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Too Much Respect - May 20, 2016

Yesterday, House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers became one of a long line of GOP office holders who have accepted the "inevitable" and endorsed Donald Trump as the party's candidate for President in 2016.  She even announced that she had voted for Trump in her state of Washington's upcoming GOP primary by absentee ballot, although she at least admitted that she did not do so with any enthusiasm.

Her reason she explained in a Facebook post "It's essential we respect the will of the people; they should never be neglected or dismissed. In fact, their will should be revered."

I could not disagree more.  The will of the majority of the people as expressed by them at the ballot box must be accepted of course, under our democratic system, but that does not mean that it should always be "respected."  Sometimes the majority turns out to be dead wrong.  For many years the majority voted that blacks should be treated by the law as second class citizens and that homosexuality should be treated as a criminal offense worthy of prison time rather than an involuntary sexual dysfunction worthy of society's pity and compassion.  Does Rodgers believe that the majority's will in those cases should have been "respected" and left inviolate instead of being peacefully opposed by the wiser minority views  and eventually overturned?

At least Rodgers did indicate that she still had some reservations about Trump, including many of his far from "respectful" comments about women, people with disabilities and others whose lifestyle is different from his.  She concluded by saying that "In the months ahead, he will have to earn the presidency by demonstrating that he has the temperament for the job and plans to empower every American to pursue a future of opportunity and freedom." 

I completely agree with that statement and can only ask why, in light of it, Rodgers didn't reserve her own judgment on Mr. Trump until he has met the standards she set in it?


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