A simple question

A simple question for elected officials in my old party – the Republican Party. What will you have to defend tomorrow, next week, next month…next year? And, will it be from an old, alleged crime or a new one. I have been asking this question of GOP officials for over four years now. There is always a new or newly discovered Trump alleged crime or some form of deceit that surfaces.

Accountability. Responsibility. Truth. These are words that are lacking these days to define the Republican party. Democrats are not perfect, but they are at least talking and doing something about issues of import. Yes, Dems stretch the truth, but it is not even close to the level of mainstream deceit that is required by the GOP. Seeing Sarah Palin claim election fraud yesterday was as predictable as the nose on my face. I told my wife last week that Palin will claim fraud at some point and I am not that prescient.

I also knew Donald Trump would claim election fraud and contest the election two months before he did as he had hired 1,000 attorneys and defamed and tried to hobble the mail in process. I wrote a post in September 2020 to that effect. Senator Bernie Sanders told a late-night TV audience in October 2020 with eerie accuracy what Trump would do the next month with the election claiming foul. It did not take a crystal ball to see this coming.

What I cannot figure out is why people buy Trump’s false bravado when he accepts accountability for nothing? I see a very shallow and weak-minded acting person who cannot admit he lost or made a mistake. What saddens me more are the sycophants who buy into and sell his bogus claims when they have to know better. Senators Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Lindsey Graham, et al routinely shame themselves falling over to defend this untruthful bullying and seditious acting person. These are Senators who should be leaders not fawners.

Any party that has to rely on groups like QAnon, InfoWars and opinion personalities to white wash what is happening or has happened deserves every bit of scrutiny it gets. And, what they should be doing is paying attention to those Republicans testifying under oath or taking risks to speak out against the lies and fraud committed by the former president. That is courage. Now, why would they stick their necks out when they know so many want to chop them off? Dems should not listen to their opinion hosts either, but the GOP has found some dark corners of disinformation that have been pulled into social media for discussion.

Biden is not perfect and critics try to use his imperfections as “what-about” responses, but I have never seen anything like what we are seeing now with the Republican party that conservative pundit Michael Gerson says is “in decay.” MAGA fans like to say Trump is being treated so unfairly. I would say the press reports on too many of his shortcomings, faults, and deceptions. They have made us numb reporting on non-important stuff, that we lose sight of the major concerns. The press has normalized his unaccountable and deceitful behavior.

Yet, Trump has brought all of this on himself with his inability to tell the truth with any degree of frequency and his bullying and firing of naysayers and critics who have concerns. “They just don’t like me” is a child’s response. What I don’t like is an elected leader lying to me, who takes credit for all good and blames others for all bad, who bullies people on a routine basis, and who appears to have acted seditiously toward the efforts of the United States. The fact he may have classified material including nuclear information is simply wrong on so many levels.

We need a viable conservative party, but what we have now is not it. Accountability. Responsibility. Truth. They could start there. They could also start by doing the opposite of what the former president says to do. Listen to the ones who are getting vilified for telling the truth, instead.


29 thoughts on “A simple question

  1. EXCELLENT post, Keith. Hmmmm … sounds vaguely like a comment I just read on my post! 😉 I think you make a good point when you say that the press has over-responded and ‘normalized’ his behavior, inured us to the awfulness that is Donald Trump.

    Today I am closely following the news from across the pond about Queen Elizabeth’s ill health … it doesn’t look good for her. And as I do so, I cannot help but make the comparison between her and Donald Trump … she is an inspiration, a calming influence in the sea of chaos, whereas Trump IS the sea of chaos.

  2. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    Accountability. Responsibility. Truth. Our friend Keith reminds us why we should demand these three things from the people we elect to represent us, and points out that we are being let down in all three areas, particularly by those in the Republican Party. Thank you, Keith, for your wisdom and ability to see beyond the rhetoric, beyond the lies and chaos.

    • Jill, many thanks for the reblog. It is much appreciated. The other big news of the day is Steve Bannon being charged with six counts of fraud taking money from a fund created to provide money for the border wall. If this turns out to be true, it would a troubling that an advisory to the former president has been charged. It should be noted, the former president settled a court case about three years ago of his taking money from the Trump Foundation for personal reasons, agreeing to repay the trust fund before it was terminated and monies distributed to charities. Keith

      • My pleasure, Keith! As re Bannon … I’ll cheer when he is convicted and sentenced. We all know he defrauded those who donated to We Build The Wall, but will he actually ever see the inside of a prison cell? Trump, Bannon, Thiel, and so many more are as crooked as the day is long, but they keep slithering out from under the fence, keep getting off with naught but a slap on the wrist, if that.

  3. Keith,

    There’s nothing really to add that you haven’t already succinctly and poignantly written here. The bottom-line? Today’s GOP, particularly the radical Trumpism autocrats, need a seriously healthy dose of introspection and a Come to Jebus Talk with themselves and other GOP radicals. And it NEEDS to be with a brutally honest fine-tooth comb. Period.

    Superb post Sir. Bravo! 👏🏻

    • Professor, many thanks. They certainly could use a come to Jesus talk. These folks that play the “what about” game to try to rationalize atrocious behavior are not on the side of the angels. The Dems are not perfect, but I have never seen a major party such as the current GOP be so adrift untethered to the truth. To have to lie as a sign of fealty to such an untruthful acting person is truly shameful. Thanks again, Keith

  4. It seems, that, the, Republican supporters are, completely, BLIND, to how the party is, completely, corrupt, or maybe, the supporters had been, brain washed, to just, follow the leader, and they are, completely, unaware that, the heads of the Republican Party, is, leading everyone, down that, sharpened, cliff, it’s like watching Heaven’s Gate, all over, again…

    • Thanks for your comment. Many are completely blind or choose to be blind, which in my opinion is worse. To know someone is lying and to have to go along with and repeat the lie is a greater sin in my book. Especially when the person has to step on someone who is telling the truth as part of the cover-up.

  5. Note to Readers: I left a message expressing concern over Senator Marco Rubio’s minimizing the raid on one of the Trump homes to obtain classified materials (including nuclear documents) from the White House. As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I encouraged him to treat this issue with seriousness of purpose just as he should with the accusations of sedition coming out of the House Select Committee on the January 6 insurrection. Regardless of party, we cannot have either of this issues replicated in the future. I worry about our election being treated as inaccurate after the Big Lie of the former president. Keith

    • PS – I got a canned letter from one of my Senators (Thom Tillis) which is loaded with GOP talking points on this subject meant for a largely Republican audience. It takes a lot of effort to get a warrant to do what the FBI did and just look at what they found. And, please remember my recent post on a true event of a Chinese spy being detained a few years ago, guess where, Mar-a-Lago.

  6. Note to Readers: An excerpt from an interview between an attorney to the former president and Major Garrett of CBS News is not a surprise.

    “A lawyer who served in the White House during Donald Trump’s administration, said the ex-president is a ‘deeply wounded narcissist,’ claiming that’s one of the two toxic traits that dictate his actions and decision making.

    Ty Cobb, who stepped down in 2018 because of Trump’s disapproval of his ‘conciliatory’ approach, also said Trump is ‘incapable of acting other than in his perceived self-interest or for revenge.’”


  8. I think it’s pretty clear that a large portion of the GOP doesn’t give a rat’s ass about tomorrow, unless it has to do with their campaign finance bottom line, nor do they care about accountability, responsibility, or truth. What they seem to take delight in is the game of spin.

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