Sen. Murkowski has never seen such vitriol in politics



Sen. Lisa Murkowski recalled the words of the late Sen. John McCain:

“Remember, the darkest hour is just before … it goes pitch black.”

Alaska’s senior senator is in a funk, she said, as she described how she feels worn out by the intense partisanship in Congress. She spoke these “dark” thoughts to the Alaska Legislature on Tuesday, during her annual legislative address.

While most of her speech focused on Alaska-related policy — violence against Native women, natural resources, and other familiar topics — the beginning of her talk was about how bad things are in Washington, D.C.

The impeachment trial was “perhaps the darkest most deeply partisan experience of my career.” It started out as a partisan exercise in the House, and continued that way into the Senate, and it threatened to drag the Judicial Branch of government down with it, which is why she voted against conviction of Trump, Murkowski said.

Murkowski quoted Alexander Hamilton in the Federalist Papers: “Yet it ought not to be forgotten that the demon of faction will, at certain seasons, extend his sceptre over all numerous bodies of men.”

“We are in the season that our founder warned us about,” Murkowski said.

Our founders didn’t warn us of a national epidemic of unhinged behavioral disorders occurring during the greatest period of wealth and success for most Americans, and perhaps the greatest time of prosperity in the history of the world.

The Democrats have lurched so far left, that they are far past partisan election politics, and are neck-deep in culture wars driven by a self-loathing for all things American:

  • Under President Barack Obama, a flag celebrating people’s sex lives was raised over U.S. embassies. Under President Trump, embassy officials refused a direct order to not fly the rainbow flag.
  • A San Francisco school board spent $600,000 to paint over an historic New Deal-era mural of George Washington because a portion of it showed his life as a slave-owner.
  • Students across college campuses are demanding the removal of statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
  • Democrats are trying to force Christian bakers to bake cakes celebrating gay weddings, even though that violates the bakers’ religious beliefs.
Masterpiece Cakes posts this notice on its website: Masterpiece Cakeshop will happily create custom cakes for anyone. But like many cake artists, Jack cannot create all custom cakes. He cannot create custom cakes that express messages or celebrate events that conflict with his religious beliefs.
  • Nike pulled its line of Air Max 1 USA sneakers after a complaint from former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who said the Betsy Ross flag is a symbol of racism.
Colin Kaepernick and the offending patriotic shoe.
  • Pete Buttigieg—who would be the first openly gay president—was questioned by the liberal media because he is too white: “Is Pete Buttigieg just another white male candidate, or does his gayness count as diversity?” wrote Slate online.
  • Bernie Sanders said there’s no room in the Democrat Party for pro-life Democrats: “I think being pro-choice is an absolutely essential part of being a Democrat. By this time in history . . . when we talk about what a Democrat is, I think being pro-choice is an essential part of that,” he added.
  • Buttigieg was not to be outdone: “My point is that it shouldn’t be up to the government official to draw the line. It should be up the woman who is confronted with that choice.” No matter when in her pregnancy she decides to end it.
  • Joe Biden equated gender identity with racial minorities, declaring: “Transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time. There is no room for compromise when it comes to basic human rights.” Some African-Americans have raised an eyebrow to that statement.
  • College campuses have become dangerous places for conservatives, with violent incidents being reported weekly, this one being representative:
Students threaten a conservative visitor and throw water — or something — on her as she passes by to visit OU, while police do nothing.
  • This week the Democrat mayor of Los Angeles declared his city’s police department will not cooperate with immigration officials.
  • In the House and Senate, Democrat women have become practically cultish, with women lawmakers dressing in matching white, as though they are scolding overseers, whenever the president speaks to Congress.
  • Democrats tried for two years to stick a Russian conspiracy story to President Trump, and when that failed, turned to the Ukraine story. And when polling showed that Trump was going to be tough to beat, they pulled the trigger on impeachment as a desperate play.
  • A Republican-run voter registration tent in Florida was rammed by an angry anti-Trump driver who missed hitting volunteers by six inches.
  • Progressives are trying to tell us that gender is a choice, and that the proper pronoun is not the singular he or she, but “they.” And that it’s fine for men to compete as women in sports, so long as they’ve taken medication to suppress their testosterone.

The list goes on.

Murkowski is right — our times are partisan, more than they have been in generations.

But it’s not Republicans who have suddenly become more hardline. Republicans have basically stayed within range of where the party has been in the policy arena for the past 20 years — protection of the unborn, promoting legal immigration, a strong national defense, and not making government the answer to every human problem. Republicans have just been fighting back, finally.

But today’s Democrat party would be unrecognizable to President John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Baines Johnson, or even Bill Clinton. It’s a party that has been swarmed an entitled breed of radical socialists braying insults at American values and attempting to weaken the nation’s national defense. The Left has launched an all-out Culture War, and Murkowski is witnessing the effects of the full assault on America in the halls of Congress.

In the words of President Ronald Reagan, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

These are dark times. Which is why Americans must send warriors to Washington, D.C., ones who understand the battle, what’s at stake, and are willing to fight.


  1. Well said Suzanne. I am thinking about writing President Trump to recommend the Medal of Freedom to both you and Art Chance. You just get better and better.

  2. Lisa is already thinking about how she can retain her seat in 2022. Too late, unless she switches parties to Democrat. Daddy and Mommy didn’t do a very good job of teaching her how to be a loyal Republican. They were more interested in her upping the Murkowski dynasty.

  3. Don Young is 100% about elimination of earmarks as a big cause of increased partisanship. But that’s okay, because spending as really been reigned in! The law of unintended consequences strikes again.

  4. Perhaps it is time for Senator Murkowski to retire.

    When she took office she said that she would serve twenty years. It is that time. That would resolve her complaints of fatigue from all the partisanship she claims to endure in Washington. That iconic picture of Senator Murkowski being held up against a corridor wall by Senator Feinstein during the Kavanaugh hearings bears out her concerns. Pressure being applied. Funny how Senator Murkowski saw it DiFi’s way and voted against the Kavanaugh confirmation. Unfortunately, she seems to thrive on her “contrarian” approach. Not especially good for Alaskans but it sure makes people pay attention to her.

    Senator Murkowski could learn a whole lot from the junior senator of Alaska.

    • Lisa M. is the model of what familial appointments bring to the electorate:
      Resentful nepotism, genetic idiocy, and Bad Blood.

  5. Hostility on campus towards conservatives is hardly anything new. While attending UAF in 1989, I personally encountered hostility for questioning why there was such an effort to spend monies from student fees in support of leftist speakers, while at the same time not extending the same courtesy when Walter Williams came to speak.

  6. i would be in a funk if I were Lisa Murkowski, too. She lists her religion as Catholic and then votes against the ban on abortion after 20 weeks. She also voted against Kavanaugh. Fast forward since Roe Vs Wade was past and we have the likes of Dr. Goesnel who delivered live babies and then cut their spinal cords. When the movie was shown in Alaska there were so few viewings no one knew about him. Shameful. Lisa should see an ultrasound abortion. It is like murder. Why do you think a previous leader of Planned Parenthood quit.

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