The election is a referendum on Trump's corrosive impact on American politics

Tom Nichols, Journalist of Opinion

Published at 9:00 am Wednesday 4 November 2018 | Updated 5:04 PM ET 4 November 2018


Democrats entered the high-level Tuesday elections with optimism, felt intense about the chances of resuming the House of Representatives. Congressional control is on the line, just like the fate of Donald Trump's presidency. (November 1st)

I hope the Republicans have checked the Trump and are faithful to the Constitution. But my former party failed. Democrats prefer best to maintain democracy.

The midterm elections on Tuesday are not primarily a choice between conservatives and liberals or their politicians. It would be, in the words of Ernest Hemingway, "beautiful to think about, "but it's not true.

Yes, there are some important issues that are pending as we head to the 116th Congress: health care, a stupid commercial war, an arms control treaty. Nevertheless, it is poor compared to what must be the primary concern of every American citizen for any party or relationship: the preservation and protection of our constitutional system of government.

This is a serious claim. How much damage can a Congressional member, or any state or local official, make to our lifestyle?

As it turns out, a lot, if they choose to run under the banners of a party that is now a little more than the vehicle of a wild and angry ethnic personality worship. In the mid-2018s, more than anything else, a referendum on the corrupt changes in political life made by the current president of the United States. Donald Terb himself. "I'm not on the ticket," he said last month, "but I'm on the ticket because this is also a referendum for me."

The aim of the trumpet: Make sure we can not tell the truth from the lies

Take a moment to examine how far we are even from our most basic policy behavior patterns in just a few years.

Freedom of press? Despite the mass murder of the Jews in Pittsburgh and the attempted mass murder of more than twelve prominent Americans by the men who paraphrased the rhetoric of his most ardent supporters, Trump accused the media of being the real source of violence in our public life. He has raised the idea that broadcasting licenses disappear and destroyed the murder of a columnist for an American newspaper while continuing to protest against journalists in the massive,

Executive power? The Republicans defended the principle of a limited government. Not anymore. Today, Trump talks about reversing the 14th amendment of the Constitution with an executive order and a solid GOP and his employees on the right media media to praise this Kesarian not only as a defense but also nice to see.

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Judicial overrun; The Republican Party that I joined in my youth during Reagan's years was unconditionally opposed to the rule of "non-elected judges". Today, the Republicans are so insecure about their own ideas that they have exhausted all the other preservatives they once waited – strong foreign and defense policy, the importance of character in politics – to get two more Supreme Court judges hoping to continue their close crusades (especially against Obamacare and the lawful abortion) even if they themselves are seduced by power.

Law and order? Respect for the military? The president has attacked US law enforcement agencies and intelligence services, including his own Advocate General, as part of a "deep state" to get him. He has a policy of security passports, and his own White House is full of conflicts of interest and shocking security procedures. Meanwhile, the president has pushed for a huge, flamboyant and ultimately pointless development of troops at the Mexican border, a move more like a political theater than the protection of national security.

Perhaps most importantly, the president is in complete assault on the idea of ​​the truth itself. Or, more precisely, do whatever is at its disposal to ensure that ordinary citizens can not tell the difference between truth and lie. It has been inborn millions of Americans never to understand an event that they do not approve of by requiring citizens of a democracy to behave as if they are the subject of an authoritarian state and accept that they are the only source of truth.

Republicans fail to oversee constitutional loyalty

Some Republicans, while winning, are honestly trying to sell a judges' palace, a tax cut and some regulatory overthrow, as all this is worth. Others, in the meantime, followed the chairman's lead and resorted to extremely dangerous, yet dangerous, conspiracy theories. They warn of a "invasion" of immigrants, they chant the mantra of "fake news" and classify the usual moody and anti-Semitic hurdles for the "globalizers" and the orders they are supposed to get from the Jewish philanthropist George Soros.

Democrats, a party that is still overflowing with years of damage that peaked in the 2016 shock, is still something hot. Whether they can do better than the governing party as a ruling party depends on them. But it is much less a threat to our constitutional order.

The choice now is whether we will continue to allow the president's behavior or restrict him to the trustworthy, divided apparatus of government. As a former Republican, I would have preferred the Republican Party itself to oppose Trombism by exercising self-control, prudence, stoicism, and dedication to unwritten rules that once constituted traditional conservatives. However, Republicans failed to test not only responsible oversight but constitutional loyalty. Removing them from the majority is vital to maintaining a democracy that must survive long after Tribe and his courtiers have left.

Tom Nichols, who left the Democratic Party last month to become independent, is professor of national security affairs at the Naval War College, Harvard School of Extension School instructor and author of "The Death of Expertise." The views expressed here are entirely his own. Follow it on Twitter: @RadioFreeTom

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