Several points of order. As of this date.
- President Trump has not been found guilty of any criminal act
- There is no evidence before a court of competent jurisdiction to indicate President Trump committed any criminal acts
- Until such time the above conditions change, President Trump is innocent.
- The same circumstances, and presumptions of innocence, apply to those who President Trump’s supporters take aim at with their chants of “Lock her up” (although not to some members of the chorus.)
With that said, one can form an opinion on the veracity of the first witness in these impeachment hearings with common-sense rationality.
We can look at the character, background, and integrity of both sides of this issue in forming our opinion as to the validity of the testimony. We can take the approach we expect from a juror who may sit in judgment on this case with a common sense look at the witnesses.
Like Occam’s Razor, the simplest explanation is almost always correct. Is this a vast, deep state conspiracy of liars trying to remove the President or is it honorable and moral Americans trying to do what is right for the country?
|Ambassador William Taylor||President Donald Trump|
|West Point Graduate (top 1%)||Bone spurs|
|Captain, US Army Airborne Ranger||5 draft deferments|
|Viet Nam Veteran||Numerous business bankruptcies|
|Recipient of the Bronze Star and Air medal (for actions in Combat)||Said he would release his taxes after the “audit” was completed, now fights the release of his taxes|
|Long and distinguished government career in positions all over the world under several different administrations|| |
Isn’t it strange how hearsay (without a fundamental understanding of the well-established exceptions to its use) is suddenly an anathema to the President’s supporters?
For the entire Circus Maximus that is the Trump juggernaut, hearsay, innuendo, and twisting truth to fit the agenda has been a virtue. We are supposed to accept everything he, or his supporters, allege absent any independent corroboration.
I, and most Americans, choose to set a higher standard. Ambassador Taylor is the first witness. When it is all said and done, then it will be time to judge. Yet, it is readily evident the foundation for a solid case is being poured upon which the scaffold for this Presidency may soon stand, if the evidence supports it.
Mr. Trump is an innocent man. His culpability in criminal acts has not been established…yet. How long that situation lasts remains to be seen.