Full marks are in order for Trump supporters who successfully repudiated the cultural Marxism that took hold and accelerated over the last eight years.
Yet this repudiation does not mean that conservative values were advanced. Trump won in spite of conservative values – and quite possibly because many felt he repudiated those values as strongly as his voters repudiated the far left.
Make no mistake, Trump’s victory is not a conservative victory. It isn’t even a traditional Republican victory. Many of his most vocal supporters openly declare they are not Republicans, and even denigrate such voters as “cucks” or worse.
At most, the Trump victory offers a respite to conservatives from vicious attacks by the alt-Right. For the moment. Bullies live to bully, and the attacks will resume soon; perhaps as soon as everyone wakes-up and recovers from their election hangover. Conservatives no longer have the leverage of withholding their vote from an election already passed. Their “hammer time” has come and gone. Now the attacks can resume with impunity.
Conservatives and other liberty-minded Americans are now party-less, and in many ways, refugees from the American culture at large. Trump and the GOP establishment, while publicly at odds with each other, share in their distaste for conservatives as neither has much use for them. Conservatives can “join the party” and be tolerated, as long as they donate their time and money to help the party win. However, there has not been and will never be reciprocity.
Unless they force change, the situation will not change. Cultural and moral values, constitutional rights and free market economics are all under attack from both the left and alt-Right alike.
The Trump base, the “new Republicans,” are not necessarily our natural allies despite the political party nomenclature. They may learn and adopt our values, but not in a party led by men such as Donald Trump and Rudolph Giuliani, who proclaim and bask in their moral flaws. And certainly not within a political party whose base believes it can win without conservatives.
Conservatives need not leave the GOP… because they’ve been constructively evicted. The Trump victory does not change the analysis; it just gives us the chance to witness the hoped-for repudiation of the excesses of the cultural war. It does not change nor does it delay the inevitable, which is to start a new and viable “second” party to represent our coherent conservatism.
Without a new party, conservatives will be relegated to a handful of safe districts and most often to electoral insignificance. The best conservatives can now expect from the new Republican Party is a highly conditional tolerance subject to revocation at any moment. In such a situation there is no need to ratify one’s own exclusion or subjugation.
A new party allows for growth. It allows for the advancement of ideals and development of evolving philosophies and policy solutions. And a new party is essential to creating the nexus between those principles and electoral outcomes. Without a new party, voters will not be able to tell whether the party’s ideals are being approved (or disapproved) by those who believe in conserving the constitution.
The void in nature calls for the Federalist Party.