Editor’s note: Article originally published at El Confidencial and translated into English for SOFREP.

Thursday night was one of the longest ones. Regardless of it being Thursday or close to Christmas, last night was The Longest Night for democrats and republicans. For more than 15 hours they’d been locked up inside the House Judiciary Committee, where the impeachment vote, for the charges against president Trump, was being deliberated.

The once well-groomed people had ended up with those tired eyes and strained faces so typical of never-ending hours in front of the cameras, paperwork, counsellors and a whole nation. There was an astonishing and endless sentimental rhetoric and references to practically all past U.S. presidents from Washington to Obama. A congresswoman, who had been weeping since the process began, had mentioned God several time in the way that a television preacher might do, carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders as a personal envoy of the Almighty.

At 11:20 on Thursday night, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler, took the wooden gravel and hit the block with a heavy thud that meant “Let’s get on with it, I can’t stand it any longer.”  Many times, the camera’s prying eye caught him huffing and puffing, looking left and right as if he were the only one who had realized that the dice had been cast. Many thought the Republicans wouldn’t get tangled up in amendments, since the “Christmas drink” was waiting at the White House. However, Nadler put an end to the filibustering of the republicans with one stroke. With a somber look on his face he postponed the session until yesterday, Friday morning at 10:00. Democrats breathed a sigh of relief.

Deep passions normally ruffle and make me uncomfortable; but I must confess to gobbling down a whole popcorn bucket while following the summons. Actually, this whole campaign, in addition to talking about the formal accusations and Ukraine, has managed to generate debate about a string of problems that this country has for a long time been facing. Perhaps without realizing it, everyone and their mother, points the finger at Donald Trump. But in effect, they are mentioning each and every policy war for which both parties have been and still are responsible.

Immigration, which has been the Achilles heel of this country for too long, has been discussed at length lately and also used as a weapon against the Republican administration — so have gun control, trade, China and Afghanistan.

The problem with invoking a sense of history, and consequently a sense of one’s own identity in delicate situations such as this, is that once Pandora’s box is open there is no one gutsy enough to close it.

Last Tuesday, the ‘Washington Post’ launched a scoop: a report of more than 2,000 pages and 400 interviews with people who played an important role in the war in Afghanistan. In being interviewed, these people assumed that they would remain unidentified by he Pentagon. Finally, their names were revealed and the chickens came home to roost.