A few Republican voices

In a New York Times article today (see link below), co-authors George Conway, Steve Schmidt, John Weaver, and Rick Wilson penned “We are Republicans and we want Trump defeated.” Here are three paragraphs from the article:

“Mr. Trump fails to meet the bar for this commitment. He has neither the moral compass nor the temperament to serve. His vision is limited to what immediately faces him — the problems and risks he chronically brings upon himself and for which others, from countless contractors and companies to the American people, ultimately bear the heaviest burden.

But this president’s actions are possible only with the craven acquiescence of congressional Republicans. They have done no less than abdicate their Article I responsibilities.

Indeed, national Republicans have done far worse than simply march along to Mr. Trump’s beat. Their defense of him is imbued with an ugliness, a meanness and a willingness to attack and slander those who have shed blood for our country, who have dedicated their lives and careers to its defense and its security, and whose job is to preserve the nation’s status as a beacon of hope.”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/we-are-republicans-and-we-want-trump-defeated/ar-BBY4ODO?ocid=spartandhp

From a letter to the editor in The Charlotte Observer ten days ago (see link below), Andy Nillson, a Republican candidate for Lt. Governor in 2000, wrote:

“Lately, the truth that many Republicans like me are realizing is that the our president is not upholding the ideals of our party and our country.

His administration violates duties of office with callous indifference. And President Trump expects Republicans to fall in line behind him, regardless.

I have been most appalled by the president’s mishandling of foreign policy matters – especially the Ukraine situation – and his conduct during the Mueller investigation.

His power must be checked by other Republicans. Congress must do its duty to bring forth all of the evidence so the country can move forward. We cannot repeat Watergate. It will set Republicans back 50 years.”

https://musingsofanoldfart.wordpress.com/2019/12/08/letter-from-a-republican-candidate-in-2000/

Finally, a few months ago, a group called “Republicans for the Rule of Law” began running commercials. Here is a quote from the commercials and a link to a previous post:

“It is no longer about whether Republicans believe President Trump or whether they support his policies. It’s about whether they support his admitted abuse of power and his efforts to secure a foreign government’s help in an American election.”

https://musingsofanoldfart.wordpress.com/2019/09/30/republicans-for-the-rule-of-law-condemn-trump-behavior-and-obstruction-with-ukraine/

19 thoughts on “A few Republican voices

  1. Note to Readers: I read yesterday that 700 historians, including Ron Chernow, I have signed a letter in favor of impeachment. This is not and cannot be just a Democrat exercise.

    I watched yesterday a conservative dismiss the opinions of the four co-authors in the New York Times piece saying they are not real conservatives. RINO is a label meaning Republican in Name Only. But. I do not recognize the Trump bastardization of what the party has become. That base may be fervent, but it has lost air cover with the defections to independents.

  2. I fully expect Trump to be impeached in the House today and the GOP bootlickers will refuse to convict him in the Senate. My hope is that disaffected Republicans and Independents will vote in droves in November 2020 to drive this abomination from the White House. It’s not just the rule of law and democracy in America that’s at stake; it’s the well-being of the free world that hangs in the balance.

    • John, true on all counts. This won’t be over as Giuliani may face trial and more will come out. The fact the two Giuliani associates were paid $1 million by the Ukraine guy is telling. Plus, Trump will not stop his lying, bullying and corruptible actions.

      Keith

    • I concur with you on all counts, it’s really up to all of us to re-double our efforts and try convincing anyone reasonable enough to listen: VOTE FOR ANYONE OPPOSING TRUMP! We have 11 months to get it done or we’re doomed.
      So far there’s no clear nominee but i really hope the DNC allow Bernie Sanders to run unimpeded.

      • 1earthunited, thanks for the comment. These conservative voices need to get heard, as the twitter message reinforced by conservative talk show hosts is that it is only Dems that feel this way.

        It will be interesting to see what comes out of the DNC. Whoever it is, the Dems and Independents need to get behind him or her. And, even if it is not the people’s favorite choice, they need to vote. Trump won because he got enough disappointed or less than enthusiastic for HRC voters to stay home.

