..."It is difficult to decide which is worse: A president unworthy of the office or a Congress unworthy of their power and place in American society. A Congress that stands by meekly — silently — while the standards of the presidency and the character of the nation deteriorate from the top down also betray us.
Congress and its leaders say not an official word of public censure about the racism that has been exposed in relation to our immigration policies. The silence in this case is not virtue. By saying nothing about the racism that underlies the president's attack on black countries, Congress abdicates its responsibility to the nature of American democracy.
The question, then, is what can you and I do to stop this slide to the bottom of the international pit?
Only the public can say a word now that can signal to the world that, at its root, America is still American in all its ideals and all its colors.
A censure is a military procedure used to publicly and officially address "conduct unbecoming an officer." It is a public rebuke of the commander in chief that is halfway between opening impeachment proceedings and doing nothing at all.
If you want to be part of the voice that makes America America again, contact Congress and call for censure."
[Joan Chittister is a Benedictine sister of Erie, Pennsylvania.]