Republican Selective Standards

A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.

Thomas Paine

A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.

John Stuart Mill

I believe that all of us have gangster proclivities and greedy orientations that need accountability. That’s why democracies are necessary. We have to have institutions to try to curtail the use of arbitrary power so that our greedy orientations and gangster-like proclivities don’t get out of hand.

Cornel West


Republican Selective Standards

Republican Selective Standards are considered in this post. Within the intricate tapestry of Republican politics, a glaring disparity in the treatment of George Santos and Donald Trump emerged. This chasm exposes the GOP’s dangerous relationship with accountability. This stark contrast invites a closer examination of the internal dynamics within the party. The goal must be shedding light on a disconcerting pattern of selective standards.

The founding fathers of our Democratic Republic created a system of checks and balances to create a standard of accountability between the branches of government. This feature, however, seems to be broken! Legislators are bought and paid for by Oligarchs with agendas to be protected. Furthermore, the Oligarchs are purchasing loyalty at the level of the Supreme Court which is the subject of widespread reporting. What is, perhaps, called for is a new look at personal accountability. This may serve as a way to save the democracy we all cherish.

Republicans’ Dubious Standards

The expulsion of George Santos ostensibly for ethical reasons becomes perplexing when juxtaposed against the steadfast support for Donald Trump. Trump and Santos face similar accusations. This discrepancy reveals an inconsistency in the GOP’s ethical framework. Questions about the party’s commitment to a uniform code of conduct remain unanswered.

The Kinzinger Critique: Republican Selective Standards

Adam Kinzinger, a rare Republican voice advocating for accountability, astutely highlights the incongruity in the party’s actions. Expelling Santos while embracing Trump sends a mixed message about the GOP’s dedication to maintaining a consistent moral compass. Kinzinger’s critique is a poignant reminder that accountability should be an unwavering virtue, not subject to selective interpretation.

Santos in Trump’s Shadow

Kinzinger’s comparison of Santos’s actions to the Trump playbook unveils a disturbing pattern. Santos, it seems, merely followed the former president’s modus operandi. He engaged in corrupt acts, vehemently denying wrongdoing, and launching aggressive attacks on political opponents. The GOP’s acceptance of Santos while shielding Trump paints a troubling picture of a party ensnared in a damaging cycle.

Republican Selective Standards: Party Loyalty Over Principle

At the core of this dilemma lies a fundamental question—whether the GOP prioritizes loyalty to individuals over adherence to core principles. The reluctance to oust Trump, despite allegations mirroring those that led to Santos’s expulsion, suggests a party grappling with a crisis of identity. Is it a party grounded in principles, or has it transformed into a vessel for unwavering loyalty, regardless of ethical considerations?

The ‘Cult’ Allegation

Kinzinger’s characterization of the GOP as a “cult” gains credence when scrutinizing this situation. The blind allegiance to Trump, even when faced with questionable actions, paints a vivid portrait of a party more concerned with preserving an image than upholding a standard of accountability. The ‘cult’ label, once dismissed as hyperbole, now finds resonance in the party’s actions.

Republican Selective Standards: Setting Precedents for the Future

The GOP’s failure to rectify this double standard sets a dangerous precedent for the party’s future. It communicates to the electorate that certain members are exempt from scrutiny, undermining the GOP’s integrity and eroding public trust. If the party aspires to regain credibility, it must grapple with this internal inconsistency and chart a principled and transparent course.


In the intricate web of American politics, the GOP’s selective standards regarding Santos and Trump pose a significant threat to the fabric of trust with the electorate. The path forward demands a recalibration of priorities, placing principles above personalities, and ensuring that accountability remains a non-negotiable pillar of the party’s foundation. The GOP faces a critical choice: confront this internal inconsistency or risk further erosion of credibility in the eyes of the American people.

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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