Friday, 17 August, 2018

The GOP awakening: Republicans begin the Trump push-back

Ellis Copeland | 04 August, 2017, 09:40

Flake says his fellow Republicans are in denial about Trump.

In July, he's jabbed Trump repeatedly in media appearances promoting his new book out Tuesday, "Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle".

The book's strong statement of the dangers of, and opposition to, world Communism helped define the conservative movement as the natural political home of first- and second-generation Eastern Europeans, Cubans, and Asians who had fled Communist revolutions in their homelands, and solidified Barry Goldwater as the premier spokesman for rolling back the Communist tide. We need a party that favors market-based solutions where possible; cares about fiscal sanity; sees advantages in federalism; embraces a positive, essential role for government but is wary of highly centralized bureaucracy; and supports American leadership in defense of the worldwide, liberal order. Jennifer Senior, writer for the Books of The Times at The New York Times, wonders what Flake's book will do for the Republican Party, if anything at all.

Chris Buskirk, the pro-Trump author of "American Greatness: How Conservatism Inc". Jeff Flake is neither a conservative nor does he have a conscience.

Congress's most immediate concern, however, is the debt ceiling, which the Treasury Department says must be raised by September 29 to ensure that the government can pay its bills.

"Since entering the Senate in 2013, Jeff Flake has, time and again, proven he is part of the indulgent hypocrisy in Washington". He refers to Trump as a carnival barker, expresses alarm about the president's affection for authoritarian rulers and calls out his Republican colleagues in Congress as enablers. Flake said he and Goldwater both wrote their books in response to a feeling that their party had "lost its way".

Nostalgia is sweet. When I think back to the happiest moments in my life, thoughts turn to eating heaping piles of steamed broccoli, lovingly prepared by my mother, while my whole family gathered around the TV to watch Unsolved Mysteries. And Republicans, especially those in the Senate, just don't appear to be attempting to force Trump to change his behavior.

I chatted with Flake on Wednesday.

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In his Politico piece, Flake ranges close to calling for Trump's impeachment, or at least official censure, writing that "unnerving silence in the face of an erratic executive branch is an abdication, and those in positions of leadership bear particular responsibility".

It was we conservatives who were largely silent when the most egregious and sustained attacks on Obama's legitimacy were leveled by marginal figures who would later be embraced and legitimized by far too many of us. That's an wonderful (and accurate) charge for anyone to make publicly, let alone a conservative sitting Republican senator.

Jeff Flake, do you hear me clapping? Now, the party no longer has a choice but to walk away before the fire engulfs them, too.

"The agenda that 63 million Americans voted for in November is consistent with American conservative principles". During the 1960 campaign, Goldwater visited nearly every state and appeared at dozens of party conventions and smaller gatherings.

"Conservatives voters won't support amnesty". At this point, the President should run against a "do-nothing" Congress, much like President Harry Truman did successfully in the election of 1948. "What's more, undermining the rule of law and allowing a large body of people to enter and remain in the country is a threat to the integrity of our electoral system", Buskirk opined.

Hunt: How do you explain the Republican triumph of Trump? The president's support for protectionist trade policies is harmful, his unwillingness to reform entitlement programs unacceptable, his surrender on the budget a betrayal.

"Lord, please give this city a functioning Republican Party".

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