According to a report, President Trump’s misstatements and outright lies since he took office has reached the 3,251 mark. What was once referred to by Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President as “alternative facts” has now become the core of a sinister portrait of a made-up world with evil intent.
Included are the conspiracy theories of the President designed to discredit and change the narrative associated with his corruption and self-serving behavior. The “deep state” as he and his followers describe and attack as the enemy is turning out to be nothing more than American institutions sworn to preserve the rule of law and the Constitution of the United States.
The President has managed to drag 85 percent of the Republican Party along for the ride. The Party appears to be mostly divided between those that are actively defending the President and those reluctantly finding ways to support his personal agenda.
We are well on our way to the mid-terms and Republicans running for reelection are finding loud groups of Trump supporters in their midst making sure they toe the line. This politicians are afraid to be left behind by the tweeter-fed groups that form one third of the American electorate.
John Boehner (R-Ohio), the former Speaker of the House is the latest to state the obvious when says that: “There is no Republican Party. There’s a Trump Party.”
The Party of Lincoln, the Party of small government, the Party against deficit spending, the Party that supported the farmer, the Party that led on world trade, the Party that had compassion for the needs especially of a struggling middle class and even the Party of Reagan appears to be no more, at least for the moment. Instead, it has become the Party of division along ethnic, racial and economic lines as it seeks to condone notions of racial superiority and voted to cut taxes almost in half for the President’s family and friends.
The Republican Party finds itself doing the bidding of a corrupt President that demands loyalty without consciences. I know that this does not play well in Colorado and our Republican delegation should review its role in furthering the President’s personal aggrandizement and enrichment at the expense of the country as well his deliberate attacks on our institutions designed to destroy their integrity and effectiveness.
Representatives Scott Tipton of Cortez, Ken Buck of Greeley, Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs, Mike Coffman of Aurora and Senator Corey Gardner need to come forward and disavow this dangerous turn that has seen a great Party taken over by someone wanting to rule it as his personal fiefdom. Colorado as a purple State has historically encouraged balance in its politics that leads to common-sense solutions.
We need a Colorado Congressional delegation that in advocating for issues that benefit our State does not cross the line to encourage, condone, participate or acquiesce to the lies and whims of a would-be strongman that seeks to encourage talk of racial superiority and personal rule as basic to his America First agenda. There is a lot of work to be done to bring this nation back from its divided state both among ourselves and with our friends abroad.
It is ironic that in a country that has succeeded in making an economic turn-around and has experienced over half a decade of increasing prosperity, we have major pockets of fear, not of having less as many have thought, but of each other. Our leader in the White House is not helping.