Craven political move?
To the editor,
In the Sept. 25 edition of his newsletter, Bill Huizenga denounced Nancy Pelosi’s call for an impeachment inquiry as “a craven political move.” My dictionary defines the word “craven” to mean “lacking the least bit of courage,” or “contemptibly fainthearted.”
Numerous credible reports alleging Donald Trump’s persistent efforts to extort a foreign government to provide “dirt” on his domestic political rival fill our airwaves. In effect, it is, “You do me this little favor (discredit my American electoral opponent) and I will sell you the arms you need.” Implied: “If you refuse I may withhold what you desperately need.” Further reports suggest that the president has recruited his personal lawyer, as well as the attorney general, to facilitate and cover up his covert activities.
While the reports of a “whistleblower” are widely regarded as credible, the president has not as yet been found guilty of anything. However, while no actual fire has been discovered, America’s air is full of thick and possibly toxic smoke. Questions abound about threats to the integrity of our elections and of our very democracy.
Under such circumstances different political leaders, Pelosi and Huizenga, are reacting in different ways. The first of these is acting to expose and, if necessary, neutralize threats to our country. She is using constitutional instruments to uncover corruption, if such exists. The second, a craven, contemptibly faint-hearted leader, lacking the least bit of courage (see above dictionary definition), fearful of losing favor with his political benefactor, is hiding his head in the sand, leaving to others the duty to protect and defend our country.
Grand Haven Township