Sally Yates is, of course, the person who warned that Michael Flynn was compromised and then was removed as Acting Attorney General of the United States.
At some point, we are going to have to decide to live together in this country. Looking back to the Constitution is not a bad way to do that.
Yes, there are people who have bizarre ideas of what is in the Constitution. But that makes it all the more important to talk about it now. And we need to be able to call out the violations now in progress.
But while we have too often fallen short, we have remained dedicated to our defining principles in our resolve to form a more perfect union. These principles have remained if not fully who we are, at least who we seek to be.
Despite our differences, we as Americans have long held a shared vision of what our country means and what values we expect our leaders to embrace. Today, our continued commitment to these unifying principles is needed more than ever.
She does a nice gloss on the preamble and then adds some other thoughts.
And there is something else that separates us from an autocracy, and that’s truth. There is such a thing as objective truth. We can debate policies and issues, and we should. But those debates must be based on common facts rather than raw appeals to emotion and fear through polarizing rhetoric and fabrications.
Not only is there such a thing as objective truth, failing to tell the truth matters. We can’t control whether our public servants lie to us. But we can control whether we hold them accountable for those lies or whether, in either a state of exhaustion or to protect our own political objectives, we look the other way and normalize an indifference to truth.
I’m as angry as anyone, but when push comes to shove, we’re not going to be able to demand apologies or loyalty oaths from those who have supported unconstitutional actions. Some of those at the top, yes. But the historical reality is that some will apologize, some will quietly change sides, and others will actively try to hide their collaboration. I still think that a truth and reconciliation commission will be the best. We need to preserve our values in our own minds for now, so that we’re ready to deal with that later.
And yay Sally Yates! The model of a civil servant!