Conscious of your conscience? When it’s time to break ranks

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Conscious of your conscience? When it’s time to break ranks

Once persuaded away from your principles, you can’t come back – it takes but a penny to make a whore

Mark Barnes

Republican senator Mitt Romney made history when he broke ranks and voted to convict Donald Trump on the charge of abuse of power, despite knowing it wouldn’t swing the two-thirds majority required to remove the president.

Romney did it “subject to my own conscience” and in terms of his “oath to God” to uphold the constitution of the US, thereby pledging allegiance to higher causes than a political party. His action is rare and laudable.

Trump has already fired two impeachment witnesses and there will no doubt be further revenges, however cold those may be when they’re served. Such is the game of politics...

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