along came Georgia, and on January 5th, my third wish came true. The great state of Georgia elected Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff to the Senate, and now the Democrats have a majority—by one vote, but it was all we needed to relegate Mitch McConnell to the minority.
We were never able to celebrate that victory. Soon after the Georgia election results were announced, Donald Trump incited an insurrection. On January 6, 2021, we watched our United States Capitol overrun by a mob of thugs. A gang of domestic terrorists defaced and defiled the physical and symbolic center of our nation’s governing body. By the end of it, five people were dead. Our Capitol, a majestic and time-honored place, became a crime scene.
The shock of this event deepens as more information and more images are revealed. In that hyper-virulent mob, there were those who were intent on taking hostages and killing legislators, including the Vice President and the Speaker of the House.
For inciting that insurrection, Donald Trump has been impeached. He is the only president to be impeached twice. The first time, he was acquitted by Senate Republicans who allowed him to say and do whatever he wanted during the last four years. This time, he must be convicted.
If he is acquitted, he can run for and hold office again. He is also entitled to a number of benefits and perks that will be paid for by our taxpayer dollars: an annual pension of more than $200,000, $96,000 annually for staff and office expenses, up to one million dollars a year for travel expenses. Without a conviction, after he exits the White House, he will get more than $1,300,000 per year.
I repeat: more than one million three hundred thousand dollars. Every year.
All that money will be coming from you and me and all of us who pays taxes.
If he is not convicted, the American people will continue to fund a man who wants to overturn our democracy and rule by force. What he has done before he will do again. He will continue to lie. He will continue to inflame and incite the white nationalists and ignorant thugs who are ready and willing to maim and kill anyone who goes against their fascist agenda.
It will take all the Senate Democrats and seventeen Republican Senators to convict this travesty of a man. Most say that’s impossible.
There are those who may have thought my triple want wrapped in one wish was impossible. Here’s what I want you to know— when I made my birthday wish—I didn’t just make a wish.
In the visible world, I made modest contributions of money and time to the Biden-Harris campaign and then to Fair Fight and the Ossoff and Warnock campaigns.
In the realm of the invisible, I prayed. I prayed every day to win the White House, hold the House, and win the Senate. I called on my ancestors to help us. I asked them to help us once again have a government of the people, for the people, by the people.
I write this to ask you to do whatever you can in the visible world—call on your representatives in Congress, in the House and in the Senate. Sign petitions. Join others who want it known that no one is above the law: Trump must be held accountable for the crime he committed against our nation, and for the crimes he led others to commit.
And I ask you to do all you can in the realm of the invisible: if you pray, when you pray, pray for justice. Ask that we be given the Senate votes needed to convict Donald Trump. Ask for enough Republicans of conscience to uphold their oath to the Constitution. Ask for a conviction.
Let me add this: I want him convicted—I do not necessarily need to see him in prison.
Let us consign him to the golf course.
Let him be forgotten chasing a little white ball out on the green. Without one cent of taxpayer money to pay for his course fees.
Let us, together, deny Trump the right to run for any public office in the future. Let us deny him our public funds. Let us deprive him of any currency and any media that will aid his malignant hold on the domestic terrorists set on destroying our democracy.
Let’s win one more vote—to preserve and protect the Republic of the United States of America.