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If conservatives love liberal democracy, they should vote against Trump’s GOP in midterm elections (III)

By Manuel Castro-Rodríguez

In this article I will analyze:

1- How Trump’s GOP is lying to the Cubans again.

2- Which are the most threats to American democracy.

3- GOP’s war on women.

1- How Trump’s GOP is lying to the Cubans again.

More than a year and a half ago, on March 22, 2017, I said,

President Trump, although  you have signed  almost two tens executive orders you have forgotten your promise to reverse the openings to Castro’s Cuba made by President Barack Obama.

After almost two years of President Trump, ahead of elections in heavily-Latino Miami, National Security Adviser John Bolton said the Trump administration will take a hard line against Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. Boltons stern words are widely seen as an attempt to mobilize conservative Latino voters in Florida, where elections are typically won by thin margins.

From its beginning, the United States has been a haven of refuge and asylum. Miami’s Freedom Towerknown as the ‘Ellis Island of the South’, was once a reception center for thousands of Cuban refugees in the 1960s and early 1970s. However, with the Trump administration’s increasingly aggressive stance on legal immigration, National Security Adviser, ironically, spoke from Freedom Tower.

Why does not the Trump administration take economic measures against military dictatorship headed by serial killer Raúl Castro? The president could undo many regulatory changes with the stroke of a pen. For example, why the Administration has not reinstated the program that allows Cuban medical professionals to apply for parole in the United States? Established by the Bush administration in 2006, the Cuban Medical Professional Parole (CMPP) Program benefited more than 7,000 Cuban medical professionals, who were on Castro-regime directed assignments in over 60 countries, for parole. CMPP was ended by the Obama administration in January, 2017. It was one of his last gifts to the communist dictatorship.

Besides, the repeal of CMPP will harm the health care of the population living in the United States, because a new research shows increasing physician shortages in both primary and specialty care.

Western cultures don’t approve of human trafficking, which the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines as “organized criminal activity in which human beings are treated as possessions to be controlled and exploited.” However, in the region of the Americas there is the largest network of human trafficking: Cuban health workers (in Spanish).

To fight ebola, Cuba is sending its biggest export – doctors, “María Werlau, a former vice president at Manhattan Chase Bank and founder of the Free Society Project, a nonprofit, has researched the finances of Cuba’s health system and its services-export industry. The Cuban government, she says, did well for itself by sending doctors to West Africa.”

Cuban doctors fight Ebola in West Africa “voluntarily”,

The world is full of praise for Cuba: No other country has sent as many doctors to West Africa. Critics of the communist regime, however, believe Havana’s using its doctors for political purposes – and at a hefty markup.”

The myth of Cuban health care has been debunked in article after article, for the last five decades. (Remember that the Castro brothers took power in 1959.) I invite you to see the reality of Cuban health care system. Let’s remember how thirty patients died of cold and hunger at Havana’s psychiatric hospital.

On October 24, 2014 I said,

It is estimated that Cuba has sent more than 185,000 health workers abroad in the last 50 years. As a consequence of its medical diplomacy, Castro’s Cuba has accumulated considerable symbolic capital (goodwill, prestige, influence, credit, and power) and receives nearly eight billion dollars annually; it is the main source of income for Cuba. Besides, sending health workers abroad boosts the image of a country whose human rights record is criticized.”

Cuban health professionals serving abroad typically receive a miniscule fraction of the payment Cuba derives from the governments of countries where the health professionals render their services. Many cooperation agreements stipulate payment, a fact that is widely reported by local media and other sources in many recipient countries. Official Cuban sources indicate that “the host country provides accommodations and food, domestic transportation, a locale for work, and a monthly stipend (usually US$150–$200), while Cuban personnel receive their regular salaries, airfare and other logistical support from the Cuban health ministry.

According to 2016 Republican Party Platform, “As an estimated 21 million people worldwide are trapped in modern day slavery, we are reminded to be vigilant against human trafficking in whatever form it appears.” Then, why does not the Trump administration reinstate the Cuban Medical Professional Parole (CMPP) Program?