        Thanks again, Keith

  3. Thanks for this Keith. Schmidt and Wilson are what’s left of the once reasonable R Party. Good on them for speaking truth to power and standing up for what’s right. If only the ones holding current office would do the same……

    • Jeff, it is up to us to tell people this is not just a Democrat concern, as Trump likes to do. There are a number of Republicans and former Republicans who have concerns. Keith

  4. Good one, Keith! Ellen sent me the link to the Conway article, and thus the Lincoln Project. I am encouraged that there are some republicans who are not falling in line with the chaos and corruption that have become the Republican Party of Trump, but they need to make their voices heard across the nation, loud and clear. The ones currently sitting pretty on Capital Hill are sucking all the air out of the room. Thanks for this post … I shall re-blog this afternoon!

    • Thanks Jill. Eugene Robinson echoes today what we have been writing about for many months – the current US president is more corrupt than Richard Nixon, but he has frightened the GOP legislators from speaking out against. He is none to kind to Republican Senators who claim bias going in.

      By the way, a Fox News poll on Sunday has 54% of voters for impeachment and 50% of voters wanting removal from office. Other polls are closer. What we know is there are GOP legislators know their boss is guilty but cannot say that out loud.

      Keith

      • I’ve always liked Eugene Robinson … he’s a wise man. The thing that bothers me most about the GOP members of Congress is that they think of Trump as their boss, when in truth, he is not … we are! They forget to whom they owe their allegiance. Then again, with 40+% of the people still thinking Trump is great, perhaps those are the ones they listen to. Sigh. On a brighter note … I hear your Mark Meadows is not running for re-election next year! That one surprised me!

      • Jill, I have liked Robinson as well. Meadows is not running because of the latest maps to address the GOP’s gerrymandering places him in a tougher district. He will likely run for Senator in 2022 when Richard Burr retires.

        As for Trump, yet again he shows his hind end by denigrating the deceased Congressman Dingell while in Michigan. A decent human being would not make reference that he might be looking up from hell. But, decency is not a top of mind word to define Donald J. Trump.

        Keith

      • Ahhhh … so that explains Meadows … I was truly puzzled. Let us hope he cannot muster enough support for the Senate in ’22, either!

        I heard about that, and it made me furious … just like when he denigrated John McCain, even after his death. Has he no … never mind, we both know the answer to the question I was to answer. I find it so ironic that Melania’s “cause celebre” is an anti-bullying campaign, when she is married to the single biggest bully in the nation, maybe the world!

      • Jill, Meadows may have some competition from the former Governor Pat McCrory. If you let me put on my cynic hat, Melania’s anti-bullying stance may have come from the narcissistic playbook her husband uses. The list of narcissists’ attributes includes blaming others for what you do as a defense mechanism. So, my educated guess is he suggested it to Melania. But, that is my inner cynic talking. I hesitate as it belittles Melania as her own person, yet I do note Melania is a much happier person publicly when her husband is not around. Keith

  5. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    One of my biggest concerns for the future of this nation has been that the republicans in Congress, whose duty it is to serve the nation … ALL of its people … pretend to be blind to the atrocities committed by the ‘man’ in the Oval Office. To that end, they are doing a disservice to us all, and putting this nation in danger of being ruled by an authoritarian. So, I find it encouraging when republicans begin to find their voices and speak out. Our friend Keith has written a post that I think you’ll find encouraging about a few of those republicans with conscience. Thank you, Keith!

  6. I used to just think it was Trump who had lost his grip on reality, then I watched the House debate (not really sure why they call it that) before the votes. A congressman from Georgia actually compared the impeachment to what Jesus went through with Pilate? Another said it was a day that will live in infamy like Pearl Harbor? And why are they still screaming? Do they think that makes their partisan viewpoint more believable? Well, it was nice to see at least Jordan found his suit jacket. How does anyone watch all of that dysfunction and think these guys can still get together and create bi-partisan legislation?

    • Thanks for your comment. That was over the top, in my view. Since he is being contrasted to Jesus, Christianity Today’s editor wrote a piece advocating the removal of Trump from office. Here is a link to my most recent post which includes a few quotes. Thanks for stopping by. Keith

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