Trump continues to unravel policies that have long been the bedrock of conservative philosophy. The silence of the Republican leaders and actions of the right-wing TV intelligentsia is in some ways laughable, but is also depressing because of the consequences of their actions.
Perhaps the Democrats, including me, should take some joy because of the Republican acts of political confusion and crookedness. However, I love this country, with all its faults, and the diminishing sense of global leadership and decline in moral and ethical principles certainly does not bring pleasure or happiness to me or my family. What I don’t understand is the lack of opposition and rejection from those in the Republican establishment and leadership to this charlatan, con artist president.
Imagine what the Republican response would be if we had a Democrat in the Oval Office who abandoned long-term trade agreements. The recent trade agreement with Mexico had been worked out months ago but his latest news release appears it had just been finalized after his threat of additional tariffs on Mexican goods. This president has alienated our closest allies, ran up record setting deficits, undermined farmers and unilaterally implemented trade tariffs with many countries.
What would they say if a Democrat president insulted military leaders, dodged taxes and sucked up to the world’s worst dictators? Would they say “that’s the president being the president” or would they initiate impeachment proceedings? Think about the response the conservative Christians would have if a Democrat president were in office and he had a history of cavorting with porn stars and mocked handicapped people. There are a few exceptions but, generally, the Republicans have exhibited raw politics and self-preservation, not ideology or principles that are issues they really value.
I certainly hope the Republicans realize what is happening to this country and they will unite with both the Democrats and the citizens of this land to respect and uphold the principles established by our Constitution.