How did we ensure the rise of Donald Trump? Conservatives mocked Obama’s pledge to change even as we worked to assist with that failure. Conservatives were silent when marginal figures attacked Obama’s legitimacy. Depicting current happenings as normalcy requires a determined suspension of critical faculties. This amounts to the conservative mind being diseased and abandons the normal constraints of reason and compassion. The bitter pill to cure the diseased mind of the conservative is to acknowledge the accumulation of damage raining down from the president and act before the deluge rather than ignoring the obvious, forming a disaster.
Responding with silence to the erratic presidency abdicates responsibility. Congress must be unified in defense of its prerogatives regardless of presidential affiliation. When principles become malleable to the heat of power, they soon deform into something of no consequence and are no longer principles. When a foreign power’s attack on our democracy results in a rejection by the presidency of his own intelligence, there is something rotten in the state of Denmark.
Despotic men are deposed but their ambition resurrects in others who have learned from the departed. Here now, our forebears cry out from their graves, warning us of the foreign transgressors now at the gates of our Republic. Republicans win bigly when they shortsightedly play to populism and prefer protectionist policy, while handicapping the country without a long view, long term. The ruling party engages in reckless politics and reenacts history to the detriment of the people that they are here to serve.