Thursday, March 21, 2024

A Matter Of Bravery

I think I disagree with Liz Cheney on every policy that confronts our country from reproductive rights to tax policy, but there’s one essential item where we agree: Trump is an existential threat to the nation and the world.  From David Ignatius in the Washington Post:

Liz Cheney doesn’t mince words about Donald Trump. She calls the former president a “liar,” a “con man” and a potential “tyrant” who, if elected again, would “torch the Constitution” and its guarantees of free speech and rule of law.

Cheney landed these rhetorical roundhouse punches in a talk last week at the Connecticut Forum in Hartford. The words were all the more powerful from a deposed chair of the House Republican Conference. Listening to the repeated roars of approval from the nearly 3,000 people in the audience, I couldn’t help thinking that Cheney might be an underappreciated X-factor in the 2024 race.

“I will do everything I can to make sure [Trump] is never anywhere near the Oval Office again,” vowed Cheney. Defeating Trump means reelecting President Biden and rejecting third-party candidates, she said forthrightly. Though she disagrees with Biden on many policy issues, she said his victory in November is necessary to save the country from potential dictatorship.

If Trump wins, Cheney explained, “we’ll be living in a nation that’s unrecognizable, and the danger is so grave that, for the first time in my life, I will be working with every fiber of my body against the Republican nominee for president.” I sometimes find warnings about Trump’s dictatorial ambitions overblown. But, in Cheney’s deeply personal voice, they ring true.

Unlike a lot of other Republicans who are hedging their words and saying shit like “he’s terrible but I’m gonna vote for him,” she doesn’t mince words.

Cheney heaped scorn on Republicans who are so frightened of Trump and his base of fervent supporters that they become his “collaborators,” “enablers” and “accomplices.” Among congressional Republicans, “the number of people who believe his lies is very small,” she insisted. “They are enabling this danger, and they know it’s a danger.”

The Quakers have a saying: speak the truth even if your voice shakes.  Ms. Cheney’s voice is not shaking.  She’s doing a brave thing, but when your world is at stake, bravery is what’s needed.

One bark on “A Matter Of Bravery

  1. I wish the mainstream media would grow a spine. They are enabling the normalization of Trump. Scary times.

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