Dear Joe Scarborough,
It would be somewhat reassuring if Republicans in Congress read your piece in this last Sunday’s Washington Post (January 28th, 2018), Sadly, I doubt if any will bother. Congressional Republicans are so giddy with their newly found power their jubilation has transformed them into treacherous, hubris-filled beasts.
The line between the Legislative Branch and the Executive Branch has become blurred dangerously. The Paul Ryans and the Mitch McConnells of our world have been pigs at the trough of corporate benefaction for so long they have abdicated their duties as Members of Congress. Just this past week Paul Ryan was parading giddily like a boy who had just been crowned Peter Pan because of the $500,000 (count ’em, five hundred thousand dollars) gift from the Koch Brothers. Anyone who keeps even somewhat abreast of the Kochs knows all too well the tyranny they are raining down upon our Republic.
Mr. Scarborough, I am roughly twenty years your senior. And while I may not “hanker for the good ole days”, I do remember an America that I believe was far more pleasant. The acrimony, the sheer bitchiness of congress people, the litany of lies and falsehoods exiting the president’s mouth daily and the blatant disregard for the sanctity of our United States Constitution tells me “the husk of a once-proud Republican Party that will be swept away . . .” is already assaulting the “husk” of American society and culture. The behavior of congressional Republicans is fully and boldly transparent in its intent (not just its effort) to destroy our Republic.
Quoting from Thomas Paine: “THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value.”
I served our nation as a very young Airman, promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant before age twenty-one; appointed Controller, Intel Ops Section for my Flight at age twenty-one. My family has served since The American Revolutionary War. Two uncles served in WWII, one a career officer, U.S. Army. We who served during the Cold War would never have imagined the treachery that is taking place today right within our own government. Russia, our friend? Really! China, our ally? Really! Incredulous!
The congressional Democrats are all but useless. While Republicans act like feral bullies in the schoolyard, the Democrats sit on the sidelines debilitated by their cowardice. Our nation is bereft of leadership. We are cursed with politicians too consumed with hubris or too disabled by fear and ineptitude.
This is a dangerous and volatile time in our nation’s history. The damage already done by Donald Trump and his legislative allies may be irreparable. Even if the sweeping away of destruction of decency and dignity, of wholesale decimation of pristine environments and the elevation of lies, deception and “alternative facts” are, indeed, reparable, it will take at least an entire generation to repair the damage done.