Gather round everyone, I wanted to take a few minutes to tell the tale of GOP hypocrites and the Republican Party that once was. You see, the Republicans of today, while still comprising many of the same individuals from before, have clearly changed a great deal from days gone by.
Once upon a time there was a Republican Party that told millions of Americans a person named Hillary Clinton couldn’t be trusted with classified intelligence. They claimed because she used a private email server while Secretary of State she wasn’t trustworthy to handle highly-sensitive information pertaining to national security. Even after an FBI investigation that lasted over a year concluded that there was no criminal wrongdoing on her part, many of these Republicans continued to insist she be prosecuted, some even saying she deserved to be sent to prison over her mishandling of these documents.
Now let’s take the long, extensive journey forward in time — about seven months — to present day.
Many of these same Republicans from the previous part of this story are now defending a sitting “president” after he willingly gave Russia, the same country that launched a cyber attack against our election last year, highly-sensitive classified intelligence. This all came right after he fired the head of the FBI, James Comey, a few weeks after the former director publicly testified to Congress that the current “president’s” campaign is under investigation for potentially committing treason by colluding with Russia during last year’s election.
However, that’s not all!
Right around the same time this current “president” publicly threatened the former head of the FBI on Twitter. Then practically immediately after he made that public threat, reports surfaced alleging that, before Comey’s firing, this same “president” most Republicans continue to defend tried to obstruct justice by pressuring the former head of the FBI to end his agency’s investigation into this “president’s” former national security advisor, Michael Flynn.
But fret not, everyone, this story isn’t finished.
Long ago, during a “darker” time at the White House (or perhaps it was just a time when someone with darker skin lived there, I get those two confused), Republicans once were a party “offended” by many… many things.
If someone hearing this story wasn’t alive back then to remember the days when Republicans loved holding investigations, based on their apparent disdain for them today, one might think they always opposed any sort of congressional oversight.
Oh, how wrong you would be.
Way… way back, I believe it was last July, Republicans officially ended their 28-month investigation into the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi. Back in those days, the GOP loved congressional investigations so much they held several, some basically identical to the others, over a span of time that lasted longer than the investigations into:
- Pearl Harbor
- JFK’s assassination
- The 9/11 attacks
That’s how much Republicans once loved congressional investigations. Even after concluding that many of the conspiracy theories some folks believed were associated with this attack were debunked, they commissioned more investigations just to make sure all of those previous ones were accurate.
My, how times have changed.
I even recall a time when this current “president,” and the party of which he’s the leader, despised the game of golf. They were strongly “offended” that someone living in the White House would waste the American taxpayer’s money playing the silly game. They were “appalled” that this leader of our nation would dare to do anything but spend every moment in Washington.
Obviously they’ve evolved greatly over such a vast period of time. Now most seem perfectly fine with the current “president” spending many weekends traveling to Florida resorts, playing golf, and spending taxpayer money — at a record pace, no less — on personal travel expenses.
There was also a time when most of these same Republicans thought presidents who signed executive orders were “unconstitutional,” “acting like dictators,” or “ruling like a king.” Their disdain for such singular action from the Executive Branch even prompted a few to suggest a former president be impeached over one such executive order protecting DREAMers from being deported.
Such different times in which we’re currently living.
Nowadays most Republicans seem rather fond of a “president” signing executive orders. They’ve even gone as far as to support — twice — measures to ban millions of people from being able to travel into the United States.
For some, the days of the Cold War seem like yesterday. To Republicans, “Saint” Ronald Reagan stood up valiantly against the evil communists. Even after the demise of the “evil empire,” while not the same type of adversary as before, Russia was still a nation that could never truly be trusted. Especially with the rise of former KGB agent turned quasi-dictator Vladimir Putin becoming the nation’s president. Even fairly recently, Republicans openly mocked the idea of a previous administration doing a “reset” to improve relations between the two nations.
Obviously those days are long gone as millions of Republicans, and the GOP as a whole, embraced the most pro-Russia candidate in American history. A man who, as “president-elect,” heaped praise on the Russian president, while attacking our own U.S. intelligence agencies, after they publicly identified Russia as the culprit behind the attack aimed at undermining U.S. democracy. Now it seems, with so much time passing between that cyber attack and today, many within the GOP are more than accepting of our current “president” sharing highly-classified intelligence with the very nation that attacked us so many moons ago.
So, what’s the moral of the story here?
Republicans have none.