I have to wonder: Do Laxalt, Heller, and Duncan really want to hang their hats on the thin reeds comprising the current GOP position in regard to Trump and his appointees? Really? Does a candidate for any office, a governorship, a Senate seat, a position as State Attorney General, want to stand side by side with:
A party leader who had no compunction about railing against a Gold Star family? Please, save the dignity and worthiness of your military service and question whether it’s appropriate to fund raise with, or welcome the endorsement of, a person who disparages a Gold Star family. Save your rhetoric about serving veterans, about supporting our troops, about believing in the strength and character of our military until such time as it’s possible to square the criticism of a Gold Star family with those words and phrases. Actions speak louder than words, but words do matter. The words from the standard bearer of the GOP have not aligned with true support for the members of the military, their families, and our veterans.
A party leader who disparages women who voice objections to sexual assault as “inebriated” and “all messed up.” That, sir, is exactly when it is not appropriate for any young man to take advantage. Real men don’t press themselves upon an unwilling woman when she is vulnerable; a real man takes her home safely. Infantile, self-centered, and belligerent men take advantage; real men take care and caution.
A party leader who never seems to have a plan in mind. “We’ll see what happens,” is not a strategy. For anything. We’ll see what happens when we slap high tariffs on Chinese goods? Ask the soy bean farmers…the almond growers…the car manufacturers? Ask the South Koreans who now look to China and Japan for guidance with their relations with North Korea rather than the United States? We’ll see what happens when we take ourselves out of the Paris Climate Accords, which were drafted with US demands specifically in mind. We’ll see what happens when we unilaterally try to disengage from diplomacy with Iran. Enter the Russians, the Germans, the French, the British. When does the American Century end and we become irrelevant? Did it happen during the UN General Assembly speech when attendees laughed at a point in the address not intended to be a punch line?
A party leader who will not divulge his tax returns nor provide specific information about his business dealings. A party leader whose airline went broke, who managed to bankrupt his casino business? Who has been through multiple bankruptcies, each shaving his creditors to the core? Who borrowed money from highly questionable sources when legitimate banks and banking institutions wanted to see the back of him? Who is indebted to heaven knows who for heaven only knows what amounts, under heaven only knows what conditions? Is this the standard bearer for the party of fiscal responsibility?
A party leader whose high level officials are almost routinely under investigation for misappropriating taxpayer funds for office adornments, upscale travel, personal benefit, and family expenses? The revolving door in this administration is wafting taxpayer funds around like so much litter on a windswept city street.
A party leader whose thoughts on immigrants and immigration are racist. Who else would even remotely consider separating children from their parents as an act of “deterrence” to prevent others from believing America to be the City on the Hill? Who else would think no one would care if babies and toddlers were kept in cages? Who else would think it was up to the ACLU to find ways to reunite parents and children? Who else would plunder funds from the Coast Guard, from Cancer Research, and from FEMA to build detention camps reminiscent of Manzanar? Who else would say there were some “very fine people on both sides,” when one side was composed of Neo-Nazis?
Who else would fly the banner suggesting that adolescent boys of color should be perceived and treated as it they were adults (and shot accordingly) while white adolescent boys are to be forgiven their trespasses (and sexual assaults) because boys will be boys? Who else would find it easy to insult and defame African American women who dare criticize him?
Thus, it’s appropriate to ask Senator Heller, Adam Laxalt, and AG hopeful Duncan– WHY are you standing by, standing with, and standing in silence, as your party leader leads you into the morass of short term gains (his own) and long term losses (ours)? Why?
Are your tax cuts really worth all that much to you?