Harvard Republican Club has spoken

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  • #22360
    Chris_Taylor
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    From their Facebook page;

    Dear Members and Alumni,

    In every presidential election since 1888, the members and Executive Board of the Harvard Republican Club have gathered to discuss, debate, and eventually endorse the standard-bearer of our party. But for the first time in 128 years, we, the oldest College Republicans chapter in the nation, will not be endorsing the Republican nominee.

    Donald Trump holds views that are antithetical to our values not only as Republicans, but as Americans. The rhetoric he espouses –from racist slander to misogynistic taunts– is not consistent with our conservative principles, and his repeated mocking of the disabled and belittling of the sacrifices made by prisoners of war, Gold Star families, and Purple Heart recipients is not only bad politics, but absurdly cruel.
    If enacted, Donald Trump’s platform would endanger our security both at home and abroad. Domestically, his protectionist trade policies and draconian immigration restrictions would enlarge our federal deficit, raise prices for consumers, and throw our economy back into recession. Trump’s global outlook, steeped in isolationism, is considerably out-of-step with the traditional Republican stance as well. The flippancy with which he is willing to abdicate the United States’ responsibility to lead is alarming. Calling for the US’ withdrawal from NATO and actively endorsing nuclear proliferation, Donald Trump’s foreign policy would wreak havoc on the established world order which has held aggressive foreign powers in check since World War II.

    Perhaps most importantly, however, Donald Trump simply does not possess the temperament and character necessary to lead the United States through an increasingly perilous world. The last week should have made obvious to all what has been obvious to most for more than a year. In response to any slight –perceived or real– Donald Trump lashes out viciously and irresponsibly. In Trump’s eyes, disagreement with his actions or his policies warrants incessant name calling and derision: stupid, lying, fat, ugly, weak, failing, idiot –and that’s just his “fellow” Republicans.

    He isn’t eschewing political correctness. He is eschewing basic human decency.

    Donald Trump, despite spending more than a year on the campaign trail, has either refused or been unable to educate himself on issues that matter most to Americans like us. He speaks only in platitudes, about greatness, success, and winning. Time and time again, Trump has demonstrated his complete lack of knowledge on critical matters, meandering from position to position over the course of the election. When confronted about these frequent reversals, Trump lies in a manner more brazen and shameless than anything politics has ever seen.

    Millions of people across the country are feeling despondent. Their hours have been cut, wages slashed, jobs even shipped overseas. But Donald Trump doesn’t have a plan to fix that. He has a plan to exploit that.

    Donald Trump is a threat to the survival of the Republic. His authoritarian tendencies and flirtations with fascism are unparalleled in the history of our democracy. He hopes to divide us by race, by class, and by religion, instilling enough fear and anxiety to propel himself to the White House. He is looking to to pit neighbor against neighbor, friend against friend, American against American. We will not stand for this vitriolic rhetoric that is poisoning our country and our children.

    President Reagan called on us to maintain this, our shining city on a hill. He called on us to maintain freedom abroad by keeping a strong presence in the world. He called on us to maintain liberty at home by upholding the democratic process and respecting our opponents. He called on us to maintain decency in our hearts by loving our neighbor. He would be ashamed of Donald Trump. We are too.

    This fall, we will instead focus our efforts on reclaiming the Republican Party from those who have done it considerable harm, campaigning for candidates who will uphold the conservative principles that have defined the Republican Party for generations. We will work to ensure both chambers of Congress remain in Republican hands, continuing to protect against executive overreach regardless of who wins the election this November.

    We call on our party’s elected leaders to renounce their support of Donald Trump, and urge our fellow College Republicans to join us in condemning and withholding their endorsement from this dangerous man. The conservative movement in America should not and will not go quietly into the night.

    A longtime student of American democracy, Alexis de Tocqueville once said, “America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”
    De Tocqueville believed in the United States. Americans are a decent people. We work hard, protect our own, and look out for one another in times of need, regardless of the color of our skin, the God we worship, or our party registration. Donald Trump may not believe in that America, but we do. And that America will never cease to be great.

    The Harvard Republican Club

    #22363
    skeptical
    Participant

    They don’t mention who the people ought to vote for instead (perhaps Gary Johnson). By not doing that, they’re keeping many Republicans at home, hurting the down ballet — something that contradicts what they’re saying (wanting to keep Congress in GOP hands).

