Rob Douglas: GOP proves itself morally bankrupt
The endorsement this week of U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, R-Alabama, by President Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee is an abomination. Rarely in history has a major political party — in this case, the self-acclaimed party of family values — proven itself morally bankrupt as quickly as has the current manifestation of the GOP.
New York Times columnist Bret Stephens, a well-known conservative opinion writer formerly with the Wall Street Journal, spoke for me on MSNBC on Tuesday when he stated:
“Until last year, I voted Republican in every single election,” Stephens told MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle. “I think I speak not only for myself but for many other people that I could never vote ever again for a party that is making an open endorsement of a man against whom there are credible accusations of pedophilia. Any of us who have teenage children know exactly what we would do with a 32-year-old man who made sexual advances on our children. This is one of those moments in history where people will look back and say that was the moment of shame.”
With indignation and passion in his voice, Stephens continued:
“When Abraham walks with God – to get all biblical here – and asks, ‘What if there are just 15 or 10 good men left in the city?’ The question for the Republican Party now, since they like to speak in these biblical terms, are there 10 good men left in the Republican Party?”
Commenting further in the context of a video of Sen. Rand Paul ducking reporters’ questions about Moore, Stephens stated:
“To watch that performance by Rand Paul and the rest of the moral cowards who think only about policy while they are about to have a colleague who used to prey on teenage girls in malls is one of the most shameful moments I have ever seen in any party’s history.”
Concluding, Stephens lamented:
“This is something that all of my conservative friends who said, ‘Well, the character issue doesn’t matter with Trump because the policies are good and who cares about some tweets or some aspects of his background.’ Well, you’re now seeing exactly what the character issue means when a president who is himself so profoundly, morally compromised on this issue succeeds in doing what Daniel Patrick Moynihan used to call ‘defining deviancy down.’ So that now within the space of just a couple of years the party of the moral majority is offering its endorsement for a man like this.”
I believe there are good men and women in the Republican Party. Many good men and women.
Tragically, but for a few, their collective silence as Trump and the Republican National Committee define deviancy down has been deafening.
I sincerely hope that changes.
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