There is No Moral Justification for the “Lincoln Project”
Speaking recently to a predictably sympathetic Lesley Stahl on CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” members of the “Lincoln Project” Super PAC claimed they were trying to rescue the integrity of the Republican Party and defeat “Trumpism.” These former Republican consultants claim that the party under Trump has betrayed what they believed were core Republican values.
Given everything the Lincoln Project is doing, however, it is clear they are not trying to “rescue” the Republican Party from anything. They are trying to destroy it.
Why else would they not only be targeting the president, but also, as The Hill reported in August, Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), John Cornyn (R-Texas) Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Steve Daines (R-Mt.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.)?
There are 23 Republican U.S. senators up for reelection next month. The Lincoln Project is spending heavily against 14 of them. The Washington Post recently identified the close races for U.S. Senate, naming eight Republicans as vulnerable: Gardner, McSally, Collins, Tillis, Ernst, Graham, Daines, and David Perdue of Georgia. Of these eight Republican senators, only Perdue is not on the Lincoln Project’s hit list. Perhaps that’s an oversight.
In close races, a few nudges this way or that can make all the difference, and if the 2020 election is anything like the 2016 election, nudges will matter. The Lincoln Project, which reportedly already has collected more than $60 million, is a big nudge.
As Lincoln Project attack ad guru Rick Wilson said on “60 Minutes,” “it’s a game of small numbers. I mean, Donald Trump won [the 2016] election by 77,000 votes in three states.” And as Lincoln Project treasurer Reed Galen said, when asked if the Lincoln Project has endorsed Joe Biden, “We have. We have endorsed Joe Biden. Yes.”
Attempting to explain a moral justification for their decision to “rescue” the Republican Party, Lincoln Project co-founder Steve Schmidt explained, “We all had a conviction that there are millions of Republicans who look at this debacle and reject it. And what we thought we could do is talk to those voters in the language and the iconography that they understand, connect with them, and persuade them, many of them, to vote for the Democratic nominee for the first time in their lives.”
But here is the disconnect. They’re not only targeting the president, they’re targeting moderate Republican senators. And President Trump, for all those “millions” who “look at this debacle and reject it,” is enjoying an 87 percent approval rating among Republicans. So what is this “Trumpism” from which the Lincoln Project is bent on rescuing Republicans?
The Choice Between Trump and Biden
Imagine a Biden victory; imagine Democratic control of the U.S. Senate. Here are some things we could expect.
School choice will become much harder. Charter schools and homeschooling will come under withering attack; the teachers’ unions will further consolidate their monopoly on public education.
The move toward leftist indoctrination will gain momentum, with public education and corporate HR departments promoting divisive “critical race theory” and gender ideology with the full support of the White House and U.S. Congress.
The environmentalist “sue-and-settle” scams will resume. Powerful nonprofits will sue the EPA to block development of natural resources, housing, or rational forest management, and the EPA will pay the environmentalist attorneys off immediately, then issue stricter regulations as part of the settlement.
America’s foreign policy will be set adrift, with appeasement resuming vis à vis Iran and China, alienating allies in the Middle East and Asia. Nothing of substance will change with the Russians, with whom Trump’s actions have been tough even as his rhetoric has sought to de-escalate tensions.
Conversely, expect America’s military adventurism to resume. Trump is the first president since Gerald Ford not to start a new war. No wonder the military industrial complex and intelligence community is against him.
Expect ideological “free trade” orthodoxy to reign again, enabling America’s multinational corporations and global investors to resume selling America to foreigners to fund the trade deficit. Expect a return to the Obama era’s “those jobs aren’t coming back” mentality, with the added twist of a post-COVID “great reset” used to justify a semi-comatose economy.
Public works projects such as Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan will not have any effective oversight, because instead of a construction expert heading the federal executive branch, a doddering old man who couldn’t have managed an honest, efficient public works project in his prime will be in charge. By the time the consultants, bureaucrats, litigators, and unions have taken their cuts, very little of value will get built.
America’s forests will continue to be overgrown tinderboxes, even as the nuclear, fracking, coal, gas, oil, and hydroelectric industries are slowly throttled to death in the name of combatting the “climate change” that is falsely claimed to be the primary cause of wildfires.
Homelessness and lawlessness in America’s cities will get worse, as Democratic “compassion” prevents police from effectively curbing drug use, theft, assault, vandalism, and vagrancy. The homeless industrial complex will continue to soak taxpayers for countless billions, building ridiculously expensive “low income” and “supportive” housing that only accommodates a small fraction of the “unhoused.”
America’s suburbs will be relentlessly densified, as the war on single family homes goes national. At the same time as new housing on open land increasingly is outlawed in the name of preventing “climate change,” millions of refugees will be admitted to the United States. The cruelty of this inherently flawed policy—expand the population, but prohibit urban expansion—will ruin the quality of life for millions of hard working Americans.
The recent tide of conservative federal judge appointments will be rolled back. The conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court, with or without Amy Coney Barrett, may even be overturned by an expansion of the nine justices to “depoliticize” the high court. Expect rulings favoring the leftist agenda to join the administrative state and a sympathetic Congress to stop a conservative resurgence in its tracks.
“Reparations” will be declared for America’s blacks, heedless of the documented, counter-productive futility of throwing money and privilege at those deemed disadvantaged. Increasingly comprehensive quotas in hiring, promotions, contract awards, and college admissions will be enforced to ensure proportional representation in all areas of society by all identifiable groups.
The Electoral College may be restructured so future presidential elections will hinge on the outcome of the popular vote.
And, needless to say, the COVID-19 lockdowns and mask-wearing mandates will become the enforced model for every flu season from now on.
As California Goes . . .
What Joe Biden and the Democrats offer America might be most accurately described as progressive feudalism. Progressive ideals, warped into a straitjacket of identity politics and green fanaticism, will justify socialist redistribution that will wipe out most of what is left of the middle class. The progressive feudalism model has already been pioneered in California, where a small elite wields obscene wealth while the majority of people belong to an underclass that is dependent on government handouts.
This is the world the members of the Lincoln Project are attempting to sell to America. They are using all of their skills and all of the money they’ve received—almost all of it from wealthy Democrats—to tilt the election and shove the nation into this future. They cannot possibly be unaware of what they are doing.
The long-term economic challenges now facing the United States after the economy was deliberately turned off in 2020 are only just beginning to be felt. Trump, for all his bombast and bellicosity, understands the difference between “shovel ready” fraud, and actual productive investment in American manufacturing and infrastructure. He is needed now more than ever.
If Trump loses, the face of that Republican Party will not be anything the Lincoln Project envisions, as they attempt to “rescue” it. They are only mercenaries with a mission—to turn against everything they’ve ever fought for, and make a whole lot of money doing it.
This article originally appeared on the website American Greatness.
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Edward Ring is a contributing editor and senior fellow with the California Policy Center, which he co-founded in 2013 and served as its first president. He is also a senior fellow with the Center for American Greatness, and a regular contributor to the California Globe. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Forbes, and other media outlets.
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