Here is something that speaks for itself: Rep. Al Green’s call last Wednesday for the impeachment of Donald Trump:
“I rise today, Mr. Speaker, to call for the impeachment of the President of the United States of America, for obstruction of justice. I do not do this for political purposes, Mr. Speaker. I do this because I believe in the great ideals that this country stands for, liberty and justice for all — the notion that we should have government of the people, by the people, for the people. I do it because, Mr. Speaker, there is a belief in this country that no one is above the law, and that includes the President of the United States of America.
“Mr. Speaker, our democracy is at risk. Mr. Speaker, this offense has occurred before our very eyes. It is perspicuous, easy to understand. Mr. Speaker, we are talking about a President who fired the FBI Director who was investigating the President for his connections to Russian involvement in the President’s election. Mr. Speaker, this is not about the President firing the FBI Director because he was investigating someone else. It’s because the FBI Director was investigating the President himself. And after firing the Director, he went on to let us know that he considered the investigation when he fired him. And then he tweeted language that would be intimidation or a warning, an admonition, very strong to say the very least.
“Mr. Speaker, we cannot allow this to go unchecked. The President is not above the law. It is time for the American People to weigh in.
“Mr. Speaker, the American People are a part of this democracy. This is a participatory democracy. The American People participate daily, and this is your day to act. This is your day. I’m speaking to the American People: It is time for you to act. It is time for you to let us know where you stand.
“I’ve seen a poll that indicates that a majority now of those who have been polled are for impeachment. And I’ve seen another poll that says a plurality of those. Whether it’s a majority or plurality, let the American People weigh in. The American People should speak up, speak out, stand up, so that we will get a sense of what the American People want.
“This is not something to be taken lightly, and I do not [take it lightly]. I think that this is one of the highest callings that a Member of Congress has to address. I believe that this is where your patriotism is shown, where you demonstrate to the American People where you really stand. So I take this stand. It’s a position of conscience for me. And I have not talked to another person in Congress about this. Each Member of Congress has to make his or her own decision. So this is not about my encouraging other people to do things, other than the American People. This is about my position. This is about what I believe. And this is where I stand. I will not be moved.
“The President must be impeached.”
Well said, Rep. Green.