Country before party?

    The recent missive from Congressperson Smith is another attempt to distort reality. There are some facts related that are true but are misleading. Other items are simply not true. Smith toed the line of the Koch brothers when a representative in Missouri and now continues the follower-ship role in Congress.

    It is clear from the testimony of State Department sworn witnesses that President Trump tried to extort help from the president of Ukraine. He used an irregular channel headed by Guilanni instead of using State Department officials. The Ukrainian government did get a meeting with Trump and did get military assistance, but only after the White House knew their scheme would be exposed due to the whistleblower's letter. In an attempt to develop an alternate reality, Trump called Ambassador Sondland denying “quid pro quo,” an obvious quote from the letter. Sondland did confirm the call but went on to clearly show Trump and Giuliani worked together on the extortion scheme. Extortion is a crime even if it is not successful.
    Smith accuses Congress of not working, but Congress has passed over 300 bills that Senate leader McConnell refuses to bring up. Smith accuses Democrats of what Republicans are doing. McConnell dubbed himself the “grim reaper” for Democratic legislation. Instead of the Hippocratic oath that medical doctors take, it seems some Republicans take a “hypocritical” oath.
    Smith quotes Hamilton, expressing his concern that “there will always be the greatest danger that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.” I assume Smith aimed this quote at the House Democrats. We should all listen to the true facts and judge if the House votes based on “...the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.”
    Hamilton goes on to warn, in reference to the Senate, “...when it is considered that the most conspicuous characters in it will, from that circumstance, be too often the leaders, or the tools of the most cunning or the most numerous faction; and on this account can hardly be expected to possess the requisite neutrality towards those, whose conduct may be the subject of scrutiny.” It is my hope that the Senate will “...possess the requisite neutrality towards those, whose conduct may be the subject of scrutiny.” If Senators put party before country they should be voted out of office.
Jim Vokac
Willow Springs, Mo.