If Only

America is at a crossroads. We shall either restore and reinvigorate democratic principles and moral leadership in our country, or slip into a corrupt authoritarianism. Lincoln’s words reach us across time: “We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope on Earth.”

      In an op-ed in last evening’s online New York Times, Andrei V. Kozyrev, who was Russia’s foreign minister from 1991 to 1996, drew a parallel between our two countries. He concluded: “I believe that if Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike, act to remove this president, a new powerful message would be sent to governments and people around the globe . . .  Moral principles still matter in American politics and policy. And the future still belongs to moral truth and to those who embrace it.” That would clean the air. That would breathe hope to all the world. If only enough Republican senators could understand that, and care about it.