25 October 2017

An Extraordinary Day

Future historians may look at yesterday, October 24, 2017, as the beginning of the end of Donald Trump's treacherous grip on the presidency.

Yesterday, Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona gave a stunning, emotional speech on the floor of the Senate harshly denouncing Trump's dishonesty, thuggery, and anti-Americanism (details here).

"Reckless, outrageous, and undignified behavior has become excused and countenanced as 'telling it like it is,'" Flake said. "When it is actually just reckless, outrageous and undignified. And when such behavior emanates from the top of our government, it is something else: It is dangerous to a democracy. Such behavior does not project strength — because our strength comes from our values. It instead projects a corruption of the spirit and weakness."

Flake received a standing ovation from a number of other prominent Republican senators in attendance, including John McCain, Bob Corker, Ben Sasse, John Barrasso, and more.

Also yesterday, Republican Senator Corker gave a scorching interview where he repeatedly lambasted Trump to his rotten core (details here).

"I think that he's proven himself unable to rise to the occasion," Corker said. "I don't think that that's possible. He's obviously not going to rise to the occasion as President."

Corker also condemned Trump on numerous other points, and these are only a few highlights:

--"The President has great difficulty with the truth. On many issues."

--"I don't know why he lowers himself to such a low, low standard, and debases our country in a way that he does, but he does."

--"I think world leaders are very aware that much of what he says is untrue."

This astounding frankness from senators condemning a President from their own party was not a small historical moment.

I was reminded of when extraordinary bluntness was used against the tyrannically corrupt Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s during a Senate hearing (details here) when Joseph Welch, a lawyer for the U.S. Army, commented "Until this moment, Senator, I think I have never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness.... You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

Many historians believe that was the beginning of the end for McCarthy, who died not long after in alcoholic ignominy.

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous04:51

    Algo para celebrar.Amigo venezolano,Cucuta

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  2. I did comment it yesterday and I'm still flabbergasted of how illogical are the American people, mostly those «republicans Trumpty Dumpty's d├ęplorables», and still are «proud» of this «45» actions in the White House.

    NEVER in any other democratic countries in the world, such a moron could be elected and worst, could remain in office with so many cases against him.

    Corker talked about the other world leaders thoughts but he just scratched the surface of it. As a Canadian, must admit that his views about the commercial buisiness between our countries is such blindful that USA and Canadian NAFTA negociators are swimming in real mud waters.

    This «45» is making historical mistakes that isn't making America great again but is rather showing to the whole world that America is regressing to 19th century old ways of ruling.

    Obama and George W. Bush did give their wise advices on this twisted «president» and his bad ways to govern.

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