Senator Al Franken has been confronted by women who have alleged that he sexually harassed them — incidents that have gone back more than 10 years ago. Very recently, Mr. Franken has admitted wrongdoing on his part, immoral acts of which "I am ashamed." This immoral conduct is inexcusable at any level in our society. There must be zero tolerance for sexual harassment. Franken has violated with impunity his oath of office and the inherent code of conduct he has sworn to the people of Minnesota.
For over 60 years, since the Truman Administration, this writer has been a student of American political affairs. This period has included wars, civil rights protests throughout America, the 1968 Democrat Party Convention in Chicago which was seriously marred by violence in the streets, and the Vietnam War with its protests. Yet, through all of these societal traumas, our nation overcame angry times and threats to our national unity. We can and must do so again, especially now as America is sorely threatened by diabolical foes at home and abroad.