Regardless of how you feel about the man’s politics, it is safe to say that outgoing Senator Orrin Hatch is a statesman…so long as you are making those statements around 1995. Since that time, Senator Hatch has seen fit to throw this goodwill in the garbage by engaging activities such as deriding his political opponents with comments which can only be described as an insult you would hear during a 1930’s talkie moving picture show and wave of people’s ludicrous opinions about getting upset at alleged sexual assaults.
But, with less than a month left in his tenure as a once august senator, Hatch decided this week to put a bow on not only his personal tenure but also managed to encapsulate the current state GOP lawmakers’ thinking in this Dark Age of Trump.
On Monday, Senator Hatch said “Since [Trump has] become president this economy has charged ahead…[a]nd I think we ought to judge him on that basis other than trying to drum up things from the past that may or may not be true.”
Let that sink in for a moment.
Yes, apparently it is just far too difficult for people to follow such convoluted laws such as “don’t obstruct justice by paying people off with campaign funds.” Thankfully, Senator Hatch is kind enough to provide the interesting defense that it is okay to break the law so long as the economy is doing alright.
As a friendly reminder to Senator Hatch, the statute of limitations to start an investigation on many federal crimes is five years and *does some quick math* 2016 is well within that timeframe.
Now, I am not here to debate if the allegations against President Trump are true or not (they certainly appear that they are, by the way); no, rather I want people to ask themselves if that is even close to the type of comments we expect to see in a nation that, until recently it seems, prided itself on creating a government of, by, and for the people; a nation that prided itself on electing public servants that worked for the people and not a monarch; a nation that prided itself on saying that no one is above the law – not even the Chief Executive.
The comments Senator Hatch made are those you would expect from a rubber-stamp “lawmaker” from a country that throws “democratic” into its name to cover up the fact that they are run by a harsh and brutal regime. They are the comments of a man who puts party over people; they are the comments of a public servant who despises the people that gave him a job for 42 years; and, sadly, they are the thoughts and comments of many within the GOP in today’s modern politics.
Seems to me that Senator Hatch should go back to writing Christmas carols and leave the governing to the adults in the room.