"Anger and resentment are not a governing philosophy"

It was one year ago (October 24, 2017) that Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, announced he would not seek re­election in 2018. As we head toward election day, let us take a moment to why we are working so hard to elected Democrats on November 6th by remembering Senator Flake’s brave speech from the Senate floor. It goes to the heart of what this upcoming election is about.

From the speech:

“I’m aware that there’s a segment of my party that believes that anything short of complete and unquestioning loyalty to a president who belongs to my party is unacceptable and suspect.”  -U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (Republican of Arizona) on the Senate floor, October 2017

“I’m aware that there’s a segment of my party that believes that anything short of complete and unquestioning loyalty to a president who belongs to my party is unacceptable and suspect.” -U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (Republican of Arizona) on the Senate floor, October 2017

…We must never adjust to the present coarseness of our national dialogue with the tone set up at the top. We must never regard as normal the regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals. We must never meekly accept the daily sundering of our country. The personal attacks, the threats against principles, freedoms and institution, the flagrant disregard for truth and decency. …

…If we simply become inured to this condition, thinking that it is just politics as usual, then heaven help us. Without fear of the consequences and without consideration of the rules of what is politically safe or palatable, we must stop pretending that the degradation of our politics and the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal. They are not normal. Reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior has become excused and countenanced as telling it like it is when it is actually just reckless, outrageous and undignified. …

Leadership does not knowingly encourage or feed ugly or debased appetites in us. Leadership lives by the American creed, “E pluribus unum.” From many one.

It is clear at this moment that a traditional conservative, who believes in limited government and free markets, who is devoted to free trade, who is pro-immigration, has a narrower and narrower path to nomination in the Republican Party, the party that has so long defined itself by its belief in those things.

… The impulse to scapegoat and belittle threatens to turn us into a fearful, backward-looking people. In the case of the Republican Party, those things also threaten to turn us into a fearful, backward-looking minority party. …

Read Jeff Flake’s entire speech here

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