A Profile in Courage

Other obligations have limited the time I’ve had to devote to these pages in recent days, but I want to note the video posted yesterday by Olivia Troye, attached below.  There are now so many “tell-all” accounts regarding President Trump that they no longer seem worth noting [I declare as I’ve spent some time going through Bob Woodward’s book, Rage ;)]; to borrow from the Lord, all that have ears to hear regarding the President’s malign character and blatant incompetence … have already heard.  Even so, I want to echo what I’ve seen a couple of others note:  Ms. Troye, a lifelong Republican who until recently served as Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism Advisor to Vice President Mike Pence and Mr. Pence’s lead staff member on the COVID-19 response, is, out of love of our nation, risking what has been shaping up to be a noteworthy career to speak out about Mr. Trump’s manifest unfitness for the presidency.  Her courage is of the type shown by Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and others who might be described as “just regular public servants,” and puts to shame all of the gutless current Republican officeholders who know – who know – that the President is unfit, people such as former Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan who ran from the field with their tails between their legs rather than speak out about the President, and most particularly … her former boss, Vice President Pantywaist.  The selfless courage of Americans such as Ms. Troye provide our greatest hope for the future.

2 thoughts on “A Profile in Courage

  1. I’m going to disagree with you characterization of Paul Ryan leaving with his tail between his legs. On the contrary, I believe his departure was a silent protest. Silent protest is a long and honored way to express disapproval. I believe Mattis and Kelly also made silent protests by resigning. They have stated their disapproval by their actions. They are under no obligation to do more.


    1. Nice catch, requiring a clarification. I don’t, and never intended, to lump Jim Mattis and John Kelly – or Dan Coats, or others we could list that would fall in the same category — in with Paul Ryan. First, their roles were different from Ryan’s: they actually worked for Trump, and there is every indication that they strongly expressed their disagreements with Trump while in the Administration. Mattis resigned over principle, Kelly and Coats were de facto fired because of their disagreements. Some pundits want them to speak out more strongly against Trump today; in my opinion, they have spoken out more than sufficiently to persuade any voter that is amenable to persuasion by their comments. (There is one more thing Kelly might do later in the campaign that could have a devastating impact on Trump; but there’s time). While I at least give Jim Jordan, for example, credit for being a true believer, Ryan – who had a constitutional responsibility beyond that of the average representative – knew better, and for the most part chose to keep his head down, be a good boy, slink away, and be rewarded with a cushy board seat at News Corp. Without this clarification, it appears I would have left a wrong impression. Thanks for the note!


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