(Todd A. Smith)

There is still a faint amount of hope for the Republican Party, which might eventually implode if it continues its path.

Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) announced his retirement from the House of Representatives because he is tired of the GOP constantly lying to the American public about things like widespread voter fraud and stolen elections.

Buck said, “Too many Republican leaders are lying to America claiming that the 2020 election was stolen, describing Jan. 6 as an unguided tour of the Capitol and asserting that the ensuing prosecutions are a weaponization of our justice system.

“These insidious narratives breed widespread cynicism and erode Americans’ confidence in the rule of law.”

The congressman added, “It is impossible for the Republican Party to confront our problems and offer a course correction for the future while being obsessively fixated on retribution and vengeance for contrived injustices of the past.”

Meanwhile, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) used a congressional hearing to score political points with his base when he criticized Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for not doing enough to address antisemitism in his department although Hawley did not realize that Mayorkas’ mother was a Holocaust survivor.

Furthermore, most of his mother’s side of his family was killed during the Holocaust because they were Jewish.

Even though Mayorkas embarrassed Hawley for his lack of knowledge, Hawley still used the moment to say that he smoked Mayorkas on social media and later went on a victory lap by appearing on Fox News.

That type of hateful behavior and tone-deaf choice of words is straight from the playbook of former President Donald Trump and the MAGA-infected modern day Republican Party.

In typical Trump fashion, the former president mocked Buck’s retirement.

That is the current Republican Party in a nutshell.

Stand up for the country.

Not good enough.

Protect the freedoms of all Americans.

Not good enough.

Respect people’s right to vote.

Not good enough.

Protect and uphold the Constitution.

Not good enough.

Tell the truth.

Not good enough.

Speak out against violence.

Not good enough.

Insult and offend minorities.

That is good enough.

Overthrow democracy and sow doubt about U.S. elections.

That is good enough.

Insight violence.

That is good enough.

People dying because of your lies.

That is good enough.

And the ultimate test to see if someone is good enough for the modern-day GOP?

Fealty to their lord and savior, Donald John Trump.

That is why many Republican politicians are following Trump’s lead, even if it hurts the country and the people of this country.

Although hateful rhetoric helps Trump, it will not help many other Republicans.

More importantly, that type of hatred and misinformation will definitely hurt ordinary Americans by continuing to divide us over nonsense.

Hawley has shown that he is willing to hurt America’s democracy based on his words and raised fists in support of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

But like the coward he is, video showed Hawley running for his life when the insurrectionists stormed the United States Capitol.

Unfortunately, Hawley is not the only coward with a high-profile position in the GOP.

Because many fear alienating Trump’s base and becoming the victim of violent threats, many GOP presidential hopefuls have continued Trump’s message of a weaponized justice system when they know that the former president tried everything in his power to overthrow American democracy so that he could stay in power.

Video footage captures Trump aide Roger Stone discussing their attempts to stay in power, using the term king to describe what would have been Trump’s new position had he remained in the Oval Office.

Because Trump has officially brainwashed many in the Republican Party, others do not have a chance to remain in their influential positions if they speak the truth and actually put America first.

The party has seen true patriots like Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and so many others that put the people before partisanship step away from their political positions, voluntarily and involuntarily.

Although the Republican Party is definitely at a crossroad, there is still a chance of redemption if voters stop worshipping the former guy, as President Joe Biden calls him.

Many of Trump’s handpicked candidates during the 2022 midterms like former football great Herschel Walker did not win their elections.

Several on Trump’s political hitlist survived being primaried by his handpicked candidates.

And many like Kari Lake who tried desperately to follow in Trump’s footsteps by blaming election fraud for their losses, got nowhere just like Trump’s big lie got him nowhere following his 2020 loss to Biden.

Hopefully, a potential Trump conviction will really wake up the GOP from their own self-induced nightmare known as MAGA mania because a person would have to be touched to believe some of the nonsense that comes out of the mouths of Trump loyalists in politics.

Trump supporters must finally realize that Trump is lying to then when he says that the left is coming after him so that they can hurt the people that support his MAGA movement.

No, they are coming after him because he put himself above the law and that is not what a true patriot does.

A true leader, the type of leader that America will always need to preserve our freedoms, is one that will sacrifice personal or party gains if it is in the best interest of the people they serve.

Republicans once had leaders like this.

Unfortunately, the voters have run off many of the true leaders and chosen to follow false and idol gods like the former guy.

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