The State of the GOP in 2019


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The modern Republican party is crumbling. The Grand Old Party is now the Party of Trump. Which, by default, makes it the party of nepotism, bankruptcy, and racism. Correct me if I’m wrong, but these values don’t really sound “grand” to me. It seems that the Party of Lincoln and Reagan has been corrupted by some horrible disease and no longer exists. And rather than defending traditional Republican values and standing up for America, our politicians are bowing down to their leader. This is a problem.

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As I said above, the biggest cause for the decline of the GOP isn’t Trump alone; it’s the politicians who refuse to stand up to Trump. Why they support him through everything he says and does, I don’t know. But it’s evident that nearly every incumbent Republican politician would rather serve their train-wreck president than the party and country they claim to hold so dearly. Apparently their jobs are so precious to them that they’d willingly support a man who has had multiple affairs with porn stars (and then paid them off), likely obstructed justice during the 2016 election, and praises dictators. Take Lindsey Graham, for example. Like most Republicans before Trump came along, he was not in favor of raising tariffs on other countries and starting trade wars. Most Republicans believe in free markets and low taxes; however, when Trump announced last week that he’d raise tariffs on Mexico unless they curbed illegal immigration, which would raise taxes on all Americans, Graham proudly tweeted, “I support President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on Mexico until they up their game to help us with our border disaster.” This is a far-cry from the Lindsey Graham who tweeted on January 26, 2017, “Border security yes, tariffs no.” Why such a quick turnaround? What does Trump have on these people? Their support for him is pathetic, and I believe with one hundred percent certainty that they’ll be on the wrong side of history.

There’s a great quote from Harry Potter in which Dumbledore tells Neville Longbottom, “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends” after Neville refuses to give into peer pressure. We should try live by this quote; we shouldn’t simply remain silent on issues we’re passionate about because we’re afraid that our friends won’t be supportive. Unfortunately, the Republican party is actively defying this quote by staying quiet while the President destroys America. There is one very notable exception, and his name is Justin Amash (R-MI). Amash is one of the only Republicans who has called for Trump’s impeachment. He posted a long Twitter thread slamming Trump and explaining in great detail why he thinks impeachment is necessary. This refusal to stand by as Trump breaks the law attracted a lot of criticism from his Republican peers in Congress. Instead of taking back what he said, Amash clarified even further, saying, “I swear an oath to support and defend the Constitution, not an oath to do the bidding of one man or one political party. We have a constitutional republic to uphold liberty and the Rule of Law, not a direct democracy to serve some at the expense of others.” Good for him. Amash said what many other Republicans don’t have the guts to say. He is the definition of bravely standing up to one’s friends.
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Our democracy is at risk. The leader of the free world is a criminal and a liar. He’s a narcissist who cares about nothing and no one but himself and his business. Trump doesn’t care about upholding the Constitution or protecting America from foreign interference, and that should be a concern for Americans everywhere. Without the help of our lawmakers, Trump will spiral out of control and destroy everything this country stands for. We need more people like Justin Amash if we want to protect the values that define America: democracy and freedom. And we need them fast.