In his goodbye address, disgraced and retiring Democratic Sen. Al Franken says he’s worried about the how the public policy debate is being waged in America.
As the Washington Examiner reports, Franken, who has never acknowledged any of the sexual misconduct allegations that drove him to resign, said Thursday, “As I leave the Senate, I feel I have to admit that it feels like we’re losing the war for truth,” he told the Senate. “And maybe it’s already lost.”
Franken says that would be tragic because “if that’s the case, if that’s what happens, then we have lost the ability to have the kinds of argument that helps build consensus.”
The Minnesota Senator finally provided the date of his last day of work after giving way to enormous political pressure from his own Democratic Party that found him an increasing political liability.
Despite, his concerns for lost truth, Franken says he will put his faith in average Americans to restore integrity to the political system.
“We will always have the Democracy we deserve, if not the government we want,” he said. “It’s going to take ordinary Americans deciding to become more informed consumers of political news and opinion, and deciding that they’re willing to be part of the argument themselves, instead of simply tuning out all of the noise.”
When these grassroots decided to become engaged in the political process, Franken says he knows “that we will get this country back on track.”
Although Franken had a few Senate colleagues prepared to eulogize his achievements, very few of his female Democratic detractors bothered to listen to the speech.