Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
The past two years have seen the Democrats' positions on issues falter. With every Trumpist accomplishment, Democrats look increasingly petty and ineffective. Their economic arguments have failed under the weight of the most robust American economy since the post-World War II expansion and the lowest unemployment figures in nearly 50 years. Their Russian collusion arguments continue to ring hollow with the persistent absence of any evidence to support their contention. Their claims of Republican delusions and paranoia regarding their obsession with border security has been toppled by the recurring waves of thousands of migrants hoping to enter the United States in whatever illegal manner they can. And the Democrat plan of leading from behind continues to cause problems in a complex world debrided of the stabilizing effects of American influence.
Devoid of any substantive weapons against what has become the most effective president in recent American history, the Democrats have resorted to engaging in a character assault against President Trump. In support of their charge, they point to Trump's foul language. They perseverate on his pre-candidate, private, and illegally recorded locker room banter regarding inter-gender relations. They herald Trump's language in his rallies, calling it unpresidential and unbecoming of the Office of the Presidency of the United States.
But such allegations imply that the accuser possesses a better alternative. It suggests that the alleger reels in disgust because he or she holds himself or herself to a higher standard. We assume this because making such allegations in the absence of such a self-imposed, higher standard would represent gross hypocrisy on the part of the accuser.
Well, that's exactly what we're getting from the Democrats. On the very first day of her tenure, Democratic Congresswoman and rising Muslim political darling, Rashida Tlaib, while speaking to a crowd of supporters, revealed that she had explained to her son that despite his concerns over bullies being able to prevail in life as evidenced by President Trump's inhabitance of the most powerful position on earth, he would soon see that bullies do not always win because the Democrats were going to "impeach the motherf***er."
Her disgraceful conduct should have been a blow to all Democrats who had spent years condemning every indiscretion on the part of Donald Trump. Both the tone and the language should have been held as a perfect example of the type of behavior Democrats would never tolerate from themselves because, after all, the Democrats demand a higher, more scrupulous level of conduct. To not do so, after all, would be hypocritical and reveal the moral hollowness of the Democrat Party.
But, alas, as in all things Democrat, they have once again failed to maintain the very standards they used to judge their Adversary in Chief. When asked about Tlaib's foul language, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi dismissively said Tlaib's language was "nothing worse than what the president has said," as if, suddenly, it was the reviled President who set the standards for Democrats. Pelosi was then quick to point out that she "was not in the censorship business."
It is true, Pelosi is not in the censorship business, but she has zealously pursued a position in the leadership business, and leadership means, if nothing else, holding those with whom you work and network to minimum standards of conduct.
Clearly, the public use of the most despicable terms while in the public forum is nothing less than shameful. Not only does it reflect poorly on the character of the actor, but also upon all those with whom he or she networks.
In a recent podcast, I explained that 2019 represented an incredible opportunity for those espousing responsible governance and leadership. I predicted this would be a time where sage leadership would be directly juxtaposed against Democratic buffoonery. Well, not a day went by before the Democrats flailed in their newfound position.
And I guarantee you it won't be long before the Democrats flail again.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and served in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com to arrange a lecture or book signing.
Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
Dr. Gonzalez is an orthopedic surgeon and lawyer serving as State Representative for South Sarasota County in Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages