Blue Sunday: Have You No Sense Of Decency, Sir?

Blue Sunday: Have You No Sense Of Decency, Sir?

Trump’s Nasty, Erratic Behavior in Montana Wouldn’t Be Tolerated In HOA or PTA Meetings Across America. Why Is It Continually Allowed From the Highest Office in the Land? Will We Finally Get a Joe Welch Moment?

It’s hard to put into modern day context just how damaging McCarthyism was to the development of postwar America. Spanning four years and parts of two presidential administrations, Senator Joe McCarthy (R-WI) led a vicious campaign of life-altering slander towards every-day Americans. His unfounded allegations of communist activity ruined lives, cost people employment and stigmatized them in their own communities.

It wasn’t until the maniacal Senator went after the United States Army that one man spoke for an overwhelming majority of the country and discredited McCarthy’s witch hunt and effectively ended his career. On a late spring day of 1954, a then-unknown attorney and World War I veteran named Joseph Welch slammed shut a painful chapter in our history by asking McCarthy:

You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?

 

Presidents Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower failed to confront the menacing Senator. Future Presidents Jack Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson shared a Senate with the man and did nothing to curtail his mission.  But a private citizen from Northwest Iowa kept democracy from completely derailing.

We need another Joe Welch.

To say that President Trump only recently lowered the bar for decency which we should expect from our leaders would be disingenuous at best. There is no need to rehash the countless times he has displayed boorish or insulting behavior towards other Americans or waded in the cesspool of overt racism. But if we are to survive this administration and if history is to judge it appropriately, his speech earlier this week in Great Falls, Montana needs to be a 21st Century duplicate of McCarthy’s decision to attack the Army. There are many, many ways to describe the ferociously demeaning address to his rabid supporters. But “decency” will be found nowhere near any analysis.

Within the same unglued tangent, Trump issued not only a racist insult at Native Americans (in another tired remark aimed at Senator Elizabeth Warren) but attempted to diminish the powerful #MeToo movement that has brought to light the sick culture of sexual assault that has littered every avenue of our society:

“I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian. “I have a feeling she will say no. She’s based her life on being a minority.

I’m gonna get one of those little kits. And in the middle of the debate, when she proclaims that she’s from Indian heritage, because her mother says she has high cheekbones…That’s her only evidence, that her mother said she had high cheekbones.

We will take that little kit and say — but we have to do it gently, because we’re in the #MeToo generation, so we have to be very gentle. And we will very gently take that kit, and we will slowly toss it, hoping it doesn’t hit her and injure her arm, even though it only weighs probably two ounces

 

Under normal circumstances, a man who has openly bragged about sexually assaulting women being critical of #MeToo would be a headline. But these, as we’ve all so painfully learned, are not normal times. His remarks about the movement and indigenous people can easily be overlooked when considering the rest of the rally’s content.

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He went to mock and insult two ailing Republican icons: John McCain – who is battling terminal brain cancer, and George HW Bush – the 41st President who has been in and out of hospital care throughout the year. After mimicking McCain’s “thumbs down” gesture on the failed vote to repeal Obamacare (a gesture which McCain makes in such fashion because of horrific injuries suffered as a POW during the Vietnam War), he attacked Bush for his 1988 campaign slogan, which encouraged volunteerism and community investment.

“Thousand points of light. What does that mean? I know one thing: Make America Great Again we understand. Putting America first we understand. Thousand points of light, I never quite got that one. What the hell is that? Has anyone ever figured that one out? It was put out by a Republican wasn’t it.”

Yes, Donald. It was put out by a Republican. One who has more decency in his eclectic socks than you have ever had in your life. Remember, Cadet Bone Spurs, you’re the same guy who thinks Prisoners of War are losers for getting caught.

It wouldn’t be a Donald Trump rally if he didn’t spend some time insulting the intelligence of a powerful African-American woman. We all know why he has honed in on Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), I mean, if you don’t realize it by now you never will. But the nearly all-white crowd in attendance ate up the red meat and came back for seconds:

“I said it the other day, yes, she is a low-IQ individual, Maxine Waters. I said it the other day. High — I mean, honestly, she’s somewhere in the mid-60s, I believe that.”

And of course, there was the mandatory assault on the free and open press:

“They are so dishonest. Fake news. They’re fake news media.”

and

“They’re fake. They’re fake. They quote sources — ‘A source within the Trump organization said’ — a source. They don’t have a source.”

