If there is one small consolation to Donald Trump’s unexpected rise through the ranks of the Republican Party, it’s that his hate, belligerence, and overall horrible demeanor may actually be forcing many mainstream Republicans to gain a little bit of introspection.
Since the inauguration of Barrack Obama in 2009, the GOP’s mission statement has been one of obstructionism, divisiveness, and all-out war against the President; even at the expense of the American people. Tactics that were once celebrated by conservative voters such as filibustering any legislation that made it to the Senate floor no matter how beneficial to America, are suddenly being frowned upon now that the Republicans showed they would shut down the Government, torpedo our world credit rating, and snub their noses at infrastructure without blinking an eye.
Over the past several months we have seen many Republican leaders start to speak out against their party’s own obstructionism and divisiveness as their angry and many times delusional base turns away from so-called establishment Republicans and embraces the dangerous rhetoric of the king of demagoguery – Donald Trump.
Last month Republican sheriff and longtime Bobby Jindal supporter, Newell Normand, angrily chided his party’s radical positions and the constant blaming of all of life’s problems on President Obama. He spoke out against the failed policies of Jindal and called for voters to send a clear message to Washington, that the political games have to stop. Marco Rubio also made a very sincere speech against Republican divisiveness as he begged voters to help his party stop the monster they had created, and to prevent Donald Trump from becoming the Republican nominee.
On Wednesday House Speaker Paul Ryan addressed 200 Congressional Interns as he warned of the disastrous consequences of putting political posturing ahead of the welfare of the American people. In his speech, Ryan showed regret for his non-compromising stance against Democrats, and belittling of the poor, lamenting,
I’m certainly not going to stand here and tell you I have always met this standard, There was a time when I would talk about a difference between ‘makers’ and ‘takers’ in our country, referring to people who accepted government benefits. But as I spent more time listening, and really learning the root causes of poverty, I realized I was wrong.
‘Takers’ wasn’t how to refer to a single mom stuck in a poverty trap, just trying to take care of her family. Most people don’t want to be dependent. And to label a whole group of Americans that way was wrong. I shouldn’t castigate a large group of Americans to make a point. So I stopped thinking about it that way—and talking about it that way. But I didn’t come out and say all this to be politically correct. I was just wrong.
But Ryan also addressed the Republicans’ unforgivable use of fear-mongering and hyperbole for political gain stating,
All of us as leaders can hold ourselves to the highest standards of integrity and decency. Instead of playing to your anxieties, we can appeal to your aspirations. We don’t resort to scaring you; we dare to inspire you. We don’t just oppose someone or something. We propose a clear and compelling alternative.
A beautiful sentiment now that the Republican party seems to be in their death throws. However, Ryan’s sudden epiphany may come just a little too late for a party that has been slowly poisoning itself for years.
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