President Trump could suspend the re-established commercial flights between the two countries and stop American cruises from docking in Havana. Besides, the Cuban remittance market has been transformed rapidly in the last 10 years. At present, the use of remittances went beyond basic consumption needs to cover other needs of Cubans living on the island, such as: communications (paying for cell phones or covering the costs of an Internet account), financing vacations in hotels, investments for a business, purchase of houses, purchase of cars and other necessities.

If the president prefers, could also tighten rules on sending remittances to Cubans, because the money received in Castro’s Cuba from the United States via remittances, packages and travel of Cubans, in 2016 amounting to some 7 billion dollars.

According to 2016 Republican Party Platform, “We support the work of the Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba and affirm the principles of the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966, recognizing the rights of Cubans fleeing Communism.” Then, why does not the Trump administration bring back the so-called ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy towards the Cuban migrant?

Let’s remember that Danilo Maldonado, a 33-year-old graffiti artist known as “El Sexto” that is famous for his provocative art on Cuba’s dictatorship, declared“I do not think that President (Donald) Trump is interested in him (the situation in Cuba), because he is not interested in human rights in his own country.”

2- Which are the most threats to American democracy

Castro’s Cuba — which has been an ally of the enemies of the United States since almost sixty years ago (for example: Russia, Iran, and North Korea) — and Trump’s GOP are the most threats to American democracy.

It is imperative reaffirm support for democratic values and ideals. Populist leaders like Fidel Castro and Donald Trump have shown no hesitation in sowing hate and division. From populism to authoritarianism there is only a step.

On January 1, 1959, the revolutionaries led by Castro overthrew the Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. His triumphal 1959 March on Havana was as incident-free and as stage-managed as the 1922 March on Rome organised by his hero Mussolini had been.

On February 7, a few weeks after coming to power, Fidel Castro buried the 1940 Constitution  which he had promised to reestablish, as can be seen from reading Manifiesto de la Sierra Maestra (in Spanish) or Sierra Maestra Manifesto (in English)  and took away from Congress its functions legislative, eliminating the liberal democratic spirit of the Revolution.

Castro appointed, as president, Manuel Urrutia Lleó, a 58-year-old judge liberal who pledged to restore free elections and a more fair market economy. Then, on July 17, 1959, less of seven months after Castro’s entrance in Havana, it all came crashing down: Urrutia Lleó was pushed out of office, elections were not to be held, and Castro instaured the worst tyranny that the West has suffered.

Castroism brutal record is clear. Please see the database of documented cases of death and disappearance. It has been shown how horrible Cuba’s human rights record is — lack of the most minimal element of humanity, example of what the Cubas government feels for its own people. After of almost sixty years Cuba continues being governed by a military dictatorship headed by criminals as the serial killer Raúl Castro.

But Castroism is a system of terror that transcends Cuban bordersIn 1962, Castro was lusting over the nuclear missiles of the Soviet Union. He provoked the Cuban Missile Crisis and urged Nikita Khrushchev, then-Soviet premier, to push the button and launch a nuclear strike against the United States. The Castro objective was kill tens of millions of Americans.

In the 1980s, Castro’s ego took a beating and Cuba’s economy foundered under the weight of his ill-considered military adventures in Africa, which became deeply unpopular in Cuba. To keep playing on the world stage, the Castro brothers are always searching for hard currency and the Angola war was one way to extract it from the Soviet Union.

In the 1980s, the Castro brothers turned to Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Cartel, opening Cuba’s ports to the cartel for trans-shipping narcotics. When the United States turned up the heat on drug smuggling, Fidel and his brother Raúl, then-head of Cuba’s armed forces, identified Gen. Arnaldo Ochoa Sánchez as their scapegoat. Ochoa was accused of drug trafficking, given a televised Stalinist-style trial and executed.

