Someone once said, “Politics is ethics in public.” Don’t you wish! For the Republican party, ethics are out the window and morality has been shown the door. They have been replaced by political expediency and crony capitalism.
We saw it in the 2016 election, when the “Access Hollywood” tape emerged with public denunciations followed by a decision to brush the subject under the rug.
We saw it in when allegations by 19 women of sexual harassment by their presidential standard-bearer were ignored.
We are seeing it now with the decision of the RNC and the President to resume support for Roy Moore, rather than give credence to the women who have come forward at personal cost to expose his criminal predation on teenage girls.
We saw it in the statement by Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah that he thought children and pregnant women who receive federal healthcare assistance did not deserve such help because they “won’t lift a finger” to help themselves.
We saw it when Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa said “I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing, as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.”
We are seeing it now, when after eight years of preaching financial rectitude, fiscal responsibility is tossed aside in favor of rewards for the donor class.
We see it in our Congressman, who makes “principled stands” when allowed to, but does what he is told when it counts.
But many Americans, on both sides of the political divide, have had enough. Can’t we come together and hold our representatives to a higher standard? Can’t we assert that we want America to provide moral leadership in the world? Can’t we insist on good government, effective government, efficient government, while recognizing that some citizens have more needs than others? Can’t we agree that we all want to give all our children the possibility to succeed in realizing the American Dream?
We can, and we must. Let’s find and support a candidate for NJ7 who will bring to Washington the ethics and moral standards we all try to bring to our private lives.
Help us take back the House in 2018.