Republicans: “see no evil, hear no evil,” even when it is right in front of their eyes

The Republicans in Congress saw exactly what Trump was doing and should have strongly objected to such an action but they saw no evil, heard no evil on his part.

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I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

The Founding Fathers meant exactly what they said, that members of the Congress and other selected government officials should swear their allegiance to the Constitution and follow its tenets in all they do. That they would do what is right for the country and its people and put those interests above their own.

Unfortunately and tragically, those words are falling on deaf ears in today’s Congress, in particular, the Senate. Almost a majority of the Republicans that have taken that oath with their hands on the Bible and have sworn to adhere to the Constitution, now ignore it when it comes to protecting their president. 

Here is what they saw and heard and just looked the other way:

They watched as Trump, their Dear Leader, carried out his program of deceit, lawlessness, deception, lies, and misinformation.

In no time at all Trump, after being elected, withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, “an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.” It was signed by 195 countries and ratified by 190. For him to do that, when addressing the monumental problem of climate change was critically important, was reckless and irresponsible.

The Republicans in Congress saw exactly what he was doing and should have strongly objected to such an action but they saw no evil, heard no evil on his part. 

Not satisfied with killing that important climate agreement, Trump set his sights on the Iran Nuclear Agreement. He proceeded to make a series of misstatements about how this agreement wasn’t working at all and that the Iranians were still working on nuclear weapons at secret locations. He then withdrew this country from that effective agreement.

Did the Republicans see what he was doing, did they hear what his reasons were?. They sure did. Did they know just how important this agreement was to the entire world? Without question, they did. But what did they do to stop what he was doing? Not a thing!

How about Trump’s close alliance with Putin, much of which showed Trump as being submissive and subservient to the Russian? They watched as he did nothing about the Russian hacking into our election. They also saw him do nothing when the word came out about the Russians offering bounties on US troops in Afghanistan.

Did they demand that he come down on Putin with sanctions and other punishment for what he did? Not, a chance, they let the entire matter just die. 

How about Trump’s horrendous management of the pandemic? Anyone with eyes and ears should have noticed that he and his associates’ pathetic efforts were grossly ineffective. They should have been offering up all kinds of ideas on how it could be more effective but they were afraid of angering him. 

The members of the Grand Old Party couldn’t help but notice that their Commander-in-Chief used every kind of deceitful tactic to try to overturn the election that he clearly lost. 

He initiated a plethora of lawsuits without any proof. He tried to intimidate state officials and insisted the election had been stolen. Were the Repubs shocked and troubled? Absolutely not, they saw the evil, they heard the evil, and they remained silent.

Were they shocked when saw the Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol building by the domestic terrorists? Didn’t they hear the words that Trump used as he incited violence on their part, “show strength and take our country back and fight?”

Were they able to put two and two together and conclude that his words had incited that insurrection? Absolutely not. Their oath of office means nothing, it is meaningless. They are of no value to this government or this country, they are empty vessels. 

When they saw young children separated from their parents at the Southern border and placed into cages like animals did they rise up in extreme anger and demand that Trump immediately reverse that practice? All that we heard coming from them was a deep silence.

Then we have the Trump pardons of some 140 of his cronies, many convicted felons who are now walking the streets when they should be in prison. Did that bother them at all? Nope.

CNN reported, Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has repeatedly come under fire for her past support of the QAnon conspiracy, liked comments that said “a bullet to the head would be quicker” than removing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; and that “through removal or death, doesn’t matter, as long as [Pelosi] goes.”

Greene also responded to a Republican supporter who suggested former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton be hanged by saying “Stage is being set.” Players are being put in place. We must be patient. This must be done perfectly or liberal judges would let them off.”

In a speech she posted on Facebook live, Greene said Pelosi was “guilty of treason” and that treason is “a crime punishable by death.”

Are any Republicans in Congress condemning these views of Greene and calling for her removal or even censure? A few have but most say nothing, they do nothing, they could care less. 

Trump, in a July 2018 speech before the VFW made this Orwellian comment: “What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.” The Congressional Republicans listened to those words and followed them to a T. So, no matter how many egregious things Trump then said and did, the Republicans lacked the spine to object.

So, Senate and House Republicans see no evil, they hear no evil. They have no shame, they have no sense of honor or decency.

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Michael Payne is an independent progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues; and especially with the great dangers involved with the proliferation of perpetual war, the associated defense industry, and the massive control that Corporate America holds over this government and our election process; all which are leading this nation down the road to eventual financial ruin if the conditions are not reversed. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois and a U.S. Army veteran.

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