A Lesson for Our Children: Might Does Not Make Right

We already live in a society where market forces prevail and self-interests are paramount, leaving almost no room for altruism, but there always comes a time when we have to choose between living by the rules of the market or by the rules of our community. President Trump ends his impeachment protest letter to Speaker Pelosi with the following, "One hundred years from now, when people look back at this affair, I want them to understand it, and learn from it, so that it can never happen to another President again." What lesson would our children learn from Trump's impeachment? The answer should be clear, "Might Does Not Make Right". There is a "good" that is beyond our ego. And life should not be lived as a simple series of transactions. Life should not be a mere sequence of "quid pro quo".

US presidents that have been impeached.
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Last night, Trump was in a rally in Michigan and he said the following:

Above copied from
Daniel Dale

Even up to the time of the impeachment vote, President Trump is displaying his transactional nature. Might does not make right. Holding an ally hostage for someone's own gain does not become right simply because one holds more power.

It is true that President trump's impeachment may not lead to his removal from office. Some therefore think it is simply a waste of time. But as President Trump says in his letter, "One hundred years from now, when people look back at this affair, I want them to understand it, and learn from it, so that it can never happen to another President again." President Trump is indeed correct. Our children need to learn that just being a President does not make one right. Simply being powerful does not make one right. A president can make mistakes. A president can do ill to his or her nation. That is why we have impeachment because this current president has done so many things wrong.




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