Dear Senator Romney,
Thank you. Thank you for taking a moral stand and voting to convict Donald Trump in the impeachment trial. Because it was clear he would be acquitted, it would have been easy to fall in line with all the other Republican Senators who have become cloying sycophants and whose only loyalty is to power and retaining their own seats. You took the high road and the difficult road and there are countless Americans who appreciate that you looked at the evidence, examined your conscience, and voted your heart.
I have not always agreed with your politics. In fact, I protested you when you visited my city during your run for the Presidency back in 2012, and I might very well do so again, despite my admiration for your moral courage at this critical juncture in our nation’s history. You have earned respect by being true to your morals and to the Constitution that you took an oath to defend. If only others in your party-especially those who have publicly admitted Trump’s wrongdoing, who knew that what he had done was wrong and still stood with him–had a scintilla of the moral compass and commitment to do the right thing that you have, this country would be in a lot better shape than it is at present.
I have heard others claim that it was easy for you to do this because the fix was already in, but I think they fail to see the consequences you were willing to suffer. Clearly Trump, McConnell, Graham, and the rest of his minions would not take kindly to one of their own breaking ranks. I expect you will suffer in many ways for your vote, which may include losing committee memberships, the party actively working against you in your next election, and more. One does not take such a stand without the narcissist-in-chief and his apologists striking back.
Thank you again. Thank you for offering a sliver of hope in such a divided country that party is not greater than the common good of the nation. Thank you for taking a stand. Thank you for being willing to sacrifice for what is right. I am confident you will be able to sleep better than the many others who put their own fortunes before the fortunes of this country and its citizens.