Abdication of Courage

Author: Gary Hart

It has been apparent for some time that virtually all Republican members of the House and Senate who are clinging to their positions have chosen to place career and party over courage in the national interest.

By doing so they have undermined our Founders’ reliance on checks and balances to prevent the danger of autocracy in the executive branch and the requirement of independence of the legislative branch.

Rarely if ever has a Congressional majority abdicated its Constitutional responsibility in the face of an unhinged executive.

But other senior Republicans are equally culpable.  When was the last time you heard a critical word against President Trump, as he systematically seeks to undermine the G7, NATO and collective security, the European Union, the World Trade Organizations and multiple trade agreements under it, and virtually any and all of the pillars of the Western democratic alliance, from the following list of Republicans often labeled “statesmen”:

George Schultz, former Secretary of State

James Baker, former Secretary of State

Colin Powell, former Secretary of State

Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House

Brent Scowcroft, former National Security Advisor

Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense

Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense

Richard Cheney, former Vice President

George W. Bush, former President

And a host of others, cabinet members, Senators, Congresspersons, Governors.  All silent in the face of the destruction of the economic, political, and security structures they wholeheartedly supported during their time in office and well beyond…until the last number of months.

The oath they each took to protect and defend the United States of America was not revoked when they left office.  What is it?  Embarrassment?  Shock?  Loathing?  The issue is one of patriotism, the interests of the nation which they served, and country over party.

What a stark contrast their collective silence is with the startling words of a true patriot, Senator John McCain, clinging to a life well worth living, made today in condemning the actions of Trump as “shameful”.

We have only to imagine, if Barack Obama or any Democratic president had undercut the international order of the past seven decades in an effort to appease autocratic Russia, that Republican impeachment proceedings would be underway well before now.

Having achieved their tax cuts and deregulations, is that all they care about?

[in partial response to Neil McCarthy’s comment in the previous post]



3 Responses to “Abdication of Courage”

  1. Michael Says:

    Yea, it obviously is all they care about.

  2. John Dedie Says:

    A strong statement from all the ex-POTUS’s would have been helpful. Someone ought to send those Republicans, JFK’s “Profiles in Courage”.


    My country has just held meetings at the highest level with this the President of the lowest calibre.

    A Prime Minister who is not of my party felt like both my Prime Minister when I read the pathetic drivel Trump both wrote about her, criticising her, elevating himself, then the even more pathetic sycophancy, supporting her, he lied in front of her, claiming the newspaper published an inaccurate version, but when they revealed word for word on a recording, looked as absurd as he did with Putin.Demonstrations making it clear what many of us feel regarding this appalling President, including by the deputy leader of my party, the Liberal Democrats,with many colleagues, were as of little compared to the display of the man himself. The Queen thankfully gave him barely an hour!

    But it was with Putin it got scary from this man…

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