by Ken Druck, Ph.D.
Next to meeting two of my boyhood heroes, Muhammad Ali and Mickey Mantle, meeting The Dream Team in Barcelona, watching them beat Croatia and win the Gold Medal in basketball at the 1992 Summer Olympics, stands as one of the highlights of my life when it comes to sports. Despite some great moments in sports over the years, including LSU’s recent victory for The National Collegiate Football Championship, not since that magical and historic moment in Spain when I felt so deeply proud to be an American, have I thought of any team as “The Dream Team.” That is, until now.
Watching the Impeachment Managers, led by Adam Schiff present their case and fight for the heart and soul of our great nation these past several days, listening to the entire Senate recite The Pledge of Allegiance, “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” in unison, seeing Lindsay Graham pay Adam Schiff a “job well done” complement, I am moved to tears the way I am when they play our national anthem at the Olympics. Bless you, Dream Team, for having the courage to speak truth to power, and to do so masterfully. You join other Government Officials, Foreign Service Officers and Ambassadors, members of the press and elected officials who are serving as patriotic guardians of our Constitution. These brave patriots are providing much-needed moral leadership and courage and helping many of us feel proud to be Americans at a time when the character of our republic is being questioned.
While I know others, including members of my own family and friendship circle, might believe the lawyers defending President Trump are America’s heroes, and it is in the hands of our Senate to decide whether our President will be removed from office, I am proud to give Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler, Hakeem Jeffries, Val Demmings, Zoe Lofgren, Sylvia Garcia and Jason Crow the Gold Medal. They are my 2020 Dream Team.
There is room for all of us to come together at this volatile time in our nation’s history despite our differences — and find the common ground on which to win the day for America. Let’s hold the vision of standing together and proud one day as citizens of this great country, keep the faith that we can make it happen and fulfill our Founders proposition that we’re “indivisible.”