Do you recall over the last four years, everyone and their uncle asking the question, “what the hell happened to the Republicans”, in the face of Donald Trump’s crimes? (Senators, Congressmen &women)
Of course, you do… Some people say they are scared that Trump’s cult of support will turn against them and shoo them out of office once he starts to bully them on Twitter.
I agree that he is a colossal bully, there is no denying that, the support he enjoys is not the kind of soft support that other politicians would enjoy, his supporters are all in.
So we are forced to scratch a little deeper to understand the cult following that emboldened Donald Trump to say he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and he wouldn’t lose a single supporter. (We’ll come back to this point)
Me, I have ideas that may be more sinister. I believe that the Russians have dirt on all of these clowns and so they are forced to toe the Trump line.
It is remarkable what internal polling can do fifteen days before a presidential election. I mean, being the calculative self-serving tacticians that they are, a couple of Republican Senators have begun to find their voices by trying to create an impression that they were always independent thinkers who never followed on their knees behind Trump like servile domesticated dogs.
Two days ago I wrote about the calculative attempt of Nebraska US Senator Ben Sasse, in an insult to our intelligence, when he tried to berate Donald Trump to roughly 17,000 of his constituents, in a teleconference.
Sure Senator Sasse, that kind of thing will never get out, you only said it to the equivalent of a mid-sized town.
And now Texas Republican US senator John Cornyn, who is in a tougher than expected fight to retain his seat, has kinda-sorta, come out with a mealy-mouthed bunch of lies, in an effort to try and wash some of the stenches of Donald Trump from off him.
Slate reported that in a meeting Cornyn was asked whether he and other members of the Republican Party didn’t regret failing to push Trump more on certain issues“?
I think what we found is that we’re not going to change President Trump. He is who he is,” Cornyn said. “You either love him or hate him, and there’s not much in-between”. What I tried to do is not get into public confrontations and fights with him because, as I’ve observed, those usually don’t end too well.”
The report indicated that Cornyn insisted that he was opposed to taking money from the defense budget to build portions of the border wall, claiming he is “very much a defense hawk.”
But, as the Dallas Morning News points out, Cornyn repeatedly defended the move publicly. In February, for example, he said Trump really had no other choice. “I believe border security is part of national security. So I support the efforts to accomplish that secure border,” Cornyn told reporters on Feb. 20. “The president’s left with a bad hand and has to play the best hand he can.” Cornyn’s Democratic challenger, MJ Hegar, sent a tweet pointing out this discrepancy: “Either John Cornyn’s a coward — or he’s a liar.”
No, it is not a binary choice… John Cornyn is both, and then some.
John Cornyn is seeing the same external polling that most Americans are seeing, additionally, John Cornyn, like Ben Sasse, is also seeing the handwriting on the wall, they have access to internal polling for their party.
Ben Sasse said it, he said Trump is leading the party into a “bloodbath”, [sic].
Not a single one of these Republican US Senators honored their oaths over the last three years plus of the Trump régime. They stood by in lockstep with Donald Trump as he walked all over the Constitution, the laws, and the rights of people he hated.
Not a single Republican Senator had the maturity that the founders expected them to exhibit in the upper chamber. It is because the founders expected Senators to be more reasoned, less partisan, more deliberative, that they are given six-year terms, as opposed to the two-year term of the more rambunctious members of the house.
Without considering that Donald Trump will be like a flash in the pan, gone eventually, despite the evidence they all-together voted to keep Trump in office, with the exception of Mitt Romney.
Not a single other Republican Senator stepped up to defend the Constitution as Republican Senators did to Richard Nixon.
Making the argument that they do not like the things Trump does is malarky, Trump committed removable offenses for which he was justly impeached.
Republicans dishonored their oaths to the constitution when they decided not to remove the menace that is the Trump régime, all out of rank political opportunism.
The pursuit of power has long been the sole strategy of Republicans at all levels. They create farm institutions that nurture and grow right-wing zealots whose loyalty is to the Republican party and its racist policies, and not to the Democratic principles enshrined in the constitution.
Organizations like the Heritage Foundation are determined to make the Supreme Court a far-right final arbiter that will turn the American clock back hundreds of years.
On the Supreme Court and the Federal appeals Bench, they have been a phenomenal success at recreating the American Judiciary into an arm of the Republican Party.
Through unconscionable redistricting, they have gerrymandered Congressional Districts that allow Republican house members to choose their voters, instead of voters choosing them.
Through a multiplicity of voter suppression tactics, they have prevented minorities and young people from exercising the fundamental constitutional right in any Democratic nation, that is the right to vote.
The Republican party’s galling and rapacious attempts to grab and hold power is an insult to the flag, the Constitution, and everything this experiment ever represented.
Years ago Roger Ailes pitched an idea to Rupert Murdoch a media tycoon. That idea was that there was about 60% of the media that was slanted to the left .……liberal as they say.
He argued that despite those percentages, the people who received news from the major news organizations, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, the New York Times, Washington Post, et al were scattered around those networks.
He argued that there was a solid 40% who wanted something else.
That 40% was the so-called conservatives scattered across the country.
FOX misinformation was born, along with FOX, emerged a network of radio, and other misinformation channels that were dedicated to feeding the beast of racist right-wing fears and victimhood.
Donald Trump did not need to work toward earning that 40% of the country, it was sitting there waiting for the most caustic, most venomous nationalist to take over, and that is exactly what he did.
One by one he annihilated his opponents in the 2016 primaries, not with policy ideas, not with business ideas, but with insults, demagoguery, lies, and slander.
They wanted a candidate who hates who they hate, regardless of his flaws, Donald Trump became President because that 40% voted, Democrats and so-called Independents allowed Russian misinformation against Hillary Clinton to keep them from voting.
According to the FBI Director and a long line of other national security experts, not only has Russian interference not stopped, other state actors have joined in, placing the American Elections in grave danger.
Not a single Republican United States Senator has put politics or personal considerations aside to stand up to Donald Trump, as such not a single one of them will be guiltless when this is all over.
Mike Beckles is a former police Detective corporal, businessman, freelance writer, he is a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog mikebeckles.com.
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