Mirror, mirror

To the Journal editor:

The results the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump brought to mind Al Tesmer, my old high school football coach.

Coach Tesmer instructed me in the science of blocking and tackling with the passion and intensity of a fundamentalist Pentecostal preacher.

He also taught me principles that went far beyond football. Coach Tesmer always said that even though perfection isn’t humanly impossible, you have to strive for perfection to be successful in any endeavor.

He would say that as long as you gave it your best shot and did what you knew in your heart you did what was right, it didn’t matter what anyone else might think of you. The reason Coach Tesmer implored us to adhere to his philosophy was not to gain fame, glory or financial gain. It was because, as he would always say, “You have to get up every morning and look at yourself in the mirror.”

I am now 66 years old. It doesn’t seem likely that I will ever be rich or famous. Not withstanding my lack of fame and fortune and because of the lessons Coach Tesmer embedded in me a half century ago, I can still get up every morning and never have a problem looking at myself in the mirror.

Which brings me back to the second Trump impeachment trial. Despite overwhelming evidence that Donald Trump was responsible for inciting the riot that caused mayhem, injury, death and destruction at the U.S. Capitol on Jan.6, 2021 (as was admitted by Senate Minority Leader McConnell) and out of fear of Donald Trump and his deplorable disciples, McConnell and 42 other Republican senators voted to acquit.

I have only one question for these 43 Republican senators: How can you look at yourself in the mirror?


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