The political career of Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., ended this week. After her throttling loss on Tuesday to Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman in the Wyoming Republican primary, the last pillar she will be able to hold on to will be her opposition to former President Donald Trump and his base in general; this, in hopes to perhaps be the token Republican on some progressive panel on cable television.
Cheney's outright gaslighting of the conservative right so that the progressive left would value her as the lone conservative moral voice in her opposing Trump is reason enough to dislike her. However, this is not the only reason conservatives, liberals and independents should celebrate her loss.
Congresswoman Cheney was one of the most vocal voices for the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and worldwide when it came to the United States establishing an interventionist mindset in foreign policy. One of the reasons she shifted away from modern-day Republicans is that the GOP, in many respects, is becoming more anti-war and anti-intervention than any other time in its history.
Cheney did vote in line with Trump on many issues during the predident's time in office. Yet, she was an outspoken critic regarding his foreign policy.
For the same reasons her father, Dick, got demonized for supporting interventionism during his tenure as vice president, Cheney's motivations may not be entirely above question --- if you look at her donors.
With corporations such as Harris Corp., Blackstone, and other companies within the military-industrial complex being her primary sources of financial contributions, it's not hard to see why Cheney fought so hard for the U.S. to remain involved in ongoing overseas conflicts.
During her tenure as House Republican caucus chair, Cheney even openly supported primaries against her members due to her seemingly love of war, such as when she donated to a primary challenger to Kentucky, Rep.Thomas Massie.
That challenger had allegedly engaged in racist tweets.
When the word "neoconservative" is brought up, one of the first figures many think of is former Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. The former POW was a voice for the interventionist right for many years. However, one person went too far beyond the pale when it came to torture for even McCain. That was Cheney herself.
The congresswoman called out McCain when he advocated against the enhanced interrogation program's techniques in torturing detainees for information, saying he was "slandering the brave men and women who lead it."
Sort of strange that a figure such as Cheney, who is worshipped by the anti-Trump right and Democrats alike, advocates for such inhumane measures by the federal government that even John McCain thought were reprehensible.
The pseudo-moral worship that those on the neoconservative right and progressive left engage in over Cheney is outright unfounded. If adjectives such as "brave," "courageous," or "heroic" need to be attributed to any member of Congress, they should not be to Liz Cheney.
Cheney refused, in at least the last two years of her congressional tenure, to vote in line with the preferences of her constituents. That is, those voters who chose her to go to Congress, to advocate for and represent them.
The result? Hageman beat her to smithereens while campaigning to the right of Cheney by being an anti-interventionist, small government populist.
Farewell, Liz. America will not miss you.
Kenny Cody is a conservative writer and activist from Northeast Tennessee. Read Kenny Cody's Reports — More Here.
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