aside Cowardice Of Our US Congressional Republican Leaders

 

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There are numerous conservative Republicans outside of the US Congress who are up in arms over the President Donald Trump’s republicans in the US Congress who are not only derelict in their duty to protect the “rule of law,” the FBI and the DOJ (US Department of Justice), but they are deliberately complicit with the White House in subjecting these institutions to relentless attacks orchestrated to discredit its work product regarding the FBI’s Trump-Russia being led by the Special Counsel Robert Mueller III.

The conservative syndicated author Michael Gerson has been a former top aide to President George W. Bush as Assistant to the President for Policy and Strategic Planning.  Prior to that appointment, he served in the White House as Deputy Assistant and Director of Presidential Speech writing and Policy Advisor. Mr. Gerson joined Bush’s presidential campaign in early 1999 as chief speechwriter and a senior policy adviser.

Mr. Gerson is openly calling out the GOP republicans as cowards. Here’s the rest of the story…

On  February 5, 2018, Michael Gerson of the Washington Post penned the following opinion piece, “The cowardice among Republicans is staggering”

“According to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, the declassified Devin Nunes memo — alleging FBI misconduct in the Russia investigation — is “not an indictment of the FBI, of the Department of Justice.” According to President Trump, the memo shows how leaders at the FBI “politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats” and “totally vindicates ‘Trump’ in probe.”

“Both men are deluded or deceptive.”

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“Releasing the memo — while suppressing a dissenting assessment from other members of the House Intelligence Committee — was clearly intended to demonstrate that the FBI is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party. The effort ended in a pathetic fizzle. Nunes’s brief, amateurish document failed to demonstrate that FBI surveillance was triggered solely or mainly by a Democratic-funded dossier. But for cherry-picking above and beyond the call of duty, Nunes (R-Calif.) deserves his own exhibit in the hackery hall of fame. This was a true innovation: an intelligence product created and released for the consumption of Fox News.”

“Trump’s eager publication of the memo was expected. Yet his action crossed a line: from criticism of the FBI to executive action designed to undermine an ongoing investigation. Trump seems to be testing the waters for direct action against the FBI by testing the limits of what his Republican followers will stomach. So far, there are no limits.”

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“With the blessing of Republican leaders, the lickspittle wing of the GOP is now firmly in charge. The existence of reckless partisans such as Nunes is hardly surprising. The nearly uniform cowardice among elected Republicans is staggering. One is left wishing that Obamacare covered spine transplants. The Republican-led Congress is now an adjunct of the White House. The White House is now an adjunct of Trump’s chaotic will.”

“And what to make of Ryan (R-Wis.)? I have been a consistent defender of his good intentions. But after the 17th time saying “He knows better,” it dawns that he may not. By his recent actions, the speaker has provided political cover for a weakening of the constitutional order. He has been used as a tool while loudly insisting he is not a tool. The way Ryan is headed, history offers two possible verdicts: Either he enabled an autocrat, or he was intimidated by a fool. I believe Ryan to be a good person. But the greatest source of cynicism is not the existence of corrupt people in politics; it is good people who lose their way.”

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“The United States Congress is an institution of great power. According to the Constitution, it can deny jurisdiction to the Supreme Court. It can remove the commander in chief. But now it watches as Trump makes the executive branch his personal fiefdom. It stands by — or cheers — as the president persecutes law enforcement professionals for the performance of their public duties.”

“Why can’t Republican legislators see the personal damage this might cause? Trump has made a practice of forcing people around him to lower their standards and abandon their ideals before turning against them when their usefulness ends. His servants are sucked dry of integrity and dignity, then thrown away like the rind of a squeezed orange. Who does Trump’s bidding and has his or her reputation enhanced? A generation of Republicans will end up writing memoirs of apology and regret.”

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“The political damage to the GOP as the party of corruption and coverup should be obvious as well. This is a rare case when the rats, rather than deserting a sinking ship, seemed determined to ride it all the way down.”

“But it is damage to the conscience that is hardest to repair. For Republicans, what seemed like a temporary political compromise is becoming an indelible moral stain. The Russia investigation is revealing a Trump universe in which ethical considerations did not (and do not) figure at all. Who can imagine a senior Trump campaign official — say, Paul Manafort or Donald Trump Jr. — saying the words “That would be wrong”? Their degraded spirit has now invaded the whole GOP. By defending Trump’s transgressions, by justifying his abuses, Republicans are creating an atmosphere in which corruption and cowardice thrive.”

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How can this course be corrected? “You only have one political death,” said Rep. John Jacob Rhodes, the late Republican congressman from Arizona, “but you can choose when to use it.” Larger showdowns — concerning the possible firings of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein — now seem likely. If there is nothing for which Ryan and other Republican leaders will risk their careers, there is nothing in which they truly believe.

8 comments

  1. Elected repubs don’t see themselves as rats on the Titanic, but rather as warts on the hog that is Disseminating (fake) Turkey. (My apologies to turkeys and warthogs everywhere.) Better to be a wart, I guess, than being a Fired Fool. But, elected or not, they will have to find a champion to save the GOP from certain destruction.But, being a leftwing radical, I would enjoy seeing the fall of Republican Party. I might even dance at its funeral

    • Dear Rawgod,

      I must respectfully disagree somewhat as to wanting the total destruction of the Republican Party. I am of the school that believes that there is a need for a healthy Democratic Party and healthy Republican Party.

      The Republican Party of today that turns a blind eye to racism, to a a leader who espouses racism, a party who is willing to destroy the FBI, the DOJ just to save the president’s bacon who looks like and acts like he is guilty, and a party which passes another irresponsible tax cuts bill and was poised to do away with Obamacare, etc , I want that party blown to smithereens.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • That was the party I was talking about, it just happens that it IS the current republican party, and deserves to be blown up.

  2. Gronda, Michael Gerson, like David Brooks are two of the best conservative bent editorialists. Yet, they are largely being ignored by the Trump base. The reason is they speak the truth and saw and warned of the danger of a Donald Trump presidency. As an Independent and former Republican, they must ne heard as they have been eerily accurate in their predictions. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      There are more and more republicans outside of the US Congress and the White House who have been coming out against the presidency of Donald Trump like Mike Gerson and David Brooks.

      But the base views them as the republicans’ elite or the republican establishment. It appears they are no longer welcome in the party.

      There needs to be new party that is more moderate but to the right to compete with what has now become the Trump’s Republican Party.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • Gronda, they need to as another GOP state seat in Missouri flipped to a Democrat in a special election in a district won by Trump with a 28 point margin. He won 52 -48. Keith

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