Republican senator from Arizona, Jeff Flake, criticized Donald Trump while confirming the rumors that he would not be seeking re-election in the face of an uphill primaries battle. Speaking on the senate floor Flake took parting shots at the current POTUS echoing sentiments millions of Americans have expressed since before Trump’s ascension to the highest seat in the land.
While cowering behind not saying Trump’s name per se, Flake did lash out at the Republican party saying that the GOP gave up “on the core principles in favor of a more viscerally satisfying anger and resentment” adding that those emotions were not a basis for governing philosophy.
“It is clear at this moment that a traditional conservative who believes in limited government and free markets, who is devoted to free trade, who is pro-immigration, has a narrower and narrower path to nomination in the Republican Party,” said Flake, whose voice occasionally trembled with emotion.
“The notion that one should stay silent as the norms and values that keep America strong are undermined,” Flake added, “and as the alliances and agreements that ensure the stability of the entire world are routinely threatened by the level of thought that goes into 140 characters … is historic and, I believe, profoundly misguided.”
Although Flake said what needed to be said his timing couldn’t have been any worse… or better depending on your perspective.
Trump has successfully divided up the country along race and class lines while sticking to his slogan of making America great again. Not once has any single member of the House, Senate, or other federal governing body been able to recall a moment in American history when it was great without depriving the civil, human, and constitutional rights of non-Whites. For any member of that excluded class to bolster that mantra with confidence is complete insanity.
Although Flake has finally spoken the feelings expressed by so many Americans, it comes one year too late. While the media would have you to believe that it was the efforts of Russian president Vladimir Putin that won the election for Trump, do not forget that it was the Electoral College that went in favor of Trump, not hacked voting machines. Regardless of the outcome of the “popular vote” the members of the Electoral College held the final say so as to who to award the points to. Unless investigators can show undeniable proof that Putin paid off the members of the college, it was the ones in our midst, that claim to serve us and work for us while benefitting from free health care and many other perks that chose to put the Donald in office.
Flake could have spoke out during the campaign. Flake could have rallied a grassroots effort to keep Trump from making it past the primaries. Flake could have been a staunch opponent of Trumpism and risk being ostracized by the GOP for something greater but he didn’t. In that respect, Flake is no hero. Flake is no leader. Flake is not the person to jump behind just because he called out the president. Flake’s name precedes him. Flake is just that, a flake. He was doing what the rest of the party was doing… and that is towing the party line.
It’s time for party loyalists to throw in the towel and realize that backing a party just because of party politics and not because of what is right and wrong is over. Trump’s presidency has changed the landscape of politics. A platform of hate and division hidden behind a euphemism of making America great again has successfully done what needed to be done… unite the White/right while distancing non-Whites that choose to not deny their heritage for the greater American good.