“Do the right thing because it is the right thing to do.” This quote from Martin Luther King Jr. makes the choice sound simple. It isn’t.
Doing the right thing can be very difficult when those around you disagree. You can be forced to decide whether to face it alone or give in to the pressure.
Making an unpopular choice can affect your life and career, resulting in negative consequences for you and your family.
The current political climate in our country has become engulfed in negativity.
Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman is an Army officer who worked for the National Security Council. His job included monitoring phone calls the president had with foreign leaders.
He overheard President Trump ask the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden. Vindman thought the conversation was improper because the president was asking a foreign government to investigate a United States citizen. He knew of no policy changes regarding foreign governments and was concerned about the exchange. He did what he was taught to do. He reported the call to his superiors.
As a military officer, he had been trained to avoid overt displays of partisanship or politics. When he was subpoenaed to testify before the House Impeachment Committee about his recollections of the call, he complied and testified. That’s because it was his duty to comply, not because he volunteered.
He did no interviews or talk to any media. He just did what he was compelled to do.
Members of the Senate did their best to question his loyalty to the United States, with some even labeling him a traitor.
This man has given his country 20 years of service and even received a purple heart.
There are only 18 members of the Senate who have any military experience. It’s no surprise they don’t understand dedication to country over partisanship.
Vindman was fired after the Senate acquitted Trump of the charges against him by the House of Representatives. He was escorted out of his office in front of reporters. They even fired his twin brother.
Trump suggested the military should “take a look” at whether disciplinary action should be taken against Vindman.
The army had to carry out security assessments over concerns for Vindman’s family. The Secretary of the Army said on Friday they would not be investigating Lt. Colonel Vindman.
Jeff Sessions was the first sitting senator to endorse Trump for president. He was the first politician to give him a shot at credibility. He traveled with Trump, advising him on national security issues and helped him refine his immigration message.
After Trump was elected, he rewarded Sessions with a job as the United States Attorney General. Trump said Sessions was an “amazing man” and was “very proud to call him a friend.”
Just weeks after his confirmation as US Attorney General, Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation, drawing the disdain and criticism of his boss.
For over a year Trump publicly and privately berated and humiliated Sessions, calling his decision to name him attorney general his “biggest mistake.” Last year Trump called Sessions “an embarrassment to the great state of Alabama.”
Trump finally demanded Sessions resign his position in 2018.
During a recent campaign visit, Sessions was asked why he recused himself from the investigation. He said that there were rules and regulations in the Department of Justice. He explained that he had been part of the very campaign that was being investigated. He told the voters, “If the attorney general doesn’t follow the rules, how can he expect anybody else to follow the rules?”
His decision to uphold the law is admirable.
But now he is facing an uphill battle in his campaign for his old senate seat. Some voters are upset with Sessions for what they perceive as a lack of loyalty to Trump in making the choice he made.
Mitt Romney became the first United States Senator to vote for removal of a president from his own party. Romney voted to convict Trump on the abuse of power charge during the impeachment hearing in the Senate.
Romney, who is a Mormon, said his religious beliefs were a major factor in his decision to vote. He said he took an oath before God to exercise impartial justice.
After Trump’s acquittal, he used the platform of the National Prayer Breakfast to mock Romney saying he doesn’t like people who “use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong.”
You can’t really expect a man who is on record saying he doesn’t ask God for forgiveness but just tries to do better, to understand the convictions of another man.
It is never wrong to do what you believe is right. Even when your motives are questioned, doing the right thing will always be right.