Opinion: Americans find a common cause

(AP)

The good news is, the perpetual drama machine who serves as our president has called a ceasefire in his fight with a grieving war widow.

His latest target? The man he derides as “liddle Bob Corker,” the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and one of the most respected Republicans in Washington.

Corker isn’t holding back either, saying that he could never again support Trump for elective office and that the president ought to keep his nose out of diplomatic issues and the rewriting of the tax code because he doesn’t know what he’s talking about and because his bungling has gotten embarrassing.

“At the end of the day, when his term is over, I think the debasing of our nation, the constant non-truth telling, just the name-calling … I think the debasement of our nation will be what he’ll be remembered most for, and that’s regretful,” Corker said.

I hope that proves correct. I hope Trump is remembered for that, and not for some larger calamity that he leads us into in the future. Either way, though, I applaud Corker for his honesty, just as I applaud Mitt Romney, John McCain and former President George W. Bush for their recent cogent criticism.

For some on the left, such praise is grating to the point of being outrageous. Those critics are correct to point out that Bush was a poor president who led us into the worst foreign-policy debacle in U.S. history and oversaw the biggest economic collapse in 80 years. It is also true that Corker, Romney and McCain supported Trump’s election, and that Corker and Romney were at one point candidates to serve in Trump’s cabinet as secretary of state.

Nothing will erase that history, and nobody is, or at least ought to be, describing these men as profiles in courage for belatedly speaking what they had known all along, particularly since it comes at a time in their careers when none is likely to ever run for office again.

But if you believe, as I do and apparently as they do, that Trump and his half-baked theories pose a unique threat to global peace, economic prosperity and the glue that binds American democracy, then you should welcome and even celebrate their words. If they can help open ears and minds among conservatives, if they can help minimize the damage being done to our institutions and relationships, if they can help to hem Trump in on issues such as North Korea, then hell yes they ought to be applauded and encouraged and praised.

We’re going to need their help; they’re going to need our help. The idealistic among us still like to say that what we have in common as Americans is more important than what divides us, and in this particular case what we have in common is an understanding that Trump is bad for our country, that he is incapable of governance and if he can’t be removed he must at least be neutralized as much as possible.

Anybody who shares that understanding is welcome as an ally. We can get back to fighting about less important stuff later, after all this is over and a sense of sanity has been restored.

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Surelyyoujest
Surelyyoujest

"And what do we as United States Senators have to say about it?"  Evidently he said I quit...

Denise285
Denise285

Colin Kaepernick reportedly lands $1 million book deal.

Peachs
Peachs

If you hate defense attorneys you should hate Republicans who lie for a living.

Surelyyoujest
Surelyyoujest

I like defense attys - it's the scum bag pltf bar I dislike so much.

Peachs
Peachs

The problem with Republicans is they are a party of nuts. They will literally hide the body for their selfish ambition.

Peachs
Peachs

I think Moore will loose Alabama, and Republicans start getting serious and stop this civil war they are killing this nation with.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Daily Bookman/Trump rant. The Jaybird should be on his knees thanking Trump for giving him new material otherwise his career slips off into the sunset.

YouLibs
YouLibs

@Infraredguy

You should be on your knees thanking Jay for giving you a place to come every day to seek attention.

Peachs
Peachs

We thank the Republicans for electing this nut who is inviting more nuts to your party while it last.

Fly-On-The-Wall
Fly-On-The-Wall

Since Trump lies so often maybe we need to reverse the data and keep track of how often he tells the truth.

Can Trump ever tell the truth and how would we know?

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

Flake is throwing out heavy truths: 

we financed reconstruction of shattered countries and created international organizations and institutions that have helped provide security and foster prosperity around the world for more than 70 years.

Now, it seems that we, the architects of this visionary rules-based world order that has brought so much freedom and prosperity, are the ones most eager to abandon it.

The implications of this abandonment are profound. And the beneficiaries of this rather radical departure in the American approach to the world are the ideological enemies of our values. Despotism loves a vacuum. And our allies are now looking elsewhere for leadership. Why are they doing this? None of this is normal. And what do we as United States Senators have to say about it?

Eustis
Eustis

Draining the swamp; another way of ethnic cleansing. Trump and his supporters in Congress will attempt to silence or jail all dissenters.

Fly-On-The-Wall
Fly-On-The-Wall

@Eustis Morning Joe said it.  If (when) we have a war with NK, Trump will be moving to silence the press and anyone else who challenges him. 

Trump does love him a dictatorship.

KUTGF
KUTGF

Flakey sheetz

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@KUTGF oops, about 10 minutes too late. (I read much slower than Jay) 

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

Classical conservatism and republicanism are being killed by the Trump Cult of Personality, which has as its only tenet to destroy all things Obama.  No principles, no real goals, no integrity.

FloydLiberal
FloydLiberal

@Nick_Danger And Trump's budget guy said on tv that deficits don't matter. Which is kind of obvious since they want big tax cuts.

FloydLiberal
FloydLiberal

Has anyone heard if Trump has implemented the sanctions against Russia yet?

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

td1234 2 minutes ago

@StraightNoChaser Approval rating is not polling data


You want to stand by that statement?  National polling is used to come up with approval ratings and the poll of polls has Trump at an all time low.  Just the facts sir.

DavidATL45
DavidATL45

No one in his or her right mind would trust Trump to have a "ceasefire" with the Gold Star Widow.  Trump has shown himself to be a serial liar.

FloydLiberal
FloydLiberal

@DavidATL45 His attention span is fairly short so this "battle" with a grieving widow may be over.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

@DavidATL45  Then he's in the same company as Cowboy Hat gal who sponsored the original bill in Congress to send troops the Niger to start with

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

Listening to the WH presser today sounds like a repeat of Jay Bookman.

It's clear we have a huge problem with the media being mostly Liberals vehemently opposed to Trump.

They have self appointed themselves to taking down a president who was duly elected.

All their propaganda is just that, propaganda.

They are desperate, i.e. Jay finding it appropriate to post Flake's senate floor remarks.

Corker, McCan, Flake and the other never Trumper's are complicit.

This will only make Trump and his supporters dig their heels in deeper.

Clearing the swamp was never going to be pretty.


LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@JohnnyReb Hey Johnny

Do you believe Trump's inauguration had more people than Obama? 

Do you believe Trump had an investigator in Hawaii finding "dirt" on the birth certificate? 


Just want to see how far into the lies you are. 

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@JohnnyReb


“The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the nation as a whole. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly as necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.

Brosephus
Brosephus

@JohnnyReb

THIS ^^^^

is your brain on toxic rhetoric.  Do not consume toxic rhetoric.

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

@JohnnyReb  "taking down a president who was duly elected" need some cheese with that whine?   lol

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@LogicalDude @JohnnyReb

You need to get over the birther issue, it was settled by the election.

Trump has a big ego.  I'm not sure who had the most at his innauguration and don't really care.

These are not what is important.

What is important is the tyranny happening on the Left.

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

@JohnnyReb @LogicalDude


birther issue settled by the election? Obama was born in Kenya. Yikes.


Do you mean before the election. And if so how was it settled. Trump show us all how right he was.

Eustis
Eustis

@JohnnyReb @LogicalDude  What's important is "Better, Cheaper, and Everybody covered". Where's that plan? Surely, Trump wouldn't lie. Right? i