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.

 

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CW 150 Abraham Lincoln

Civil War, History
Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of th...

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Today, should be an awesome celebration of the American spirit. Abraham Lincoln took office on this day in 1861 and would become one of the most revered men in the history of the US. His election is the last catalyst to move southern leaadership to begin secession. South Carolina would be the first and Lincoln responded accordingly, he never surrendered. The Southern cause was one of simple philosophy, keep fighting until Lincoln and the rest of the Republican Party was voted out of Congress. This plan would fail and Lincoln would see that the country stay whole and “give that last full measure of devotion” to the country he loved.

One of the funniest ironies of this american giant is the idea that he was always famous. When he traveled to NYC to campaign for the nomination, no one met him at the wharf, the hotel, or the caucus floor on the first day of debate.

Information contained in this article was fact checked using the online sources Wikipedia and CWPT. As well as works by Shelby Foote, James M. McPhersonBruce Catton, James I. Robertson Jr., and William C. Davis.