What a true patriot looks like
To the editor,
The exhausting drama of the congressional hearings into possible criminal wrongdoing orchestrated by our president appears to be winding down. The many hours of witnessing the protagonist/antagonist encounters have left me with some unforgettable impressions.
There was that electrifying moment, Sen. Schiff interrupting the hearing to read a tweet by Donald Trump as Trump attempts to smear and intimidate Ms. Marie Yovonavich, only to be met with a stern warning about the penalties for witness intimidation.
I found it to be a fascinating character study. Hour after hour, Republican questioners attempted to execute the smear of Ambassador Yovanovich, as ordered by their leader and their party. Hour after hour their efforts turned to ashes. One could almost feel sorry for them.
The process exposed a stark contrast between the participants. It showed us, on one hand, what ugly, self-serving abusers of political power look like. By contrast, the nation was rewarded with a long glimpse into what an American patriot looks like. She looks like Marie Yovonavich. She is an apolitical public servant. She is unassailably honest and capable. She endures risk to her personal safety in dangerous places as she serves her country, even as her president refers to her as “a bad woman” and makes veiled threats to her safety. Her integrity is her unfailing shield against the slings, arrows, lies and nasty tweets of her attackers.
Ms. Yovonavich has shown us what a true patriotic public servant looks like at a time when we desperately need the reassurance that such persons really do exist. We needed this dramatic presentation. We needed the reassurance that, at least in this instance, virtue really can prevail when confronted with vice and corruption.
Grand Haven Township