aside Former US Congressman Charles Djou Says Enough Is Enough And He Resigns From GOP

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Another prominent Republican Party member, former U.S. Congressman Charles Djou of Hawaii bites the dust by going public as to why he is leaving his gran-ole-party of Lincoln.

As per the words penned in the Washington Post by another well known republican Joe Scarborough who as done likewise, “I  did not leave the Republican Party. The Republican Party left its senses. The political movement that once stood athwart history resisting bloated government and military adventurism has been reduced to an amalgam of talk-radio resentments. President Trump’s Republicans have devolved into a party without a cause, dominated by a leader hopelessly ill-informed about the basics of conservatism, U.S. history and the Constitution.”

“America’s first Republican president reportedly said , “Nearly all men can stand adversity. But if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” The current Republican president and the party he controls were granted monopoly power over Washington in November and already find themselves spectacularly failing Abraham Lincoln’s character exam…But the Republican leaders who have subjugated themselves to the White House’s corrupting influence fell short of Lincoln’s standard long before their favorite reality-TV star brought his gaudy circus act to Washington.”

Former U.S. Congressman Charles Djou (Hawaii) / (Kent Nishimura, File/Associated Press)

Here is the rest of the story…

On March 21, 2018, Jen Hayden of the Daily Kos penned the following report, “Former congressman says he’s had enough, publicly resigns from the Republican Party over Trump”

Excerpts:

“Former U.S. Congressman Charles Djou (Hawaii) penned an open letter announcing he is resigning from the Republican party over their embrace of Donald Trump and his harmful anti-immigration platform, which has been embraced by the Republican party itself at this point. In a lengthy open letter on Honolulu Civic Beat, Djou lays out his reasons for leaving the Republican National Party.”

“Today, after much consideration, I abandon my party because I am unwilling to abandon my principles. I can no longer stand with a Republican Party that is led by a man I firmly believe is taking the party of Lincoln in a direction I fundamentally disagree with, and a party that is unwilling to stand up to him.”

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“It disturbs me that the Republican Party under President Donald Trump is now defined as a party hostile to immigration. We are the leader of the free world, not because we are great (or need to be great again), but because we are good. […]”

“Civility is an inner trait of true character. Trump’s belittling of Sen. Jeff Flake and immature name-calling of Sen. Bob Corker reflect a weakness of character. Trump’s penchant for conspiracy theories, such as his assertion that Sen. Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of JFK, is disturbing. His poorly constructed stream-of-consciousness tweets are not only immature, but provide real harm to the stability of our democracy.”

“As President George W. Bush recently lamented, “Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children. The only way to pass along civic values is to first live up to them.”

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“Even George W. Bush gets it! He wasn’t a great president, but at least he had some values, some core principles to guide him. Trump’s only guide is his own fragile ego. But, Djou saved some of his harshest criticism for Republican leaders who stand idly by and/or enable Trump’s boorish, racist, misogynistic behavior:”

“But I am most disappointed by the failure of the GOP to clearly and consistently condemn Trump’s childish behavior. Sadly today, too many Republicans either applaud Trump’s tirades or greet them with silent acceptance. This leads to an implicit ratification by the GOP of Trump’s undisciplined, uninformed, and unfocused leadership as a core part of the Republican Party. This is something I cannot accept and will not be a part of.”

“Hopefully more Republicans like Djou will publicly denounce Donald Trump and help Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell find their spines. If it isn’t already too late.”

3 comments

  1. Mr. Charles Djou deserves a standing ovation!!! My hat is off to him and I hope more like him will discover their long-buried consciences! This gives me hope … a miniscule bit, to be sure … but hope, nonetheless! Hugs!!!

    • Dear Jill,

      Each one of these ex-republican voices count. Those in the GOP need to know what the vast majority of Americans think of them. But so far, the republicans with any spine have been those who are retiring or have already left the US Congress.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • True. The ones who have a spine are so sickened and disgusted that they no longer wish to be any part of this mess. I am truly surprised that even more haven’t left. But it sends a message, or at least should, when one after another refer to Trump as a brat and condemn the GOP for not taking action. I think either the GOP is going to have to change their image, to evolve, else they may become known as the POP — Party Of the Past. Hugs!!!

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