Tuesday, July 24, 2018

A Post Wherein I Compliment Republicans For Saying The Right Thing

Given that Donald Trump dominates the political discussion and that his utterances that are not vile, divisive, or dishonest are banal, it's refreshing to hear a few Republican politicians say the right thing.

WNAX posts clips of Republican congressional candidate Dusty Johnson asserting that a free media is important for American democracy. Johnson says, "...we absolutely have to have an independent media in this country...that is what makes the American experience work and an independent media is on a regular basis going to irritate the folks in power. That is a pretty big part of their job." Johnson goes on to say that he would tell President Trump "Mr. President, we don't have a free country without a free media." 

Granted there was a time when such statements would have been considered unnecessary but in the Age of Trump, they become refreshing and vital, especially when a Republican says them.

It's also refreshing to hear a Republican praise the use of reason. U.N. Ambassador Nikki Hayley also makes a statement that veers from the Trump playbook. After asking students at a young conservative conference if they had posted things on social media to "own the libs," she offered adult advice:

“I know that it’s fun and that it can feel good, but step back and think about what you’re accomplishing when you do this — are you persuading anyone? Who are you persuading?” Haley asked. “We’ve all been guilty of it at some point or another, but this kind of speech isn’t leadership — it’s the exact opposite.”
“Real leadership is about persuasion, it’s about movement, it’s bringing people around to your point of view,” she added. “Not by shouting them down, but by showing them how it is in their best interest to see things the way you do.”

Supporting the free press and using reason used to be givens. Now, we need to hope a few more Republicans to use facts presented by an independent media as part of their persuasive efforts instead of copying Trump's bombast, so that political debate can return to what used to be considered a a basic level of discourse.


Kurt Evans said...

Great post, Leo. I know this blog doesn't attract a lot of comments, but I really believe you're making a difference.

Kal Lis said...

Thanks for stopping by Kurt. I appreciate the fact that you're a regular reader.

I think we've had this conversation before, but I'll repeat myself. There's only room for a couple of big comment sections in SD. Cory and Pat have those.

Besides, I have took a few years off and have only been back at it a month.

As far as making a difference, I am just trying to figure stuff out,

Kurt Evans said...


Kal Lis said...

I should also try to figure out my grammar before I hit submit--"took" or "have taken" not "have took."

I am getting old and sloppy