In today’s political and spiritual climate, it’s hard to keep walking the narrow path; I’m still walking it, but I need your help to complete the journey.
I wrote an article back in March about walking the lonely road of conservatism and how it’s been getting lonelier. Though much of what I was experiencing at the time was the aftereffect of walking that road for four years in the Age of Trump, the simple fact of the matter is that the narrow path of conservatism means being prepared to lose many friends and allies along the way.
I believe my mission is to be the voice in the wilderness calling all who will listen to return conservative values. Following this calling has given rise to overwhelming opposition from not only the Far-Left, but also from Republicans and faux-conservatives.
Being a conservative over the past year of coronavirus hysteria has intensified some of these feelings of loneliness as we live what could be the last days of liberty and freedom in America.
This has put me at odds with Democrats and the far-left, but also with Republicans and so-called conservatives — a position that isn’t very lucrative personally or professionally. Clearly, standing for my faith, the Constitution, and conservative values came with a host of disadvantages, but that wasn’t always the case.
In the days of Obama, standing for conservative values was easy. After all, Obama was a Democrat with heavy socialist leanings, so opposing him was not only acceptable, it was encouraged. This opposition gave rise to the TEA Party and other conservative movements, and it helped give Republicans control of Congress.
Unfortunately, Republicans have since revealed themselves as spineless cowards who only used the conservative movement for political gain. Instead of using their newfound power to defeat the far-left, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner used it to advance the radical agenda of Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi.
And it didn’t get any better after Obama left. In fact, things went from bad to worse when Republican “leadership” put its support behind a life-long Democrat with an “R” after his name. Trump and Republicans formed an unholy alliance and worked to destroy conservatism and create a new party where Trumpism became the Republican Party platform, and where conservatism was replaced by Nationalism.
The destruction of conservatism wouldn’t have had the success it did over the past many years if not for aid and comfort they received from the faux-conservative media. Personally, this sellout by the media formerly known as conservative cost me professional relationships because I refused to participate in their betrayal of conservative values.
For example, talk personalities like Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and Sean Hannity turned FOX News into Trump TV, and Mark Levin and Glenn Beck merged Conservative Review and Blaze Media to create the pro-Trump echo chamber known as BlazeTV.
I’ve never been shy about defending my Christian faith and how today’s lukewarm cheap grace church has destroyed the Good News of Jesus Christ; creating political conditions similar to those that gave rise to Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. Nor have I been shy about the stand I take in defense of my constitutional conservative values and how today’s Republican/Democrat duopoly is working to destroy liberty.
Still, self-professing Christians, conservatives, and constitutionalists continue to besmirch me (personally) and my work. They routinely accuse me of being “anti-life” and essentially an accessory to homicide for questioning the tactics of government tyrants who willingly use the so-called pandemic to create a police state.
Some of these former allies have gone so far as to report me to Facebook and Twitter which caused damage to those accounts and my website traffic.
Earlier this year, Twitter temporarily banned my account for using a header image of August Landmesser — an anti-Nazi hero who refused to salute Hitler — calling it an image of “hate.” Since that temporary banning, the number of followers has fallen from nearly 6000 to just under 4000 as of today.
At about this time, my Facebook account was restricted for 30 days for an LGBT article I shared in 2018, preventing me from advertising my website and reducing the number of places my posts can be seen. As of today (six months later), my account is still restricted.
Both of these actions have resulted in a dramatic drop in website traffic and income. By the way, while I understand how these actions affect the number of followers and my bottom line, I don’t believe Twitter and Facebook are violating my right to free speech.
Walking the narrow path and rejecting the wide gate of compromise has resulted in increasing numbers of people promising to no longer financially support my work — most of them have kept that promise — putting my long-held plans for new equipment, website updates, and a new one-hour podcast indefinitely on hold.
Let me say here and now that my resolve remains strong, but if I’m to continue walking the narrow path, I need your help.
I still intend to update my home radio studio and my website, and I’m still committed to beginning a one-hour podcast. I also want to get the book I’ve been working on for the past year published.
This means I’ll be mentioning finances a little more often. For example, it looks like I’ll be self-publishing my book, which means all the cost of getting it in print will be on me and not a publisher. I’ve had the good fortune of finding a best-selling writer who now runs a business designed to help people like me, but I’ll need to raise the money to get it done.
In order to take the Strident Conservative to the next level, I need hundreds of people to pledge $2 a month or more (link is in the upper right corner). And for me to get my book published, I’m going to start a GoFundMe or other fundraising program to raise the thousands of dollars I’ll need.
I plan to have a few perks coming down the pike for my supporters, so keep an eye out.
By the way, I invite you to sign up for email or push notifications. In this day and age of social media uncertainty, it’s could soon be the only way to keep getting my content.
If you’re a believer, I solicit your prayers. The spiritual warfare in my work has always been intense, but the battle in the heavenlies has grown in intensity lately. As Ephesian 6:12 tells us, “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
The destruction of true conservatism and the rise of far-left socialism is no longer in doubt. The only question remaining is how will we respond?
For me, I’ll keep walking the narrow path, but I need your help to complete the journey.
David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative. He holds people of every political stripe accountable for their failure to uphold conservative values, and he promotes those values instead of political parties.