This election season has brought out the worst in too many. We have all had friendships tested or broken. The conservative movement has broken itself upon the rock that is Donald Trump.
Most people reading this website revere principles over party. This election will not be kind to us. Neither will the aftermath. I no longer have skin in the game, so to say. If Donald Trump, heaven forbid, wins then we should expect chaos and lack of clear direction and eventual destruction of the conservative movement as it currently exists. If on the other hand Hilary Clinton wins, God help us, then we will suffer for four years with lackluster opposition and steadily lose our freedoms. Either outcome leads to the suffering of the country.
Principled conservatives need to look beyond this election. We need to discard the elections in 2018 and even 2020. Why? Is it not important that our guy win and we begin to roll back government?
The conservative movement has a habit of rallying during election season, and yet during the off years go fight separate battles. When the coalition members of the conservative movement fight these battles it is largely on their own without the other groups’ support. Conservatives are fractured and remain so for as long as they each hold their causes dear – but fail to come to the defense of other causes. There are some in the various groups that will cross over and join with other causes, but the various movements fail to unite behind other causes not their own.
Think for a minute about an attack on one of the left’s causes. Let’s use the example of Voter ID. Republicans have pushed for a form of ID to vote in an effort to guarantee voting integrity. Voter ID laws have been passed in some states, but Democrats began to challenge these laws. Not only were elected Democrats attacking the laws but you had the grievance industry, race based groups, media, unions, and education wings of the party helping the attack. Many if not all the wings of the Democratic coalition went to work attacking Voter ID and have successfully challenged it. The laws have been weakened or defeated to a large degree.
Attacks on conservative ideals, such as the attack of families, pits Democrats and their coalitions against groups loosely identified as traditional family values. Democrats go into attack calling for recognition of homosexual marriage, quelling religious liberty and attacking the basic two gender definitions. Democrats have largely won their fight by pressing their view from above and not winning the argument. Who came to the defense of the traditional family value group? No one.
Conservatives no longer can afford the luxury of simply assuring themselves that their rights will remain preserved even if attacks are made upon others. Simply look at the new attacks coming out of Massachusetts. A new law was crafted that would strip churches of their right to either hold public events or to retain their religious freedom.
There is a famous poem by Martin Niemoller that details the struggle that we face:
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.”
Conservatives fail to unite for each group’s causes. As long as each branch of the movement is alone the movement is weak. The conservative movement will never succeed and fail to win or even halt the progress of liberals. As long as we conservatives fail to unite we shall continue to fall individually.
“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” – Ben Franklin.