FacebookTwitterRedditEmail

Corker and Flake: Heroes or Zeroes?

The so-called liberal media are hailing Senators Bob Corker and Jeff Flake as heroes for their denunciations of the behavior of President Trump. Are they heroes or zeroes?

Corker and Flake complain about Trump’s personality and statements (including tweets) but strongly support Trump’s policies, including those to enrich corporations and plutocrats at the expense of the middle class and those in poverty. Just this year they both voted at least four times to take away health insurance from upwards of 30 million Americans. They did not vote funds needed for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides healthcare for 9 million children.

Yesterday they voted to allow corporations to force consumers to give up their rights to justice in the court system and instead use only binding private arbitration, using arbitrators chosen from corporate-friendly panels in a system with no published opinions and no appeals to the real court system.

Corker and Flake are perfectly fine with stopping all government action to combat pollution and climate change.

They also like that the United States has troops in over 170 countries and actively seeks to kill people in many of them. Neither objected to Trump’s announced ban on transgender soldiers. They have done nothing to combat foreign interference in U.S. elections.

I have found only one actual significant Trump policy or decision that Corker or Flake have objected to. Corker and Flake support “free trade” agreements that allow panels of corporate attorneys to undermine democracy by nullifying national laws that protect workers, consumers, or the environment. Trump says he is against those agreements but has taken no action against them, except for exiting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). So, even where a policy disagreement allegedly exists, Corker and Flake seem worse than Trump for the average American.

Corker and Flake seek to enjoy the policy benefits of Trump’s presidency for their corporate taskmasters without taking responsibility for the personality that achieves those benefits for them (by getting himself elected President). They denounce Trump’s racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, “nationalism,” military blustering, and lying, but they support Trump’s actual policies and decisions. They want the fruit of Trumpism without touching the fertilizer that feeds the tree of Trump.

But, say the liberal parts of the media, at least Corker and Flake are better than those Republicans who fail to denounce Trump at all; they are the true “zeroes.” But those Republicans are not like Corker and Flake in making a big show of distancing themselves from the bad (Trump’s behavior) while still benefiting from the “good” (Trump’s policies and decisions). Corker and Flake want the Trump policy “benefits” without accepting the inherent connection to Trump’s behavior.

Do Corker and Flake rise to the level of heroes? Or even zeroes?

More articles by:

Dan Meek is a public interest lawyer living in Portland, Oregon.

Weekend Edition
March 22, 2019
Friday - Sunday
Henry Giroux
The Ghost of Fascism in the Post-Truth Era
Gabriel Rockhill
Spectacular Violence as a Weapon of War Against the Yellow Vests
H. Bruce Franklin
Trump vs. McCain: an American Horror Story
Paul Street
A Pox on the Houses of Trump and McCain, Huxleyan Media, and the Myth of “The Vietnam War”
Andrew Levine
Why Not Impeach?
Bruce E. Levine
Right-Wing Psychiatry, Love-Me Liberals and the Anti-Authoritarian Left
Jeffrey St. Clair
Roaming Charges: Darn That (American) Dream
Charles Pierson
Rick Perry, the Saudis and a Dangerous Nuclear Deal
Moshe Adler
American Workers Should Want to Transfer Technology to China
David Rosen
Trafficking or Commercial Sex? What Recent Exposés Reveal
Nick Pemberton
The Real Parallels Between Donald Trump and George Orwell
Binoy Kampmark
Reading Manifestos: Restricting Brenton Tarrant’s The Great Replacement
Brian Cloughley
NATO’s Expensive Anniversaries
Ron Jacobs
Donald Cox: Tale of a Panther
Joseph Grosso
New York’s Hudson Yards: The Revanchist City Lives On
REZA FIYOUZAT
Is It Really So Shocking?
Bob Lord
There’s Plenty of Wealth to Go Around, But It Doesn’t
John W. Whitehead
The Growing Epidemic of Cops Shooting Family Dogs
Jeff Cohen
Let’s Not Restore or Mythologize Obama 
Christy Rodgers
Achieving Escape Velocity
Monika Zgustova
The Masculinity of the Future
Jessicah Pierre
The Real College Admissions Scandal
Peter Mayo
US Higher Education Influence Takes a Different Turn
Martha Rosenberg
New Study Confirms That Eggs are a Stroke in a Shell
Ted Rall
The Greatest Projects I Never Mad
George Wuerthner
Saving the Big Wild: Why Aren’t More Conservationists Supporting NREPA?
Norman Solomon
Reinventing Beto: How a GOP Accessory Became a Top Democratic Contender for President
Ralph Nader
Greedy Boeing’s Avoidable Design and Software Time Bombs
Tracey L. Rogers
White Supremacy is a Global Threat
Nyla Ali Khan
Intersectionalities of Gender and Politics in Indian-Administered Kashmir
Karen J. Greenberg
Citizenship in the Age of Trump: Death by a Thousand Cuts
Jill Richardson
Getting It Right on What Stuff Costs
Matthew Stevenson
Pacific Odyssey: Puddle Jumping in New Britain
Matt Johnson
The Rich Are No Smarter Than You
Julian Vigo
College Scams and the Ills of Capitalist-Driven Education
Brian Wakamo
It’s March Madness, Unionize the NCAA!
Beth Porter
Paper Receipts Could be the Next Plastic Straws
Christopher Brauchli
Eric the Heartbroken
Louis Proyect
Rebuilding a Revolutionary Left in the USA
Sarah Piepenburg
Small Businesses Like Mine Need Paid Family and Medical Leave
Robert Koehler
Putting Our Better Angels to Work
Peter A. Coclanis
The Gray Lady is Increasingly Tone-Deaf
David Yearsley
Bach-A-Doodle-Doo
Elliot Sperber
Aunt Anna’s Antenna
March 21, 2019
Daniel Warner
And Now Algeria
FacebookTwitterRedditEmail