What the heck happened to the Republican Party? Why have some of these people who are of above-average intelligence, given up governance for political gamesmanship?
Why have they so willingly taken to following a character who has a low intellect, no sense of humanity, and lacks the ability (nor does he care to) define what is right and what is wrong.
Everything from QAnon through cryptic comments made in passing, sound bytes if you will, indicate that the Republicans in the House and Senate want to “rule” the people, not “serve.” They are willing to lie, cheat and steal having no problem placing the people in serious jeopardy everyday.
Politics and political influence is more important to them than doing the business of the people.
There used to be traits of leadership and good governance. Now integrity and intelligence have been surrendered to loyalty to the former President and he does not deserve it.
The former President is what he was raised to be. What his father viewed as a leader is nothing more than a conniving, self serving, con man willing to take advantage of everyone for his personal well being.
He follows his dad’s wishes to a fine point. Not the Constitution.
The House and Senate are supposed to act as a check on the executive, not copy the weaknesses and failures of the former Republican President, or any former President.
For goodness sake, look in the mirror Republican Senators, are you worthy of knowing yourself?
If you still don’t get it, read this poem by Edgar Guest.
I have to live with myself and so
I want to be fit for myself to know.
I want to be able as days go by
always to look myself straight in the eye;
I don’t want to stand with the setting sun
and hate myself for the things I have done.
I don’t want to keep on a closet shelf
a lot of secrets about myself
and fool myself as I come and go
into thinking no one else will ever know
The kind of person I really am,
I don’t want to dress up myself in sham.
I want to go out with my head erect
I want to deserve all men’s respect;
but here in the struggle for fame and pelf
I want to be able to like myself.
I don’t want to look at myself and know that
I am bluster and bluff and empty show.
I never can hide myself from me;
I see what others may never see;
I know what others may never know,
I never can fool myself and so,
whatever happens I want to be
self respecting and conscience free.
(Thank you to my seventh grade public school teacher at Colerain Township Elementary School, Cincinnati, Ohio, for having to learn that poem and ask for our understanding of the poem.)
Editor’s Note: Nancy Cantor grew up and continues to live in Scottsdale, and is a community advocate.