It doesn't get much clearer than this.
In three separate and unrelated speeches over three days, three of America's most admired men condemned the politics of Donald Trump.
Two of the rebukes came from members of the President's own party, something virtually unprecedented.
Following are some exerpts. As you read them, note not only their common theme but the eloquence in which they're delivered.
Even with speechwriters and a teleprompter, our current President can't come close.
John McCain, October 17, 2017:
"To abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history."
George W Bush, October 19, 2017
"We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism – forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America. We see a fading confidence in the value of free markets and international trade – forgetting that conflict, instability, and poverty follow in the wake of protectionism.
We have seen the return of isolationist sentiments – forgetting that American security is directly threatened by the chaos and despair of distant places, where threats such as terrorism, infectious disease, criminal gangs and drug trafficking tend to emerge.
In all these ways, we need to recall and recover our own identity. Americans have a great advantage: To renew our country, we only need to remember our values."
Here's part of an analysis of these two speeches by CNN:
"The two speeches, taken together, amount to a verbal lapel-shaking by Bush and McCain of the Republican Party they have led over the past two decades. "Wake up!" Bush and McCain are saying to their party. "What Trump represents is neither Republican nor conservative. It is Trump."
And finally, from a speech by Barack Obama, October 19, 2017
"You’ll notice I haven’t been commenting a lot on politics lately. But here’s one thing I know: if you have to win a campaign by dividing people, you’re not going to be able to govern them. You won’t be able to unite them later if that’s how you start. ... Some of the politics we see now, we thought we put that to bed. That’s folks looking 50 years back, it’s the 21st century, not the 19th century."
I couldn't have put it better myself.
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