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YOURS: Stand for Trump or step aside

YOURS: Stand for Trump or step aside

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The impeachment headlines and fire hose of opinion from political pundits and reporters is overwhelming. In all the analysis and commentary screaming for our attention there are key voices completely missing and South Dakotans deserve to know why. Where do you stand on impeachment, John, Mike, and Dusty? It’s clear from their silence that our federal congressional delegation does not support our president.

I know how controversial President Trump is to many of us. Some days I wish Ivanka would confiscate her father’s cell phone and bury it in the Rose Garden. But, to South Dakotans, including this constituent/candidate, President Trump is our president. Most of us support him and pray for his success.

Mr. Trump’s rough edges can shock our quiet sensibilities, but his practical economic policies are working miracles for all Americans. Using his business acumen, Mr. Trump is confronting all of the cans kicked down the road by a generation of presidents and entitled legislators. He is delivering on all of his campaign promises. Agricultural products sales are ramping up.

Trump is doing what a disrupter does; making the comfortable establishment extremely uncomfortable. The editors of Rolling Stone magazine (not the bastion of conservative thought) think that as a result of his disruption, the current whistleblower is really a ball carrier for some in the intelligence community who want to take the president down.

Our delegation has been silent except for carefully deployed and maddening legalese designed to insulate them against possible future blow back. Our delegation has had ample time to carve out a position on impeachment. They do not have to like Mr. Trump, but they should be incensed about Pelosi/Schiff’s farcical clown show, in the words of a prominent Nebraska senator.

Two groups stand to benefit from an impeachment inquiry: leftist Democrats and socialists up for election, and establishment Republicans, also up for election, trying to avoid offending anyone. I am offended … by their collective silence.

Choose a side, gentlemen. Don’t be shy. Foolish deference to the least offensive position is not the path of leaders. Leadership requires some backbone. We know that this impeachment is political theater. Call it what it is and make the call.

President Trump’s impeachment inquiry is not about facts. It’s a three-ring circus of endless distractions, and we are being distracted from issues that really need our attention. It seems that our delegation, and I am talking about all three members, have some collective desperate hope that the man and the issues will just go away. They will not.

Mr. Trump can hold his own, and he is winning despite his critics. I am not worried about him. His election was assured by people who were fed up by the inertia of their respective parties, by every-day Americans and every-day South Dakotans who were not being served or heard, just like right now.

Oklahoma Rep. Kendra Horn, a Democrat, said she does not support impeachment. She threw down her gauntlet, offered leadership, and claimed her turf outside of the mainstream of her party.

House Resolution 604 condemns and censures Adam Schiff. There are 110 co-sponsors and one conspicuous signature missing. How about it, Dusty? Afraid to be counted? This is not a time for the political luxury of just sitting idly sit by ignoring the Democrat-led political coup being committed against our president and against each of us as citizens of this country.

John the Revelator warned us against equivocation, “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot (Revelation 3:15).” It’s time for our elected leaders to stand up or step aside.

Republican state Rep. Scyller Borglum, District 32, is running for the U.S. Senate.

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