Several months later, the United States invaded Panama and arrested dictator Manuel Noriega for selling “safe passage” through the Panama Canal to the Medellin Cartel. Noriega was hauled off to Miami, tried and convicted. Testimony and evidence gleaned in that trial led U.S. prosecutors, in 1993, to prepare a racketeering indictment naming Raul Castro and 12 other high-ranking officers in Cuba’s armed forces as drug-trafficking conspirators with the Medellin cartel. But the Clinton administration later chose not to pursue the charges.

The Soviet Union officially ceased to exist on December 26, 1991. As Soviet cash dried up, economic depression gripped Cuba in 1991, which the Castros named the Special Period(in Spanish). To thinking people, the date might have been a good time for the Castro government to announce political and economic reforms.

The suffering populace was unhappy and 130 opposition groups, banded together as Concilio Cubano, announcing a February 24th “unity rally” demanding free elections. Let’s remember the outstanding U.S. indictments against Cuban Air Force pilots Lorenzo Alberto Pérez Pérez, Francisco Pérez Pérez and General Rubén Martínez Puente — the then head of the Cuban Air Force —, who in 1996 shot down two unarmed civilian American aircraft over international waters in the Florida Straits.

That act of terrorism ordered by Fidel and Raúl Castro killed four men, three of them American citizens and a legal permanent resident. The Castros personally accepted responsibility for the shot-down. World attention was diverted from the rally in Havana, and the protesting dissidents arrested and jailed.

Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, famously called out the Castro brothers for their criminal acts: “This is not cojones, this is cowardice.”

A genuine affinity certainly exists between many of the world’s dictatorships based on a common hatred of the liberal democracies. Fidel Castro was one of the first heads of state to recognize the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979. The Castro brothers supported the repressive rule of Haile Mengistu Meriam in Ethiopia during the late 1970s and 80s, that saw horrific consequences for Ethiopians beyond the starvation caused by the regimes mismanagement of the countrys agriculture. Millions were placed in collective farming units, while mass executions of children accused of being “counter-revolutionary agents” reportedly took place.

Let’s remember how a North Korean ship, the Chong Chon Gang, was stopped on July, 15, 2013 on suspicion of carrying drugs. Panamanian authorities found an arsenal of Cuban weapons loaded and hidden by bags of sugar, all loaded in Havana. In the last years, other ships have set sail from North Korea, docked in Havana and then returned directly to North Korea via the canal. Who knows what else has passed through the canal?

The Assad family has ruled Syria for nearly half a century. Between 1973 and 1975 Castro sent a Cuban tank brigade, MIG pilots, and helicopter pilots to Syria. In 1985, Assad described the Cuban-Syrian alliance as productive and beneficial for “two peoples in their joint struggle against world imperialism and its allies.” After his death in 2000, his son Bashar succeeded him. In 2010, Bashar al-Assad was received in Havana by Raúl Castro.

The Cuban dictatorship has never criticized the violations committed by the Assad family, nor when Syria occupied Lebanon militarily and politically for twenty-nine years nor when the Assad’s regime has been accused of carried out a massacre of women and children — on several occasions Cuba voted not to condemn to Syria at the UN Human Rights Council.

On several occasions the Castro family has expressed his support for the Assads regime. For instance, in March 2014, Cuba participates at 1st Meeting of Chairmen of Foreign Policy Committees of Parliaments of Syria Friend Countries. According to Cuba’s daily newspaper Granma, official voice of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee, chargé d’affaires of the Syrian Arab Republic in Cuba said in March 2016, “It is natural that the Cuban people are on the side of the Syrians, the two have the same enemies and are in the same trench.”

On March 30, 2017, Granma attacked to the United States, “Despite pretexts about fighting terrorism and human rights, the conflict in Syria is about the imposition of an economic and political order which protects the interests of Western powers and their regional allies.”

On April 5, 2017, Granma attacked to the United States, United Kingdom and France, which have accused the government of Bashar al-Assad of carrying out the worst chemical attack in years in Syria.

Let’s remember the alliances of the Castro family with authoritarian regimes as the RussianPutin wrote off a massive $32 billion of Cuba’s debts to Russia — a 90 percent reduction in what was previously owed — and has been considering reopen other Soviet-era bases as spy base in Lourdes, south of Havana.

