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Hugh Hewitt: Against Fast-Track Impeachment

A fast-track impeachment of President Trump would not be justice. It would be pointless revenge, a very anti-American sentiment in action.

The so-called “Roman revolution” began around 60 B.C. and continued for 75 years, by the count of British historian Sir Ronald Syme—whose work remains the go-to source on how republics—including the greatest one until ours, Rome—collapsed. Republics do so when opposing parties within them continually raise the stakes, the rhetoric, then the violence, and finally the arsenal of political weaponry.

President Trump did a deeply reckless thing when he spoke before his supporters as they assembled.

But I do not believe there is conclusive evidence that Trump intended the storming of the Capitol, or any sort of sedition.

An impeachment now would leave no time for the president to present evidence of his contrary intent or any mitigating factors.

What ought to drive discussions at this moment is what’s best for the country—now and hereafter.

Passions are running high—which is why this is exactly the moment to allow them to cool.

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Michael Medved: The Key Lesson of the D-Day Prayer

On the night of June 6, 1944, President Franklin Roosevelt spoke on the radio to announce the initial success of the D-Day invasion.

“Almighty God,” he began, urging the nation to join him in prayer. “Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.”

President Trump read those words 75 years later to commemorate the occasion.

Liberal hero though he was, FDR defined part of the war’s goal as defending “our religion.” He didn’t deny the crucial Protestant-Catholic divide, or ignore the presence in the ranks thousands of Jews and other non-Christians.

But Roosevelt’s words strongly implied a shared faith in America as an instrument of divine Providence “to set free a suffering humanity.” In today’s turmoil, may Americans rediscover that sense of common purpose.

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David Davenport: Civic Education To Save The Republic

Compromise

A recent report reminds us that if the future of the American republic is in question, doing a better job with civic education is the answer.

The report for the “Democracy at a Crossroads National Summit” provides plenty of reasons for pessimism: people don’t trust their government, they don’t vote, they don’t take part in churches or other civic organizations like they used to. And young people lack civic knowledge, with only 23% of high school seniors scoring at a proficient level on tests.

But some states are awakening to the solution: better civic education in our schools. Florida now requires a middle school course in civics and tests the students, with strong results. Illinois requires a high school civics course, and other states are looking at new requirements.

The report is surely right when it says, “Civic learning, when done properly, is the best vehicle to train young people to sustain our democracy.” I hope it’s coming soon to your state.

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