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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Have you no sense of decency?" It's the question that the members of the Republican majority in the Congress -- 51 senators, 239 representatives -- might bear in mind, in the "shithole" era. If only two of those senators would stand up against Donald Trump, with their votes rather than just their tweets or concerned statements, they would constitute an effective majority. With the 49 Democratic and independent senators, these two would make 51 votes, which in turn would be enough to authorize real investigations. They could pass a formal resolution of censure. They could call for tax returns and financial disclosure. They could begin hearings, on the model of the nationally televised Watergate hearings of 45 years ago. They could behave as if they took seriously their duties to hold the executive branch accountable.

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They could take a step they know will be to their credit when this era enters history -- as did the Republicans who finally turned against their party's own President Nixon during the Watergate drama, as did the Democrats who finally turned against their own party's President Johnson over the Vietnam war, as did the Republicans who finally turned against their own poisonous Senator McCarthy in the episode that gave rise to "Have you no sense of decency?" more than 60 years ago.

If any...two...Republicans, decided to take a stand, they would not change everything about this perilous moment in politics. But they would something, about the open secret of a destructive presidency that nearly all of their colleagues are aware of and virtually none is doing anything about.

They could remind their colleagues of the Senate's appropriate check-and-balance function.

And they could spare themselves, in history's perspective, the question Joseph Welch so memorably asked the rampaging Senator Joe McCarthy, during the Army-McCarthy hearings of 1954.

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I've often thought of the Right as being a troop of baboons. Trump is leader of the troop, no matter hos character, so they sniff his ass. None less assiduosly than my own Congressman, who has already spent a fortune staying in Donald's Washington hotel.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-13 10:09 AM | Reply

Butt-sniffing is an ingrained habit; a key to what some lust for as success. Never mistake it for respect. When Head Baboon is deposed they'll turn on him with canine teeth. There won't be a shred of fur to bury.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-13 10:11 AM | Reply

Remember the time a certain DR poster would hop around threads like a coke fueled fairy insisting OBAMA was divisive and tearing America apart.

Strange we don't see that anymore. Or maybe not so strange

#3 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-01-13 10:28 AM | Reply

He truly lacks the maturity to hold this office.

It's more than having a filter.....you really should t even think something like that.

Not the POTUS. The people who hold that office deserve respect but only because the person has a minimum level of professionalism and maturity. That's why we expect the office to receive the respect.

#4 | Posted by eberly at 2018-01-13 10:30 AM | Reply

#4, That's why we expect the office to receive the respect...Eberle

That's why, in the past, we used to expect the office to receive the respect.

FTFY

#5 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2018-01-13 12:42 PM | Reply

That's why, in the past, we used to expect the office to receive the respect.

FTFY

#5 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour

So, sitting around in your shirt sleeves with your feet up on the desk demands respect? Showing the world how to catch flies with your hands is presidential? Getting a BJ in the oval office demands respect? Where did you grow up, or did you?

#6 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-01-13 12:53 PM | Reply

"Showing the world how to catch flies with your hands is presidential?"

No, but it is pretty cool.

#7 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-13 01:08 PM | Reply

The way the left has behaved over the last 75 years, they don't get to question anyone's decency.

#8 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-01-13 02:13 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

#6 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-01-13 12:53 PM | Reply | Flag: Idiot Alert

#9 | Posted by Angrydad at 2018-01-13 02:40 PM | Reply

#8

If you guys would condemn Trump's lack of decency no one else would have to.

#10 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-13 03:50 PM | Reply

Alabama Values

#11 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-01-13 05:08 PM | Reply

The short answer? NO.

#12 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2018-01-13 10:26 PM | Reply

#8 VISITOR
Typical conservative. They condemn you morally but don't you dare question their morals. Most conservatives don't even know what the word hypocrisy means.

#13 | Posted by squinch at 2018-01-14 05:55 AM | Reply

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