I used to be a Republican. I grew up in Wisconsin and supported the party’s senator from my district. I knocked on doors for Dan, I handed out magnets to students on campus and I wore his blue t-shirt. I even remember going to a dinner party for Dan one night and a woman called me a “good young Republican.”
That was a long time ago.
Since then, I’ve moved a few times, gone to college, met a true variety of really good people and have had just about every one of my stereotypes and biases broken in myriad ways. Funny how that happens.
Today the so-called Republican party isn’t quite like the one I supported in early 2000s. Back then, flawed as it was, the party seemed human, run by humans (for the most part) and it wasn’t hard to support the ones I liked even though I didn’t agree with everything a candidate said, or did. That was normal, and healthy. One of my flaws however, is that I made a lot of assumptions about Republican candidates and politicians and had plenty of pals around to reinforce my beliefs. I wanted to be right on Facebook, in text messages, in conversations. I couldn’t stand being wrong and refused to be if at all possible. Because of that, I didn’t do any critical thinking. I didn’t do any research. I didn’t need to ask questions because my opinions were right and Democrats were wrong. As it turns out, I was wrong.
Today the Republican party is a joke and I wish many of its followers were unimaginable. But they’re real. They loathe the truth and invent their own. They don’t actually care about the country any further than it impacts themselves. They love feeling powerful and they love being in concert with the nation’s flabbiest paper tiger—the one with the biggest stage. Trump is their guy and from what I know about Donald Trump, he is a really good friend (seriously, look into it—the guy is super loyal to his white, male buddies). But he’s still an asshole. Modern day Republicans have rallied around a leader who hates decency and is a proven racist. He is also a bully. A sexist. An adulterer. A liar. A narcissist. A phony. An idiot. A cheat. A hack. None of that should be a surprise to any literate person with internet access, yet the truth about their king is not only largely unknown to Trump supporters—they have no concern for it. He is their leader, the person this party currently loves to the tune of about 95% popularity give or take.
The things a person’s brain can do in order to know so little is fascinating.
Trump’s allies in Washington suckle at his teet and refuse to stand up to him—mainly because he’s a bored, ruthless jackass with tons of free time and influence (ON TWITTER) over a non-thinking population of supporters (again, over 95% of Republicans currently support the impeached president). He uses Twitter to spread lies, conspiracy theories and attack anyone who stands against him. He also uses it to call people like Devin Nunes “a hero” for lying to the country and distracting its people from truth and reality during the impeachment proceedings. Speaking of truth and reality, watch this video. I’d say it’s an outlier, but this kind of clueless rhetoric is consistent with what I’ve heard for years, from the top down.
Note: I know there are unintelligent Democrats out there, but please—what they believe/want isn’t dangerous (fix healthcare, address the ever-warming planet, help teachers, immigrants, the poor, the marginalized, advancing equality for all, etc) and they’re not supporting an autocrat.
Today, February 5th, all but one Republican senator voted to acquit Trump from charges stemming from a “perfect” phone call he had with the Ukrainian president in July. It is well documented and well-testified (over and over and over) that Trump tried to get dirt on Joe Biden to help his reelection campaign in exchange for hundreds of millions of dollars Ukraine needed for military assistance. Tit for tat. Quid pro quo. Again, any literate person with the internet can find out this truth if he or she so chooses. Yet, the Republicans, the people sworn to uphold the law, the supposed “good people” who we elect to do the “right thing” have failed to do the right thing.
And if the elected officials don’t care, neither will the voters. Through some seriously mental gymnastics, the Republicans have convinced themselves that Trump either did nothing wrong and this whole thing is a “hoax”, or that he did something wrong (which he did) but it wasn’t impeachable (it is).
Constitutional Law professor Lawrence Tribe said, “If this isn’t impeachable, nothing is.” Historians agreed that these actions of the president equate to an impeachable offense that “if tolerated, would turn the president into an elected monarch above the law.” That is why we have checks and balances. This is high school civics level stuff. But again, and I grapple with this a lot, the president’s blatant, illegal actions are of no concern to Republicans—in the cities we live in or in Washington.
Except Mitt Romney.
Why is it so hard to do the right thing? Because when you cross the Don, he’ll Tweet about you and berate you like the vindictive playground bully he is. He’s done it over and over again—people actually get paid to keep track of this. If you cross Mr. Tough Guy you will be vilified, asked to resign, kicked out of the good graces of, perhaps, the party you’ve represented for decades. Like John McCain. And now, Mitt Romney. And many others.
Earlier today Adam Schiff Tweeted: “Having proven Trump guilty, I asked if there was just one Republican Senator who would say “enough” Who would stand up against this dangerously immoral president Who would display moral courage Who would do impartial justice as their oath required and convict And there is.” It was Mitt Romney.
America’s Idiot Prince, Don Jr. then posted a picture of Romney on Instagram wearing high(ish) waisted pants. The caption below the image read: “Mom Jeans. Because you’re a pussy.” He also wrote “Mitt Romney is forever bitter that he will never be POTUS. He was too weak to beat the Democrats then so he’s joining them now. He’s now officially a member of the resistance & should be expelled from the GOP.” The stupid shit doesn’t fall far from the dumb asshole, does it.
Then, there was the speech Romney delivered explaining why he voted to remove the Tumor from office. It was heartfelt and well thought out and it was spot on. He delivered moral, rational thoughts as a member of a party that currently represents the opposite. Read the transcript here.
This morning when I got to work I told my co-worker that I’m tired of watching the bad guys win. I’m sick of seeing these bozos laugh and applaud Trump and all of his lies, pandering, and buffoonery. I’m tired of seeing so many Americans get hoodwinked by this fool. I hate that America’s #1 divisive blowhard since 1988, Rush Limbaugh, got the same award Mother Teresa, Tom Hanks and hundreds of other decent people have received.
Side note: Republicans love that I’m upset. They’re rooting for the tornado and they LOVE to see it tear up Democrats and every imaginary foe through Twitter, meandering interviews and the incoherent words that fall out of the orange potato sack’s mouth. (this is why I don’t like that Pelosi tore up the speech last night—they love that)
I told my work roommate that my hope is low and I’m exhausted from keeping up and caring; that I abhor the fact that there aren’t any good Republicans willing to stand up for what’s right and opposed to what is wrong. Think of the difference that would make in this country, right now. Standing up for what’s right. Rebuking wrong. What a concept.
Mitt Romney did that today.
He said, “Were I to ignore the evidence that has been presented and disregard what I believe my oath and the Constitution demands of me for the sake of a partisan end, it would, I fear, expose my character to history’s rebuke and the censure of my own conscience. Later he said, “I will tell my children and their children that I did my duty to the best of my ability believing that my country expected it of me.” That is exactly what I wanted someone to say.
I don’t suppose I’ll go back to supporting any of the current, so-called Republicans who parade around licking Trump’s boots—because they have no character or conscience. But I am a little bit happier knowing that one of them did the right thing. He’ll pay for it, just like everyone else who’s crossed this thin-skinned president has. But he did the right thing. And when it comes to the Republican party, that makes Mitt Romney 1 in a million.