Van Drew and the Trough
Five aides to Rep. Jeff Van Drew, the only Democrat to come out against impeachment, have resigned. Van Drew announced that he will not vote for impeachment.
In a letter of resignation the staff members told the Chief of Staff: “Van Drew’s decision to join the ranks of the Republican Party led by Donald Trump does not align with the values we brought to this job when we joined his office.” “Over the past year, Trump Republicans have sided with special interests over the needs of working people,” they said. “Worse, they continue to aid and abet Trump as he shreds the Constitution and tears the country apart. They have refused to grapple with how the President of the United States has jeopardized our national security for his own political advantage.” “Van Drew’s decision to join the ranks of the Republican Party led by Donald Trump does not align with the values we brought to this job when we joined his office.”
It should be a serious subject for discussion just how craven men and women will become to hold onto a position in Congress. One only has to think of the enormous increase in the personal wealth of Mitch McConnell to understand just how much money these man and women expect to make from their positions of public service.
As I used to tell my students when I taught Criminology – they don’t come to public office and become corrupted, they go into public service because they are corrupted and plan to become more so.
The Republicans Cannot be Shamed
I have a little clue for CNN and MSNBC. Both cable news networks have shown clips of Lindsay Graham asking members of Congress to wait and weigh the evidence before deciding on impeachment when Clinton was the object. They then show video of Graham proudly proclaiming that he is not an objective juror in the Trump impeachment.
Trying to point out the hypocrisy of Lindsay Graham, Mitch McConnell or any other Republican is a waste of time. THEY DON’T CARE.
The Republican party is trying to install a one-party religious state in this country. They are fighting what to them is a holy war against the rest of us and against democracy. They cannot be shamed or embarrassed. They cannot be reasoned with because they are trying to colonize reason and use it for themselves and their own power.
Appeasers like Joe Biden, Cory Booker and Buttigieg are our worst enemies. They encourage people to believe that when Trump is gone (if he ever is) things will return to “normal.” But “normal” is what got us Trump. The Bill Barr’s, the Mitch McConnell’s, the Jim Jordan’s, will still be there. The Fellowship Foundation will still be there.
Those who don’t see the fight and won’t engage in it, must get out of the way and be left behind.