To continue the theme of “PUMA Forever,” those of us who are in the #NeverTrump camp have been disgusted, disappointed, and dismayed by the number of Republicans who have acknowledged all MANNER of things about Trump, like Governors Rick Perry and Bobby Jindal highlighting how insane he is, and then turn around and give full-throated endorsements of the man they (correctly) labeled before. Even our once-respected, oft-cited SC Representative Trey Gowdy, one of the few “adults” in the room (or so we thought), has now endorsed this man.
To say this is beyond frustrating to see big-time Republicans endorse a “madman” (Jindal’s word) as the presumptive Nominee of the Republican Party, thus the head of the Republican Party, indicates to many of us jut how little integrity, backbone, morals, and ethical compass they truly have.
Frankly, all of these Republican bigwigs could learn a lesson from Katrina Jorgensen. Who, pray tell, is Ms. Jorgensen? According to Legal Insurrection, she is the Communications Chair of the Young Republican National Federation. This is quite the big deal organization:
[…] The YRNF is an official division of the Republican Party, a separately incorporated umbrella organization representing the local groups of YRs, defined as Republicans between the ages of 18 and 40 years of age.
As the head of our national communications my voice is part of our message, and I am intrinsically tied to it. Therefore I must step down. I cannot live with being seen as supporting a candidate I truly feels tramples on all of our values. Even if we, as an organization, focused exclusively on congressional candidates, we would still be seen as complicit. It would be impossible to resist the pressure to push for a straight-R ticket when we campaign.
The role of the Communications Committee is to reach our members and the public with our positions in support of our parent party. Unfortunately, the RNC has decided to embrace this candidate as our standard-bearer. So every press release, every tweet that does not denounce Trump will be seen as capitulating to the GOP. Our social media accounts have already seen messages from people announcing their support of Donald Trump and invoking our organization. I cannot be part of that. No matter how loud I am in my renouncement of Trump, my title will still betray me. I want no part of a racist, fascist, hateful presidency.
There is no easy answer to the situation our party is in, but I believe we would do much more for our country by standing together against Donald Trump. We have been told for years how we are the future of the party, this is our opportunity to seize that future. But if we have instead decided to uphold a man who does not represent us or our views — a man that has belittled war heroes, explicitly stated misogynist beliefs, relied on intimidation of minorities, insulted our international allies, rewarded violence, championed divisive rhetoric and proved completely uneducated in conservative fiscal policy — I cannot participate in that. When each of us decided to get involved in politics, we all hoped to change our county, our state, our nation for the better. We sit on the edge of history now, a choice to be made.
Holy smokes. Isn’t Jorgensen something? And is she at least 35? If so, maybe SHE’S the one who should be running on a Third Party ticket! Seriously, she seems to have a far better head on her shoulders than FAR too many in the Republican Party who immediately toed the line, voicing support for someone whom they previously derided for a whole host of legitimate reasons, says a whole, whole lot about who they are at their core.
And it says something about who Jorgensen is at her core. She concludes her resignation letter with this:
…I cannot support a candidate who endorses bigotry and lawlessness, with a minimal understanding of the fiscal policies long associated with our party, even if he does have an “R” after his name. I could not later tell my children I did the right thing, instead I would have to live with allowing my politics to be corrupted. I cannot stand by and continue to write newsletters and posts that so strongly conflict with my personal values. I will not surrender my beliefs.
This is not the way forward. I will not quietly fall in line. I will not give up my principles.
I will always be #NeverTrump. (Click here to read the rest.)
Hells yeah, #NeverTrump Forever! Good on her for standing up, speaking out, and being a woman of her convictions. There are a whole helluva lot of Republican Bigwigs who could learn a lot from her, though from their actions, integrity and the courage of their convictions are just not high on their lists. Sad to say, but true.
Speaking of “hear me now,” the House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on smug, arrogant, duplicitous IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen. The end game is impeachment of the Commissioner for his actions, or lack thereof. We could only be so lucky. From The Hill:
The hearing will examine allegations that Koskinen impeded Congress’s investigation into the IRS’s handling of political groups. Koskinen will not attend the hearing.
Some GOP lawmakers have accused Koskinen of failing to comply with a subpoena, making false statements under oath and failing to notify Congress in a timely fashion about missing communications from former IRS official Lois Lerner.
While some lawmakers at the hearing are expected to push for impeachment, the Judiciary Committee has avoided using that word. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Of course they are hesitant to use the word, “impeachment.” I just don’t know what they hell TOOK so long, but even still, it is far from a done deal. Not only do they have the hearings, but according to The Hill article, even if the House does vote to impeach this schmuck, the Senate has to do the same by a 2/3 vote. With this bunch, I don’t see that happening, but I would love to be wrong.
But hey, maybe if they can do the right thing on Koskinen, they can go after the idiot head of the VA, Robert McDonald, next.
Hey, a girl can hope, can’t she?
You know, I used to say I couldn’t wait for the Obama Administration to be a thing of the past, but now? I am not sure whoever we end up with, unless something astonishing happens at the Conventions, I dread 2017 just as much if not more…
You feel me? Speak out, this is an Open Thread and it’s your turn now!