Pandora’s Box is a foreboding example for the GOP

Per Wikipedia, “Pandora’s box is an artifact in Greek mythology connected with the myth of Pandora in Hesiod’s Works and Days. In modern times an idiom has grown from it meaning ‘Any source of great and unexpected troubles’ or, alternatively, ‘A present which seems valuable but which in reality is a curse.’ Later depictions of the fatal container have been varied, while some literary and artistic treatments have focused more on the contents of the idiomatic box than on Pandora herself.”

This literary example comes to mind as the Republican Senators may now be fully opening Pandora’s Box, if they acquit the US president with no admonishment. They may not ever get a chance to put the president back in the box and my guess is they won’t be able to. Mind you, I believe the evidence is pretty compelling that the president is every bit as guilty and more. Sadly, he has dragged others into his mess, as is his usual modus operandi.

What they are missing because of fear and blind allegiance is this is the point of reckoning where they could have saved their party and democracy. This point may be looked back on in history as the watershed moment when the GOP leaders failed to act upon. The argument that the president’s position is above the law is absolute BS. We are not a kingdom and, if our president is corrupt and untruthful as this one is, he needs to be removed from office.

As an independent and former GOP and Democrat voter, I do not care what party is represented in the White House. But, when the incumbent dishonors the position to the point where 63% of Europeans do not trust him, trusting Putin and Xi more, what does that tell you?

Taking the US president at his word is fool’s errand. But, this is not new. His attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen said under oath, “Donald Trump is a racist, he is a con-artist and he is a cheat.” Under oath, Cohen said he sent out over 500 strong arm letters to people and entities to not reveal any negative news about Trump. The most succinct quote about Trump comes from Thomas Wells, another attorney who worked with Trump, when he wrote before the election, “Donald Trump lies everyday, even about things of no consequence.”

The evidence is overwhelming in my view, based on the testimony of duty bound public servants under oath who testified at great risk. But, the key reason I know Trump is guilty beyond his modus operandi, is because he said he is not. When one lies like the president, the story is fluid, like retreating lines drawn in the sand.

12 thoughts on “Pandora’s Box is a foreboding example for the GOP

  1. You are spot on, Keith. Perhaps some years down the road, the Republican Party will kick itself for the precedent they will set this week, but by then … by the time they waken and see the damage they have caused, it will be too late. This counts among the darkest periods in the nation’s history.

  2. Watching the Iowa caucuses and the dynamic if fascinating. I think we should run ALL our elections this way with people trying to convince the less successful voters to join them. I’ve never seen this in action before and it gives me hope, something I’ve been missing recently.

  3. The fears, the vanities, the prejudices of 50,000,000+ people condensed into one individual of small character and negligible worth. The danger here is they will try and keep that manifestation going, in no matter what identity. he could drop down dead tomorrow and they would stream to invent another one.

  4. Note to Readers: At the suggestion of Jill, I took a peek at the commercial being run by the Lincoln Group on appointed Senator Martha McSally who is running against Mark Kelly, former astronaut. The conservative Lincoln Group has made an effort to shine lights on people who too ardently support the president, including the president himself. Senators who did not want to hear testimony from people like John Bolton are going to hear more from people like this.

  5. Note to Readers II: I posted this shorter version (in essence dropping the first paragraph) of this post on about a dozen GOP senators’ websites. Please feel free to adapt and edit and do the same.

    • Note to Readers III: I posted this thank you on Senator Mitt Romney’s website:

      “Dear Senator Romney, you are to be commended for your political courage, which is in very short supply. I was highly disappointed you were the lone Republican, as I am certain many felt similarly, but did not have your courage of conviction. That saddens me about my former party. I fear we have opened fully Pandora’s Box.”

  6. Note to Readers: The newspaper printed the abbreviated version of this letter on Sunday. It was centered between dueling letters on the impeachment trial. Hopefully, it got a few people’s attention, but I don’t hold my breath.

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