2018 Election is a Referendum on Trump, not Conservativism.

Leadership, Personal, Politics

In the Washington Post today, Tom Nichols has an OpEd arguing the validity of voting for the GOP this year if you consider yourself a Conservative Republican.  Nichols, “every vote for any GOP candidate will be a signal from the rank and file that elected Republican officials should remain supine while Trump takes a hatchet to the American political system.” Now, he has never hidden his opinion about President Trump and in fact, led the group of conservative academics arguing that Hillary Clinton was a better choice than Trump in 2016.  You can see below that his point is that the current cult of personality that has engulfed the GOP has led the party to believe any form of wins would reflect that his personality politics is working to make the Big Tent bigger.

As a Conservative, I’d have to agree but as a Libertarian, the narrowness of his point is what gives the DNC its steam. If Trump’s politics is the end of Conservativism as it was once thought to be, a balance against Wilson’s Progressivism and FDR’s New Dealers, then why not reforge the whole party politics system anyway. Honestly look at third party candidates and vote them up the tix. Nichols argument for using Parliamentary style voting to move the ballot is what I have been saying for years. A none bi-partisan system built on the ideas of coalition governments and political strength at the center instead of the fringes. This would also push the system to accountability.

The excerpt below is from the article, “Want to save the GOP, Republicans? Vote for every Democrat on this year’s ballot.” by Tom Nichols published by The Washington Post.

This lock-step adherence to a party leader is why it’s now illogical to say: “I’m not a Trump supporter, but I’ll still vote Republican.” Every seat Republicans keep in 2018 will be a signal to the national party, and to GOP leaders in Congress, that they should continue supporting Trump, no matter how outrageous his antics, and no matter how much they privately disagree. Every vote for any GOP candidate will be a signal from the rank and file that elected Republican officials should remain supine while Trump takes a hatchet to the American political system.

By definition, a vote for any Republican candidate in 2018 is a vote for family separation, tax cuts without corresponding budget cuts, daily insult theatrics in the Oval Office and porn-star payoffs. It’s a vote to ignore Russian corruption of our elections. It’s also a vote, no matter where in the country it’s cast, for a Trump-compliant successor to Speaker Paul Ryan, who’ll preside over the continuing farce in which Trumpists like Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) remain as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, ready and willing to put party over country.

And make no mistake: It’s a vote giving Trump license to fire special counsel Robert S. Mueller III the day after Election Day.



Iraq was not a ‘Good Deal’


Daniel Larison wrote a good response to Jeb Bush’s horrible foreign policy interview with Politico today. He sums up the whole foreign policy debate very well with this little qipp:

The Iraq war was an appalling, unnecessary disaster for all concerned, and anyone that doesn’t understand that should never be allowed near the presidency.

Jeb’s other comments about “finding moderates” in Syria and Iraq, while empowering them, would stop the Wars and create peace is simply horse malarkey. These candidates are just ridiculous… Will the real leaders of America please standup and start running for office.