Senate needs to see evidence, hear witnesses

John Boyd

Independence

To the editor:

Missouri’s deep-rooted tradition as the “Show-Me State” may have originated from an 1899 speech by Missouri Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver, who coined the slogan when he said “I come from a state that raises corn and cotton ... and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. You have got to show me.” Whether or not he was the first to use this sobriquet, it is clear that we Missourians still need to be shown substance rather than just hear slick talk.

This is why Senators Blunt and Hawley need to first put the House Democrats to the task of proving their case for impeachment, then allow the president’s defenders to do their task by allowing the testimony of witnesses who will allow for the light of transparency to shine.

Remove all doubts of partisanship by both parties. Let the evidence come forward in support of impeachment or in defense of the president.

John R. “Jay” Ashcroft, Missouri’s secretary of state, believes “Show Me” refers to the “stalwart, conservative, noncredulous character of Missourians.” In that vein, will you and your 98 colleagues stand against the frothy eloquence and require both the proponents and opponents to impeachment to Show Us citizens the proof? We are watching for your leadership and visible expressions of this character as described by Mr. Ashcroft.

 

 

America has changed; is more change needed?

Jim Turner

Independence

To the editor:

I grew up on the other side of the state, back in the 1960s and ’70s. We studied the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War, the U.S. Constitution and amendments in social studies classes. It was required learning, and we took a final exam on the subject matter.

We started having political discussions, during ninth grade, when I was known as “Right or wrong Turner.” This was where I learned how to make counterpoints to a discussion, or ask a question about an issue.

Our news was strongly in favor of civil rights and Vietnam, although the latter became a huge divide in our school and country. Our social media was in the form of bumper stickers. For example, “Peace” and “America – love it or leave it.”

When the discussion was about civil rights, I asked how we have treated Native Americans. When we talked about the draft and voting age, I was in favor of anyone serving in the military be allowed to vote. The draft was abolished and the voting age reduced to 18, but no further reparations for Native Americans.

I joined the Navy and was sworn in during high school, after the evacuation of Saigon was ordered by Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. President Nixon had already resigned, and Ford became his replacement. Thanks to our military, I learned that we can have peace by keeping America strong.

I have voted for every Republican candidate for president, since the bicentennial, including the current one. A great many people have given their lives and/or fortunes to form and defend the United States and our Constitution.

If you think America is greater now than before 2016, please vote accordingly. I think America has been great for a much longer time and support a challenger, Mike Bloomberg for president.