Alan Chartock | I, Publius: Mueller must indict Trump (says Murray the Westie)

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GREAT BARRINGTON — Murray the Westie, who is the cutest dog in the whole world, bar none, and who was taught to speak English and Spanish at the Literacy Center of South Berkshire, looked up at me the other day and announced that he wanted some father-son time with me.

"Pop, you've grown so distant. I mean you've been consumed with making sure that WAMC's future is secure by buying the tower on top of Mount Greylock. That tower has been there for years and WAMC has been on it for all these years so why are you so worried?"

"Well, Murray," I said to the little guy, "if someone else had bought it and insisted that we move just a few feet on the tower, many, if not most of the people who hear the station would no longer receive us."

"That would be terrible," the beautiful dog said. "Mom leaves the radio on for me every day. That way I get to hear you and all of my other WAMC friends. I'm never really alone. Not only that, I think I've got a lot of the world's problems figured out. We've got to impeach Trump. I'll bet anything that Trump tries to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. What you'll need then is a couple of good solid American Republicans to turn around and vote with the Democrats to impeach in the House. The big problem will come in the Senate where you'll need two-thirds of the whole Senate to convict."

"What I'm worried about, Pop, is that even though those Republican senators know that Trump is a scoundrel, they will put their own selfish, partisan interests above those of the American people. Pop, I once read in one of your history books that Hitler rose to power because the German people didn't take him seriously and stand up to him when they had a chance. Pop, I think some of these people would rather have the word "senator" carved on their tombstones than do the right thing and become what JFK called a `profile in courage' "

"I'm really worried that we're on our way to totalitarianism. I know there's that one guy from North County who sends you screeds after every column. Those are just the kind of people who brought Hitler to power."

"But I think I know what is going to happen. I think that Mueller is going to indict Trump. Pop, that's risky business since there has always been a theory that you have to impeach a president before you can indict him. But, Pop, that's crazy. What if a president kills his wife in a moment of rage because she wouldn't hold his hand? You mean that you'd have to impeach him first? That's nonsense! You see, Pop, no one should be above the law. I'll bet you that Mueller will indict Trump for treasonous activity, for colluding with the enemy."

"If Trump fires Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and/or Mueller, we keep hearing that we would face a constitutional crisis. I have no idea how that would work, Pop. The same selfish Republicans in the Senate would continue to protect their own fannies. We could only hope, Pop, that a few courageous Republicans like Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski would say, `enough.' They would know that by standing tall now, they would have assured themselves of great, lasting historical importance. Once just a few of them came over with the united Democrats, I think the flood gates would open and some of the less backboned Republican senators would come over to the right way of thinking.

"Pop, you have a Ph.D. in political science. You were a full professor. You talk about all of this stuff on the radio. I'm just a little Westie dog. Tell me that you think I'm right."

"Murray," I said, "for all our sakes, I sure hope that you're right!"

Alan Chartock, a Great Barrington resident, is president and CEO of WAMC Northeast Public Radio and a professor emeritus of communications at SUNY-Albany. The opinions expressed by columnists do not necessarily reflect the views of The Berkshire Eagle.


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