Conservative columnist George Will, in an opinion piece published in the Washington Post yesterday, urges Americans vote against the GOP in the midterms. He cited the “family-shredding policy along the southern border” as “the most telegenic recent example of misrule” as sort of the straw that broke the camel’s back.
The principle by which people should vote is that,
The congressional Republican caucuses must be substantially reduced. So substantially that their remnants, reduced to minor ties we be stripped of the Constitution’s Article I powers that they have been too invertebrate to use against the current wielded of Article II powers. They will then have leisure time to wonder why they worked so hard to achieve membership in a legislature whose unexercised muscles have atrophied because of people like them.
Will lambasts House Speaker Paul Ryan as a “Vesuvius of mendacities” for wagering
his dignity on the patently false proposition that it is possible to have sustained transactions with today’s president, without being degraded.
He goes on to write that, “Ryan and many other Republicans have become the president’s poodles”, not because our system has failed, but “because today’s abject careerists have failed to be worthy of it.” Will nails it when he writes that,
By leaving dormant the powers inherent in their institution, they vitiate the Constitution’s vital principle: the separation of powers.
The Senate, Will writes, refused to vote on Senator Corker’s measure to require “Congress to vote to approve any trade restrictions imposed in the name of ‘national security’.” This would have been only the second amendment voted on this year, but they refused to do it because of fear it would have “peeved the easily peeved president.” They also “waited for Trump to undo by unilateral decree the border folly they could have prevented by actually legislating. This, writes Will,
is an advertisement for the unimportance of Republican control.
In the end, Will’s point is that we need to vote for Democrats to
affirm the nation’s honor, while quarantining [Trump].
And to those who are worried about Democrats’ ability to appoint judges, Will writes that,
Article III institutions are not more important than those of Articles I and II combined.
Please God, let this be yet another sign, that real change, that which can save our institutions and the Democracy they serve, is on the horizon. Then, let the people show up to the polls to deliver that change.