Sunday, June 24, 2018

George Will advises America to 'vote against the GOP'

Linda Lyon, writing in Blog for Arizona, reports that Another Conservative Breaks Free of the Matrix. This time? It’s George Will!

I’ll snag some snippets from Will’s original piece in the Washington Post titled, amazingly, Vote against the GOP this November.

Trump the dictator
Trump as Mussolini

Actually, it’s not so amazing if you consider two things. Will is a staunch and genuine conservative. He was a counselor of sorts to Nancy Regan. But, point two, the Republican party has abandoned conservatism on its way to autocracy. Trump has converted the party of Lincoln into what resembles Mussolini’s fascist state (as I noted earlier this month in Trump’s monarchical grab for absolute power puts him above the law - even if he shoots his enemies. The GOP is now a cult in thrall to Trump, the tin pot dictator.

Amid the carnage of Republican misrule in Washington, there is this glimmer of good news: The family-shredding policy along the southern border, the most telegenic recent example of misrule, clarified something. Occurring less than 140 days before elections that can reshape Congress, the policy has given independents and temperate Republicans — these are probably expanding and contracting cohorts, respectively — fresh if redundant evidence for the principle by which they should vote.

The principle: The congressional Republican caucuses must be substantially reduced. So substantially that their remnants, reduced to minorities, will be stripped of the Constitution’s Article I powers that they have been too invertebrate to use against the current wielder of Article II powers. …

Consider the melancholy example of House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.), who wagered his dignity on the patently false proposition that it is possible to have sustained transactions with today’s president, this Vesuvius of mendacities, without being degraded. … Ryan traded his political soul for . . . a tax cut. He who formerly spoke truths about the accelerating crisis of the entitlement system lost everything in the service of a president pledged to preserve the unsustainable status quo.

There I must take exception. Trump is most definitely not trying to preserve the status quo. He is trying to destroy our democratic institutions.

Ryan and many other Republicans have become the president’s poodles … Congress has [delegated its powers] out of sloth and timidity — to duck hard work and risky choices. … the [Corker trade]amendment would have peeved the easily peeved president. …

The Trump whisperer regarding immigration is Stephen Miller, 32, whose ascent to eminence began when he became the Savonarola of Santa Monica High School . Corey Lewandowski, a Trump campaign official who fell from the king’s grace but is crawling back (he works for Vice President Pence’s political action committee), recently responded on Fox News to the story of a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome taken from her parents at the border. Lewandowski replied: “Wah, wah.” Meaningless noise is this administration’s appropriate libretto because, just as a magnet attracts iron filings, Trump attracts, and is attracted to, louts.

And this loutishness is what so repulses Will. I doubt that the 90% of the Republicans firmly attached to Trump’s derriere, much like Lamprey eels sucking on fishes, will be converted to vote against Trump’s cult. Instead, they will hunker down and suck more strongly (see accompanying posts today). The rest of us must band together and follow Will’s advice in order to divest our body politic from Trump’s louts: vote against the GOP this November.

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