Now that the Democrats are back in control of the House they finally have the power to impeach Trump. While this action may be justified, a better approach for Democrats is to focus on important policy issues like health care and let the election of 2020 decide the president's fate.

 Even more than 2018, the 2020 election will present us with a fundamental choice. Many democracies throughout history eventually degenerated into dictatorships. Now that we've had a taste of "Trumpism," the results of 2020 will show whether we want to remain a democratic republic or continue further down the road to autocracy.

 The recent surge in activism and in new Democratic faces elected to office (especially women) gives hope that, after looking into the abyss of authoritarianism, we've pulled back and are now moving toward a renewal of democracy.

 After the Constitution was drafted someone asked Benjamin Franklin, "Well, Dr. Franklin, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" Franklin replied, "A republic, if you can keep it."

 The 2020 will be the chance to prove we're still up to Franklin's challenge.

 Art Corey

 East Providence