President Donald Trump is under attack by his own political party like never before.
Senator John McCain published a blistering message in the Washington Post this week, in which he condemns his fellow Republicans for letting Congress spin into utter chaos. At the same time, McCain delivered a blow to the racist pro-Trump mobs that have been inflicting violence on people of color over the past several weeks.
“Americans recoiled from the repugnant spectacle of white supremacists marching in Charlottesville to promote their un-American ‘blood and soil’ ideology,” McCain wrote in the Washington Post this week. “There is nothing in their hate-driven racism that can match the strength of a nation conceived in liberty and comprising 323 million souls of different origins and opinions who are equal under the law. … Our shared values define us more than our differences. And acknowledging those shared values can see us through our challenges today if we have the wisdom to trust in them again.”
McCain blames congressional dysfunction partly on the terribly hostile political rhetoric that has emerged in our country during the Trump era. He says Congress under Republican leadership has become totally “inadequate” and that representatives are constantly campaigning, instead of actually governing.
“That’s not how we were meant to govern. Our entire system of government — with its checks and balances, its bicameral Congress, its protections of the rights of the minority — was designed for compromise. It seldom works smoothly or speedily. It was never expected to,” McCain said.
Many of us disagree with John McCain about a lot, but it’s hard to argue with the points he’s making here. McCain is sticking it to his own party and admitting that the Republicans have not done a good job governing in Washington D.C.
It may be too little too late, but it’s still good to see one tiny bit of truth coming out of the Republican Party.