If not for the fact that I’m Always Right™, it would be easy to get discouraged by the feedback I receive for calling out faux conservatives for preaching compromise when what they really want is capitulation to the agenda of far-left Marxists.
While I manage to avoid getting seriously discouraged, it’s still frustrating to witness members of various political factions put their so-called leaders on a pedestal to be idolized, almost worshiped, as they willingly exchange their pusillanimous principles for personal political purposes.
An obvious example of what this looks like can be seen in the dwindling numbers of Trump’s cult-like sycophants who live not on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of their mango messiah.
Despite the Republican Party’s failure to win big in the 2022 midterms, I’m still seeing this same kind of unconditional loyalty for so-called conservative Republicans in Congress who, despite their rhetoric to the contrary, are talking the conservative talk but not walking the conservative walk.
Unfortunately, this has been a trend for some time now.
For example, I enshrined Senator Mike Lee in the Gutless On Principles (GOP) Hall of Shame in 2018 after his unconditional support of Ivanka Trump’s socialist feminist agenda. Even though he has developed a reputation of being a solid constitutional conservative, his political infatuation with Ivanka’s extremist agenda is diametrically opposed to the conservative values he claims to hold.
Recently, Gov. Ron DeSantis was also enshrined in the Gutless on Principles (GOP) Hall of Shame. Conservatism in the Age of Trump has been hijacked by nationalism and fascism, bearing little to no resemblance to conservative values, and Ron DeSantis has become the poster child of this new brand of “conservatism.”
I often hear from the Trump cult and other Republican cowards that “conservatives” like Lee and DeSantis are completely beyond reproach and that only a “George Soros-loving Hillary supporter” would dare call them out because “nobody’s perfect.”
Check out a couple of the comments made on my Facebook page after Mike Lee was enshrined:
Brady S. – “If you’re waiting for perfection, keep waiting, you’re never going to get it from any person. You can disagree with a person on an issue and policy, that doesn’t negate the rest of decisions they’ve made or who they are as a person. Basically, you’re virtue signaling, piggy backing off the backs of other conservatives to show how much more supposedly principled you are. One conservative once said “The person who agrees with you 80% of the time is a friend and an ally not a 20% traitor.” Ronald Reagan. Nobody is going to agree with you 100% of the time on everything, you’d be wise to learn that lesson.”
MaryAnn P. – “Well – no one is perfect.”
Ah, yes. The “nobody’s perfect” card. The classic and pathetic defense of the indefensible behavior of indefensible people.
I agree that we are imperfect beings, but our imperfection isn’t supposed to be used as an excuse to settle for less than perfection. Instead, Scripture encourages us to press on toward the goal of perfection and continue reaching for those things that will bring it to pass.
The Bible also instructs us to “judge righteously” the deeds (actions) of others. People who incorrectly believe that there is no place for judging the deeds of others are simply wrong and/or spiritually lazy. This is the kind of thinking that inspired a Babylon Bee satirical story a few years ago about how evangelicals would vote for Satan himself if he had an “R” after his name.
But let’s put voting for Republican Satan aside for a moment and focus on compromise.
Compromise — a word as equally misunderstood as the word judging — only applies to how we achieve the goal; it doesn’t apply to the goal itself. When faux conservatives change the goal instead of the methodology to please the far left, that’s called capitulation, not compromise.
To quote a well-known insurance commercial, “That’s not how this works. That’s now how any of this works.”
When their rhetoric fails to match their results, and when they capitulate on our goals and call it compromise, I will call out faux conservatives for calling capitulation compromise regardless of what faction they belong to.
In retrospect, not every conservative needs to measure up to my standards . . . but they should.
David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative. He holds
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