Dear Reader, I follow the work mostly of Benjamin Wittes who is associated with the Lawfare blog but both authors below have a reputation for being scrupulous non partisans. As a former republican for too many years to count, who became an Independent voter in 2016 and then a Democrat in 2017, I am completely in love with their idea to blindly boycott the GOP. This is brilliant. Their reasoning and analysis of the current state of our democracy which propelled them to arrive at this proposal matches mine 100%.
This is what the conservative rights’ relentless partisan attacks on the “rule of law have led us. The right is attacking the “rule of law” by denigrating reputable institutions where most employees lean right like the the F.B.I., the DOJ and lifelong republican law enforcement professionals like Rod Rosenstein, the DOJ’s Deputy AG, the FBI’s Special Counsel Robert Mueller III and the newly appointed FBI Director Christopher Wray. They are doing this with the intent to shut down the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe, not because it is the witch-hunt that they claim but because they suspect that the final work product will most likely be highly critical. These right wingers don’t care what institutions they destroy in the process. Unfortunately, too many republicans in the US Congress have been following in the steps of these wrong-headed right wing back seat drivers with lots of monies to spend instead of honoring their oath of office.
This is a lengthy article to where I have footnoted a link below for readers to peruse it in its entirety.
Here is the rest of the story…
For The March 2018 Atlantic Magazine, Jonathan Rauch and Benjamin Wittes penned the following article, “The Republican Party Is a Threat to the Constitutional Order” (“If conservatives want to save the GOP from itself, they need to vote mindlessly and mechanically against its nominees.”)
“A few days after the Democratic electoral sweep this past November in Virginia, New Jersey, and elsewhere, The Washington Post asked a random Virginia man to explain his vote. The man, a marketing executive named Toren Beasley, replied that his calculus was simply to refuse to calculate. “It could have been Dr. Seuss or the Berenstain Bears on the ballot and I would have voted for them if they were a Democrat,” he said.”
“Count us in, Mr. Beasley. We’re with you, though we tend to go with dangerous rather than stupid. And no one could be more surprised that we’re saying this than we are.”
“We have both spent our professional careers strenuously avoiding partisanship in our writing and thinking. We have both done work that is, in different ways, ideologically eclectic, and that has—over a long period of time—cast us as not merely nonpartisans but anti-partisans. ”
“We’re proposing something different. We’re suggesting that in today’s situation, people should vote a straight Democratic ticket even if they are not partisan, and despite their policy views. They should vote against Republicans in a spirit that is, if you will, prepartisan and prepolitical. Their attitude should be: The rule of law is a threshold value in American politics, and a party that endangers this value disqualifies itself, period. In other words, under certain peculiar and deeply regrettable circumstances, sophisticated, independent-minded voters need to act as if they were dumb-ass partisans.”
“For us, this represents a counsel of desperation. So allow us to step back and explain what drove us to what we call oppositional partisanship.”
“So why have we come to regard the GOP as an institutional danger? In a nutshell, it has proved unable or unwilling (mostly unwilling) to block assaults by Trump and his base on the rule of law. Those assaults, were they to be normalized, would pose existential, not incidental, threats to American democracy.”
“Future generations of scholars will scrutinize the many weird ways that Trump has twisted the GOP. For present purposes, however, let’s focus on the party’s failure to restrain the president from two unforgivable sins. The first is his attempt to erode the independence of the justice system. This includes Trump’s sinister interactions with his law-enforcement apparatus: his demands for criminal investigations of his political opponents, his pressuring of law-enforcement leaders on investigative matters, his frank efforts to interfere with investigations that implicate his personal interests, and his threats against the individuals who run the Justice Department. It also includes his attacks on federal judges, his pardon of a sheriff convicted of defying a court’s order to enforce constitutional rights, his belief that he gets to decide on Twitter who is guilty of what crimes, and his view that the justice system exists to effectuate his will.
“The second unforgivable sin is Trump’s encouragement of a foreign adversary’s interference in U.S. electoral processes. Leave aside the question of whether Trump’s cooperation with the Russians violated the law. He at least tacitly collaborated with a foreign-intelligence operation against his country—sometimes in full public view. We don’t mean to deny credit where it is due: Some congressional Republicans pushed back. “