From my Friend Charles Feinstein in a letter to the New York Times, May 14:
Two questions were raised on Saturday’s op-ed page. Bret Stephens asks how long Trump’s stupidity will save us. Timothy Egan asks a far more pertinent question: who among the Republicans in Congress will step up to save us?
Trump validates the claim that he is unfit for office every day in many ways. The number of people who are questioning his mental health seems to be increasing. The latest outrage, firing Comey who is investigating nothing less than treason, has called forth frightening comparisons with Nixon and Watergate. And what do we hear from the Republicans in Congress? At best complicit silence, at worst full-throated support for the excesses of our autocratic president. We will need a Welch/McCarthy moment if we are to prevent further damage by Trump to our democratic society. We are told that Cato the Elder ended every speech in the Roman Senate, regardless of topic, by reminding the Senators that “In addition, I recommend that Carthage be destroyed.” It is perhaps time for the Congressional Democrats to end every speech with a Cato-like question: “In addition, I ask where are the decent Republicans?” And if they won’t ask it, we should.
Charles D Feinstein
Redwood City, CA