So when will it be? When will there be a Republican insider, member of Congress, part of the Trump Administration, publically stand up and say enough is enough? Time out. This must come to an end for the sake of the country and, oh yes, the Republican Party. When will someone in John McCain’s image and character pull the plug on this evolving nightmare and take us a step back to sanity and beginnings of hope?
Yes, there are several Republican members of Congress who have spoken out. True, true. But they are all leaving to the safety of retirement, thus making their statements lack the credibility and punch we need to send the strong, clear message to the people of this country. Maybe, what we need is one of those very rich political supporters to let members of Congress know that they will not be blackballed for speaking the truth. But holding your breath for that one also makes little sense. The very rich are very happy. Huge tax cuts and scrapping regulations can have that kind of impact. So who is it going to be? Not Senator Lindsey Graham now that he doesn't have Senator McCain to provide cover.
One would have thought after a full week of honoring Senator McCain for his courage and commitment to the fundamental values of our country (and then recognizing the anniversary of September 11th, 2001 and all the sacrifices that have been made for our country over the years since), that someone might see the opportunity to be a part of history, taking that first step towards restoring faith in our institutions and political systems. If you listen to or read George Will and/or Steve Schmidt rail against current Republican members of Congress and the Republican Party in general, one should feel comfortable that all this concern is not just the usual commentary from the opposing political party. Their historic ties to Grand Old Party are more than well documented. And the same goes for former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough, who authored an op-ed piece in the Washington Post where he reflected on September 11th and stated, "Trump is harming the dream of America more than any foreign adversary ever could."
But when and who will it be to stand up for the United States of America and our values? Now saying that, I am aware of what our Senator Moran said Tuesday at a Landon Lecture on the campus of Kansas State University. His message seemed to suggest at least a semblance of sanity on some of these issues. But, before we pin a ribbon on him, I'd remind Kansans that saying what he said here is not saying it on the floor of the Senate to his colleagues and to the American people. We need it said loud and clear and, most importantly, for it to be backed up with action. I hope and pray the time is coming soon. Then what happens? Will that open the floodgates of mutual support? Or will that person be mocked and discredited to the point where the status quo survives? I want to believe the former will prevail, that the strong majority of the American people will be so relieved and supportive, that restoration of our democracy will be on its way.