Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Kevin McCarthy: A Study in Cowardice and Dishonesty

At various points in history individuals have distinguished themselves through bravery and and a willingness to risk all in order to stand on the side of truth and decency.  One such example from the Nazi era was  Dietrich Bonhoeffer was known for his staunch resistance to the Nazi dictatorship, including vocal opposition to Hitler's euthanasia program and genocidal persecution of the Jews.  He ultimately was murdered by the Nazi regime.  Likewise, there are those who cast aside the truth and morality in order to seek perceived personal advancement.  Germans who prostituted themselves to Hitler and closed their eyes to atrocities are one example.  Another example is the Vichy French who sold out their country and democracy.   Today, we see multiple examples within the Republican Party who put personal advancement and/or retention of power above all else, including their country. Among the most despicable examples is House minority leader Kevin McCarthy who so wants power and self-advancement that he seemingly would sell his mother into prostitution for a few pieces of silver.  For even less, he is willing to sell out American democracy as he prostitutes himself to Donald Trump.  A main editorial in the Washington Post looks at McCarthy's moral degradation.  Here are excerpts:

DEMOCRATIC AND Republican negotiators agreed last week to create a high-level, expert commission with subpoena power to conduct an examination of the Jan. 6 Capitol invasion, one of the lowest moments in U.S. history. But House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Tuesday threw his negotiators under the bus, condemning the compromise and vowing to oppose the bill creating the commission when it comes to a House vote Wednesday. This is cowardice, distilled.

Many Republicans do not want an impartial panel to remind the public of their party’s role in the event. A fair inquiry would examine how GOP lawmakers fed the election lies that inspired the mob, and how they built Jan. 6, which should have featured a pro forma counting of electoral votes, into a showdown over the 2020 presidential election. Republican lawmakers who signed a spurious lawsuit seeking to overturn the results bear some guilt; those who went on to object to the counting of electoral votes from several swing states bear even more.

An honest proceeding would also require Mr. McCarthy to testify under oath about his eyewitness experience of the violence — and to then-President Donald Trump’s apparent indifference. Mr. McCarthy has resisted offering the public a frank accounting of his interactions with Mr. Trump, including on a phone call during which Mr. McCarthy reportedly begged Mr. Trump to stop the mob. Mr. McCarthy has concluded that whatever political benefits he receives from embracing Mr. Trump are worth the price of his integrity.

If there are to be hearings, Mr. McCarthy argued, they should examine not only the Capitol invasion but other politically motivated violence, such as the riots surrounding the Black Lives Matter protests last summer. The point is to draw a false equivalence between a historically unique attack on the nation’s seat of government, in which Mr. Trump and other Republicans are directly implicated, and crimes that left-leaning activists committed — crimes that did not occur in the halls of Congress, that did not aim to interrupt the peaceful transition of power, that did not reflect a plot to overturn a presidential election.

The more Mr. McCarthy and other Republicans try to minimize the insurrection’s significance, the more they encourage the lies on which it was based; the more they instill the sense, widespread on the right, that the other side is at war with them, so they must fight back; and the more they invite the riot’s repetition — perhaps not in the now-locked-down Capitol, but maybe at statehouses, county commission offices, vote-counting locations or other civic institutions.

Mr. McCarthy knows Democrats will never endorse a panel designed to mislead the nation about Jan. 6, so his proposal for a broader mandate is a ruse: He simply does not want any investigation at all.

Sadly, McCarthy is apparently as morally bankrupt as Trump himself.  He is despicable and the last thing the nation needs is for him to be Speaker of the House.  Literally, a tawdry whore has a higher moral standard than McCarthy.

1 comment:

Sixpence Notthewiser said...

He's terrified they'll call him to testify. As are all the Repugs. The GQP is the now the party of traitors, con men and conspiracy theorists. Sad.