Letter to the editor: Let our present crisis be a learning opportunity for young people

To the editor:

We need to find the better angels of our nature as citizens of this country. We are now in a time of crisis, just as we were when Watergate happened so many years ago. This is not a time for hostility, vindictiveness, or recriminations among our fellow citizens. Not for those who voted for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. We must stand united as members of a democratic nation who support our constitution and the rule of law. It is up to each of us to reunite this country.

It is hard to determine how the impeachment process will play out. Who will be indicted, convicted and or removed from office. If President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are removed from office, Nancy Pelosi is next in line, but only until Election Day 2020. By then we may see new candidates on both sides; Democratic and Republican, and we may see 3rd party candidates as well.

Our Founding Fathers knew that our constitution would be tested. They knew that a time would come when every American citizen would have to decide if our form of government is worth saving. I believe it is. And I believe most Americans feel the same way.

If we truly want to remain as a free, democratic republic, we must always be looking toward the future, the future of our nation. That means making our present crisis a learning opportunity for young people, and for students everywhere.

Our constitution is a living document with immediate relevance and impact on what happens every day in this country. Let’s take this valuable opportunity to teach our children about our Constitution and the principles it was founded upon. And let’s show them by our actions, in word and deed, that partisan politics: rancor, and hostility toward those we disagree with politically; will not carry the day.

And finally, let’s show the children of this country that the principles our country was founded on, that our ancestors died for, are worth preserving for future generations. And to accomplish this we need only to be reminded of what Abraham Lincoln so eloquently expressed in his first inaugural address when he appeal to the “better angels of our nature.”

— Jim Turner, Fairfield