Conservatives have generally praised the rare leaders who put principles above political self-interest. Their decisions usually make them few friends at the time, but history has a way of proving their mettle. Edmund Burke's warnings about the French Revolution were contrary to the spirit of the times, but proved to be prophetic as the reign of terror descended through France. Winston Churchill's decision to continue the struggle over the opposition of the majority of his party saved the Allied war effort and rallied the West against Hitler.
In addition to these examples, Rep. Liz Cheney to impeach a president of her own party is rather prosaic. But the response from her fellow Republicans is still educational: More than 100 GOP members of Congress want her removed from her leadership position. A Wyoming state senator has already announced that he will challenge her in a primaries. And her alleged ally, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, says, "She has a lot of questions to answer at the conference."
This is the antithesis of leadership, and the Republican Party and the Conservative movement will pay dearly if they continue on this path.
Any honest evaluation from Rep. Cheney & # 39; s record shows that she is a true conservative in every sense of the word. On taxes and spending, on defense and security, on canceling culture and social issues – on basically every issue a Republican voter cares about, she has always been a strong defender of freedom and a staunch supporter of conservative views.
She is also brave and tough, and has proven herself to be one of the most effective messengers of the party against Nancy Pelosi. From the speaker's handling of COVID-19 incentive legislation to her views on China, Rep. Cheney never shied away from confronting the Democratic leader and challenging her party's positions.
Given all this, the idea that some Republicans with a fraction of her track record is Rep. Cheney for a single vote of conscience is almost laughable – and certainly counterproductive as this conflict will hurt the conservative cause and, consequently, the American people.
The longer the Republican Party remains divided, the more likely the progressives in Congress can expand their achievements and set their agendas. Even in the minority, a united conservative opposition could steer policy in a more productive direction, increasing economic freedom and bolstering US security in the process. But a divided GOP more interested in purging each other from its ranks than in legislation on behalf of the country will cede any influence they have to the most strident members of the Democratic caucus.
Not only will this make Americans worse off in the short term, it will also reduce the chances of conservatives regaining power in the next four years. While President Trump won more votes than any previous Republican candidate, he was also the first president to lose the White House and both houses of Congress in one term since Herbert Hoover. Republicans hoping to win elections in the future need the support of Trump voters, but they will also need to reclaim the voters that Trump has alienated through his actions, rhetoric, and some of his policies. Anyone who thinks excommunicating principled leaders like Rep. Cheney will assist in that attempt, is delusional.
The recent GOP defeats in Georgia and Arizona prove this point. In 2016, Donald Trump carried the Peach State by five percentage points, and Republican Senator Johnny Isakson won his race by nearly three times that margin. This election cycle, in which President Trump and his closest supporters were at war with their own party's elected officials, both GOP senators lost. Meanwhile, voters in Arizona, despite the GOP taking the state in 2016, have since elected two Democratic senators and supported a Democrat as president for the first time since 1996.
The message to Republicans must be clear: Trump alone is not enough. If conservatives are to build a government coalition that can win elections, the self-defeating attacks on Rep. Cheney stop.
If they continue, the same people responsible for the Republicans' loss of the Senate will drive further progressive victories in the years to come – and bear responsibility for the policies that will inevitably result.
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