Honor Your Oath of Office

Honor Your Oath of Office

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Joseph Hill started this petition to Senator Richard Burr and

The Honorable Richard Burr and the Honorable Thom Tillis

US Senate

Dear Senators Burr and Tillis:

We demand respectfully, vehemently, and unequivocally that you honor your oath of office in both word and deed before, during, and after the looming trial in the United States Senate of Donald John Trump.

We demand respectfully, vehemently, and unequivocally that you honor the oath you will swear before God, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, your fellow senators, the nation, and the world when you are made jurors in the looming trial in the United States Senate of Donald John Trump.

We demand respectfully, vehemently, and unequivocally that you truly eschew, vociferously denounce, and steadfastly resist before, during, and after the looming trial in the United States Senate of Donald John Trump any and all efforts on the part of any and all parties to:

  • hide, ignore, obfuscate, pervert, or deny truth;
  • distract, confound, or bewilder the nation, including efforts that take the form of the exercise of military power or escalation of tension between the United States her adversaries
  • blame the blameless or vilify the just;
  • excuse the inexcusable or defend the indefensible;
  • misrepresent the nature or diminish the gravity of the high crimes Donald John Trump is alleged to have committed;
  • deny the constitutional validity of impeachment by the House or trial in the Senate of Donald John Trump.

We demand respectfully, vehemently, and unequivocally that you require the admission of all evidence, both documentary and testimonial, relevant to the charges levied against Donald John Trump by the House of Representatives.

We demand respectfully, vehemently, and unequivocally that you oppose to the very end the admission of all evidence, both documentary and testimonial, irrelevant to the charges levied against Donald John Trump by the House of Representatives.

And now, as Donald John Trump stirs the fog of war, we demand respectfully, vehemently, and unequivocally that you vote according to the facts of the case at hand, that you not succumb to any attempt on his part to distract the citizens of this great nation from the fact of his impeachment and the heretofore absolute lack of evidence that would exculpate him. We admonish you to remember that a President of the United States being held to account for high crimes and misdemeanors is not entitled to bring our great nation to the precipice of war in order to maintain his grasp on the office of the President.

Honorable gentlemen, it is not for us to preach to you on matters of history, integrity, and conscious: it is not for us to remind you, Senator Burr, that you, in your role as  Chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence -- a role in which you have acquitted yourself admirably -- are uniquely positioned to bear witness to the truth about the Russian attack upon the foundation of American democracy; it is not for us to remind you, Senator Tillis, that you, in your role as a member of the Committee on the Judiciary and Subcommittee on the Constitution, have assumed an elevated degree of responsibility to the Constitution and its preservation. It is not for us to remind you that you represent North Carolina to the nation and the world during a time when “First in Freedom” would rightly be replaced with “First in Voter Suppression and Gerrymandering” on the state’s license plates, during a time, in fact, when the state has become a national laughing stock and that you have the rare opportunity to redeem the state’s reputation by way of your conduct during the looming trial in the Senate of Donald John Trump. It is not for us to remind you that you inherit your titles from Sam Ervin, who, despite several reprehensible positions on matters of racial equality, forever made himself a hero to those who love the Constitution, civil liberty, and American democracy during the Watergate investigations: it is not for us to remind you that you must choose either to kneel in the shadow of Sam Ervin or to stand upon his shoulders.

It is for us to remind you, should you choose to act in a manner inconsistent with the perfectly reasonable demands delineated above, that you do so in the service of a man who is patently unfit to hold the office of the President of the United States: a man credibly accused of sexual assault or rape by no fewer than nineteen women; who has conducted his professional life like a rolling crime spree; who has welcomed and solicited foreign interference in our elections; whose abject submission to Vladimir Putin on the international stage in Helsinki would have been no more shameful and disgusting had he prostrated himself at that dictator’s feet; who would sell our children to the Russian mafia for another fifteen minutes in office or another fifteen cents in his bank account; who has elevated nepotism to an art; who has stoked the flames of racism to the point that the Klan once again marches with impunity through the streets of our nation; who has treated the office of the President and the nation’s treasury as his personal cash machine; who lies with every breath he takes; who has packed the courts with woefully unqualified judges; who placed a man credibly accused of attempted rape on the Supreme Court; who dodged the draft not as a matter of principle, but as a matter of privilege; who extols and pardons war criminals and who has promised to commit war crimes in Iran in violation of the Hague Convention; who embraces authoritarians and enemies of the United States even as he attacks the carefully guarded alliances our nation has maintained for decades; who claims Christ even as he denies any need to repent; whose narcissism, megalomania, paranoia, and sheer incompetence are a threat to our national security, to our domestic tranquility, and to democracy itself; who treats the most vulnerable, the stranger at our gate, in a manner comparable to the manner in which the most cruel slave owners treated slaves; whom the people of the United States did not elect; who has brought the once great Republican party to its knees; who jokes flippantly about the Constitution and term limits in a manner that is wholly lacking in humor and that makes clear his belief that his power is unlimited; who belittles and attacks dedicated, honest, and competent public servants while he surrounds himself with dangerously incompetent sycophants and grifters; and finally, whose principles and morality are comparable to those of a rabid raccoon. Your conduct during the looming trial in the Senate of Donald John Trump will soon tell us: are you willing to dishonor your oath of office and damage your integrity beyond repair for a man such as this?

We expect from you nothing less than we have demanded. The eyes of history are upon you: will you be numbered among those who prove “at long last” to have “no sense of decency,” or will you show yourselves worthy of both the trust the citizens of the great state of North Carolina have invested in you and the mantle that history has laid upon your shoulders?

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