It is necessary to remind that Castro’s Cuba continues being the main sanctuary of terrorists in the West. For example, the regime refusal to extradite Joanne Cheismard that was named a Most Wanted Terrorist by the FBI — the first woman ever to make the FBI’s list of top terrorists — and continues to provide a safe haven for convicted terrorists like William Morales, of separatist Fuerzas Armadas de Liberacion Nacional Puertorriqueña (FALN), bomb maker who was implicated in a string of bombings in the United States in the late 1970s that resulted in the deaths of four Americans.

Morales escaped U.S. custody after his initial imprisonment and has apparently been provided safe harbor by the government of Cuba since the 1980s. Morales is just one of many fugitives who have left a wake of murders and bereaved families in their path.

Other terrorists fugitive of the U.S. living in Cuba include Ishmael LaBeet, one of the five men convicted of the infamous Fountain Valley Massacre, a racially tinged 1972 armed robbery in the Virgin Islands that turned into mass murder, with eight dead. Victor Gerena, an armed robber working for another Puerto Rican separatist group, who is believed to have taken the proceeds of a $7 million heist to Cuba with him. Charles Hill who in 1971 hijacked a civilian plane carrying 49 passengers and fled to Cuba. Hill is also wanted for the 1971 murder of New Mexico State Police officer Robert Rosenbloom. Frank Terpil, a former CIA officer and convicted arms trafficker who is wanted for providing more than 20 tons of plastic explosives to the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. There are currently 70 American fugitives living in Cuba.

On January, 22, 2013, a United Press International (UPI) report said Chile to confront Cuba over terrorists, because a judicial investigation determined that Galvarino Apablaza, Mauricio Hernández Norambuena and Juan Gutiérrez Fischmann organized the of the Senator Jaime Guzmán assassination. The terrorist Juan Gutierrez Fischmann — alias “El Chele”, “Diego” or “Commander Gabriel” — was married six years with the Raul Castro’s daughter, Mariela Castro Espín, with whom he had a daughter named Gabriela Gutiérrez Castro. Everything indicates that Juan Gutiérrez Fischmann continues living in Cuba.

The Secretary of State rescinded the designation of Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism on May 29, 2015. Why if there are currently 70 American fugitives living in Cuba — which has proved that continues being the main Western enemy of the American people , and President Trump vowed to keep to the United States safe from terrorists attacks, why does not the Trump administration reinstatement Castro’s Cuba in list of state sponsors of terrorism?

Castro’s Cuba signed the Viña del Mar Declaration. In that document, signed by Castro and the presidents of all other Iberoamerican countries during Sixth Ibero-American Summit, which was held in Viña del Mar, Chile, in November 1996, the Cuban dictator promised to respect democracy and civil and political rights. However, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR),

on March 18, 2003, Cuban authorities began a week-long crackdown on human rights activists and independent journalists that culminated in the arrest of about 100 activists. They were all taken to the offices of the Department of State Security and subjected to long interrogations and other types of psychological torture… The Prosecutor General of the Republic of Cuba filed motions with the Court requesting sentences that ranged from 15 years in prison to the death penalty in some cases. Summary trials took place starting April 3, 2003, without allowing any time for the defendants’ families to mount a proper defense… None of the accused was acquitted (although during the hasty trial it was not possible to demonstrate the guilt of any of them with the evidence presented by the prosecution). The 75 persons were sentenced to prison terms of between 6 and 28 years…

the IACHR learned that in the early hours of April 11, 2003, the Cuban State executed Lorenzo Enrique Copello Castillo, Bárbaro Leodán Sevilla García, and Jorge Luis Martínez Isaac, convicted of hijacking a launch in Havana Bay and taking its passengers hostage.”

Therefore, nothing should be surprised to know that for almost sixty years, Castro’s illegitimate rule has been supporting regimes whose human rights records are the same or worse than prevailing in Cuba. Castroism has been an ally of the worst dictatorships — Ethiopia, Iran, Libya, North Korea, and Syria — and a constant apologist for systematic human rights violations in China and Russia.

