Tue 31 May 2016
I missed this letter from March:
We the undersigned, members of the Republican national security community, represent a broad spectrum of opinion on America’s role in the world and what is necessary to keep us safe and prosperous. We have disagreed with one another on many issues, including the Iraq war and intervention in Syria. But we are united in our opposition to a Donald Trump presidency. Recognizing as we do, the conditions in American politics that have contributed to his popularity, we nonetheless are obligated to state our core objections clearly:
Usual anti-trump agitprop
Mr. Trump’s own statements lead us to conclude that as president, he would use the authority of his office to act in ways that make America less safe, and which would diminish our standing in the world. Furthermore, his expansive view of how presidential power should be wielded against his detractors poses a distinct threat to civil liberty in the United States. Therefore, as committed and loyal Republicans, we are unable to support a Party ticket with Mr. Trump at its head. We commit ourselves to working energetically to prevent the election of someone so utterly unfitted to the office.
The only Eph I recognize on this list is Dan Drezner ’90. Questions:
1) Are there other Ephs on the list?
2) Dan Drezner is a Republican? From five years ago:
I’m not a Democrat, and I don’t think I’ve become more liberal over time. That said, three things have affected my political loyalties over the past few years. First, I’ve become more uncertain about various dimensions of GOP ideology over time.
Second, the GOP has undeniably shifted further to the right over the past few years, and while I’m sympathetic to some of these shifts, most of it looks like a mutated version of “cargo cult science” directed at either Ludwig Von Mises or the U.S. Constitution (which, of course, is sacred and inviolate, unless conservatives want to amend it).
So for those reasons, I really am a Republican in Name Only at this point. And I say this for the GOP’s benefit. The next time someone writes, “even the Republican Dan Drezner has said….” GOP partisans should feel perfectly entitled to link to this post and call me a RINO. Because it’s true.
If self-styled “members of the Republican national security community” felt inclined to include a (lovable!) RINO like Dan, then I doubt that actual Republicans need to be overly concerned with their views on Trump.
And, the more that the Republican establishment attacks Trump, the more likely he is to win moderate Democrats to his cause. So, actual Trump supporters can only cheer the establishment on. You go, Dan!