I would demand time to speak, then stand at the lectern and declare:
My fellow Members of Congress – and specifically, to my brothers and sisters over on the Democrat side of the aisle – as we embark on a vote as to whether or not to impeach President Donald Trump, I bear witness before you this day.
The history of our civilization, over and over, tells us of how individuals find themselves at the juncture of events that will, with time, prove to be of lasting import, to be monumental – the proverbial “one for the history books” moments.
Yet often at that time and place the individuals themselves do not recognize the full gravity of what is transpiring; as humans we are wont to assess based upon the passions of the moment, our individual preferences and goals, or merely taking the momentary path of least resistance or to avoid potential consequences.
I submit to you that this is one of those times of lasting import. Such times, and the conduct resulting, later prove to have been an immortal test of individuals’ character and integrity. We will eventually pass on – but our actions, or inactions, at this time will become our legacy.
Consider: who now do you believe more likely to be in heaven, and who burning in Hell – those who informed the Gestapo about where Jews were hiding, or those who hid them? Those Vichy who collaborated with the Nazis, or those who joined the Resistance to fight evil?
In this chamber we face mere political unpopularity and, perhaps, loss of enriching political power – consequences which pale in comparison to the potential loss of life confronted by those about whom I just referred, those who stalwartly resisted evil.
By this vote, those of us in this chamber are being tested – and many, perhaps even a majority, will be found wanting – by choosing the transitory path of political expediency and party loyalty.
Indeed, is not this the very essence of temptation – the succumb to immediate satisfaction, but at the long-term detriment of our immortal souls?