This was PUBLISHED in the Delaware State News of 6/2/21 on p. A6! 🙂
Op Ed Submission – Have You No Sense of Decency? – 5/28/21
As the old saying goes: those who do not remember history are condemned to repeat it! I remember our history, American history. In the 1950’s, when communism indeed was fearsome, some self-centered Republican politicians led by Senator Joe McCarthy used that to spread all manner of lies. McCarthy rocketed into the headlines by calling anyone who disagreed with him a “communist”! The U S Senate website reminds us of Joe McCarthy’s fate: That tyrannical politician finally was stopped when he picked a fight with the Army and the army hired Boston lawyer Joseph Welch to make its case. At a session on June 9, 1954, McCarthy charged that one of Welch’s attorneys had ties to a Communist organization. As a huge television audience looked on, Welch responded with the immortal lines that ultimately ended McCarthy’s career: “Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness.” When McCarthy tried to continue his attack, Welch angrily interrupted, “Let us not assassinate this lad further, senator. You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency?”
History now is repeating itself, with Mitch McConnell, an ardent Trumpster, taking the role of disgraced and defeated Joe McCarthy. McConnell refused even to meet with the mother of the late Brian Sicknick, who died defending … Mitch McConnell! Even after saying a Commission should study what caused the riot on January 6th, the violent attack on the Capitol building, and Democrats agreeing to the terms proposed by McConnell, because Trump told him to, Mitch has flip flopped, and will not support the formation of such a Commission. This ridiculously stubborn Hyperpartisanship [mostly Republicans, saying “we will not agree to anything put forth by Democrats] we see today in American politics is Hyperunpatriotic.
How can we ever enact positive, good-for-America laws suggested by Democrats with this approach? How can we fix so many problems in our justice system with this approach? How can we adjust our out of whack “tax the poor and reduce the taxes on the wealthy” tax laws to be more fair with such an approach? Obviously, we cannot.
To those who support this policy of obstructionism, I say you are Hyperunpatriotic. You disallow benefits and improvements to our nation, and that certainly is unpatriotic.
Biden and any legislators seeking bipartisanship instead of spouting harmful, divisive, Trumpian rhetoric are to be commended, and should be encouraged to continue to work for the betterment of America.
History also has taught us (Martin Luther King) that the time is always the right time to do the right thing!
Ken Abraham, former Deputy Attorney General, founder of Citizens for Criminal Justice, Dover, DE 302-423-4067