THOUGHTS ON CUR­RENT GOP

Belleville News-Democrat - - Opinion - – Buddy Wolke, Ed­wardsville

Af­ter two years of the cur­rent pres­i­den­tial ad­min­is­tra­tion, I feel com­pelled to share my thoughts. Nearly ev­ery­day Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump un­der­mines our democ­racy by call­ing the me­dia an en­emy, dis­count­ing cli­mate change, alien­at­ing our al­lies, and cud­dling up to for­eign dic­ta­tors. But his re­cent crit­i­cism of navy seal hero Ad­mi­ral Wil­liam McRaven, sim­i­lar to his de­mean­ing of de­ceased for­mer Sen­a­tor John McCain, are sim­ply un­con­scionable. How­ever, we all know Pres­i­dent Trump is who he is and will not change.

What is ac­tu­ally worse than Pres­i­dent Trump’s toxic be­hav­ior is the cur­rent Re­pub­li­can Party’s si­lence on all of this. For this po­lit­i­cal party to stand by and back this be­hav­ior shows a com­plete lack of any de­cency and honor, which should be part of any leg­is­la­tor’s char­ac­ter in a democ­racy.

I’m not com­pletely happy with the Demo­cratic party ei­ther. The way they rigged their 2016 pri­maries to sab­o­tage Bernie San­ders in fa­vor of Hil­lary Clin­ton showed a se­ri­ous lack of char­ac­ter. The Re­pub­li­can Party of 2016 had a fine can­di­date that would have rep­re­sented them with class and dig­nity. That was Ohio Gover­nor John Ka­sich.

This Re­pub­li­can Party is an em­bar­rass­ment in its cur­rent state. The Democrats may rec­tify this in 2020 if they can come to­gether as a party for the peo­ple with a re­spon­si­ble mes­sage. How­ever, I am re­ally afraid this coun­try is im­plod­ing from within. Hope­fully, my fears will be put to rest in 2020.

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