5 Reasons to Vote Republican in the Midterms
On Tuesday, the American people will elect a new House of Representatives and send dozens of new people into the U.S. Senate. President Donald Trump is not on the ballot, but this election will determine whether or not he will be able to carry out his agenda or help conservatives shrink the size and scope of government.
Conservatives may be tempted to think their votes may not matter, and moderates may be tempted to think Trump's negatives outweigh the positives. This article addresses both of those issues, encouraging conservatives to get out and vote and encouraging moderates to give Trump a chance to keep up his good work.
This article also aims to correct the deluge of negative media coverage, to explain the good Trump's presidency has achieved and why it needs to be allowed to continue.
One final caveat: each race is different, and there may be some Republicans who are beyond the pale, just as I believe there are many Democrats who fit that description. For good or ill, this midterm election has become a referendum on the president.
For that reason, this article focuses on Trump, making the case for supporting Republicans to support the president. This article should not be seen as an endorsement of every Republican, nor should it be taken as a statement that Congress should matter less than the president. Sadly, the current system works that way, and Congress needs to return to the founders' vision, which is rather different.
Without further ado, here are 5 reasons to turn out and vote Republican on Tuesday.
1. Promises kept
Donald Trump is an unusual president, to say the least. His aggressive and personal rhetoric has stoked America's ugly partisanship. His sordid past has brought the porn star Stormy Daniels and unscrupulous lawyer Michael Avenatti some ugly publicity. His tariffs have, as of yet, failed to help American farmers and manufacturers.
Despite these negatives, Trump has achieved a great deal and racked up an impressive track record of promises kept.
Full disclosure: I did not vote for Donald Trump in 2016, mainly because I thought he would not keep his promises. A former Democrat with a reputation for sliminess, Trump seemed more con man than Constitutionalist. I am more than happy to admit I was wrong.
During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump promised many things. He promised 4 percent GDP growth. He promised to increase jobs and reduced regulations. He promised to repeal Obamacare. He promised (like three presidents before him) to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. He promised to cut taxes, to withdraw the U.S. from the Iran deal and the Paris accords, and more.