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Sun Jun 7, 2020, 12:35 PM

Are a few Republican consciences finally beginning to awake?

EVEN A sleeping conscience can be roused. There were some hopeful signs of preliminary, slight stirrings this week after President Trump strolled across Lafayette Square to pose awkwardly with a Bible in front of historic St. John’s Episcopal Church. Federal officers had gassed peaceful protesters and beaten journalists to clear the park before his photo op. On the same day, the president threatened to send regular troops into U.S. cities.

The most resonant response came from former Trump defense secretary Jim Mattis, who denounced the prospect of U.S. troops and military leaders aiding in the violation of protesters’ constitutional rights. He declared that “Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us.” Mr. Mattis, a former four-star Marine Corps general, had mostly kept his counsel since leaving the administration. No longer: “We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership.”

His statement was not revenge for the disrespect Mr. Trump had shown him, nor the words of a political naif who fails to see the big picture, as some said in trying to play down its significance. It was a statement of conviction from a scrupulously nonpartisan patriot who would know firsthand. After Mr. Mattis spoke out, a range of former top military commanders joined him in rebuking Mr. Trump.

So did Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who said that “General Mattis’s words were true and honest and necessary and overdue.” Ms. Murkowski suggested that “perhaps we’re getting to the point where we can be more honest with the concerns that we might hold internally and have the courage of our own convictions to speak up.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/are-a-few-republican-consciences-finally-beginning-to-awake/2020/06/05/18a245ee-a75a-11ea-b619-3f9133bbb482_story.html

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Zorro Jun 2020 OP
Bev54 Jun 2020 #1
empedocles Jun 2020 #4
N_E_1 for Tennis Jun 2020 #2
Iliyah Jun 2020 #3
Divad123 Jun 2020 #5
machoneman Jun 2020 #6
EarthFirst Jun 2020 #7

Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 12:40 PM

1. No

Murkowski is a wishy washy milque toast, just like Susan Collins. Do not be fooled by their show of concern, they are the reason we are at this point to begin with.

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Response to Bev54 (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 12:51 PM

4. In a state in which republicons

outnumber Dems by almost 2-1. All 3 Congresspersons are republicons.

Showing concern is not politically advantageous to Senator Murkowski.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 12:44 PM

2. A pile of sand can only be...

Piled so high...then one grain of sand tumbles, more follow...support crumbles.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 12:46 PM

3. Um no . .

what they see is the lost of the senate. mcturtle (God help us) remains the majority leader can always ignore President Biden and the Democratic House.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 02:13 PM

5. only a little

The republicans are perhaps growing a small social conscience, but mostly its just for show. The major reason that they are breaking from trump is that he is 'tarnishing the brand'--he is putting into action what republicans have been working for since Nixon, and now out in the open, people can see what all the high sounding 'principles' they have been spouting for decades look like when put into effect. Specific to today, his base is praising him for his strong 'law and order' stance on the protesters. Where have we heard this before?

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 04:33 PM

6. Nawh! No effin' way! Let them go down with the ship, one and all.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Jun 7, 2020, 05:29 PM

7. Hardly.

It’s just the demagoguery is especially thick in an election year.

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