    This has been one heck of a week of riches for Hillary Clinton. 🙂

    #22369
    msndrspdx
    Participant

    That is pretty renarkable stuff. He’ll say that it’s not important, but the reality is that this is a rebuke that will resonate with more people than he realizes.

    He’s in trouble. Hilary got a bigger post-convention “bounce” in the polls than he did. That speech by Mr. Khan at the DNC is turning out to be a true turning point in this campaign. Can’t wait for the debates.

    #22370

    I appreciate the idealism of youth, but as a Republican and conservative, and one who believes in justice for all from conception until natural death, this doesn’t make crooked, corrupt, and lying Hillary Clinton any more appealing.

    We have two flawed candidates, but Hillary has the greater flaws, though from now until the election the liberal media will put Trump’s under a microscope and Hillary’s will be given a pass.

    #22372
    Amus
    Participant

    As if Hillary hasn’t been under a microscope for 30 years.

    #22373
    radiodork
    Spectator

    I agree, both candidates have major flaws but Hillary has a track record of making dangerous decisions not to mention one of the first presidents that was under an FBI investigation for incompitent e mail handlings, which is scary in itself.

    #22378

    Demonizing Trump doesn’t make Hillary look any better. Every non-Vote for Trump is a half-vote for Hillary.

    They should at least have considered the lesser-of-two-evils approach.

    Hillary loading the Supreme Court with liberals is going to do far more damage than whatever The Donald allegedly would have done.

    These guys are just not being practical.

    #22379
    Andy Brown
    Participant

    The only truly scary thought about this election is that it has shown that there still remains a small but highly vocal group of ignorant conservatives like dorque and Pope Bacon that will throw their core beliefs right out the window to remain partisan instead of being informed. This group can not lead, can not debate, can not understand even the simplest of facts:

    1. donald is not going to be elected no matter what you post on this board.

    2. even if donald was elected, he would not:

    nominate conservative pro life judges to the SCOTUS. He would nominate pro big business judges. There is no room for discussion on this. That’s what he would do. Reason below.

    3. donald already has and will continue to damage the chances of the GOP down ticket. The GOP chances of retaining the senate are slim to none. The GOP losses in the house might also be so significant that they will have lost any chance of blocking President Hillary and Democratic Senate from fixing all the damage done by Boehner, McConjob and the most ineffective Congress the GOP has led over the last 6 years.

    4. The ACA will remain intact and be expanded

    5. The wealthy will pay more in taxes once the Senate switches back to Democratic control.

    6. A campaign relying on fear and anger is doomed to failure. Ask Nixon. (cue Herb).

    dorque and F&Bacon, your non contributions here over the last months have been in vain. You have not changed a single mind nor have you improved the way the board perceives your mindset. You have not brought new facts to light nor provided any meaningful analysis for the progressive, smarter then you are, more informed then you are, more open minded then you are members of this board. That is to say your posts wield no significant measurable influence on the world at large when expressed here.

    dorque: You especially have acted like a third grader. Maybe even an infant. Board: drumpf is losing based on these facts. dorque: No. No. No. HIllary is bad. She’s evil. Look at what the hard core right wing idiot talking heads are saying about her.

    Bacon: If this was really about the lesser of two evils, drumpf would lose worse then the near landslide that’s going to occur. You have shown us that you have truly sacrificed your core beliefs in favor of being a partisan hack when you know deep inside that the donald is not going to service your group’s agenda in any way whatsover. He’s not going to win the Presidency, but if that were to happen, he would dump the right wing religious wing nut group faster then his personal jet flies once he was king. His agenda is donald donald donald, not pro life judges or the homophobic agenda you cretins wish for.

    Oh, by the way you two, it looks worse for donald everyday. dorque is now down to a few singleton polls that keep his dream alive. Bacon’s posts already seem to reflect that he’s going to lose. Furthermore, if you take a step back, post RNC DNC conventions, and look at the big picture, it looks like it’s all over but the inauguration of President Hillary Clinton.

    Michigan and Pennsylvania are getting deeper blue every day. Even Georgia!!! Carter was the last Dem to take Georgia. It’s just not going to be possible for drumpf to win. It’s going to be a blowout.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/latest_polls/

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