Most Republicans and Conservatives Have Sold their Souls to the Devil

Most Republicans and Conservatives Have Sold their Souls to the Devil

© David Burton 2019

Souls Sold to the Devil

     It has unfortunately become obvious that the majority of Conservatives and Republicans have sold their souls to the devil by blindly supporting Donald J. Trump during and after his ascendency to the office of the president of the United State of America. Too many Conservatives and Republicans have decided to hold their noses against the stench drifting out of the oval office in order to have some long-standing items on their agenda enacted.

     Far too many Republicans have lost their way. Instead of standing up for conservative and Republican principles, they have sheepishly surrendered to the man in the White House and turned a blind eye to all his misdeeds, missteps, stupidities, falsehoods, and boorish behavior. They no longer provide a viable alternative to the socialistic and ultraliberal left that is offered by Democrats like Bernie Sanders and Elisabeth Warren. There has been the occasional voice in the wilderness, such as Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah). He has led a group of conservatives in launching the Article 1 Project (or A1P) — an initiative urging members of Congress to reassert their powers under Article 1 of the Constitution. “Congress has delegated too much of its legislative authority to the executive branch ... {T}aking up a new position as backseat drivers of the republic, Lee and then-Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.) wrote at the time, ‘we have moved from a nation governed by rule of law to one governed by the rule of rulers.’ Item No. 1 on A1P’s agenda? ‘Reclaiming Congress’s power of the purse’ “, (Ref. 1) there has been no follow-up and no support by the vast majority of Republican politicians.

     Trump’s threat to declare a National Emergency to circumvent Congress and fund his border wall should have caused a major revolt among Conservatives and Republicans alike. “One would think that constitutional conservatives would be leading the fight in the Senate to reverse the president’s extraordinary emergency declaration and reclaim Congress’s power of the purse. So far, that’s not happening. Instead, we’re seeing plenty of excuses, with Republicans arguing that what the president is doing is technically legal, even if he should not have that kind of power.
     “Sorry, that’s a cop-out. Even if one thinks the emergency declaration is technically legal — and that is a point of debate among legal scholars — the law also provides Congress a mechanism to terminate an emergency declaration that it deems inappropriate. Why would any Republican not vote to use the express authority Congress granted itself under the law to do so?
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     “. . . Some object that a vote on {the House} resolution of disapproval is little more than a ‘show vote’ because the president will veto it and it lets Democrats pretend that they care about separation of powers without doing anything real to address the problem. But it is within the GOP’s power to make sure the resolution passes with a veto-proof majority . . .” (Ref. 1)

     Republicans might feel a political imperative to support their president, but Donald Trump has repeatedly demonstrated that he deserves no such support. In fact, Republicans should feel a non-political imperative to do the right thing and make Trump powerless until he can be voted out of office in 2020 or removed from office sooner than that, if necessary. Republicans need to demonstrate that they will stand up and serve the American people, rather than meekly keep their mouths shut about Trump's decidedly non-presidential outrageous and bullying behavior.

     Too many Republicans have rationalized their support for Trump by pointing to tax cuts, rollbacks in regulation and Trump’s appointments of conservative judges. But Donald Trump’s overall atrocious behavior as president should have long ago made them unwilling to surrender their Republican and Conservative values. Unfortunately, too many Republicans and Conservatives have confused Trump’s bluster and swagger with actual strength and rational leadership. They have refused to accept the fact that Donald Trump has proven himself to be nothing more than an egotistical schoolyard bully. Sadly, Republicans and Conservatives have reacted to Trump’s outrages by wringing their hands, while marching in lock step behind him.

