In his closing remarks from the fourth day of the Senate impeachment trial, representative Adam Schiff pointed a truth we rely on as members of a community. We rely on the presence of right and truth to live with one another. In general the presence of right the consequence of defining a mode in which a state or society is organized.
One of the most famous ones is the Constitution of the United States. A document famously established by a group of remarkable men and originally consisting of 7 articles. It has since been amended 27 times, the first 10 of which are known as the bill of rights. It defines the basic principles and laws of the United States that determine the powers and duties of the US government and guarantee certain rights to the people living in the US. An essential assumption thus is, that the Constitution is to be relied upon by everyone it refers to and is respected by those in power.
‘Here, right matters’ marks one of the most moving and symbolic moments during the impeachment hearing. It is how Lt. Colonel Vindman explained why he believed that he could step up and take action opposing “the most powerful man in the world”.
Referring to this statement Adam Schiff went on to reaffirm that right and wrong still matters in the age of Trump.
“Well, let me tell you something, if right doesn’t matter, if right doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter how good the Constitution is. It doesn’t matter how brilliant the framers were. Doesn’t matter how good or bad our advocacy in this trial is. Doesn’t matter how well written the Oath of Impartiality is. If right doesn’t matter, we’re lost. If the truth doesn’t matter, we’re lost. The framers couldn’t protect us from ourselves, if right and truth don’t matter … No constitution can protect us, if right doesn’t matter anymore.”