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Legislators should vote their conscience

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has come under fire from both sides for her “Present” vote on President Trump’s impeachment, even though she did explain that she could not vote “No” since she felt what he did was wrong, but could not vote “Yes” since his actions did not rise to the level that deserves impeachment.

This is a free country and that freedom should be extended to our elected representatives to be free to vote their conscience. New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew did exactly that when he voted “No” on impeachment and then left the Democratic Party to join the Republicans.

Tulsi’s independent and logical thinking is anathema to both left-wing extremists and right-wing extremists. However, most independent-minded voters would tend to agree with her that Trump’s fate should be left to the electorate just 11 months from now.

Ben K. Azman

Lahaina

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