Roger Helle / Feb. 17, 2021

Political Loyalty

Why did so many Republicans abandon Trump in recent weeks?

I heard someone once say that if you want a friend in Washington, DC, get a dog. The same could be said about political loyalty — get a dog! Dogs are loyal; politicians, not so much.

This was evidenced through the great Impeachment Redux. Once the Democrats began accusing any Republican who stood up for Donald Trump of being a Nazi or worse (is there anything worse?), Republicans started turning on each other. Congresswoman Liz Cheney, whom I had always respected, threw Trump under the political bus so fast he never knew what hit him. Ten other House GOP lemmings joined her in voting with Democrats to impeach.

We knew five Republican senators would vote to impeach. None of the first group was a surprise. Mitt Romney absolutely had to vote for impeachment because of his values, not because he thought it would make the Left like him (ain’t gonna happen). But the other two senators were a surprise.

Personally, I thought after the political theatre the House managers presented, some of the five would not vote to impeach. What was I thinking? You’d think after you get out of high school, you wouldn’t be so vulnerable to peer pressure — unless you’re a politician. We have so many Republicans who want to be liked. They would throw principles (if they had any) overboard to be accepted by the media.

Mitch McConnell, after getting a backbone the past several years while helping the president seat federal judges, mostly threw Trump under the bus after it was all over. He didn’t vote to convict, but was there a reason he had to side with the Democrats against his own party?

President Ronald Reagan famously quoted his Eleventh Commandment: “Thou shall not speak ill of another Republican.” That only works if you have principles and integrity, which are in very short supply in politics. Too many Republicans have surrendered their backbones to the Left when push comes to shove. When the media began accusing Trump of “insurrection,” many folded like cheap suits so as not to be identified with the leader of their party.

We can have conversations all day long about what Trump did or did not do on January 6. To call it an “insurrection” after watching REAL riots and insurrection for most of 2020 is laughable. January 6 was not an insurrection, no matter what the media says. Why are there so many doubters? Because the media has lied about so much this past year, actually for nearly five years, that many of us don’t believe anything it says.

But you can’t deny the fact that Democrats stick together. Not ONE Democrat voted against impeachment! Meanwhile, the Republicans continue to play the CYA game. McConnell could have just said nothing. Instead, he has given the Left great sound bites to be used against Republicans in the midterm elections. If Republicans have no loyalty to their supposed “principles,” how do they expect the voters to be loyal to them?

Keep up the circular firing squad, guys. It will be just as Chuck Schumer said when he actually did “threaten” two sitting Supreme Court justices; you won’t know what hit you!

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