Moss: The GOP Betrayal of the Middle Class

February 18, 2021

by Richard Moss, M.D.

When one ponders the treachery of Republicans in the aftermath of the recent stolen election, one wonders what purpose they serve? It was dormant Republican-controlled state legislatures in many of the “battleground” states, after all, that allowed the changes in election law, perpetrated by scurrilous Democrats and their lawyers that led to the whole debacle in the first place. Some rose up after the fact, but by then it was too late. 

Where were they before? 

Republican appointed judges, in many cases, including Trump appointees on the Supreme Court, joined in the perfidy and refused to hear legitimate cases brought to their courts regarding the election fiasco. Texas, joined by 17 other states, brought a suit against Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin, regarding unlawful changes in election law in those states. The Supreme Court had original jurisdiction, but the recent Trump appointees and Chief Justice John Roberts had no interest. Their cowardice thus enshrined Democrat election fraud for perpetuity, when they could have ended it. It will make it even more difficult for Republicans to win future national elections.

Nice job, Justices.

With the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, many Republicans properly expressed outrage, but then were all too willing to join Democrats in their scorched-earth rhetoric.  President Trump clearly did not incite the riots. Rather, he urged supporters to “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.” The attacks were pre-planned, with agent provocateurs present from Antifa and Black Lives Matter. Time lines have shown the riots started well before President Trump finished his speech. 

These same Republicans, furthermore, were silent for six months of sustained left-wing terrorist, insurrectionist violence, the torching of our cities and attacks and murder of innocent bystanders and police. Prominent Democrats such as President Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Kamala Harris and many others, incited and endorsed it. Here, most Republicans were mute, with some even providing aid and comfort to the enemy.

On Jan. 13, 10 Republicans in the House joined Democrats to impeach Trump for “incitement of insurrection,” led by third ranking House Republican, Liz Cheney of Wyoming, making Trump the first President to be impeached twice. Cheney further said that “Trump summoned this mob . . . and lit the flame of this attack.” She called it the “greatest betrayal” of a U.S. president ever. But there was no trial, hearings, witnesses, cross examination, evidence presented or due process of any kind.

It was not a hearing. It was a purge. 

Eleven Republican Senators led by Ted Cruz, said they would oppose the certification of the electoral college vote. Sen. Josh Hawley had already indicated as such. They called for an electoral commission to investigate electoral fraud in several states, citing an 1877 precedent. On Jan. 6, after the attack on the Capitol, six of the 12 reneged on their commitment to oppose the certification, including one Mike Braun of Indiana, my senator. But the Capitol riot and electoral fraud supposedly had nothing to do with one another. 

House Republican minority leader, Kevin McCarthy protected Cheney from criticism and kept her in her position as chairman of the House Republican Conference. McCarthy, a political chameleon, also said the Trump bore responsibility for the violence at the capitol. House Republicans then secretly voted to retain Cheney in leadership despite her vote, rebuking Trump supporters. Republican Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, also defended Cheney saying she was “a leader with deep convictions and the courage to act on them.”

Right, and so was Barack Obama.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), formerly a Tea Party guy, but now a favorite of leftist organs of propaganda, also voted to impeach Trump and is forming a PAC to pull the GOP away from Trump. 

When Sen. Rand Paul called for a vote on the constitutionality of impeaching a former president, five Republicans voted in favor of it. Mitch McConnell did not, but earlier indicated that he favored impeachment, hoping the party would make a clean break with Trump. Seven Republican senators ultimately voted with the Democrats to convict Trump. McConnell, although voting to acquit, blamed Trump for the riot and said his actions were “unconscionable.” 

McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation in the Trump cabinet, along with Education Secretary Betsy Devos, jumped ship on Jan. 8, two days after the capitol attack, abandoning Trump with a mere 12 days left in his presidency. Chao wrote that she was “deeply troubled” by the “entirely avoidable” events at the capitol. Chao’s family, has a successful shipping company with deep ties with China’s ruling elite in the Communist Party.

