To serve in the Virginia State Senate, a person must first take an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States. I’d like to ask our district’s incumbent senator, “Mr. Obenshain, why aren’t you fulfilling that sacred oath?”

As one trained in the law, you surely know what it means when more than 1,000 former Justice Department officials – appointed by presidents of both parties (including Presidents Reagan and both Bushes) – declare to the nation that the president of the United States has committed “multiple felonies,” trying to put himself above the law.

The Constitution clearly needs defending.

And you don’t need to be in the U.S. Congress to defend it. We can see what you could be doing from what a Republican woman said after hearing from her Republican member of Congress, Rep. Justin Amash, at a recent town hall:

“I was surprised to hear there was anything negative in the Mueller Report at all about President Trump. I hadn’t heard that before…I mainly listen to conservative news.”

But now from Rep. Amash – a very conservative Republican, who had announced to the nation that Trump’s multiple crimes of “obstruction of justice” described in the Mueller Report compelled him to conclude that “President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct” – this woman had learned something important for every American to know.

“Obstruction of justice” may sound abstract, but – when a president commits it – it’s about as serious a crime as there is. A president trying to put himself above the law represents the kind of tyranny our founders most wanted to prevent.

That’s why Rep. Amash told his conservative constituents that the impeachment of this president is not a partisan issue. It’s about defending our Constitution, as he – like you – has taken an oath to do.

Mr. Obenshain, what are you doing to honor your oath?

Rep. Amash understood that part of defending the Constitution was to help his supporters – like that woman who had no idea of what the Mueller Report showed — to understand that this president has fundamentally attacked our Constitutional order.

“Mr. Obenshain,” I’d like to ask him, “why don’t you defend the Constitution by telling your supporters this vital truth at this dangerous moment in our nation’s history?

April Moore, a Shenandoah County resident, is running as a Democrat for the Virginia State Senate (District-26) against Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg.