Three simple questions

With the building impeachment story of abuse of power based on the testimony of honorable and decent public servants, there are three questions to ask Republican lawmakers.

– why is the president operating shadow diplomacy led by an unvetted (by the Senate) person?

– is the person in the White House someone you want to spend your dear reputation on?

– what will you have to defend or rationalizs next week, next month and next year and do you even know whether he has already committed the act needing your defense?

Respected commenters Mark Shields and David Brooks noted in their weekly recap on PBS Newshour last night, the corruption we should be worried about is not in Ukraine – it is in the White House. Using Mike Pompeo as an example of spending a dear reputation, they vilifed Pompeo for his disgracing his Marine training of letting the troops eat first, by not defending his people.

I agree. A real leader defends his or her people, not throw them under the bus. Sadly, Pompeo is following his boss’ example. Trump will throw anyone under the bus for any reason, perceived or real.

9 thoughts on “Three simple questions

    • Janis, what is great about both is even when you disagree with their opinion, you appreciate the thoughtful argument. This is too rare these days. Brooks has written several good books and I heard him speak. One of his comments resonated that we have gotten away from community gathering places. This was and remains key in civil discourse and social dialogue. He shared examples of where the reinstitution of such was making a difference. Keith

  1. Wouldn’t you like to see a few republicans actually answer those questions honestly? Is it any wonder the White House staff turnover has set a record high level, and that a large number of republican members of Congress are calling it quits? I read yesterday that Kellyanne’s hubby, George, said she is part of a ‘cult’ … that almost seems what this is all like, a cult.

    • Jill, there are two good editorial reads in my paper today. One from David Brooks about the duty-bound and honorable folks serving our country exemplified by three folks testifying last week. The other is by Leonard Pitts who note some Trump supporters doing their best to misplace books critical of the president in libraries or following the president’s lead to cancel subscriptions to The New York Times and The Washington Post. That is cult like behavior. Yet, these three questions must be asked, even of them. But, a fourth one comes to mind for followers – why believe a person who admits he doesn’t like to read or study, who has been judged by many sources to be less than truthful with regularity and whose ego won’t permit him to admit he is wrong? Taking Trump’s word as gospel is a fool’s errand. Keith

  2. Note to Readers: Another GOP loss in a governor’s race in the South – Louisiana governor loss adds to Kentucky coupled with a changing of the guard in Virginia’s legislature are tell-tale signs. Trump actively supported both gubernatorial candidates It should be noted the incumbent in Louisiana was the Dem, but he was a lone Dem in the south. When you add twenty more GOP Congress members electing not to run again in 2020, on top of a good size number in 2018, and it is also a tell-tale sign. Again, the above three questions need to be asked, but with the context of is not answering these questions truthfully in public worth it politically?

  3. AND, ask them if the behavior they are supporting in the current president would pass muster with the next Democratic president? BTW, does the GOP really wish to dismantle the two-party system? Do they think America would be great again, were it to resort to a one party system, with little to no legislative or judicial oversight?

    • Linda, we both know the answer to the first question. It would be a glaring story on Fox News. I remember the kerfuffle over a flag pin, which looks amazingly childish to betraying national security.

      As for the latter point, the rationale ranges from more nefarious concerns to a hyper-tribalism. One of the causes is “fear” of declining influence as the US demographics change. I do not make that statement lightly or without grave concern. I had been thinking this for some time, then heard a former GOP strategist named Steve Schmidt articulate it on a talk show saying this concern predates Trump. Keith

      • Yeah. I’m sure you’re right about the changing demographics paranoia. I’m not sure how we can balance out that fear, because it is so deeply indoctrinated into the subconscious white-privilege aspect of America.

      • Linda, it is proving difficult. We must seek the real truths and reinforce them, being truthseekers. The one term which should be equated with Donald Trump is “fake news.” He is the biggest purveyor of such in a democracy, yet he blames others for it in an autocrat fashion. We need to point the paradoxes.

        For example, Trump says climate change is a hoax, but requests the Irish government to let him build a sea wall to hold back rising seas due to climate change at his golf course there. Help me understand that.


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