Umm… I recognize the auditorium. No, seriously, I’ve been in that exact spot.
Not where my people are from, Yooper meets Detroit (Richard and Emily have their moments, but don’t we all). I was born in one of those car name towns, I forget which actually, and by virtue of my ‘Ganderness can apply for French Citizenship!
Notre révolution m’a fait sentir tout le sens de l’axiome qui dit que l’histoire est un roman ; et je suis convaincu que la fortune et l’intrigue ont fait plus de héros, que le génie et la vertu.
But I’ve been in Grand Rapids and, while known even among ‘Ganders as snooty Republican Bigots, it’s in a country club kind of way.
Which means they hate Jews too.
You know, I thank goodness every day that Richard and Emily had the sense to flee to the coast (Oh, if it was Left Coast I’d be waaay spacier than this) because it’s wacky. A trivial example- on one extended trip my companion was Jewish and I pretty much baggage on a liaison mission to… Grand Rapids. Curiously interactions were directed through me, the clueless one, and I can only assume it’s because of my Ben Franklin Whiteness.
Don’t get me wrong, we were treated with dignity and respect and most of the people were cool enough but my downstate relatives’ ruminations about how I shouldn’t visit my Great Grandmother’s house (literally a Golf Course Condo before the concept was invented) because the wrong sort have moved in as they swill their Flint/Lead water…
Lots of things happen in Peyton Place, glad I don’t live there.
But they’re not all idiots (I like the water theory myself) and my prediction is that, unless the RNC and the Unindicted Co-conspirator it’s beholden to dump a ton of money on an essentially fratricidal mission, Amash has nothing to fear.
I think it’s really important that we do our job as a Congress, that we not allow misconduct to go undeterred. That we not just say, someone can violate the public trust and that there are no consequences to it.
And if you get a chance, I encourage you all to read the tweet where it lays all of this out. Mueller’s report lays all of this out. And I’m confident that if you read Volume II, you’ll be appalled at much of the conduct. And I was appalled by it. And that’s why I stated what I stated. That’s why I came to that conclusion, because I think we can’t go — we can’t let conduct like that go unchecked.
Congress has a duty to keep the president in check, and it is a difficult process. For those who are worried about, you know, Congress intruding on the president’s powers consistently, it is a difficult process to remove someone from office. It’s not easy. So no one’s suggesting that just because you start some inquiry or process that a person’s removed from office.
Nonetheless, we have a job to do. And I think we owe it to the American people to represent them, to ensure that the people we have in office are doing the right thing, are of good character. Aren’t violating the public trust.