We Are Republicans, and We Want Trump Defeated ......The president and his enablers have replaced conservatism with an empty faith led by a bogus prophet.

  
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We Are Republicans, and We Want Trump Defeated ......The president and his enablers have replaced conservatism with an empty faith led by a bogus prophet.
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. Congressional Republicans have embraced and copied Mr. Trump’s cruelty and defended and even adopted his corruption. Mr....

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Patriotism and the survival of our nation in the face of the crimes, corruption and corrosive nature of Donald Trump are a higher calling than mere politics. As Americans, we must stem the damage he and his followers are doing to the rule of law, the Constitution and the American character.

That’s why we are announcing the  Lincoln Project , an effort to highlight our country’s story and values, and its people’s sacrifices and obligations. This effort transcends partisanship and is dedicated to nothing less than preservation of the principles that so many have fought for, on battlefields far from home and within their own communities.

This effort asks all Americans of all places, creeds and ways of life to join in the seminal task of our generation: restoring to this nation leadership and governance that respects the rule of law, recognizes the dignity of all people and defends the Constitution and American values at home and abroad.

Over these next 11 months, our efforts will be dedicated to defeating President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box and to elect those patriots who will hold the line. We do not undertake this task lightly, nor from ideological preference. We have been, and remain, broadly conservative (or classically liberal) in our politics and outlooks. Our many policy differences with national Democrats remain, but our shared fidelity to the Constitution dictates a common effort.
















The 2020 general election, by every indication, will be about persuasion, with turnout expected to be at record highs. Our efforts are aimed at persuading enough disaffected conservatives, Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in swing states and districts to help ensure a victory in the Electoral College, and congressional majorities that don’t enable or abet Mr. Trump’s violations of the Constitution, even if that means Democratic control of the Senate and an expanded Democratic majority in the House.









The American presidency transcends the individuals who occupy the Oval Office. Their personality becomes part of our national character. Their actions become our actions, for which we all share responsibility. Their willingness to act in accordance with the law and our tradition dictate how current and future leaders will act. Their commitment to order, civility and decency are reflected in American society.

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.

Congressional Republicans have embraced and copied Mr. Trump’s cruelty and defended and even adopted his corruption. Mr. Trump and his enablers have abandoned conservatism and longstanding Republican principles and replaced it with Trumpism, an empty faith led by a bogus prophet. In a recent survey, a majority of Republican voters reported that they consider Mr. Trump a better president than Lincoln.

Mr. Trump and his fellow travelers daily undermine the proposition we as a people have a responsibility and an obligation to continually bend the arc of history toward justice. They mock our belief in America as something more meaningful than lines on a map.

Our peril far outstrips any past differences: It has arrived at our collective doorstep, and we believe there is no other choice. We sincerely hope, but are not optimistic, that some of those Republicans charged with sitting as jurors in a likely Senate impeachment trial will do likewise.

American men and women stand ready around the globe to defend us and our way of life. We must do right by them and ensure that the country for which they daily don their uniform deserves their protection and their sacrifice.

We are reminded of  Dan Sickles , an incompetent 19th-century New York politician. On July 2, 1863, his blundering nearly ended the United States.

(Sickles’s greatest previous achievement had been fatally shooting his wife’s lover across the street from the White House and getting himself elected to Congress. Even his most fervent admirers could not have imagined that one day, far in the future, another incompetent New York politician, a president, would lay claim to that legacy by saying he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and get away with it.)






On that day in Pennsylvania, Sickles was a major general commanding the Union Army’s III Corps at the Battle of Gettysburg, and his incompetence wrought chaos and danger. The Confederate Army took advantage, and turned the Union line. Had the rebel soldiers broken through, the continent might have been divided: free and slave, democratic and authoritarian.

Another Union general, Winfield Scott Hancock, had only minutes to reinforce the line. America, the nation, the ideal, hung in the balance. Amid the fury of battle, he found the  First Minnesota Volunteers .

They charged, and many of them  fell , suffering a staggeringly high casualty rate. They held the line. They saved the Union. Four months later, Lincoln stood on that field of slaughter and said, “It is for us, the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.”

We look to Lincoln as our guide and inspiration. He understood the necessity of not just saving the Union, but also of knitting the nation back together spiritually as well as politically. But those wounds can be bound up only once the threat has been defeated. So, too, will our country have to knit itself back together after the scourge of Trumpism has been overcome.

