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Protect And Defend?

Category: GOP Politics
Posted: 05/11/17 22:41

by Dave Mindeman

I continue to be amazed at the Republican inability to recognize or act upon a clear threat to American democracy.

Maybe President Trump's actions are all coincidental. Maybe Russian influence is vastly overstated. But I doubt it...and I think any reasonable person should have those same doubts.

At the very least, there should be a curiousity about the truth. To know what is happening. To understand why these sinister coincidences exist.

But the Republican Party is essentially covering their eyes and ears and making loud noises so that none of this gets through. It is an unpardonable reaction.

All of these elected officials took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies...foreign and DOMESTIC. They have violated that oath. This is not a game. This is not politics. This is not about the next election. This is about protecting American democracy.

Republicans have always told us that it is about the country. John McCain's slogan was Country First. Sarah Palin used to criticize the behavior going on now as "un-American". The flag was to be protected and revered. It was America that was exceptional.

Where are those Republicans now? Where are they? Did they ever really exist? Was it all some political front to fool us into thinking they meant any of it?

Donald Trump is not only dangerous, he is incompetent. He praises strong, authoritarian leaders...and calls his opponents soft and weak. Donald Trump is a threat to democracy. He is a threat to the free world.

And yet, the Republican Party stands timidly in the corner, hoping it will all just right itself, so they can keep the power.

We have a government that sends mixed signals to our friends and enemies. A government that has few competent people in established positions. Few even nominated. We have a President acting in a petty, foolish manner not even worthy of a playground.

And still we have no Republican statesmanship that will at least examine the problem.

When Republicans are in charge....we all lose.
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