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THREAD: I often write as a democrat/liberal/woman. But this evening I am writing only as an American- without any hyphens. Just an American.
2. I love my country-With all of its flaws, I still believe in the power of the American idea & the goal of making it a more perfect union
3. My grandfather was a devout democrat. Living in DC he had friends on both sides of the aisle. He defended ppl against McCarthy & Truman
4. He never questioned the patriotism of his Republican friends and hated when Republicans doubted his patriotism & that of other democrats.
5. I grew up with his idealism about US, his Democratic values AND his belief that Republicans are patriots w/a different vision for the US
6. I hated George Bush (& loathed Ronald Reagan) but I never doubted that they loved this country- however misguided/dangerous their actions
7. I find myself devastated by the fact that evidence suggests that many of the leaders of the Republican party are traitors.
8. I can understand Paul Manafort et al- & even Trump. They're grifters/ mobsters- as happy to betray their country as to stiff a contractor
9. But Ryan & McConnell? The House GOP & Senate Republicans? They swore an OATH to the United States. And it didn't matter to them.
10. They knew (particularly party leadership) about the #TrumpRussia connection before the election and they not only said NOTHING,
11. They ACTIVELY suppressed the information. They KNEW trump changed THEIR party platform to please RUSSIA. And they did nothing.
12. After the election, they heard the IC consensus about #RussianInterference & yet they condoned an assault on our intelligence service
13. They have looked the other way as Trump flagrantly flaunts his relationship w/Putin & destroys our relationships with NATO allies.
14. And for what? They do this for power. For tax cuts. For a judiciary they want. But they aren't doing it because they know it's right.
15. Because no one really believes that if HRC were in office & this evidence was against her, that she wouldn't have been impeached already
16. It has become trite to say that they put party over country. But let's be honest what that means in this case.
17. They committed or tolerated #TREASON against the United States of America in order to gain power. They betrayed their country.
18. And as an AMERICAN, I am heartbroken. I believe that our country is actually served when competing visions for our country debate.
19. I want to believe that my political opponents want what is best for the country but just disagree with the way to get there.
20. That has been harder as the right has taken such a hard turn towards fundamentalism with a creeping corporate cruelty.
21. But before this year, I thought they loved this country. I don't believe that anymore. I think they are traitors.
22. I think they gave aid and comfort to the enemy for personal and political gain. I think they sold out America.
23. I think they betrayed their oaths of office. I think THEY betrayed & dishonored the military and defiled the flag. I
24. I think the GOP betrayed my grandfather and my children and I am angry and heartbroken for all of us.
25. And it kills me that they have poisoned so many Americans with their treasonous lies. Trump has a 79% approval rating among Republicans.
26.Some of them may simply not believe that #collusion existed. But rising support for PUTIN among R's shows something more troubling
27. The #TreasonWeasels at the top of the ticket & those in control of the party have managed to brand treason with Russia as AMERICAN??!!!
28. I'm not sure how we recover. But we better figure it out before we have to start saying things are as American as vodka. /END
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