People have the choice to vote for the Constitution or Trump, but they can’t do both.

That is the message of Liz Cheney’s book Oath and Honor: A Memoir and a Warning (Hachette Book Group, 2023). This is a book everyone should read before voting in November.

Cheney—if you don’t know—is a die-hard conservative Republican. Her dad is Dick Cheney, the former vice president who spent most of his life in politics.

I probably disagree with Cheney on most things. After all, according to FiveThirtyEight, while in Congress she voted nearly 93 percent of the time with Trump’s position.

Two things we agree on are: 1) The Constitution comes before any individual, and 2) Trump should never hold political office again.

Cheney lost her House seat representing Wyoming because she understood the 2020 election was not stolen and for voting to impeach Trump. Her constituents had clearly swallowed the Kool-Aid.

The book makes a compelling case about why Trump should not be president. She presents data from the Jan. 6 committee’s hearings, as well as information gathered since those ended. She encourages people to read the Jan. 6 report. So do I. She gives details about people—like the former and current speakers of the House—and others from an insider’s perspective.

I learned things. I always like when that happens in a book; even if I don’t like what I’m learning. I was captivated by the whole book. She is rational as she lays out the case for why Trump is so dangerous. I can’t imagine there could be another conclusion or how anyone would disagree with her.

One of the best things about listening to Cheney’s book is that recordings of people testifying, giving speeches or some other verbal transmission were used. This gave a greater depth to the book—to hear that person actually say their words instead listening to Cheney quote the people. Cheney reading the book also added to the experience.

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