Before this election, I believed people are greater than politics. I’m not sure I believe it anymore, because I have observed people I have heretofore loved and respected choose politics over basic human decency. That’s hard for me to understand. Because if I believe people > politics but they believe politics > people, then where does that leave us?
What I am certain of is that in electing Donald Trump, the Republican party has sold its soul:
In electing a man who brags about groping women without consent–which is assault, make no mistake–and who has bragged on stage, at a nationally televised political debate, about the size of his penis, Republicans can no longer claim the moral high ground of family values.
In electing a man who wants Muslims to register and be monitored solely because of their religious beliefs, Republicans have ceded the claim to being champions of religious liberty.
In electing a second-generation millionaire who inherited the wealth that seeded his fortune, whose business conflicts of interest with his elected office are epic in magnitude, Republicans have ditched their bootstrap, hard-work ethos and embraced crony capitalism and nepotism.
In electing a man who calls Mexican immigrants “murderers and rapists” and accused an American-born judge of bias based solely on the judge’s Hispanic last name, Republicans have chosen to deny that America as the land of opportunity.
In electing a man who didn’t disavow David Duke with anything resembling alacrity, and who has appointed Steve Bannon as his chief strategist, who is planning to appoint men with histories of racial prejudice and discrimination, and who has remained silent as white nationalists gather to publicly celebrate his win, Republicans have embraced the ugliest fringes of our society and a blatant racism that we have been trying to stomp out for generations.
In electing a man who mocked a war veteran for being tortured, Republicans have undermined their message that America is home of the brave and have allowed patriotism to be subsumed by chauvinism.
In electing a man who set up a foundation to serve his own interests instead of the world at large, who defrauded thousands of customers in countless business ventures, who financed casinos that failed and resulted in lost jobs, livelihoods, and homes, who defrauded and refused to pay contractors, who filed for bankruptcy rather than work through his financial problems, Republicans have demonstrated a reckless carelessness for fiscal responsibility.
In electing a man who mocks people with disabilities, Republicans can no longer claim the mantle of Christianity. Jesus healed; he never mocked.
In electing a man who advocates violence against those who disagree with him, who threatens our first amendment’s freedom of the press, whose disdain for thoughtfulness, intellectualism, education, and listening is not just apparent but a bragging right, and who champions strong-arm dictators and authoritarians, Republicans have ceded any claim to the leadership emulated by Ronald Reagan.
In short, Republicans have shown themselves to be motivated by greed (tax breaks) and misogyny (control over women’s bodies) and fear (change) and hate (the Other). That they would choose healthcare as their hill to die on in the Obama administration not to mention their continual efforts to repeal the ACA shows their utter contempt and disregard for the well-being of other Americans.
Republicans are not champions of family values, religious liberty, hard work, courage, opportunity, Christian values, or Ronald Reagan. Republicans are morally bankrupt and not worthy of calling themselves Americans. They have sold their soul, and it is now up to liberals to challenge them these next four years as they attempt to steamroll the Constitution and the very values that already make America great.