I have had liberal friends ask me in disbelief why more than 70 million Americans voted for President Trump. To answer that question, I use two analogies. Think about when you were a teenager and a good friend fell in love with somebody who you knew was wrong for your friend. You pointed out all that was wrong with your friend’s new love. You felt that you spoke the truth, but your friend, blinded by love, denied the truth of your observations. Many who voted for the president have fallen in love with him because they like his style. They are blinded to his inaccurate statements and contentious actions.
Consider a friend who is a convert to a religion that requires members to divest themselves of all property and live on a mountain top. You point out how these actions are not in your friend’s best interests, yet the friend is blinded by his religious fervor. So too are those who see Donald Trump as the answer to their prayers, and will not pay attention to fake news or misrepresentations of the wonderful actions taken by the president.
More difficult to understand than those who voted for Trump is the collection of Republican members of Congress who signed on in support of an unconstitutional attempt by one state to overthrow four other states’ right to run their own election. These representatives are not necessarily in love with the president or see him as a gift from God, so why support an effort that many respected legal experts find laughable?
GOP members of Congress disregarded their sworn oath to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution for one reason, greed. These representatives generally came from safe GOP districts, so they are not concerned with losing their seat to a Democrat, they fear being challenged in a future primary by an opponent backed by Trump. You say this should not happen, but it has.
In 2010, Bob Inglis, a strongly conservative Republican Congressman from South Carolina’s 4th district, was defeated in his primary for re-election. When asked why he lost, he answered, “I committed various heresies against the Republican orthodoxy.” He lost to a TEA Party candidate and the state lost an effective and intelligent representative.
Our country is suffering and only the federal government can help solve our problems since states cannot run a deficit and money is required to deal with our nation’s troubles. The election is over and we cannot waste more time avoiding the solutions needed due to love, religious fervor or greed.