After the Trump Debacle, Can Conservatism Be Born Anew

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This weekend one of my Facebook friends shared the cartoon shown above. When I shared it with others, it elicited a comment, to which I then replied. I thought the comment and the reply might be of interest to my Barbwire readers:


The history we need to avoid right now is the lesson we got with Ross Perot, the one we learned the hard way by the first White House loss to a Clinton. Let’s not repeat that with another TPC. Vote Trump and start looking at 2020/4 for a conservative unifier.


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When the Desert Shield operation ended in Iraq in 1991 George Bush Senior had the highest favorable poll numbers of any President since they began taking the polls. It was over 90 percent. Instead of using that positive focus to implement the conservative vision he still claimed (via the GOP Platform) to represent, he basically did nothing of the kind in the nearly two years that followed. This despite pleas from Reagan conservatives to use the positive momentum of public support for the nation’s good.

Blaming Bush’s loss in the ’92 election on Perot, instead of this utter failure of positive leadership is worse than absurd. It’s outrageous ignorance or self-deceit.

And don’t fool yourself. Though Trump’s life and record show that he is in fact a Democrat leftist in the Clinton mold, he has conned people into accepting the notion that he represents conservative disaffection with the GOP quislings with whom he has actually worked, and supported.

So if Trump loses, it will be construed as the utter failure and destruction of conservatism as a political force in the U.S. If he wins, he will revert to type and govern with the same GOP quislings/Democrat coalition Obama has relied on. Either way, socialism will triumph, along with the abandonment of the Constitution aimed at securing God-endowed right and rights.

Trump’s tenure would/will be used to redefine what it means to be conservative, remaking it in the image of Donald Trump’s true persona, which throughout his life has consisted in the idolatry of power and government. This idolatry is at the root of the socialist ideology (be it right wing totalitarian nationalistic socialism or left wing totalitarian globalist socialist) both he and Hillary Clinton espouse and represent.

The election in November is, as it were, a choice between Mussolini and Stalin. Either way it goes, the elitist faction’s aim is to discredit and discard the American conservative cause as defined by the God-acknowledging creed set forth in the American Declaration of Independence. You speak of a conservative unifier? Trump’s con is intended to make sure there is nothing left to unify.

The demagoguery of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump infects America’s political life with a terminal disease. The only way our decent liberty will survive is for people still loyal to America’s creed to make it emphatically clear that that they condemn and reject the elitist faction’s partisan sham and the deceitful candidacies it purposely produces; and that we are at long last determined to build an alternative political vehicle to preserve the aims and premises of America’s God-revering creed, and restore the integrity of the Constitution framed to implement it. It is not enough to reject the candidates that spread the disease.  We reject the partisan culture that intentionally proliferates them.

Beyond our words, or even the way we cast our votes in the November election, this will require a rebirth of principle, rooted in the bold renewal of America’s allegiance to God as the ultimate source of justice and rights, including liberty, for all humankind.  It will require a clear choice of the spirit that rejects the open or tacit embrace of the pseudo-scientific materialist ideology that worships power in every form.  Every form except the one that God intended, which respects the bonds and boundaries of that make human existence possible.  It will require a clear choice of the mind, to return to the discipline of God-informed reason as our conscientious guide in developing humanity’s potential.  And it will require a clear choice of the will, such that we refuse to let false pride lure us toward resentful, self-destructive dissolution, and instead embrace the hopeful future God’s benevolent discipline portends our nation when we walk in His way.

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Dr. Alan Keyes
Once a high-level Reagan-era diplomat, Alan Keyes is a long-time leader in the conservative movement. He is well-known as a staunch pro-life champion and an eloquent advocate of the constitutional republic, including respect for the moral basis of liberty and self-government. He has worked to promote an approach to politics based on the initiative of citizens of goodwill consonant with the with the principles of God-endowed natural right.

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