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Let's Say Bob Woodward Is Right, How Then Should We Vote?
https://townhall.com/columnists/michaelbrown/2018/09/14/if-bob-woodward-is-right-how-should-we-vote-n2518987 ^ | 09/14/2018 | Michael Brown

Posted on 09/14/2018 8:11:51 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

If Bob Woodward’s Trump-bashing, mega-bestseller is true, how should conservatives vote in the midterms? If the White House is in chaos, led by an unqualified and out of control president, what course should we take on November 6?

Woodward speaks of “a nervous breakdown of the executive power of the most powerful country in the world.” And he describes Trump as “an emotionally overwrought, mercurial and unpredictable leader.”

The infamous, anonymous op-ed piece in the New York Times spoke of Trump’s leadership style, “impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective” and claimed he was “amoral.”

Yes, we are told, “Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.”

What if these charges are true? Should Trump supporters hang their heads in shame and stay home in November? Should conservatives throw in the towel and capitulate to the inevitable demise of the Trump White House?

Not a chance. Now, more than ever, conservatives should get out and vote. Here are four reasons why.

First, we are not voting for a new president. Donald Trump is the duly elected, 45th president of our nation, and the next presidential vote doesn’t come until 2020.

Consequently, regardless of his behavior, this vote is not directly about him. It’s about other issues, about a larger agenda, about campaign promises that are important to many of us. Why in the world would we not want to vote to see those promises kept?

So, while we are not voting for a president, we are voting for congressmen who can thwart or advance the president’s agenda. And if anything has been clear over the last two years it’s that Trump has tried to deliver on many of his pledges and commitments.

The question, then, is simple: Would we be better off with a president who is empowered to continue to push forward with a conservative agenda or by a president who is hamstrung? Would we be better off with radical leftists dominating the House and Senate or with conservatives holding their ground?

That’s what the midterms are about.

In short, our vote is not a specific endorsement of the man Donald Trump. Our vote is a call to continue to advance an ideological agenda (while, at the same time, voting against a very different, even dangerous ideological agenda). And since this is about advancing an agenda, the president’s demeanor and leadership style are not the major issue.

Again, I’m not downplaying the concerns. I’m simply putting them in their proper place. Many of those who held their noses when they voted for Trump have been pleasantly surprised by the good he has done while getting what they expected on the negative side.

The midterm elections are about helping him do more good.

Conversely, if we choose not to vote, we will not thereby bring about any change in the man, Donald Trump, himself. How, then, does our non-vote help?

Second, we must remember who wants us to stay home.

It is militant pro-abortionists who despise the pro-life movement. It is unashamed socialists who see capitalism as the enemy. It is sexual revolutionaries who abhor our biblical values. It is the deeply biased “masters of the universe” who want to suppress our voices online and in the public square. It is the leftwing media, already forecasting the inevitable blue wave.

Who will be smiling if conservatives, by the millions, decide not to vote in November?

Third, if Republicans lose the House (or, even more significantly, the Senate), this would only plunge our nation into greater turmoil and conflict. How in the world will this make things better?

Talk about chaos. The next two years would likely be chaos personified.

Put another way, if you’re genuinely concerned that President Trump is about to explode (or implode), by not voting (or by voting Democrat), you are doing nothing to stop this explosion (or implosion).

Conversely, if you can surround the president with good men and women, people of principle and character and conviction who share his values, you can help forestall a feared collapse. (Again, I’m not predicting any such collapse is coming. I’m simply addressing this mindset.)

Fourth, you can maintain your integrity (and your Christian testimony!) while voting for a pro-Trump agenda, since politics is not the gospel.

You are not pledging your soul to a party. You are not hitching your personal salvation to a leader (as emphasized in the title of my forthcoming book). You are not looking to a political party to bring about moral transformation or spiritual awakening.

You are voting to strengthen our national security. To keep our economy growing. To appoint constitutionally-based justices to the courts. To stand against radical LGBT activism. To preserve religious freedoms.

And if you put aside the daily scandals and controversies and accusations (from the Mueller investigation to the payment of porn-stars to the latest tell-all book) – in short, if you put away the drama – it’s clear that President Trump has accomplished a lot that is good.

The midterm elections are about saying, “Let that good continue!”

Why in the world would you want to stay home?


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bloggers; bobwoodward; nevertrump; nevertrumper; nevertrumpers; voting; whitehouse
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1 posted on 09/14/2018 8:11:51 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

My two cents — whatever Trump is doing is very positive so far so I hope that he continues.