     Donald Trump has deftly exploited many of the grievances and attitudes that have festered for decades on the right. Trump has shown that he has more in common with populist demagogues like the “Know Nothings”, Father Charles Coughlin, and George Wallace than with true conservatives like Ronald Reagan. Until the last election, Conservatives had the good taste, sound judgment and wisdom to reject and even marginalize those uglier voices on the right. That ended with Donald Trump in the last election.[2]

     While several of Donald Trumps’ presidential actions have been those which have been advocated for many years by Conservatives and Republicans alike, the dark side of Trump and his irrational actions and pronouncements far outweigh the positive aspects of his successes. His dictatorial behavior, by nature, violates the core principles of all Americans – Conservatives and Republicans included. There should be no argument that Donald Trump is authoritarian and dictatorial in the most negative sense. While that does not mean we shouldn’t give him some credit where it is due, it also means that Republicans and Conservatives should not give him a “free pass” simply because many of his “positive” actions are in concert with Conservative and Republican principles. His reducing regulations and government power was a significantly good action. A handful of good things however is not “winning” and does not excuse his boorish and bullying behavior. The positive things that Trump has accomplished simply do not justify Conservatives and Republicans selling their souls to the devil by ignoring Trumps’ overwhelmingly bad behavior.

     In many cases, the love affair between Donald Trump and ultra-Conservatives has become increasingly embarrassing as each fawns over the other. While Donald Trump may not be your typical Heritage Foundation Republican, that hasn’t stopped Trump or the Heritage Foundation from cozying up to each other. Trump has shown great willingness to accept the conservative group’s suggestions. Early on, Trump took Heritage’s list of eight suggested Supreme Court justices and put five of them on his list of 11 potential replacements.[3]

     In mid-2018, The Heritage Foundation gleefully announced that: “With unprecedented speed, the Trump administration has already implemented nearly two-thirds of the 334 agenda items called for by the Heritage Foundation, a pace faster than former President Reagan who embraced the conservative think tank’s legendary ‘Mandate for Leadership’ blueprint.
     “{The} director of congressional and executive branch relations at Heritage, said that Trump has implemented 64 percent of the ‘unique policy recommendations’ from the group.
     “Heritage has been a partner with Trump and his administration since the transition from the Obama administration.
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     “Their ‘Mandate for Leadership’ was first produced for Reagan in 1981. Reagan handed out a copy of the single book to every cabinet member. For Trump, Heritage produced five books and the president has embraced them.
     “{The director of congressional and executive branch relations said that Trump} ‘has been very, very active . . . He is moving the ball in the conservative direction.’ ” (Ref. 4) At no time has the Heritage Foundation taken umbrage at Trump's all-too-frequent lies, blunders, boasts, bullying, and other ill-conceived actions. Like all-too-many Conservatives, they have put on their blinders and have chosen to ignore the bad odor coming from the White House.

     Honest Conservatives and Republicans should not support a habitual liar. Donald Trump’s tweets are full of lies, misinformation, and insults to many including international allies and other respectable, powerful people. Unless you are one of Trump's billionaire buddies, there is no rational reason to support him. He is proving to be one of the worst presidents in history. Trump’s support is based on emotion and Trump's cult of personality.[5] This should not constitute a rationale for support by those in his Republican party or those with conservative values.

     That Donald Trump lies is indisputable. According to The Toronto Star, “President Trump has made 2,369 false statements as president as of August 2018.” The Chicago Tribune in May of 2018 reported that, “In the 466 days since he took the oath of office, President Donald Trump has made 3,001 false or misleading claims.” The Washington post claimed that, “In 558 days, President Trump has made 4,229 false or misleading claims.” Besides being untruthful, Trump has a proclivity to repeat, over and over, many of his false or misleading statements. Unfortunately, Trump’s egotism and thin skin make the truth an irrelevant issue in the words coming out of the president’s mouth. [6] “The Fact Checker had never used the word ‘lie’ to describe a statement from a politician. But there’s a first time for everything, and we’re breaking the emergency glass for President Trump.
     “There’s no question Trump lied — repeatedly, intentionally, over more than a year, enlisting top aides and advisers to further the deception — to cover up the hush money he arranged during the 2016 campaign for porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal, who say they had separate affairs with Trump.
     “The president had made a staggering 4,229 false or misleading claims since taking office to the end of July {2018}, according to our database. In many of those cases, it’s not possible to tell whether Trump was intentionally fibbing or simply careless or wrong.
     “But Michael Cohen’s guilty plea in Manhattan federal court this week provides indisputable evidence that Trump lied when the story about his payoffs broke in November 2016, that he lied in April 2018 when reporters asked him about the Daniels payment, that he tweeted a lie in May about having reimbursed Cohen through a monthly retainer (he was actually repaid through falsely documented payments from the Trump Organization), and that he was still not telling the truth in a Fox News interview in which he reacted to the guilty plea. . . . " (Ref. 7)

