When a political leader stirs the worst fears imaginable, then a country’s citizens are in trouble. The United States, of all places, is faced with such a dire situation currently. Its peoples soon will be in a position to make choices. How will they, the voters, be? What will those choices indicate?
It can be more of the same persons and standards, leading to the same results. Or worse. If, when all is considered, there is contentment with what is put on the table to represent leadership and governance, in the different segments of government, then the decision is easy as automatic.
When it is anything but, then there must be corresponding action that evidences the frustrations, the disappointments, and the unsatisfying state where things have coalesced for quite many. Some of the minds and voices surprise through their stepping forward to register dismay and fears. One in particular has done so in the sharpest manner. He is worth some listening and digesting.
As Guyanese ready for their “mother of all elections” they find themselves in the same boat. What will it be? But first, that differing voice must be absorbed.
It was when a leading conservative voice went public to castigate the sitting United States President, as “ignorant and foul-mouthed,” and warned that the nation is in a constitutional crisis.
This verbal horsewhip was wielded by one Charles Fried, a constitutional law professor at Harvard University who was solicitor general to President Ronald Reagan. This is a stalwart, who holds things Republican dear, and one who had to have been hard pressed and incensed to an unprecedented degree to lace in so sharply on one of his own.
Mr. Fried mocked and singed the incumbent Chief Executive, who is reported to have articulated to a group of high school students that the US Constitution said that ‘I can do whatever I want, that’s what Article II says.’ Well it doesn’t, any lawyer knows that, any lawyer except maybe [Attorney General] Bill Barr and Mr. Cipollone [White House counsel Pat Cipollone].”
That latest in the game of political and leadership showmanship is what former Solicitor General Fried found unpalatable and unacceptable. He went to the pains to remind his audience that “Our fidelity is to the law, and to the office,” and “Not to a man.” The impeachment outcome spoke differently.
Mr. Fried emphasized that some of his fellow Republicans are “horrified.” “It is the very opposite of the great Republicans, like Ronald Reagan, like Dwight Eisenhower. Can you imagine Dwight Eisenhower speaking the way this man speaks? Or Lincoln? Or Teddy Roosevelt? This man is ignorant and foul-mouthed.”
Today, world leaders are doing the unheard of in openly mocking the leader of the free world. But one does not have to go that far, for some leading Republicans – Republicans who are as American as apple pie, with none better – could not hold their tongue and disgust in check any longer and have come out swinging for the fences. One leading Republic light, one with storied pedigree, took such a course recently, when he lashed out at the man in 1600 Pennsylvania as “a traitorous president who is betraying his country.”
Those are fighting words, and they came from no less a figure than Ron Reagan, the son of the 1980s Republic darling, Ronald Reagan, whose archconservative legacy lives on through fevered embrace (The Independent, January 18). The former president’s son was unrelenting when he said that his father, “would have been embarrassed and ashamed that a president of the United States was as incompetent and traitorous as the man occupying the White House now.”
Also, the Republican party itself came under fire from Mr. Reagan’s son, who called it “entirely illegitimate” and “a dying party” and “a bunch of sycophantic traitors mouthing Kremlin propaganda” and condemning itself to the ranks of “a fringe group.” The November elections will prove or disprove those contentions.
Those are broadsides that scorch, and they are not from a Democrat, but from one reared in the bosom of Republicanism, and what it means for America. It does not bode well, when members of the core constituent break ranks and in the loudest, most damnable manner possible.
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