Talk is cheap.
House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should align their actions with their beliefs. The two recently denounced Donald Trump the Republican Presidential candidate for disrespectful comments he made about Khizr and Gahzala Kahn, parents of Humayun Khan, a Muslim U.S. Army captain, who was killed in a suicide car bombing in Iraq in 2004.
Ryan and McConnell are two of many Republicans who have condemned Trump for his attack on the Kahn’s but no one has withdrawn their support. This is not the first time the GOP has stated that Trump’s comments are not reflective of those of the GOP, yet they continue to support his representation of the party in the General Election.
Since when, in this country, do we respect and honor men who say one thing and do another? If these two men truly believe in their heart that Muslim Americans cannot be denied entry into this country solely based on their religious beliefs; if they truly believe that Muslim Americans who serve this country in war are to be honored, then they should not be endorsing Donald Trump as president. Period.
As Khizr Khan said, “There comes a time in the history of a nation where an ethical moral stance has to be taken regardless of the political cost. The only reason they’re repudiating this behavior, this threat to our democracy, our decency, our foundation, is just because of political consequences.”
We have to do better. When are we going to collectively demand our leaders, law enforcers and civil servants uphold the values that this country claims to embrace as its foundation? If our leaders continue to defend the country’s virtues in theory only and if those of us who know better continue to sit back and allow it to happen, eventually the very existence of our entire democracy will be lost.
In June Paul Ryan denounced Trump’s racist comments about a Latino judge but did not withdraw his endorsement of him in an effort to push the Republican political agenda. Ryan said, “I believe that we have more common ground on the policy issues of the day and we have more likelihood of getting our policies enacted with him than with her.”
Most Recently, Ryan and McConnell, along with many other Republicans, denounced Trump’s immigration policy, racist views and disrespectful treatment of the Kahn family but still did not withdraw their endorsement.
We cannot allow personal interests and political agendas to outweigh fundamental human decency. When our most influential, highly regarded politicians openly and confidently support their own political interests over what is best for this country, the entire nation, regardless of party affiliation, should take notice.
We are witnessing men and women, who hold office in congress, willingly proclaim certain beliefs and principles while simultaneously rebuking their own proclamations through actions that contradict them. This failure to uphold ones own values and the level of self-assuredness displayed while doing so is an example of the complacency of all involved and testament to the insanity, confusion and hypocrisy we have become accustomed to in this society.
The fact that any man who calls himself a leader of this nation can, in the same breath, confidently denounce behavior that his actions and intentions clearly support on national television is unacceptable and a display of blatant defiance toward the moral fabric of our society. The perpetrators as well as every American citizen who ignores such displays of hypocrisy and trickery are pushing our society to the brink of insanity and destruction.
At some point, we have to hold people, especially our country’s leaders, to their word and expect and accept nothing less than a man stand strong in his convictions. And when he does not have the courage or decency to do so, we should hold him accountable. When a man’s actions fail to honor his rhetoric we should turn a deaf ear to his words because they mean nothing, not even to himself. It is safe to assume that such a man does not truly hold those beliefs in his heart or lacks the fortitude to stand in his truth and honor his word. Either way, such a man lacks the leadership, courage and honor to uphold his civic duties as a leader of our great country. Continued acceptance of such poor demonstrations of America’s core values reduces this great nation to a country whose democracy is solely based in theory and not in practice and this will eventually lead to our demise.
The contradictive nature and lack of courage displayed by many of the Republican leaders who continue to speak against Trump’s rhetoric but still support him as a candidate for President of the United States is a blatant disregard to the efforts of every American soldier past and present.
You cannot praise and honor our military for protecting America’s freedom and democracy while you support a presidential candidate whose platform threatens the same values and principles they are risking their lives to protect. It just doesn’t make sense.
It’s time for all of us to hold our lawmakers accountable to the highest standards of American values and honor their positions as leaders of our society in truth and deed.
Ask yourself. Would it be appropriate for the United States, if Trump was our President and disgraced one of our foreign allies, to say his views are not reflective of those of the country. Somehow I don’t think that would work.