GA Senators Isakson, Perdue Trample Democratic Values
My letter to Senators Isakson and Perdue on the Republicans’ disgraceful flouting of democratic values in their use of secrecy to pass their “health care” bill. –Tom Barksdale
Dear Senator (Isakson) (Perdue):
Sixty-three years ago, lawyer Joseph Welch stood up in a Senate hearing room, faced the lying, bullying demagogic thug Joseph McCarthy, and delivered the immortal words: “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” Those words, the public’s growing awareness and repulsion at what McCarthy stood for, and a documentary on McCarthy by respected journalist Edward R. Murrow, turned opinion against McCarthy and led finally to his formal rebuke by the United States Senate.
But the essential fact about Joseph McCarthy, isn’t it, Senator (Isakson) (Perdue), is that Republicans like you for years worshipped him as a hero, long after his lies, slander, and inherent evil had become flagrantly apparent. Republicans like (Johnny Isakson) (David Perdue) just did not give a damn about McCarthy’s years of trampling on America’s basic moral and democratic values, or his destruction of individual lives through slander and lies.
You would have thought that giving us the flagrantly evil, anti-democratic McCarthyism would have been enough for Republicans for an entire generation. But, no. Within a few years, Republicans like (Johnny Isakson) (David Perdue) gave us Richard Nixon and Watergate. And once more, even after the full extent of the criminality, thuggery, and swinish behavior of White House operatives had been laid bare, Republicans like (Isakson) (Perdue) continued put self above country and support Nixon as President, right up to the bitter end. Only after the White House tapes revealed Nixon’s culpability and left Congressional Republicans with no way out did they finally decide Nixon had to go. A sense of decency never troubled them.
So—Republicans would not dare repeat their mistakes one more time, right? Well, never underestimate the penchant of Republicans like (Johnny Isakson) (David Perdue) to trample all over the Constitution, the rule of law, and common human decency. Republicans gave us Ronald Reagan and Irangate (Iran-Contra). Once more, White House operatives bathed themselves in criminality and thuggish and swinish behavior more suited to a Mafia family than the presidency. If you haven’t lately, go review the number of high-level Republicans who were forced to resign, retire early, or were investigated, charged, and/or indicted for malfeasance and criminal acts. Many of whom escaped conviction only because President George Herbert Walker Bush granted them pardons just before he exited the White House. Decency nowhere to be found.
McCarthyism, Watergate, Irangate—enough Republican damage to America to last a century, right? Wrong, again. Republicans like (Johnny Isakson) (David Perdue)—and Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Orrin Hatch, and Nikki Haley, to name a few—are carrying forth the Republican legacy of contempt for the Constitution, the rule of law, and common decency by giving us Donald Trump—a Republican hero that puts even McCarthy to shame. Let me just recite the words that Trump’s two-year old track record has firmly established as describing the latest Republican hero: racist, bigot, misogynist, xenophobe, nativist, Islamophobe, Hispanophobe, white nationalist—and, above all, congenital liar.
(If you like, Senator, I will provide you with the reams of evidence that justify using those terms to define Trump—and you and the Republican Party. Better yet, just go to my blog IndieDems.com and read to your heart’s content. At some point, I will query you about your pride in having white nationalist Steven Bannon as Presidential Counselor. Shades of the old Georgia Segs, eh, Senator?)
I consider it necessary, Senator, to cite all the above to give perspective when I write you about a specific policy before the Senate. That’s really what this message is all about. I refer to the so-called health care bill and the way you, McConnell, and your fellow Republicans have handled it. The secrecy surrounding this bill is but the latest, and most flagrant, flouting of the democratic process in American history.
You are prepared to pass a law conceived in secrecy that will deny health care to millions of Americans? You slit your own throat, Senator, every time you defend your actions as conforming to the basic democratic values that supposedly guide this country. You are either a lying charlatan—like the President you so vigorously support—or you are God’s pure fool.
Once more, (Johnny Isakson) (David Perdue) and his Republican colleagues repeat the 63 year-old Republican pattern of showing contempt for the Constitution, the rule of law—and common human decency. My congratulations to you, Senator (Isakson) (Perdue). You have joined Joseph McCarthy, Richard Nixon, and Donald Trump in the pantheon of Republican heroes.
(s) Tom Barksdale