When Will Integrity Become Fashionable Again?

5 Jun

The GOP On The Wrong Side of History

The past 134 days, 10 hours, and 8 minutes have been far more excruciating than I would have ever thought. 45 has managed to encourage and  celebrate racism, Islamophobia, homophobia, and misogyny in unprecedented ways. We seem to wake up everyday to discover yet another way in which 45 has trashed the Constitution of the United States and found ways to install himself as dictator.  According to NBC News, CBS News, Slate.com, and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s collected data, Hate Crimes have risen exponentially — specifically crimes against the LGBT community, Jews, women, people of color, and Muslims.

Here in Portland, Oregon the White Supremacist group/pro-Trump rally will march on Sunday, in the wake of the murders of Ricky Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche. These murders were committed by White Supremacist, Jeremy Joseph Christian. Sadly, despite the efforts of Mayor Ted Wheeler to ask the group not to march on Sunday, the response was: “if you don’t let us march, we can’t guarantee there won’t be violence.”

Violence seems to be the language of the Republican party today. The GOP encourage it, reward it, and celebrate it. We have no further to look at last week’s debacle with Greg Gianforte. Gianforte was approached by a journalist from the Guardian, Ben Jacobs. After Jacobs asked a question about healthcare, the multi-millionaire Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands, body slammed him, and threw him to the ground breaking his glasses. Sadly and disgustingly, the GOP rallied around the millionaire and vilified the journalist. It does not take much to connect the dots here.

When the President of the United States vilifies the free press by declaring that “the free press is the enemy of the state,” it is not a surprise that Gianforte and the other GOP bullies feel emboldened to become physically violent. I thought people who are leaders and in positions of power were supposed to model how to be in community and how to use our words. Rather, what is being modeled is physical violence and an inability to be honest and honor the First Amendment. Maybe it is just me, but I don’t believe Gianforte should be allowed to hold public office.  Lest we forget another obnoxious example of Republican violence against the press: New York Republican Michael Grimm. Grimm threatened a reporter and said: “Let me be clear to you. If you ever do that to me again I will throw you off this fucking balcony.”  Sorry, that just does not seem like leadership qualities to me. Fortunately, Grimm is now in prison — not for assault against people in the press, but for the breaking of tax laws. Speaking of which, where are 45’s tax returns? Oh, right. We have not seen them.

The bigger picture for me and what I find most profoundly disturbing, is there does not seem to be one member in the Republican party who has just a shred of integrity or human decency. There is no one willing to come forward and call out bad, illegal, and unethical behavior.  Unlike Watergate, there is no one willing to stand up to 45. Where is our John Dean? 45 continues to lie to the American people and to the press and not one Republican officeholder finds this problematic. The new Trumpcare health plan will deny 23 million people access to health care, including me and my family, and Ayn Rand’s response, oops, I mean Paul Ryan’s response was: (my computer always does auto-correct from Paul Ryan to Ayn Rand) “We are keeping our promise.” It is very difficult not to hear the racism here as, “We promise to undo everything that black man did.”

Sadly, every day just seems to get worse and worse. I wake up each morning waiting  to learn what human rights will this administration violate, what more supports will be put in place that dismantle democracy and firmly establish an authoritarian government. Is there anyone who can put this man and his administration in check? I grow exhausted with the tagline being pushed over at Fox and by 45’s team that he is “working for America.”  What America are y’all talking about? I, too, live in America, as does my husband, my black friends and family members, my queer Muslim family members, my Latino friends and family. 45 is not working to help us!

The one place where 45 told the truth was when he declared “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and not lose any voters.”  Apparently, that has now turned out to be true. I am more than just a little sad about what this says about our country. Trump is not just shooting somebody, he is hurting over two thirds of the population of the United States, not to mention all of the people on the earth he is harming because of his delusional beliefs around climate change. Where are the GOP voices that will shout out “Enough!”? There must be one of you that has a modicum of integrity.

I can only hope that “Covfefe” means Impeachment.


14 Responses to “When Will Integrity Become Fashionable Again?”

  1. Dr. Rex June 5, 2017 at 6:12 am #

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Very well written … it seems that sane Americans think alike! Integrity went out the window long before 45 … it is now that we can’t cover the sun with our hand!

  2. Dr. Rex June 5, 2017 at 6:17 am #

    My dearest friend, Michael, when did you enter my mind? I feel the same … haven’t had a real, continued sensation of peace since election night. I’m exhausted. Every day there’s some new asssault on what I hold dear, on justice, on truth, on values, on people … how long will it take before he, & his ilk are out? I can’t take 2 (until 2018) or an unthinkable 4 years. Will America & Americans recover? 😳
    Tight hugs! Love … 🙏🏽

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt June 5, 2017 at 8:07 am #

      These are exhausting times, aren’t they? I wake up each morning with a sense of dread. Returning your hugs, Michael

      • Dr. Rex June 5, 2017 at 9:41 am #

        I got the hugs … yes, that’s how I wake up every morning!! ❤

  3. Central Oregon Coast NOW June 5, 2017 at 6:40 am #

    Reblogged this on Central Oregon Coast NOW.

  4. bevanyardleigh June 5, 2017 at 7:52 am #

    It has been an exhausting year thus far. I hope that Mueller’s investigation of the Russia connections will put enough pressure on congressional Republicans to actually do something meaningful. The strength of my hope waxes and wanes on Trumpian tides.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt June 5, 2017 at 7:35 pm #

      Yes, Bevan, the fatigue is real! I am taking solace in hearing from wonderful people like you! Peace, Michael.

  5. trp2011 June 5, 2017 at 12:44 pm #

    Michael, be careful what you wish for. Mike Pence would be far worse than Trump, and if he would also get impeached for enabling Trump, Ryan would also be horrible. All the Republicans in the order of succession are as bad or worse than Trump. The only hope would be to get a Senate majority in 2018 and then impeach Trump, Pence, and Ryan. That would leave the Senate Pro Tempore as president–and that’s too much of a long shot for me. All we can do is stop Trump at every step–with help with the Tea Party GOP–and pray for 2020 vision. – Nel

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt June 5, 2017 at 7:38 pm #

      Nel, I love hearing from you! Sadly, you are absolutely correct. Who would have ever guessed that Orin Hatch would look good as a President compared to these awful human beings! Peace, Michael.

  6. Gronda Morin June 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

    Dear Michael,

    DDT IS SO TOTALLY INCOMPETENT BUT HE IS FULL OF HOT AIR. He is so incompetent, that his tweets about a travel ban make it almost impossible for the Supreme Court to rule in favor of the WH.

    At this rate, nothing will get done. For us who are still resisting, just push for independent investigation and work to insure a democratic majority in the US House in 2018.

    He is strip mining the reputations of good people like Generals Mattis and McMaster. Even Mr. Conway is smart enough to say, no thank you to a justice job.

    Just let him hang himself, all by himself. Then he can say, he did it his way.

    Hugs, Gronda

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt June 5, 2017 at 7:40 pm #

      Hi Gronda, yes, we must focus a great deal of energy on the 2018 midterm elections. I’m so grateful for you and your voice. Much love and peace, Michael.

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