Blue wave or red wave, conservatives lose either way

One week from tomorrow is Election Day 2018.

Will Trump and the GOP succeed at using the politics of distraction to cover up two years of broken promises and save the party from losing its majority? Or will the dreaded Blue Tsunami that many have been warning about bring a deluge of Democrats to Congress and give them control?

Regardless of the outcome on November 6, one thing is certain: conservatives will still be on the outside looking in. Democrats will continue to move their party in the direction of Democratic Socialism — often with the help of Republicans — and conservatism will continue to be assimilated by Trumpservatism, where the difference between faux conservatives and the GOP is non-existent.

In light of this sad reality, conservatives are faced with one of two choices: we can be Election Day groundhog activists and return to our bunker the day after the election or we can do as Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz suggested in his latest podcast and forge ahead with our agenda by resetting the baseline of what it means to be a conservative.

Which, by the way, is not a recommendation to “Vote Red.” I’ll leave that up to you.

But if we’ve learned anything after years of so-called leadership from frauds like Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Paul Ryan, et al., it’s that the former party of Reagan is just that — the former party of Reagan. And when you add Trump to the picture, today’s GOP has more in common with the Democrats and their socialist agenda than they do with conservatives and our values.

Trump’s brand of conservatism is nothing but rehashed 1930’s nationalism — an ideal he openly embraced last week — mixed with big-government progressivism and George Orwell’s 1984. While there is clearly nothing Reaganesque about this bastardized version of conservatism, Trump has been aided by so-called conservatives like House Speaker hopeful Jim Jordan, who is running on a platform of being “just like Trump.”

While occasionally plagued by differences when it came to methodology in the past, conservatives used be united when it came to our objectives. We, and the Republican party that used to be our home, believed that we were a voice crying out in the political wilderness, clearing the way through the wasteland of tyranny and out-of-control government for America.

Today, conservative traditions have been abandoned in the name of political self-preservation; conviction is replaced by compromise; conscience is replaced by cowardice; and the result is the death of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

No one knows which color of the #unibrow will be in the majority after next week, but it really doesn’t matter. Republican or Democrat … conservatives lose either way.



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