Republicans: what is your obligation to the American public? | Letter

An urge for those in office to consider the greater good.

So much ink has been spent on chronicling the egregious flaws and deficiencies that plague the current occupant of the White House, one could easily reach two conclusions: 1) There is simply not enough ink, and 2) People in power will, by now, have used all their influence to protect our democracy and do whatever was necessary to assure all citizens that we have a safe and secure America.

Only number one is true. There is not enough ink. Donald Trump’s incompetencies are legion. No president has ever been less worthy of the office or more unable to properly “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Nevertheless, I keep asking myself, why do the Republican House and the Republican Senate seem blithely indifferent to what everyone else seems to know? Surely they can all see Trump’s lack of intelligence, his lack of self-control, and his malignant narcissism, can’t they? He’s made no attempt to disguise these traits. Surely the man responsible for the mean tweets of Washington, D.C. can never be able to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” They realize that, don’t they?

I urge the Republicans — the party in power — to sincerely reflect on their obligations to the American public rather than the narrow interests of the Republican Party. I urge them to consider the greater good. I urge them to do it now before something worse than the Trump presidency befalls us all.

John R. Scannell,


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