Ethics Matter


Ethics Matter

Ethics matter in politics. Yet, in the most recent times in the United States, that principle seems not to mean much. The former President, Donald J. Trump (R N.Y.) faces 4 criminal indictments with 91 felony charges attached and the response of the Republican Party varies from he did nothing wrong to what one expects from politicians.

The recent indictment of Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on federal bribery charges has highlighted a significant contrast in how members of different political parties respond to criminal complaints against their own. This editorial delves into the stark differences between the reactions of Democrats to Senator Menendez’s indictment and the Republican response to the numerous legal challenges former President Donald Trump faced.

Democratic Reaction to Senator Menendez: Ethics Matter in Politics

Calls for Resignation and Accountability Because Ethics Matter!

Following the indictment of Senator Menendez, prominent Democrats, including New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, wasted no time in calling for Menendez’s resignation. They cited the seriousness of the allegations and their potential impact on Menendez’s ability to represent his constituents effectively. Several New Jersey Democratic members of Congress, such as Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. and Rep. Mikie Sherrill, echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the importance of maintaining ethical standards in public service.

Party Unity in Question

The unanimity of the Democratic response to Menendez’s indictment highlights a party that prioritizes accountability and integrity. Democrats demonstrated a willingness to distance themselves from a fellow party member when faced with allegations of wrongdoing, underscoring their commitment to upholding ethical standards within their ranks.

Republican Response to Donald Trump’s Legal Challenges: Ethics Matter in Politics

A Different Approach to Party Loyalty

In contrast to the Democratic response to Senator Menendez, the Republican reaction to the legal challenges faced by former President Trump presents a stark difference in party loyalty. Despite multiple indictments and a total of 91 criminal charges against Trump associates during his presidency, many Republicans remained steadfast in their support for the former president. This unwavering loyalty was most evident during Trump’s two impeachments, where Republican senators largely voted to acquit him, despite compelling evidence presented against him.

Selective Silence

A striking aspect of the Republican response was the selective silence on allegations and charges against their party leader. National politicians, acted as if nothing was wrong by staying largely silent on the matter, with the White House opting not to comment. This utter silence raised questions about whether the party’s loyalty to Trump overshadowed their commitment to upholding ethical standards and the rule of law.


The divergent responses of Democrats to Senator Menendez’s indictment and Republicans to the legal challenges faced by former President Trump underscore a fundamental difference in how the two major political parties handle allegations of misconduct within their ranks. While Democrats prioritize accountability and ethical standards, Republicans have often shown unwavering loyalty to their party leader, even in the face of multiple criminal charges. These differing approaches reveal a complex interplay of partisanship and principles in the American political landscape, leaving voters to contemplate the implications for the future of their democracy.

By Politics-as-Usual

Roger is a retired Professor of language and literacy. Over the past 15 years since his retirement, Roger has kept busy with reading, writing, and creating landscape photographs. In this time of National crisis, as Fascist ideas and policies are being introduced to the American people and ignored by the Mainstream Press, he decided to stand up and be counted as a Progressive American with some ideas that should be shared with as many people who care to read and/or participate in discusssions of these issues. He doesn't ask anyone to agree with his point of view, but if entering the conversation he demands civility. No conspiracy theories, no wild accusations, no threats, no disrespect will be tolerated. Roger monitors all comments and email communication. That is the only rule for entering the conversation. One may persuade, argue for a different point of view, or toss out something that has not been discussed so long as the tone remains part of a civil discussion. Only then can we find common ground and meaningful democratic change.

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