On June 5, 2009, Department of Justice said,

A former State Department official and his wife have been arrested on charges of serving as illegal agents of the Cuban government for nearly 30 years and conspiring to provide classified U.S. information to the Cuban government.”

Walter Kendall Myers worked at the State Department for thirty years: 1977-2007. He was Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) official. Myers was sentenced to life in prison for spying for the Castro family for nearly thirty years. His wife, Gwendolyn Steingraber Myers, got more than six years for spying for Cuba.

Puerto Rican spy Ana Belén Montes, convicted in 2002 of spying for the Cuban government, was a senior analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), attached to the Pentagon. She was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Castro’s Cuba is a dangerous enemy, because the type of espionage carried out by Cuban spies has enabled to the Castro family to amass a wealth of intelligence on the United States’ vulnerabilities as well as a keen understanding of the inner-workings of the U.S. security system.

U.S. national security will always be in danger, as long as Cuba is not democratic.

Autocracy is a system in which a strong leader can make decisions without interference from parliament or the courts. Although autocracy is less popular, it also has its supporters. According tothis article published by Johns Hopkins University Press, in the United States more than 20 percent believe that government by a strong leader could be a good approach.

Though George Washington was elected unanimously, he was always a reluctant president. He pursued a second term in 1792 only at the urging of his cabinet, and in 1796, when he insisted it was time to step down, he famously warned that not to do so risked a return to the very tyranny Americans had fought to overthrow.

The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create whatever the form of government, a real despotism,” Washington wrote in what’s become known as his Farewell Address. “A just estimate of that love of power, and proneness to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position.”

In the years since, millions of Americans have put their lives on the line to protect against the despotism that Washington warned about. In World War II, Americans sacrificed their lives and lost their loved ones to defeat dictators in Germany, Italy and Japan. For nearly the rest of the 20th century, the United States led the free world to preserve democratic ideals against the Soviet Union’s push for Communism.

That’s a proud history, and it hasn’t been much of a challenge until recently for American presidents to extol it — the wisest of them mindful of how far short of its ideals the United States has at times fallen, even as it has tried to guide other nations toward democracy as the surest safeguard of human rights, peace and opportunity.

But Presidente Trump just doesn’t get it. There’s something in the man that impels him reflexively to celebrate the authoritarian model. He lavished praise on President Xi Jinping of China, who consolidated his power and moved to change the rules so he could effectively become “emperor for life.”

He’s now president for life. President for life. No, he’s great,” Trump said of Xi to the Republican donors, at a luncheon at Mar-a-Lago. Then he went on seemingly to express interest in doing the same thing in the United States so that he too could rule forever. “And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day.”

It is imperative reaffirm support for democratic values and ideals. If one goal of authoritarian leaders is to legitimize illiberal forms of government, then it is only effective to the extent that democracies and their citizens lose sight of their own principles, because Trump’s GOP moves beyond hypocrisy,

The president’s supporters live a double-folded state of being, in which the same action that’s shameful for Democrats is praiseworthy for the GOP”

On October 18, Donald Trump Jr. campaigned in Michigan alongside Ted Nugent, the NRA board member who has delivered death threats against Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, whom he called a “subhuman mongrel.”

Communist dictators are bad. Every Republican knows that! Except the Republican at the top of the ticket. At a rally in Wheeling, West Virginia, on September 30, Trump avowed a passionate devotion to the North Korean communist dictator, Kim Jong Un.”

ranking of democracies around the world by the Swedish academic think-tank the V-Dem Institutput the United States of America at the 31st place in 2017, a abrupt fall from 7th position in 2015. According to the report, “There is clear evidence of autocratization on several indicators.”

Trump is no ordinary American president. He insists on a Stalinist line of discipline. For example, with Senator Lisa Murkowski ― the only Republican who acted like a Senator ― who Friday morning in voting against moving ahead with Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Murkowski said her decision was probably the most difficult she has made as a Senator. “In my conscience,” I could not vote for him. “This has been agonizing for me with this decision,” she said Friday. “It is as hard a choice, probably as close a call as any that I can ever remember.”

