Many senators, congressmen, governors and other elected officials have stood up and voiced the clarity so many Americans wanted to hear since the deadly racial riot in Charlottesville, VA last weekend. It’s been a proud moment for a conservative registered Republican like myself to see the instinctive, deep anger toward white nationalists, and the unstable activists many of us faced over the last two years. It’s because I know who we are. I know we stand for equality, both under the law and in society, and for individual value.
It was the lack of such clarity from the White House that has left many of us on the right sighing in disappointment, or cringing in disbelief.
However, this too shall pass. And true leadership will outlive temporary, self-destructive whirlwinds. We saw several national leaders do just that this week. Aside from Sen Cory Gardner (R-CO) calling white supremacists “@$$holes” during an astounding town hall yesterday, Sen Marco Rubio (R-FL) made perhaps the clearest, most unequivocal statement against the moral equivalency many have demurred.
Thank you, Senator for saying more than just enough. For not leaving your comments in ambiguity. For making statements that require no follow up questions. We need more of this, from everyone. We’ve had enough. As you said, this old evil cannot be allowed to be resurrected. And you showed by example how to take a political risk, not just give lip service.