Who cares for people?
I was at a local eatery and the vote for impeachment was being televised, and as the first article of impeachment passed, a diner cheered and applauded and proclaimed loudly, “Get him out of office.” A silence came over the other diners, and the owner of the establishment quickly changed the TV to a sports channel. The buzz of dinner conversation picked up again.
My wife, who noticed the smirk on my face, said, “You look like the cat who ate the canary.”
I said only one of more than 50 diners made an overt comment about the impeachment; that is telling in that most people don’t care as long as everything in their world is OK.
It should be noted with interest that the impeachment vote of President Trump was along party lines, Democrats in favor and Republicans 100% against. Sadly, this is like a civil war. The state of the union is being tested.
Let’s see which party is going to champion “We the People,” and return to the nation’s business.
When I saw Louise Butler’s face on the Jan. 5 Opinion page, I felt I was in for another intelligent, professionally written piece supporting the Republican way of life, or at the very best a mild chastisement of their present activities.
What? She left the party? After I recovered and finished her commentary I realized we are in many respects kindred spirits.
In 1955 I was 12 years old and living in Carrolton, a small farming town in east-central Ohio. A Republican son and grandson, I was reaping the benefits of my hero President Eisenhower, the last Republican to ever achieve that status. Then came the assassination of Kennedy and the rise to power of Nixonian Republican ethics that would, in my young adult opinion, begin the downfall of America. Through Reagan’s destructive financial policies, the Bush wars and junior’s further destruction of the economy, I hung in there.
By this time I must admit I was a Republican in name only. I had witnessed the Republican Party becoming the party of the rich, uncaring and belligerent, radical and religious right. I had also observed the Democrats becoming the proponents of welfare, giveaways, closed union shops and increased socialism. So, I had nowhere to go.
After observing President Obama’s success in restarting the economy over the self-admitted defiance of the Republicans, I finally realized that the correct answer to the each of the nation’s problems did not always come from the same party.
So, when Trump became president I joined Ms. Butler’s club of discarded Real Republicans.
I don’t think we will have enough time to see the Republicans change back to a force for the good of average Americans. So I, and presumably Ms. Butler, will remain among those who vote what’s best for all Americans, not just a political party.