When Partisanship Destroys Your Soul


Last night, President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress. These events are usually filled with a certain amount of theater. Much of the night is spent with congressmen from the president’s party regularly interrupting the speech with applause while members of the opposition sit silently. But there are always moments of national unity when everyone cheers. Last night, several congressional democrats broke with that tradition in a disgusting way.

As happens with every joint session of Congress, the president brought a few guests with him; some to help give his policy proposals a human face, others simply to honor. The most touching moment of the night was when Trump paid tribute to the widow of Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, who was killed during a raid in Yemen last month. She could barely hold back her tears as the entire chamber gave a sustained standing ovation in honor of her late husband’s sacrifice.

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Except it was not quite the entire chamber. Several congressional democrats, apparently determined not to be seen applauding trump, sat on their hands.

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If you cannot even put aside your partisanship long enough to recognize the sacrifice of the men and women who give their lives for this country… honestly, I’m not sure how to end this sentence in a way that is both true to my thoughts and not just a string of expletives. This type of partisanship is disgusting.