I would like to thank Mr. Flake for exemplifying what we believe in. The NYT article illustrated what I believe was his sincere intention to recapture civil discourse in our society. Defaming people is more popular than truth-telling.
I, along with many others, cannot help but feel that this announcement from Jeff Flake would have been much more beneficial had it come during the ultra-liberal epoch known as the Obama era. While the previous President (Obama) may not have been as outwardly repulsive, still by his actions, the "WOLF in sheep's clothes" couldn't have been inwardly more destructive. I, for one, will take Trump's outward repulsiveness over Obama's hidden agendas any day of the week.
I agree with all the comments so far. Steve and Dave, well said. I also have to add or ask: Is Flake's trash talk more palatable to some people because he is a Mormon? This all reminds me of Heleman 7:4-5 "And seeing the people in such awful wickedness..... doing no justice unto the children of men; Condemning the righteous because of their righteousness, letting the guilty and the wicked go unpunished because of their money...." And Trump critics "strain at a gnat" while ignoring shocking corruption elsewhere.
I join those who find Flake's tirade so hypocritical when for eight years prior to that Obama destroyed State's rights, traditional marriage laws, introduced school bathroom rules which allow people to enter restrooms that they think belong to them rather than what nature conferred upon them, thus opening up school bathrooms to weirdos, predators, and scammers. I Would rather have a rough talking president than a hardened destroyer of Christian values who reigned in Washington by Executive Orders which overrode Flake's own Senate Body.
While Senator Flake won accolades from the ultra liberal New York Times for criticizing Trump, this didn't feel to me like a proud moment for the Church, and I think we would have been better off to have kept his Church membership quiet.
While the Left in this country sees Trump as a budding dictator and as a public figure they love to hate, Trump supporters see him as a breath of fresh air for his lack of pretense and his love of country--both qualities so clearly lacking in his predecessor. Those Trump supporters are children of God also, and I fail to see how anyone is advancing the cause of Zion by offending all those people as they jump on the "hate Trump" bandwagon.
I can understand not wanting to continue participating in politics ripe with divisiveness, but laying the blame on Trump was wrong. The lawlessness and disrespect for decent mores was stomped to dust by the last administration, with recalcitrant staying power thanks to others, like Harry Reid, that also grew up singing, "Choose the Right". Those established in the USA power banks did nothing to stem that tide. Instead they honored, and respected as mere political competitors, others with 'short comings' like Ted Kennedy, and the Clintons. It took a scrapper to break the mold. Instead getting behind the effort, Flake, and those like him, are happy to pass judgement. But, I don't believe it is for righteousness sake.
Amen Bill. I have been sorely disappointed in Senator Flake's choices since our President decided to run in the primary election. Mr. Flake’s final swing to harm our President in his "choice to not run again" speech on the senate floor was just a continuation of his failure and sour grapes to help in any way to unite our party and solve real problems. Senator Flake's “choice” to opt-out of the next election is really just a mandate to him by us, the voting body in his district, to “hang up the spurs”. He could see it was impossible for him to win any re-election. He could see also that it would be much easier to save the embarrassment of a failed re-election and still try to maintain any integrity of having held the office of a Senator.
While Sen. Flake is right on with his “Choose the Right” being an LDS motto, I would be happy to share with him some scriptural content as to why Utah may still have chosen Pres. Trump. And while I may not agree with all Pres. Trump does or says it is also within LDS beliefs that 1) the people have a right to choose their path and 2) that America should not drift into secularism. Too many people saw the opposition as threatening both of those tenets. Sen. Flake should figure out what he can do to help protect those beliefs as well as decorum and civility, and then be vocal about it..
I totally agree with the above comment. I had been in a meeting with senator Flake when he head of the Goldwater institute and had been so impressed with him. I was also impressed by what he did for the Goldwater Institute. Consequently, I worked for him to get elected. But once he hit Washington, he left behind all his care for the common man. He became bought and sold by the Washington establishment. He has become a great disappointment in Arizona.
Where was the vocal “choose the right” during the last 8 years when our country was being destroyed by the last President and party that had no respect for anything representing LDS values. Jeff Flake, Mitt Romney and Harry Reid all sat that one out.
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