George T. Conway III is an attorney in New York. Steve Schmidt is a political strategist who worked for President George W. Bush, Senator John McCain and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. John Weaver is a Republican strategist who worked for President George H.W. Bush, Senator John McCain and Gov. John Kasich. Rick Wilson is a Republican media consultant and author of “Everything Trump Touches Dies” and the forthcoming “Running Against the Devil: A Plot to Save America From Trump and Democrats From Themselves.”



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JohnRussell
1  seeder  JohnRussell    2 months ago

Rick Wilson, a merciless critic of Trump, has promised that he and his associates in The Lincoln Project will use the same techniques they have used over the years to elect Republicans to defeat him and his bogus ideology of Trumpism in the 2020 election. 

Look out if they get funded. They are targeting battleground states and districts. 

https://lincolnproject.us/

 
 
 
WallyW
1.1  WallyW  replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 months ago

Too little. Too late. There is no Dem who can beat Trump..

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.1.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  WallyW @1.1    2 months ago

Have you early voted yet Wally ? 

 
 
 
bugsy
1.1.2  bugsy  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.1    2 months ago

We try and vote the democratic way....early and often.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
1.2  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 months ago

Equating patriotism to the hard core progressive liberal left is a distinct oxymoron!

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
2  Freedom Warrior    2 months ago

Apparently he doesn’t realize that if we had shit canned all those Azzwipe conservatives and douche bag Democrats then we wouldn’t have needed to elect aTrump.

Trump is unique manifestation of today’s culture and frankly I’m ready to tear it all down so that we can rebuild it under a more legitimate constitutional framework not the horribly interpretative one we have now. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Freedom Warrior @2    2 months ago

The Constitution has to be interpreted.  When Scalia and that Court gave the Heller decision giving constitutional protection to individual gun ownership that decision was an interpretation of the Second Amendment.  Every Supreme Court decision is an interpretation. The people who knew exactly what they meant have been dead for 200 years or more and the world has changed immeasurably during that time. 

You support Trump , but it is doubtful he could talk rationally about the Constitution for more than 30 seconds. Even that is probably pushing it. 

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
2.1.1  Freedom Warrior  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1    2 months ago

It can be interpreted but it has become misinterpreted for political reasons. That is how you should understand the reference.

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
2.2  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Freedom Warrior @2    2 months ago
I’m ready to tear it all down so that we can rebuild it

Of course you are. Every partisan has their own ideal version of America they wish they could create on their own. The problem is there are 330 million other Americans already living here that don't ascribe to your version of what's best for everyone. The system we have, while frustrating at times, is as good as if not better than any other system of government tried on the planet so far. Despots and authoritarians always love tearing everything down to rebuild it in their own image, and every time that happens the people suffer. So even if some conservatives would love to shred the constitution and appoint an orange King to rule over us that can just summarily ban abortion, ban gay marriage again, make homosexuality illegal, round up the 11 million undocumented immigrants and stick them in internment camps till the callous King decides what to do with them, we can't let them. We have to stand up against their vile hate. We've seen the ethnic cleansing that usually follows an authoritarians rise to power on the backs of one group who often empowers their populist dictator because it benefits them to murder those they see as different so they can claim their property and lands for your own progeny instead of those who don't look like you. Just more small minded piece of shit bigots who refuse to share space with those who don't look like them or worship like they do wishing for a safe space so they imagine if they can just tear down the current government, they can rebuild a new one in their own image that caters to their brand of faith and "culture" so they never have to confront diversity.

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
2.2.1  Freedom Warrior  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @2.2    2 months ago

We have a constitution.  Following it as it was constructed should be enough for everyone or they should get the fuck out.

 
 
 
Tacos!
3  Tacos!    2 months ago
We Are Republicans

It sure doesn't sound like it. Not anymore.

If they are really in a position to organize political will and galvanize voters, they should find a Republican they like and get them to run for office - or run for office themselves. It's well and good to vote against a candidate you don't like, but why support candidates with policy ideas you hate as the only alternative? Unless these "Republicans" actually support the Democratic platform, in which case, they aren't Republicans anymore, are they.

 
 
 
Nerm_L
4  Nerm_L    2 months ago

So, who is the candidate endorsed by the Lincoln Project?  Or are we supposed to do away with elections altogether?

Arguing that voters are uninformed and gullible won't change anything.  That's only an argument to do away with elections.  It isn't possible to protect the Constitution by getting rid of it.  

Abraham Lincoln actually ran for President and was elected by voters.  Lincoln didn't sit in the peanut gallery and heckle.  And Lincoln and the generals didn't turn the tide at Gettysburg or win the Civil War.  That thankless job fell onto the shoulders of ordinary people who have been lost to history.

 
 
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