The republican President Donald Trump’s performance at the G7 Summit (6/8/18) held in Quebec has been something to behold. For starters, he announced his support for re-adding Russia onto the G7 group. (Russia was removed from the G8 after it invaded and annexed Crimea, in 2014.)
He knew he would be facing the wrath of the other G7 leaders because of the tariffs that he imposed on his neighbors and allies for aluminum and steel imports on the basis of US national security interests.
The former republican president conservative hero Ronald Reagan has to be turning over in his grave.
There is no way the republican party of ole would be propping up Russia under its current totalitarian leadership while antagonizing our allies with tariffs. There wouldn’t be the GOP members in the US Congress covering for a leader who acts, talks, walks like a Russian asset while he thrashes the coalition of democracies around the world which serve as a bulwark against countries which would dare to challenge their way of life. GOP lawmakers would NEVER have participated or condoned the full throttle attack against the “rule of law, the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the FBI that “we the people” have been witnessing for the past year under this new Trump republican party.
Many republican conservatives have become vocal critics of this republican party. Max Boot’s latest book—The Corrosion of Conservatism: Or Why I Refused to Become a Trump Toady—will be released in October 2018 by Norton/Liveright addresses this issue. As per Politico, Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post has become a leading voice for a group of conservative intellectuals who don’t fit comfortably in either political party—and sees the republican party she left behind as ‘immoral’ and ‘anti-American.’ There are many more who are in this camp including President Reagan’s Former US Attorney General Dick Thornburgh who has recently written an op-ed piece about the GOP needing to get back to its roots of supporting the “rule of law” and the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe being led by the Special Counsel Robert Mueller III.
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As per a 4/17/18 Politico report, “The GOP ‘Has Become the Caricature the Left Always Said It Was,’ by Edward-Isaac Dovere, “Hours after Paul Ryan announced his retirement last week, President Donald Trump tweeted a photo of the House speaker and the rest of the GOP congressional leadership at dinner together at the White House. All did the traditional Trump-style smiling thumbs-up—a big show of unity to rebut anxiety about the party collapsing.What Jennifer Rubin saw while looking at that photo: a Republican Party that “has become the caricature the left always said it was—the party of old white men. And that has become more so in the age of Donald Trump, when he is actively courting and stoking white resentment.”
Trump’s use of identity politics, (Jennifer) Rubin told me in an interview for the latest episode of POLITICO’s Off Message podcast, “is a dead end for the party. It’s a dead end because it’s immoral and anti-American to base an entire political movement on one racial group, and it’s a dead end because that’s not America and [what America] is becoming.”
For Rubin, author of the Washington Post’s “Right Turn” blog, it’s been a fast trip from conservative apostle to apostate.
“Rubin was hired in late 2010 to be a forceful conservative presence, the counterpart on the right to the Post’s liberal blogger, Greg Sargent. But since Trump’s election, she’s been one of the president’s most strident critics, attacking him multiple times a day as an “arrogant fool” and “flat-out racist.” In the process, she’s becoming a leading voice for a group of conservative intellectuals who don’t fit comfortably in either political party.”
“Before Trump, she says, being a conservative meant embracing American exceptionalism, forceful moral leadership of the world, promotion of the free market and “fiscal conservatism, which now is a hoot,” she said. “Conservatism, as opposed to Republicanism—and I think that’s an important distinction—was really about a temperament as much as a substantive list of issues. There was a certain modesty in approaching government … a certain humility about governance and a reliance on the structures of the Constitution to keep central government from getting to be too powerful.”
Link to entire article: The GOP ‘Has Become the Caricature the Left Always Said It Was
On June 8, 2018, Dick Thornburgh, former U.S. attorney general from 1988 to 1991. for the Washington Post penned the following report, “We Republicans must all speak out to protect the Mueller investigation”
“As a lifelong Republican, I am proud that my party has consistently revered the rule of law as a central tenet of our country’s values. I have been honored to serve under seven presidents, including as U.S. attorney general under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. I know from experience that the Justice Department effectively performs the awesome responsibility of enforcing our laws and assuring that justice is provided equally and fairly to all.”
“Many recent comments about special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and his investigation have been regrettable and undeserved. I was surprised to see President Trump’s lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, a respected former U.S. attorney, suggest this week that Mueller is “trying very, very hard to frame” the president, echoing comments made by the president himself that the investigation is “a Witch Hunt.”
“I know Bob Mueller as a colleague in law enforcement and as a friend, and I highly respect his judgment and moral compass. Mueller is the right person to investigate Russia’s apparent assault on our democracy. He possesses the skills and discipline necessary to perform his role, and his past leadership as head of the Justice Department’s criminal division and as director of the FBI leave no doubt as to his ability to evenhandedly conduct significant investigations. He is serious but not sensational and loyal to the rule of law.”
“Mueller must put all applicable evidence before an impartial grand jury that will decide whether to bring charges. We must let him do his job.”
“It is disconcerting to witness the unfair attacks on the Justice Department now occurring; they erode public confidence and corrode the integrity of a core principle of our country. Our country must not let hyperpartisanship diminish the rule of law. That is not who we are, and it isn’t what we should ever become. I have great confidence in the special-counsel process. Indeed, my party has always stood with law enforcement, recognizing that its job is both difficult and essential. Law-enforcement officials ranging from state and local police to FBI officers in the field to prosecutors and judges must be able to do their work without fear of political retribution.”
“I urge all members of Congress to become more vocal in their defense of the rule of law. Elected officials must stress unambiguously their support of the role of the special counsel and guard his right to pursue this investigation in a fair and impartial manner. Through whatever means members of Congress deem appropriate, they must defend the rule of law and the integrity of the special counsel’s mission.”
As John Adams said, our country is “a government of laws, and not of men.” This founding principle of our democracy must be protected. We will be remembered by what we say and what we do in this challenging time in America’s history. We must all speak out and work to protect the special counsel’s investigation from interference. As Republicans, we owe that much to our party. As citizens, we all owe even more to our country.”