Conservative Republican Jeff Flake’s Fight for a Decent Republican Party

Though I disagree with a lot of his conservative politics, I deeply respect conservative Republican Jeff Flake’s brave criticisms of President Trump and his own party. Flake represents the traditional conservative who believes in limited government and free markets, who is devoted to free trade, who is pro-immigration. Flake is among a small group of conservatives who are fighting for a conservative movement free from the racism, anti-immigrant prejudice and religious intolerance that can be found in the white nationalist elements of today’s Right.
This week, Flake endorsed Joe Biden for President.

Here is an excerpt of a speech that Senator Flake gave on the Senate floor on February 6, 2018:

“Have we arrived at such a place of numb acceptance that we have nothing to say when the President of the United States casually suggests that those who choose not to stand or applaud his speech are guilty of treason?

…I wish I could stand here today and say that my words of October were proven wrong. That I had been wrong to inveigh against the daily sundering of our country. That I had been mistaken about the personal attacks. That I had exaggerated against the threats against principles, freedoms and institutions. The flagrant disregard for truth and decency. The reckless provocations, most often for the pettiest and most personal reasons, reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with the fortunes of the people that we all have been elected to serve. I wish that I can say that I have been wrong, but I cannot…

…Our Democratic colleagues love this country as much as we do. To suggest otherwise is simply unconscionable.

None of us in Congress pledge our service or our loyalty to the President. This is not a royal court. Our oath is to the Constitution and to the people…

,,, we will look back at the destruction of our discourse and the attacks on our democratic values as nothing but a tragedy…

…it is in the opposing this behavior that we defend our norms, our ideals, and our values. It is in opposing this behavior that we stand for decency.”

About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He did a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippine News Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 and 2018 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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