Our conscience dictates what is right and wrong. So the answer to the question of where have our conscience gone is: certainly not in the White House.
Donald Trump has demonstrated via his Senate impeachment trial that the US Constitution is manipulatable. Any hope of checks and balances just does not hold water against his Executive power.
In fact, Trump’s impeachment trial reminds me so much of the OJ Simpson trial where “if the glove does not fit, you must acquit.” Clearly the president’s defense counsel used the same dream team strategy and got away with impunity.
In particular when splitting hair, no arguments can stand up. That was what Alan Dershowitz did by pushing the definitions of “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors” to the extreme. And hence no “crime” was committed by Trump.
It is impossible for any statutes to cover every conceivable misbehavior. Does that mean if not in the statutes, it’s not a crime? In this case, I stand with Mitt Romney, the sole Republican Senator who voted to convict Trump. The answer is in one’s conscience.
Does the impeachment trial represent a fair process to you?