Is there a principled Republican Party today or has it become a cult of the personality of Donald Trump? I sincerely hope there is still a principled Republican Party.

Michael R. May

Michael R. May

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Michael R May

Mr. Bohlken, thank you for taking the time to reply. However -- with respect -- you miss my point. I am not calling Republicans to become a Democrats. Instead, I am calling Republicans to be Republicans.

For example, instead of your rushing to imaginatively justify Trumps' disrespect for our military, call out Trump's behavior as repugnant to Republican respect for our military.

Surely these Trump actions stated in the column offend Republican principles:

"Trump’s State of the Union theatrics supposedly honoring American service men and women featured draft dodger Trump awarding the Medal of Freedom to another draft dodger, Rush Limbaugh. Trump’s disrespect for our military caused Representative Seth Moulton who served 4 tours in Iraq as a U. S. Marine Crops officer to tweet: “ I left the SOTU after Trump – a draft dodger who has mocked Sen. John McCain, Gold Star families and soldiers with traumatic brain injury – started talking about the good he has done for our military.”

Representative Moutlon’s tweet is understated because Trump’s attack on Senator McCain continues even after McCain’s death and includes Trump’s order to keep naval warship U. S. McCain out of Trumps’ view.

Representative Moutlon’s tweet is understated because Trump recently watched a “Fox and Friends” show critical of a Navy Seal disciplinary case and immediately tweeted interference in the Navy Seal proceeding. Trump’s tweet – made without first getting the facts from the Navy Seals -- is itself disrespectful. The Commander in Chief has a Constitutional duty to consult the commanders in the field. Trumps’ disrespectful, reckless tweet and subsequent disruption of the Navy Seals case fairly raise this question: “When did our Navy Seals cease being “great” so that they can be so recklessly and publicly attacked by Trump?

Representative Moutlon’s tweet is understated because it omits the open contempt and name calling by Trump of U. S. Marine Corps Generals Kelley and Mattes, e. g., publicly calling General Mattes, “the World’s most overrated general” for opposing Trump’s abrupt retreat from Syria. Trump’s retreat from Syria was so abrupt our retreating forces had to blow up our ammunition dumps and left uneaten meals on mess hall tables much to the delight of Russian television audiences."

Bohlken1

Mr. May's article criticizing Republicans is almost laughable because of its hypocrisy.

May first states that "Republican opposition to soaring federal deficits under Trump has vanished." Well, it takes two to tango and it takes the cooperation of the Democratically controlled House of Representatives to pass a budget. The House will never pass a fiscally responsible budget as long as it is controlled by Democrats. As Mr. May correctly implies, there has been one, and only one, fiscally responsible party in recent history, and its not the Democrats. President Trump had to cut the best deal he could to build the wall and rebuild the military which May claims he disrespects. Our booming Trump economy gives us some breathing space, but the deficit will never be successfully addressed as long as Democrats hold even one house in Congress. If Democrats obtain more power, we can expect exploding deficits due to health care and education giveaways and the Green New Deal.

May discusses the related issues of the impeachment trial and Sen. Mitt Romney's vote to convict, making him the sole Republican in Congress to be suckered in by the Democrats' coup attempt. In the House, one Democrat voted present, one voted against one article, and two voted against both articles of impeachment. One of those switched parties to become Republican. There was more Democrat support against impeachment than there was Republican support for it.

May falsely claims President Trump criticized Romney "because Senator Romney acted on this oath as a Senator: 'As a Senate-juror, I swore an oath before God to exercise impartial justice.'" In fact, Trump said, "I don't like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong," Trump criticized Romney's failure to honor his oath.

If Romney, and the Democrats in the Senate, had exercised impartial justice, they would have focused on two crucial facts. First, the House hearings on impeachment, in violation of the constitution and precedent, completely denied due process to the President, including the rights to be represented by counsel, to cross-examine witnesses, to subpoena evidence, to present witnesses and other evidence, and to an impartial hearing officer. Second, the articles of impeachment completely failed to allege any high crime or misdemeanor, as required by the Constitution.

The denial of due process meant that the entirety of the evidence presented by the House managers should have been stricken or disregarded as it was illegally obtained. Therefore, there was no lawfully obtained evidence on which a conviction could have been supported. "Exercising impartial justice" under these circumstances results in an acquittal.

The failure to allege any high crime or misdemeanor means there was no charge made by the House of Representatives sufficient to support removal from office. "Exercising impartial justice" under these circumstances also results in an acquittal.

Given the above defects, there is no need to introduce further evidence in the form of witnesses or documents in the Senate trial. Motions to dismiss or for summary judgment or other motions often result in the resolution of disputes or even criminal charges without an actual trial.

May falsely states "The Senate 'trial' failed to hear any witness and any documents relevant to their testimony." In fact, all the public testimony in the House proceedings and all their documents were presented to the Senate. In President Clinton's trial, six additional witnesses were "heard" by the Senate by having their videotaped sworn testimony played to the Senate. In President Trump's trial, videotaped sworn testimony from the House proceedings was played in the Senate.

Of course, in President Trump's trial, the testimony was illegally obtained and could have been disregarded for that reason alone. Both that testimony, and any other proposed testimony, addressed the non-crimes stated in the articles of impeachment. Testimony and other evidence on non-crimes serves no purpose.

In claiming that Trump disrespects the military, May disregards the touching reunion of a soldier and his family, as well as the honoring of a Tuskegee airman, both brought about by President Trump at his State of the Union address. May also ignores the willful shredding of our heroes' stories when Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi viciously ripped them apart at the conclusion of the President's speech.

May cherry picks disagreements or criticisms by Trump with respect to certain military or other personages. Disagreement, criticism or even disrespect of those individuals does not constitute disrespect of the entire military.

For example, Democrat President Truman said about General Douglas MacArthur: “I fired MacArthur because he wouldn’t respect the authority of the president. I didn’t fire him because he was a dumb son of a b*tch, although he was.”

Thank God that Democrat President Kennedy disagreed with the military officials who wanted him to bomb Cuba.

May falsely states that there was an order by President Trump "to keep naval warship U. S. McCain out of Trump's view." President Trump denied making any request to shield the USS John McCain (or at least the name of the ship) from his view. It appears that some official at the White House made this ridiculous request and the Navy complied.

When it comes to disrespect for the military, Mr. May should have mentioned that, in 2009, Democrat President Obama attempted to require our wounded warriors to use their own private health insurance to pay for the treatment of their wounds. The plan was only stopped after a public outcry.

He also disregards Democrat Hillary Clinton's suggestion that Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who is still a member of our military, is a Russian asset.

Without evidence, it is suggested that President Trump and Rush Limbaugh were "draft dodgers" Perhaps Mr. May forgets that draft dodgers were praised by the Democratic Party during the Vietnam War. Democratic President Jimmy Carter pardoned all those who failed to register for the draft or fled the country to avoid it. So, it appears that draft dodging was A-OK for Democrats when there was actually a draft to dodge, but is very, very bad 50 years later.

Based on his illogic and selected "facts", Mr. May suggests that the Republican Party is not a principled party. Well, the Republican Party supports the following principles, among others:

1. Freedom of speech, of the press, and of religion as guaranteed by the First Amendment.

2. The protection of innocent human life from conception until natural death.

3. The individual right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment.

4. Support of all of the protections provided by the Bill of Rights.

Steve Rose

Mike, well said. You may have foud one of the few statement by Rush Limbaugh with whih we both agree.

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