According to the media, the Salt Lake Tribune has picked Utah’s longtime Republican senator, Orrin G. Hatch, as its “Utahn of the year.” The designation was not positive, but anointed the Utahn who had had the most impact, “for good or for ill.”
It was accompanied by a scathing editorial that attacked the senator’s recent record, most notably his part in the Trump administration’s decision to shrink two national monuments in the state. It also said criticized Hatch for his role in helping to pass the recent tax code overhaul, and his “utter lack of integrity that rises from his unquenchable thirst for power.”
IndieDems Comment: About mid-2017, I started adding Orrin Hatch’s name to the list of Republican notables who could no longer claim they were helpless bystanders as Donald Trump took a sledge hammer to America’s basic moral and democratic values and to common human decency. After six months, the indisputable fact that they were fully complicit in Trump’s horrors was apparent beyond the shadow of a doubt. Ergo, I could say “Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Orrin Hatch, and Nikki Haley have rallied behind Donald Trump in his effort to deprive millions of Americans, including children, of basic medical care.”
Hatch was an obvious choice, given his length of service and his power and influence. His becoming a full-fledged lackey of Trump, of course, deepened as the year progressed through tax reform and Trump’s continued implementation of a xenophobic, racist, nativist, Putin-loving, morally and intellectually bankrupt regime. I pointed out that either the Mormon Church had abandoned the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule, or Orrin Hatch is a lapsed Mormon.
The Tribunes’ editorial shows there is yet hope that even Mormons will see Orrin Hatch for the phony baloney hypocrite that he is.
We live in a country where lots of Jews and Christians joined in throwing the basic values of their religions overboard to elect Donald Trump President. It defies imagination how anyone can reconcile support for Trump with the Judaeo-Christian ethos that says thou shalt not lie and must treat others as you would have them treat you. And where, oh where, are the leaders of the Mormon, Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Episcopalian Churches as Trump and his Republican cohorts, daily, trample all over the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule? At long last, do the lot of them have no shame?
And, of course, right here in Georgia we have the Trump-can-do-no-wrong crowd led by Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Barry Loudermilk, and Karen Handel. The deeper into the moral and intellectual sewer Trump plunges, the stronger our yahoos swim to follow after him.