Public Service

The recent passing of two Republican icons–George Herbert Walker Bush, our 41st President and Senator John McCain–highlights an era in which the concept of public service was strong.

These politicians were dedicated to public service and, more importantly, dedicated to finding consensus in the political arena. At a recent conference, President Obama and former Secretary of State James Baker III talked about “that consensus, the decades-long accord between the two parties in favor of free trade, democratic values and an internationalist foreign policy built on alliances with like-minded countries.” There is a C-Span video of that conversation here.

This is certainly a sharp contrast to the GOP of the Trump era. At a recent news conference, the defeated Mia Love of Utah said of Trump, "However, this gave me a clear vision of his world as it is: no real relationships, just convenient transactions. That is an insufficient way to implement sincere service and policy," she said.

And Trump said it himself, just this week after the recent guilty plea by his attorney, that he pursued a real estate deal in Russia during the campaign because he might lose the election and needed to protect his bottom line.

We citizens are left to wonder, that since he might lose in 2020, is Trump pursuing deals right now and that is the reason he is still giving Russia a pass and not coming down hard on the Saudis for the Khashoggi murder? Do we really want to have a President that is mostly in for the money and has no clue about public service?

Louis Harpster