“Have you no sense of decency, sir?” was the question asked of Senator Joseph McCarthy by army lawyer Joseph N. Welch during the infamous Army-McCarthy Hearing of 1954. A question most Americans might asked today of that loathsome and insufferable Republican candidate Donald John Trump.
It is not a question, however, that will be asked by the news media or 24/7 cable networks. They see Trump’s raging’s as an easy and quick way to increase ratings and revenue.
The pundits say Trump speak of the ‘rage’ in blue collar America, but, in truth, Trump represents nothing and nobody. Like the Wizard of Oz, there’s nothing behind the curtain. Donald Trump is an empty suit. He will not win a primary or collect more than a handful of delegates in this campaign season of 2016. He will, however, try and leverage the ‘support’ he allegedly has to ‘make a deal’ with any of the candidates willing to pay his price. The unasked question of this campaign is: What’s the price?”
Trump is not a real candidate, but his despicable fascist, racist, xenophobic, and sexist diatribes, to say nothing of his outright lies, are real and repulsive. Still, he has not been effectively challenged by any of the Republican candidates. He has, however, managed to set the lowest common denominator for the next campaign’s candidates, creating a political arena where outright rudeness, fear mongering, and obscenity are an acceptable part of the discourse.
That said, the bar keeps going lower. So what’s next? Will any candidate or Republican official finally ask Donald Trump: “Have you no sense of decency, sir?”
Don Schlenger (Ethiopia 1966-68) was a high school teacher, guidance counselor, and basketball coach in New Jersey. Don and his wife Jackie live now in Cary, North Carolina, and work part-time with special needs students.