While it’s true that we’ve all come to expect these childish remarks about the group this wannabe autocrat considers to be “the enemy of the people”, consider that less than two weeks ago five members of the “fake news media” lost their lives when a crazed gunman walked into the offices of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis.

Democrats and immigrants were also targets of his rage as he attempted to link both to the gang MS-13 – once again stretching the truth so far it could blanker the entire Southern border he seems so infatuated with. But while Democrats, immigrants, women, people of color, journalists, former Republican presidential nominees and Native Americans were all obviously scourges on lily-white, poorly educated America, one person was just “fine”:

“You know what? Putin’s fine. He’s fine. We’re all fine.”

 

I guess it makes sense to suck up to your boss in advance of your yearly performance review, but castigating regular, hardworking Americans while singing the praises of a dictator who arrests homosexuals and murders journalists begs one question:

“At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” 

Who is willing to ask it?


NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT

This is what it’s come to. I’m looking to the former Republican Senate Majority leader during George W. Bush’s presidency – during the Iraq fucking war – and finding a voice of reason. Senator Frist is 100% correct, if there ever was a time to put country over party (which, technically, should be every fucking second of every day), it’s right now.

And Frist isn’t the only one. I find myself nodding in agreement on an almost daily basis with such GOP luminaries as the guy I vehemently campaigned against (John McCain), the guy who wrote some of the harshest speeches for the president I once thought was our collective worst case scenario (David Frum) and the think-tanker I spent many Sunday mornings spitting my coffee at with his draconian worldview (George Will).

So this is as good a time as ever to pay my respects to a conservative giant, a man whose wit was second to none. Columnist and Fox News regular Charles Krauthammer. Rest well, fellow American. The body politic is better for having your voice rise so high above it. And I look forward to the day where we once again argue over policy and not decency.

I understand the Democratic establishment fears over the “Abolish ICE” movement. I understand that those either old enough to remember, or who have studied, the backlash to Nixon that led to his overwhelming landslide reelection.

Now isn’t then, however. Never again is now.

America in 1972 (and 1968 for that matter) was myopic compared to the situation on the ground right now. Calling for the abolishment of an institution accused of vehemently abusing human rights is not a losing argument in 2018. The so-called “Law And Order” crowd was never expected to be the backbone of the Blue Wave. Democrats get themselves in trouble when they try to reach out to people who aren’t likely to vote for them in the first place.

Want to reach these folks? Win. Govern. And they’ll follow. But don’t go chasing ghosts. Standing up to the thugs in ICE will bring in more voters than it will turn away. If people think we need aggressive and abusive immigration enforcement, they’re not voting blue anyway.

I actually had Trump apologists tell me that he got Kim Jong Un to agree to denuclearize. Oops. Sooner or later they’ll realize that world leaders share the same opinion of Trump as most Americans do.

The World Cup had its Jesse Owens moment on Saturday. And it was glorious. Playing in their home country as the host nation, Russia was eliminated by Croatia, a country which spent the entire Cold War hastily packaged within the former Yugoslavia and behind the Iron Curtain. Vladimir Putin is playing advanced chess while America plays checkers. The Russian assault on the 2016 election will eventually be remembered the way Pearl Harbor and 9/11 are.

But watching Russia lose in such gut-wrenching fashion was a delight for anyone who believes in democracy and freedom, if only for a little while.


WHAT WON TWITTER THIS WEEK?

Been saying this for years. The GOP justifies child molestation so seamlessly it actually makes the Vatican Blush. We need some sort of Meghan’s Law list for registered Republicans…

I can verify this. A thousand times over…

Civility? Nah…

They really are a special type of stupid, aren’t they?…

Adios Amigo…

 

Songs Of Freedom

Building the ultimate #Resistance playlist, one week at a time. I’m always up for discovering new protest songs, if you have a recommendation, I’d love to hear it! 

Don’t ever accuse me of being unhip!

We’ve got the makings of a dance party now…

Till next Sunday, my friends!

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Ed Hanratty is a Reverb Press contributor and freelance political journalist. A lifelong New Jerseyan, he prides himself on having just enough Garden State sarcasm and skepticism to keep his bleeding heart in check. Keep up with Ed’s work and random ramblings on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the links below…but not Snapchat — that’s where he’s decided to draw the social media line. (For Now)

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