Liberals have good reasons to dislike Donald Trump;  conservatives have more.  Opposing this president is not about being a conservative or a liberal;  it is about being a good citizen.  Four men that have done far more to serve our country than Donald Trump agree:  Donald Trump is doing real damage to our country and it is time for ALL Americans to stand up to this danger.

I.  Senator Jeff Flake’s Speech Today Should Be Required Reading or Viewing for EVERY AMERICAN.  

Jeff Flake Retiring Due to Trump

“It must also be said that I rise today with no small measure of regret. Regret because of the state of our disunion, regret because of the disrepair and destructiveness of our politics. Regret because of the indecency of our discourse. Regret because of the coarseness of our leadership.

Regret for the compromise of our moral authority, and by our, I mean all of our complicity in this alarming and dangerous state of affairs. It is time for our complicity and our accommodation of the unacceptable to end. “

And when such behavior emanates from the top of our government, it is something else. It is dangerous to a democracy. Such behavior does not project strength because our strength comes from our values. It instead projects a corruption of the spirit and weakness. It is often said that children are watching. Well, they are. And what are we going to do about that? When the next generation asks us, why didn’t you do something? Why didn’t you speak up? What are we going to say?”

“Mr. President, I rise today to say: enough. We must dedicate ourselves to making sure that the anomalous never becomes the normal. With respect and humility, I must say that we have fooled ourselves for long enough that a pivot to governing is right around the corner, a return to civility and stability right behind it. We know better than that. By now, we all know better than that.

The Full Text of Senator Jeff Flake’s Speech

II.  Senator Bob Corker’s Renounces His Support For Donald Trump

Senator Bob Corker’s Feud with Donald Trump

Senator Bob Corker on Trump’s Lack of Integrity

RAJU: Is the President of the United States a liar?

CORKER: The president has great difficulty with the truth. On many issues.

RAJU: Do you regret supporting him in the election?

CORKER: Uh, let’s just put it this way: I would not do that again.

RAJU: You wouldn’t support him again.

CORKER: No way. No way. I think that he’s proven himself unable to rise to the occasion, I think many of us, me included, have tried to… I’ve intervened, I’ve had a private dinner, I’ve been with him on multiple occasions to try to create some kind of aspirational… approach if you will, to the way that he conducts himself. But I don’t think that that’s possible and he’s obviously not going to rise to the occasion as President.

RAJU: Do you think he’s a role model to children in the United States?

CORKER: No.

RAJU: You don’t.

CORKER: No. Absolutely not. 

“You would think he would try to focus on things where there wasn’t a witness, but the whole world is a witness to these untruths,” Corker said.

 

 

Senator Corker’s August Statement on Donald Trump

III.  Senator John McCain on Donald Trump

Let’s Get Real: If you live in a world in which John McCain is NOT a war hero and Donald Trump respects war heroes, you do not live in the real world. Donald Trump lives in that world.

John McCain’s Speech Criticizing Donald Trump’s Approach to Foreign Policy

“To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.

“We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil.  We are the custodians of those ideals at home, and their champion abroad. We have done great good in the world. That leadership has had its costs, but we have become incomparably powerful and wealthy as we did. We have a moral obligation to continue in our just cause, and we would bring more than shame on ourselves if we don’t. We will not thrive in a world where our leadership and ideals are absent. We wouldn’t deserve to.”

The Full Text of John McCain’s Speech

IV.  George W. Bush’s Criticism of Donald Trump and The Damage That He is Doing to Our Country

“America is not immune from these trends. In recent decades, public confidence in our institutions has declined. Our governing class has often been paralyzed in the face of obvious and pressing needs. The American dream of upward mobility seems out of reach for some who feel left behind in a changing economy. Discontent deepened and sharpened partisan conflicts. Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.

We have seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty. At times, it can seem like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together. Argument turns too easily into animosity. Disagreement escalates into dehumanization. Too often, we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions – forgetting the image of God we should see in each other.”

“We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism – forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America. We see a fading confidence in the value of free markets and international trade – forgetting that conflict, instability, and poverty follow in the wake of protectionism.”

Excerpt From Former President George W. Bush’s Speech

The Full Video of President George W. Bush’s Speech

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V.  Conclusions

These men are not liberals.  They have been in the ring.  They have fought the good fight.  They are not seeking partisan advantage.  They are not playing politics.  They are simply telling the truth for no other reason than they believe that they owe it to their country to do so.  If you can read or hear these words and are still not deeply troubled by Donald Trump and his behavior, you might be right about one thing:  Donald Trump is not the problem;  you are.

Posted by celmoreblog

A.B.D. in Political Science from the University of Kansas, 1997 M.A. in Political Science from KU in 1995, Summa Cum Laude B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Notre Dame in 1993, Magna Cum Laude Valedictorian at Rockhurst High School, 1989

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