For Republicans: Some hopeful praise and a bit of advice

Mitch McConnell. Can we trust him this time?

This is about Republicans.

First, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and a number of other GOP members should be praised for, finally, taking a stand against President Trump.

McConnell has insisted there will be an “orderly” post-election transition — something on which the president has cast doubt.

McConnell said regardless of who wins the Nov. 3 presidential election, there will be a peaceful inauguration on Jan. 20, 2021.

“There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792,” he tweeted.

Other Republican lawmakers, including vocal Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham, have similarly promised a safe and fair election. “I can assure it will be peaceful,” Graham told Fox News.

In light of recent events, specifically those surrounding the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her replacement, these statements must come with a caveat. These people are liars and hypocrites.

They refused to even grant a hearing for Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, saying new Justices shouldn’t be named in an election year so “the people could have a choice.”

Now, in an election year, they are rushing to fill the seat with anyone Trump nominates.

It’s obvious they can’t be trusted. Still, one has to hope they are actually sincere this time when they say they will support a peaceful transfer of power. Only time will tell.

Another point I want to make concerns what I just said about approving anyone Trump nominates. It seems he could select a can of tomato soup and the Republicans would knee-jerk it into Ginsburg’s seat.

I don’t know any manager worth his or her salt who would hire someone without an interview, much less without knowing who they are. Does that make any sense at all? It makes me wonder what else they would do just on Trump’s order.

  • If he told them to paint the White House red, would they do it?
  • If he told them not to wear pants to work, would they do it?
  • If he told them to sing “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” before opening every session of Congress, would they do it?

I’d like to think not, but they’ve backed him up on some pretty strange stuff, so you never know.

Finally, I have a message for Republican voters.

If you are having second thoughts about voting for Trump, but don’t want to admit it to family and friends, that’s OK. Remember, our ballots are secret. You don’t have to tell anyone who you voted for. You don’t even have to tell the truth.

If you don’t want a president who lies all the time; who make no secret of the fact that he is a racist and a misogynist; who molests women both verbally and physically; who puts babies in cages; and who wants to eliminate our democracy by “getting rid of the ballots,” among other things. That’s OK. In fact, it’s great.

Go ahead and vote for Joe Biden and just tell everyone you voted for Trump.

I know promoting lying is not usually the best advice, but these are not the best of times.

Published by Mike Sturman

I am a retired journalist with nearly 30 years in the field, during which time I was a reporter and held numerous editor positions at local newspapers and a number of magazines. After I retired, I was a sub in my local school district, then did PR for that district. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in journalism, and as for my politics, that's simple: I'm a liberal Democrat. I'm married, and my wife recently retired after 25 years as a teacher. We have one daughter, who has earned her PhD and works at a UC. Through this blog, I hope to pass on some interesting thoughts and ideas, entertain with some lighthearted posts and generally quell my pandemic-induced boredom.

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