It was nice to see yesterday that Republican Senator Ben Sasse recognizes that the United States is in danger of becoming a banana republic (in his statement criticizing President Trump’s tweet attacking the Attorney General for not blocking indictments of Republican Congressmen). It was nice to see that Senator Jeff Flake also realizes that Trump’s open assault on the rule of law is problematic. What’s more problematic, though, is that neither Sasse nor Flake seem to feel obliged to do anything about the threat of Trump’s subversion of justice. I expect they want to run for president, and what senator doesn’t? But they do not seem to see far enough out ahead to imagine that they have responsibilities, so long as they are in the Senate, to preserve and protect the Constitution. If they want to be remembered well in the end, they and other Republicans in Congress would do well to realize that the crisis is upon them, and upon us. Not that they should become Democrats, if they believe that the Republican Party can still be a vehicle for positive things. But they can and should put sand in the gears of Trump’s attacks on the Department of Justice and the legitimate and necessary checks and balances on an obviously out-of-control president. If they think that their actions and inactions are not being watched, they are fooling themselves. They are in a pickle, all right. I am honestly not sure what I would do in their position. But if they want to be American heroes, this is their moment, now and for the rest of this Congressional session. Same goes for the rest of the GOP, including Speaker Ryan and Senator Collins and even Orrin Hatch and Chuck Grassley. Even Dana Rohrabacher and Louie Gohmert. Why let them be judged by the soft bigotry of low expectations?