What should we conservatives do about people we admire, and who share our values but still strongly oppose President Trump?
We have two options. We can stop admiring them, and forget those friendships altogether or we have to try to understand them and change their minds.
This article is trying to understand them, and hoping to change their minds.
In the case of my conservative friends; that means my only choice is option two. But to try to change their minds, I must first try to understand their thinking.
There are a few reasons that explain conservatives who were NeverTrumpers during the election, and who remain anti-Trump today.
The first is something Dennis Prager said recently: “They do not believe that America is engaged in a civil war, with the survival of America as we know it at stake.”
While they see and understand what the left has done to this country, they do not see the left-right battle as I do. They do not see we are in a battle for preserving our nation. While I, and other conservatives who support President Trump do see it that way.
That is why, after supporting Senator Ted Cruz for President and opposing Trump’s candidacy during the Republican primaries, I vigorously supported Trump once he won the nomination. I believed then, as I do now, that this election was different from all other previous presidential elections. This election was not about Left vs. Right, it was not about the issues between Progressives vs. Conservatives. It wasn’t even about Democrats vs. Republicans. This battle was for the very existence of America as we have known it. We were on the cusp of becoming a Globalist European style America. If a Democrat had been elected president, we were going to lose American Sovereignty. The “fundamental transformation” that candidate Barack Obama promised in 2008 would have been completed by Hillary Clinton had she taken office in 2017.
The Supreme Court and hundreds of federal judgeships lay in the balance; with the Democrats pushing our nation toward European-style socialism. Hillary would have completely undone the unique American value of limited government.
The use of government to suppress any speech not deemed politically correct; the degradation of universities and high schools; the weakening of the American military; and more were all at stake. America, as the Founders envisioned, would have been lost, irreversibly forever. That is what I and many conservatives who turned towards Trump believed was about to happen.
The Never Trump conservatives don’t see it that way. They all thought during the election, and still think, that while it would not have been a good thing if Clinton had won, it wouldn’t have been a catastrophe. That’s pretty much it, in a nutshell. While many conservatives, including me, believe that it would have been close to over for America if the Republican candidate had not won. Unfortunately, he happened to be a flawed man named Donald Trump.
Another thing which is not widely accepted is that only Trump could have defeated Clinton, and he did.
In other words, President Trump may have saved the country, and that to me is the whole point.
The Never Trump conservative argument that Trump is not a conservative is one that I, too, repeated during the Republican primaries. It is not relevant because he is the United States President. It is also no longer true. Read Dennis Prager’s assessment of the following:
Had any Never Trump conservative been told, that in the future a Republican would win the 2016 election and, within his first few months in office, appoint a conservative to the Supreme Court; begin the process of replacing Obamacare; bomb Russia’s ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, after he again used chemical weapons; appoint the most conservative Cabinet in modern American history; begin undoing hysteria-based, economy-choking Environmental Protection Agency regulations; label the Iranian regime “evil” in front of 50 Muslim heads of state; wear a yarmulke at the Western Wall; appoint a U.N. ambassador who regularly condemns the U.N. for its moral hypocrisy; restore the military budget; and work on lowering corporate tax rates, among other conservative achievements, that Never-Trump conservative would have been jumping for joy.
Yet I still don’t see NeverTrumpers jumping for joy!
Trump is too far from their ideal leader to be able to support him. Since when have we ever looked for an IDEAL candidate? There is also the fact that Trump is a New Yorker. He speaks like a New Yorker. He is different from most NeverTrump conservatives. Trump doesn’t talk like them. Also, many of NeverTrump conservatives think that to support Trump is to give oneself up as contemptible to all civil people. This is nonsense. Stop listening to the Left.
In addition, Never Trump conservatives see themselves as highly moral people who are duty-bound not to compromise themselves by supporting Trump. They regard him as morally defective. But they have taken their eye off the ball.
If they continue to hang on to their Never-Trumpism and the president falls on his face, they can say they were right all along. That will also mean the country fails and Democrats will complete their transformation of America.
They can join the fight. They can accept an imperfect man who has his heart in the right place and wants to keep our traditional America. A man who has already proven he is keeping his promises, and acknowledge that we are in a civil war and that Trump, with all his flaws, is our general. If we are going to win, our general needs his best fighters.
Too many of you are AWOL. Some of the best minds of the conservative movement, need to report for duty.
h/t Dennis Prager