We are at a time when many in this country have lost faith in the executive branch,” Sen. Murkowski said. “And here in Congress, many around the country have just given up on us. They’ve just completely said, ‘We’ve had enough.”

I hope and I pray that we don’t find ourselves in this situation again. But I’m worried. I am really worried that this becomes the new normal, where we find new and even more creative ways to tear one another down,” Murkowski lamented.

This provoked the presidents fury. “I think she will never recover from this,” Trump said. “I think the people from Alaska will never forgive her for what she did.” Alaska GOP to weigh potential action against Murkowski.

Trump holds the grandiose belief that only he should rule America. Unchecked by cowed or complicit Republicans in Congress, he invokes executive authority to alter policies and practices long established by law and treaty.

Months after his summit meeting with Vladimir Putin, no one knows what the two rulers agreed to, or even talked about  not the Presidents top aides, nor the Pentagon, nor security establishment or Congress, never mind the rest of us. And in the midst of the ensuing uproar, Trump has invited Putin to Washington, without telling his top intelligence official and no doubt most other key aides and officials.

The list of one-man actions grows rapidly. Trump is single-handedly imposing hundreds of billions of dollars of tariffs  that is, taxes  on imported goods from key US allies and China, without any explicit or implicit Congressional backing.

Trump abrogated the Iran nuclear deal despite its unanimous support by the UN Security Council. He is in the process of imposing new and severe sanctions against Iran, including the cutoff of all of Irans oil exports, against the international agreement with Iran and with no vote of Congress, presumably to try to topple the Iranian regime.

Not surprisingly, and perhaps as intended, Trumps drumbeat of belligerency triggered an ominous warning from Iran, and now an escalation from Trump, casting the increasingly ominous confrontation with Iran as yet another one-man Trump show.

He used executive authority without Congressional mandate to impose a travel ban on several Muslim-majority states; to announce the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement despite treaty-bound US obligations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change; and to change the status quo regarding Jerusalem against the will of the UN Security Council and UN General Assembly. Trump extended the stay of US troops in Syria without oversight or approval by Congress.

Trump’s Assault on the Rule of Law,

Hours after the FBI raided the office, home, and hotel room of his sometime-personal attorney Michael Cohen, President Trump delivered an angry response at the White House on Monday.

The group of people he targeted is wide and deep: Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, former FBI Director James Comey, and his own appointee as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Taken together, however, it becomes apparent that Trump is not really angry at individuals so much as he is at the rule of law itself.”

How Trump Corrupts the Rule of Law,

What if Mr. Trump, and increasingly his Department of Justice, made it routine to take the same black-is-white, up-is-down approach toward the law as they take with the facts?”

Americans should be outraged by Trump’s latest attack on the rule of law,

President Donald Trump believes he has the power to scuttle the 14th Amendment via executive order.”

Will Trump’s GOP finally pay the price for bigotry and division? Due to my academic and work background I make my decisions based on the probability, although I know that this does not always guarantee the best decision. Can we trust the polls? Under the best of circumstances, the answer is “Not necessarily without a fair amount of detailed information about how they were conducted.”

Therefore, despite this analysis made by Nate Silver, who is the founder and editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight, I am not sure. I consider that Trump’s GOP has narrowly held onto their Senate majority, adding a single seat, which is very bad for the United States, and Democrats have regained the House majority for the first time since 2010. If this happened, the most harmed would be women.

After, Trump’s GOP will be very busy trying to cut or reduce food stamps, unemployment benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Let’s remember that more than 100 million Americans depend on Medicare or Medicaid for their healthcare. Finally, the Republicans came for all Hispanics, including those who are blond and blue-eyed.

10 reasons you should vote against Trump’s GOP in midterm elections

3- GOP’s war on women

According to the United Nations Population Fund,

Access to safe, voluntary family planning is a human right. Family planning is central to gender equality and women’s empowerment, and it is a key factor in reducing poverty. Yet in developing regions, some 214 million women who want to avoid pregnancy are not using safe and effective family planning methods, for reasons ranging from lack of access to information or services to lack of support from their partners or communities. This threatens their ability to build a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.”