2 posted on 09/14/2018 8:17:02 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: SeekAndFind

The jackass is known tenacious fabricator and general turd. Personally, I’m ignoring him.


3 posted on 09/14/2018 8:17:07 AM PDT by akalinin
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To: SeekAndFind

I thank the author for the pep talk but outside of the “inside baseball” Beltway crowd, I do not think anyone gives a crap about the sausage making process, only that it tastes great and comes in the “winning.” wrapper.


4 posted on 09/14/2018 8:17:26 AM PDT by FlipWilson
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To: SeekAndFind
Good point.
Even if Trump is as crazy as they say, I can't think of a single Democrat who would be any better.
Since 99%+ of all the mud slinging is bogus anyway, we're even better off sticking with Trump.

5 posted on 09/14/2018 8:18:12 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (I'd rather have Unequal Wealth than Equal Poverty.)
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To: SeekAndFind
br>I love President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.
I will vote for them in 2020, 2024, 2028, and 2032.


6 posted on 09/14/2018 8:19:01 AM PDT by Blue Jays ( Rock hard ~ Ride free)
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To: SeekAndFind

Based on Trump’s policies and his actions, I will vote for him enthusiastically. I don’t care about all of the peripheral noisy nonsense about his mood, temper or his hair color. He’s doing a fine job. That and only that is important to me.


7 posted on 09/14/2018 8:19:49 AM PDT by Blennos
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To: SeekAndFind

What Trump has accomplished far outweighs what woodhead has written, even if it’s true. Sometimes chaos happens when big things are getting done.


8 posted on 09/14/2018 8:21:50 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Truth is hate speech to those who hate the truth.)
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To: SeekAndFind

If this president is “unqualified and out of control”, he’s done a remarkable job considering what evil bastards he’s been up against.


9 posted on 09/14/2018 8:22:07 AM PDT by laplata (Leftists/Progressives have diseased minds.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I don’t care about Woodward, I stand with my President as long as he is doing the things he said he would do.
10 posted on 09/14/2018 8:22:09 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: dhs12345
My two cents — whatever Trump is doing is very positive so far so I hope that he continues.

Which is why I Don't believe a single one of Woodward's fictional best-seller.

President Trump is winning at every turn. The Mueller investigation is falling apart. The Democrats are having a meltdown. The economy is roaring.

How is it then that President Trump has become psychologically unhinged? Does he behave in even the slightest bit as a man who is losing control?

No. But his enemies are.

11 posted on 09/14/2018 8:23:00 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m sick and tired of Salem Media betwetting over Trump.


12 posted on 09/14/2018 8:23:25 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

IF Bob wrote something that was true I’d probably have a heart attack


13 posted on 09/14/2018 8:23:39 AM PDT by Nifster (I see puppy dogs in the clouds)
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To: SeekAndFind

Even if President Trump is completely bat sh*t crazy he’s still the best damned President since Washington!


14 posted on 09/14/2018 8:24:14 AM PDT by pgkdan (The Silent Majority STILL Stands With TRUMP! WWG1WGA)
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To: SeekAndFind

New rules.....I don’t care

We win. You lose. Get used to it


15 posted on 09/14/2018 8:24:16 AM PDT by Nifster (I see puppy dogs in the clouds)
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To: Drew68

His enemies are worried that people will notice the successes, too and want it to continue... continue to vote Republican and for Trump in 2020.

This is why there is so much bluster. It is a big smoke screen and diversion.


16 posted on 09/14/2018 8:25:57 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: SeekAndFind

The only way I’d vote against Trump or not vote at all is if Woodward endorsed him. Given his propensity for innuendo, half-truths and unsubstantiated lies, whatever Mr. Woodward is for, I’m against.

Simple as that.


17 posted on 09/14/2018 8:26:14 AM PDT by ssaftler (It's not the "deep state". It's the "odoriferous oligarchy")
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To: SeekAndFind

In short, our vote is not a specific endorsement of the man Donald Trump.


My vote will be.


18 posted on 09/14/2018 8:29:48 AM PDT by hanamizu
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To: Nifster

Trump is used to chaos...anyone who builds above four floors is dealing with chaos everyday..ask any project manager


19 posted on 09/14/2018 8:30:48 AM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: SeekAndFind

How should you vote?

That depends. If you want to live in a Marxist sh*t hole, such as Venezuela has become, vote democrat. If you’d rather make enough money to feed yourself and your family three squares a day, vote Trump.

It’s pretty simple and straightforward, really.


20 posted on 09/14/2018 8:32:01 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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