Tuesday, October 30, 2018

VOTERS: Boycott the GOP ... by Alan Farago

As the most important election in our lifetimes approach, it is worth another look: the March issue of
Atlantic Magazine, in which Jonathan Rauch and Benjamin Wittes published, “Boycott the Republican Party: If conservatives want to save the GOP from itself, they need to vote mindlessly and mechanically against its nominees.”


(1) The GOP has become the party of Trumpism.
(2) Trumpism is a threat to democratic values and the rule of law.
(3) The Republican Party is a threat to democratic values and the rule of law.

I agree with this assessment, not out of loyalty to the Democratic Party, but out of loyalty to our democracy which is not under threat “by both sides.” It is under threat by one side: the GOP that has abandoned all conservative principles and thrown its lot in, with a president who stands for nothing but his own vanities and power.

Like Rauch and Wittes, who writes the invaluable Lawfare blog, I am repulsed by the willingness of the Republican leadership to tolerate the most divisive and dangerous administration in US history.

If you are a conservative voter, you will mechanically and mindlessly vote Democrat in this election because it is time to tear up the weeds and replant the garden. When so much is at stake — namely, the drift to authoritarianism — there is no their principled choice.

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