The Trump administration has made clear that their sexual health agenda will not prioritize abortion rights nor comprehensive sex education. For example:

In Oct, 2017, Trump’s one-two punch hits birth control, LGBT rights.

On Feb, 2, 2018, the Center for Reproductive Rights denounced President Donald Trump’s proposed FY 2019 budget released today as a dangerous, ideological proposal that would threaten essential programs for women and families and target vulnerable populations.

In May, 2018, Trump targets Planned Parenthood, family planning services with new abortion rule.

In May, 2018, a federal judge ruled on Monday against birth control organizations that sought to block the Trump administration from shifting a federal family-planning grant program toward prioritizing groups that are faith-based and counsel abstinence.

On July, 6, 2018, Dr. Leana S. Wen, Baltimore City health commissioner, published “Trump’s family planning dystopia”.

In August, 2018, Trump Drastically Cuts Funding Period for Family Planning Clinics as Administration Aims to Impose ‘Domestic Gag Rule’

It is obvious that at the heart of the repression would be Planned Parenthood, that in October 2016, turned 100 years strong. It was “founded on the revolutionary idea that women should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams — no ceilings, no limits.”

Conclusion

A nation in turmoil prepares to deliver a verdict on Trump,

The tumultuous 2018 midterm campaign, shaped by conflicts over race and identity and punctuated by tragedy, barreled through its final weekend as voters prepared to deliver a verdict on the first half of President Trump’s term, with Republicans bracing for losses in the House and state capitals but hopeful they would prevail in Senate races in areas where Mr. Trump is popular.”

The run-up to the election, widely seen as a referendum on Mr. Trump’s divisive persona and hard-line policy agenda, has revealed deep strains in the president’s political coalition and left him confined to campaign in a narrow band of conservative communities. Republicans’ intermittent focus on favorable economic news, such as the Friday report showing strong job growth, has been overwhelmed by Mr. Trump’s message of racially incendiary nationalism.

The 6 November midterm elections will be an election where Trump’s GOP should lose the House and the Senate to save American democracy. What will we have in the United States, democracy or dictatorship? We won’t know until around 11 p.m. on November 6, 2018.

5 Responses to “If conservatives love liberal democracy, they should vote against Trump’s GOP in midterm elections (III)”

  1. Manuel Castro Rodríguez 5 November 2018 at 12:43 pm Permalink

    Former Republican:This election is a referendum on Donald Trump’s corrosive impact on our politics

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/11/04/election-referendum-trump-corrosive-changes-american-politics-column/1871790002/

  2. Manuel Castro Rodríguez 5 November 2018 at 12:47 pm Permalink

    If Trump’s Republicans win midterms, buckle up: former Republican Max Boot. He argued in an interview that a midterm win will severely escalate the attacks by the president on American institutions and make it clear to Trump there’s no political penalty for his behaviour over the past two years.

    https://globalnews.ca/news/4624861/donald-trump-midterms-republicans-max-boot/

  3. Manuel Castro Rodríguez 5 November 2018 at 12:54 pm Permalink

    Tom Nichols, who left the Republican Party last month to become an independent, is a professor of national security affairs at the Naval War College. He says,

    Trump “has inoculated millions of Americans against ever grasping a fact of which he does not approve by demanding that citizens of a democracy behave as though they are subjects of an authoritarian state, and accept that he, personally, is the only source of truth.”

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/11/04/election-referendum-trump-corrosive-changes-american-politics-column/1871790002/

  4. Manuel Castro Rodríguez 7 November 2018 at 3:46 pm Permalink

    Voters cast 44.7 million votes for Democratic Senate candidates and 32.9 million votes for Republican Senate candidates — in other words 57 percent of Senate votes went for Democrats. But given how states and cities and stuff work, and which of the former happened to be up for election this year, this gap translated into at least a two-seat gain for Republicans.


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