Dionne: Trump era is further degrading politicians
San Jose Mercury-News ^ | October 19, 2017 | by E.J. Dionne Jr.
Posted on 10/19/2017, 3:22:25 PM by Oldeconomybuyer
Permit me to confess: I am one of the very last people in the United States who does not consider the word “politician” to be an insult. On the contrary, the work politicians do is important because politics is a good and essential thing in a free society. It’s the degradation of politics in the Trump era we need to worry about, not politics itself.
President Trump has always prided himself on being an anti-politician. This is supposed to be one of his greatest assets. But he has thrown our government into chaos and our country into tumult precisely because his disrespect for politics and what it requires leads him to debase our public life. He offers a torrent of lies, willfully tries to tear the country apart.
Many of Trump’s lies are hideously personal. His false charge that President Obama failed to phone or speak to the families of members of the armed services killed in the line of duty was particularly sordid.
Sorry, but all Republican politicians who take their obligations seriously must stop rationalizing the irrational and say what has long been obvious, that Trump’s way of doing business is unproductive, erratic, mean and scary. Until this happens, Republicans deserve to be seen as enablers of a dangerous presidency.
Alas, you can count on GOP leaders to maintain their complicity until the tax cut that is their lodestar is enacted into law. On this question, Trump and his party are at one in offering misleading claims that their bill is designed primarily to help average Americans when in fact its largest benefits will flow to the very wealthy.
But is a tax cut worth the price of colluding to undermine an honorable profession?
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