Will a Champion of Good Come Forward in the Republican Party?

The four years of Trump in the White House were as horrific as Adolf Hitler’s rise to power must have seemed to Germans. Trump has long admitted his admiration for Hitler’s iron fisted supreme ruler mode of governing based on the Big Lie. Left unchained, Trump may have built a hate monster to rival the Nazis.

It is only thanks to brave people working on the front lines like Stacey Abrams getting voters registered and turning up at the polls, that Trump was sent packing in the 2020 presidential election. Over 81,000,000 people turned out to vote Trump out of office. This was America standing up for what is right and removing a white supremacist from the White House.

Trump lost the popular vote by over 7 million votes, and woefully lost the electoral college as well. While Biden was the stronger candidate, I think a lot of the votes he got were not so much for him as against Trump.

Trump is a racist. He calls Nazis “fine people” and expressed “love” for white supremacists like the Proud Boys.

Trump is a sexual predator. Trump has been accused of rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment by at least 26 women.

Trump is a liar. The Washington Post tracked over 25,000 times Trump lied during his reign of terror.

Trump is a traitor. The CIA, FBI, NSA, and Director of National Intelligence all confirmed Trump illegally colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election.

Trump is guilty of treason. On January 6, 2021, Trump incited an attempted insurrection to forcibly take over the government after losing the 2020 election to Joe Biden. People died while Trump laughed.

This is the short list of disgusting attributes of Trump. It does not even go into his long lists of financial and humanitarian crimes.

The point is not to list Trump’s many faults, deviances, and crimes. That would be a seemingly endless list.

Trump is a lost cause. There is no changing that Trump is to his core an evil person. But I thought there might be hope for the Republican party to come out from the shadows of Trump and return to a belief system that was honorable. Now I am not so sure.

Trump was impeached twice. In both cases the prosecution proved beyond any shadow of doubt that Trump had betrayed his oath of office and committed crimes against the Unites States and its allies. With the exception of right-wing nut jobs like QAnon followers, the Oath Keepers, and the Proud Boys, nobody of any intelligence believes Trumps lies about a “stolen” election. It is the belief of only the gullible, but the Republicans in Congress gave Trump a free pass anyway.

“Just because actions meet a standard of impeachment does not mean it is in the best interest of the country to remove a President from office,” stated Senator Marco Rubio, betraying his country while kissing the hand of a traitor, voting against removing Trump from office.

The Republican party had the opportunity to distance themselves from Trump and did not do it. That makes me question whether there is any hope left for a grand old party that is no longer grand, and no longer representing the wishes of its constituents.

A long, long time ago, the Republican party was the Party of Lincoln – Abraham Lincoln. The party stood for human rights and equality. We even went to war to preserve the freedom of all races in the U.S.

Now the Republican party is not about the people, it’s about big business. It started with Ronald Reagan lowering the tax rate on the ultra-rich (the upper 1%) from 70% to 28%. Reagan theorized “trickledown economics” wherein if you give the big businesses money, they will share it with their employees. Known as Reaganomics, this trickledown theory failed miserably under Reagan, George Bush, George W. Bush, and Trump. The rich got richer and the poor got poorer.

Have you ever noticed that the Republicans like to tell their rank-and-file supporters what Democrats stand for and will do if elected? Yet it’s always all lies. Isn’t it interesting that the things Republicans say their opponents believe in, never match reality?

Let’s take for example the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Trump took pictures of the rioting and mayhem and told his followers that this was a picture of “Joe Biden’s America”. The pictures were truly scary. The problem was that they were pictures of the chaos and destruction of Trump’s administration.

How about another example? Let’s take guns for instance. Republicans are famous for saying that Democrats want to take away your guns. But it’s not true.

There are a great number of Democrats and Independents who own guns for hunting and protection. I have been a gun owner myself. When I decided it was not in the interests of my own safety to have a gun in the house, I removed it. But that was an individual decision. I didn’t argue that nobody should own a gun, just that I didn’t need to myself.

What Democrats support is regulation to keep guns in the hands of responsible, law-abiding citizens.

Japan is an excellent example of gun regulation that works. In Japan, if you want to own a gun you must attend a class, pass a written test, and achieve at least 95% accuracy during a shooting-range test. How well does this regulation work? Japan has a population of over 127 million people yet sees gun deaths of less than 10 people a year.

There is a battle for power in the Republican party. In the vacuum created when Trump was kicked to the curb, a few Republicans have been in the headlines battling to be the heir apparent to Trump’s racist, conspiracy-theory loving base. Names like Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Ron Johnson, and Marjorie Taylor Greene keep popping up in headlines for their Trump-like distain for the truth.

These right-wing crackpots put out narratives of hatred and division. Their messaging is based 100% on fictions, like a “stolen election” and “Jewish space lasers.”

If the Republican party is going to have a chance of surviving it needs to return to a place of honorable intentions, which it is not in its current makeup. The time is now for a true Republican leader to step forward with a plan to return the party to pre-Reagan priorities of the American dream. The Republican party needs a young leader to step forward the way Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has done in the Democratic party.

The people of the U.S. want a living minimum wage and access to quality, affordable healthcare. It makes no sense that the United States is the only one of 33 developed countries that doesn’t have universal healthcare. And, you also shouldn’t have to work more than one job to meet the most basic cost of living.

The time is now for a champion of the people to arise from the wreckage of the Republican party with an emphasis on what the people need, not what big corporations can get away with. If the best the party can do is Cruz and Hawley, it will remain in the image of Trump – full hate, lies, and criminal behavior.

Cindy McCain, widow of Senator John McCain, stated on MSNBC recently that she does not believe the Republican Party will survive by “appealing to the dark side of humanity.”

Peace. Love. Trust.

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