What else can you call it? The Republicans now know that the former Democrat who hijacked their party in 2016 and is President of the United States:
- Knew that our most implacable international enemy sabotaged the 2016 election to assist his victory;
- Welcomed their help and did everything possible short of provable conspiracy to support it;
- Failed his duty as a citizen and candidate to report this foreign sabotage to the proper authorities;
- Has done everything in his power and many things beyond his legitimate power to smother any discovery of the truth of that sabotage or to protect against its continuation;
- Has performed numerous acts to obstruct justice in this matter, which acts are not yet indicted because of a departmental policy of the DOJ.
The chattering classes on the media have blithered endlessly for the past week about how the Democrats are going to handle the Mueller findings, given his honoring the DOJ policy dissuading indictment of a sitting President while simultaneously saying, “Maybe I cannot skewer him, but here is a gift-wrapped do-it-yourself kit for Congress and others to do what should be done now or after he leaves office.”
But wait? Nobody is chattering about what the Republicans are going to do! I listen in vain for a nationwide challenge to the cowering Congressional quislings with (R) by their names to show up, stand up, speak up. From time immemorial, the axiomatic truth is “qui tacet consentire”—“Silence gives assent”. Is it really possible that all those Republicans (with but one or two muted exceptions) assent to the proposition that “their” President’s behavior (see items 1-5 above) is acceptable to them?
In “A Man For All Seasons”, author Robert Bolt’s Cromwell makes it plain:
“But, gentlemen of the jury, there are many kinds of silence. Consider first the silence of a man when he is dead. Let us say we go into the room where he is lying; and let us say it is in the dead of night—there’s nothing like darkness for sharpening the ear; and we listen. What do we hear? Silence. What does it betoken, this silence? Nothing. This is silence, pure and simple.
But consider another case. Suppose I were to draw a dagger from my sleeve and make to kill the prisoner with it, and suppose their lordships there, instead of crying out for me to stop or crying out for help to stop me, maintained their silence. That would be betoken! It would betoken a willingness that I should do it, and under the law they would be guilty with me. So silence can, according to circumstances, speak.”
There are times when disgust and contempt are so overwhelming that they strangle expression. And such times, for me at least, it so overwhelms and exhausts my outrage that I find myself tumbling down the backside of that volcano into a place not of venom but of sad wonder and pity. So many of these pathetic Republican members of Congress surely once had integrity, dignity, and honor that they and their families took pride in. Some occasionally cast votes that required a hint of courage. Some actually delivered legitimate benefits to deserving constituents. But not a blip on the radar now signals a single profile in courage arising from their collective constipated consciences.
Sad. Tragic. What does it profit a person to gain the whole world—or retain his or her office—and yet forfeit their soul?
Of course they will be returned home in disgrace in 2020, because the vast majority of Americans know they failed to display whatever truth and dignity and honor we yearn to see in our government. America will survive their perfidy. How they themselves will deal with it, alone at home, may be truly agonizing. I have no stomach for witnessing whatever squalid coping they will undertake.