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I Am Ashamed Of Where We Are As A Country

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 08/17/17 17:42

by Dave Mindeman

I have seen a lot of politics in my time. I have seen the good and the bad. Leaders from the right and the left. I have done what I can....opposed some policies and promoted others. But I have to say that I have never been embarrassed about being an American. At least up until now.

At this moment, I am more than embarrassed. I am ashamed. Ashamed that we have a President who refuses to call out racism. Ashamed that I must cringe every time he opens his mouth. Ashamed that other countries see what America has elected (sort of) and react with puzzlement if not outright horror.

This is not my America. And I am absolutely shocked that people that are informed and involved could ever stand with this repugnant display of authority. During Watergate, Nixon, a Republican, overstepped his authority and committed illegal acts. As a Republican, it took Republican statesmen to call him into question and end his tenure in the Oval Office.

On Aug. 7, 1974, U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz., U.S. House Minority Leader John Rhodes, R-Ariz., and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott, R-Pa., made it clear to the embattled Nixon that he faced all-but-certain impeachment, conviction and removal from office in connection with the Watergate scandal.

They did not ask him to or tell him to resign - but they did make clear that impeachment proceedings were imminent and his support among his own party was at its lowest point.

President Trump is approaching that moment. But where are the Republican leaders willing to confront him with his situation? Where are the statesmen and stateswomen willing to speak truth to corrupt power?

Charlottesville has been a defining moment. And still, elected Republicans are refusing to denounce him personally for what he has said and done. Trump is in a self made bubble - and much like Nixon, he demands that unless you are with him personally, regardless of party, you are his enemy.

Republicans have a history of waving the flag and promoting patriotism and love of country. Is standing silent in the face of corruption the actions of patriots? Are you comfortable saluting a flag that has a leader that shows the American people and the country so little respect?

I am ashamed. Ashamed that the United States no longer can claim any moral leadership for the world. Ashamed that the offical White House rhetoric makes the world cringe.

I do not want to be ashamed anymore. This President must be impeached.

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