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MLK III: My dad believed in respect and reason

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As we mark the 35th national Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday in this highly contentious political year, escalating incivility and divisiveness have contaminated our political discourse. Even after the November election, our nation will face a formidable challenge in healing the festering political wounds that have divided millions of Americans.

Back in 1967, my father published the last of his six books, entitled “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” More than a half-century later, this very same question today confronts the people of our nation with compelling urgency, as we struggle with the politics of 2020.

The Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will undoubtedly leave millions of Americans dissatisfied about the outcome, conviction or not. What must not happen, however, is millions of Americans feeling that the process itself violated the letter and spirit of our Constitution.

That much is avoidable, with a renewed commitment by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and all of our senators to honoring the laws and principles of fairness which undergird the foundational documents of our democracy. When the trial is concluded, reasonable people of both parties should agree that........