These, of course, were only recent betrayals. When the Republicans enjoyed federal monopoly power during the first two years of Trump’s administration, they passed tax cuts. This was not the burning issue of the day. It was important to help Trump unleash the economy, but less critical than other policy matters. 

The cardinal issues in 2016 for Trump and Republicans, what Trump ran on, were eliminating Obamacare, ending illegal immigration and reforming legal immigration. It was to secure the southern border, reduce legal immigration and switch to a merit-based system, little or none of which was done. Because the Ryan-McConnell-cheap labor wing of the GOP blocked them.

Ditto when Republicans under George W. Bush had federal monopoly power for six years (2000-2006). The result of the Bush years: protracted wars without victory, doubling the national debt, massive new federal programs, stimulus and bailouts, ten million illegal aliens — and 8 years of Obama. 

And, oh yeah, some tax cuts.

When Republican voters first nominated the outsider Trump from a crowded field of 17 well-qualified GOP standard bearers, and then elected him in 2016, they effectively impeached the Republican party. But the GOP leadership didn’t get it. They misread the MAGA movement and were oblivious to their role in its formation. They defended the idols of free trade and markets, corporate tax cuts and maximum profits as American industry moved to China, and as a result eviscerated middle America and our workers. China stole our jobs and technology. Republicans didn’t mind. 

GOP elites, corporatists, useful idiots, RINOs busily feathering their nests, junior partners in the liberal establishment, wanted to eliminate Trumpism and consign it to the dustbin of history. They were comfortable with the status quo and their place at the table. Globalism was their thing. Little Michael Bloombergs. Get rid of Trump and things will be OK again. Nationalism, patriotism and secure borders were anathema to them. 

Republicans mumbled pathetically as the absurd leftist narrative of sedition, and incitement of violence and insurrection, with endless Nazi and racist references, ran unimpeded. Or when Democrats unconstitutionally impeached a President even though out of office. They cowered as fascist Big Tech oligarchs shut down free speech, removed a President from their platforms, and joined openly and incestuously with leftist media puppets, the Democrat Party and Big Government. When the Left destroyed careers and lives for “incorrect” thoughts, they looked away. As Democrats moved the Overton window ever more leftward, they remained silent. When cultural Marxists knocked down cultural pillars like traditional marriage or school prayer, or taught Critical Race Theory in our schools, and allowed men in our daughter’s bathrooms, they nodded amiably. As our woke military pushed for women in combat and paid for sex change operations, they didn’t object. When millions of third world immigrants invaded our country every year, taking jobs from citizens, burdening our public systems, providing cheap labor to corporations, and flipping red states to blue, they encouraged more. Quisling Republicans went along with the lockdowns, mask mandates, and boundless stimulus. They stammered pitifully when the deep state spied on and undermined our President. 

They and their liberal elite friends have ruined our institutions – and destroyed our country. And we don’t recognize it anymore. The MAGA remnant is all that is left. 

And they don’t have a clue. 

President Trump refused to be a “good loser.” He was not Romney or McCain. He was not perfect, but he was the best we had. He put America First. He fought back as viciously as the Left. And so, they hounded him. And the RINOs abandoned him. 

But their mandate from heaven has been broken. 

As we impeached them, now we must convict them. 

Good riddance, Vichy Republicans. 

You have let our glorious country slip through your greedy fingers. We can hardly stand you.

There are patriots who will defend President Trump, Trumpism, the MAGA movement, and the nation. They must transform the GOP into an effective political vehicle that guards the founding, protects the base and confronts the Marxist Left. 

It was still possible to save the country.

Richard Moss, M.D., a surgeon practicing in Jasper, Indiana, was a candidate for Congress in 2016 and 2018. He has written “A Surgeon’s Odyssey” and “Matilda’s Triumph,” available on  Contact him at or Richard Moss, M.D. on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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