This Op Ed first appeared on November 23, 2017 on DesMoinesRegister.com.
It all began with a simple yet world-altering statement over two centuries ago:
"When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."
With the recent announcements from Sens. Bob Corker and Jeff Flake that they intend to retire from the U.S. Senate rather than try to function within their own Republican Party, they have decided to quit rather than stay and fight in a new way. On their way out, however, they declared the causes compelling them to retire.