     It has become increasingly obvious, that too many Republican politicians have indeed sold their souls to the devil and are blindly goose-stepping after their president. Paraphrasing one source: There is no Republican party, it’s Trump’s authoritarian populist party now![8]

     A longtime conservative columnist has argued that GOP members of Congress “have become the president’s poodles.
     “{The columnist} lamented ‘Republican misrule,’ and criticized lawmakers for ‘hav[ing] no higher ambition than to placate the president.’
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     “Forget policy. Forget ideology. Forget hating Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama or Nancy Pelosi. From Indiana to Arizona to Ohio, the name of the game for Republican{s} . . . has been to flaunt their Trump love. And woe unto anyone deemed insufficiently smitten.
     “. . . President Trump has transformed the Republican Party from a political organization into a cult of personality. . .” (Ref. 8)

     There is some evidence that a few Republicans are finally showing enough intestinal fortitude to stand up to Donald Trump. “A dozen Senate Republicans joined Democrats on Thursday {14 March 2019} to vote against President Trump’s border emergency declaration, a stinging rebuke of the White House’s decision to circumvent Congress to deliver on the president’s campaign pledge to build a wall.
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     “. . . it was . . . an embarrassing congressional defeat, coming after a lengthy effort by Republican senators to persuade the White House to withdraw the declaration and search for another way to construct the border wall.
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     “It marked the second time this week that the Senate voted against the administration’s position.
     “On Wednesday, seven Republicans bucked their party to vote with Democrats to end the United States’ role in the war in Yemen. The vote was viewed as a condemnation of Trump’s defense of Saudi Arabia for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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     Ultimately {and unfortunately}, most Republicans {held their noses, discarded their principles} and sided with the president.” (Ref. 9)

     As a Conservative with a Republican leaning bent, I welcome many of the Conservative policies and initiatives implemented by President Trump [6], but as an American citizen, I strongly disapprove of the man currently in that office and the person who represents that office, America, and me. Simply stated, those who support Donald Trump in order to get their way – politically, financially, socially, and economically – have sold their souls to devil. Republicans and fellow Conservatives: Stand up and fight for what you believe in, but don’t sell your souls to the devil!


  1. Trump is undermining Congress’s power of the purse. Republicans must vote to stop it., Marc A. Thiessen,
    The Washington Post, 7 March 2019.
  2. As a conservative, I despair at Republicans' support for Trump. His vision is not conservatism, Charles J Sykes,
    The Guardian, 22 July 2018.
  3. Donald Trump And The Heritage Foundation: Friends With Benefits, Matt Fuller,,
    10 August 2016.
  4. Heritage Foundation: 64% of Trump's agenda already done, faster than Reagan, Paul Bedard,
    Washington Examiner, 27 February 2019.
  5. TRUMP'S CULT OF PERSONALITY, Charles J Sykes, Crime, Law and Justice, 24 August 2018.
  6. Donald Trump – Jekyll and Hyde, David Burton, Son of Eliyahu: Article 333, 31 August 2018.
    Crime, Law and Justice, 24 August 2018.
    Charles J Sykes, Crime, Law and Justice, 28 July 2018.
  9. GOP-controlled Senate rebukes Trump with vote to rescind border emergency declaration, Jennifer Haberkorn,
    Los Angeles Times, 14 March 2019.

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