Today is Election Day +1. After a nip-and-tuck day at the polls, we don’t have a definite winner of the presidential race yet, but Democrats retained control of the House, and they flipped a few seats in the Senate. In the end, the Republican/Democrat duopoly won last night because the establishment’s game continues; only the players have been changed.
With only 730 days before the 2022 mid-term elections and a mere 1458 days before the 2024 presidential election, are constitutional conservatives finally ready to change the establishment’s game?
Even though the result of the race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden was much closer than many thought it would be, the sad reality is that the difference between the two is no different than tomayto or tomahto politically speaking when it comes to issues important to conservatives longing to see America return to her constitutional roots.
And with anti-conservative Republicans Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy likely to retain their party “leadership” positions after winning their reelections — I just threw up in my mouth a little bit — Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi will have the willing allies they need to advance the far-left agenda.
The consequences of continuing to play the game built by the Republican/Democrat duopoly for the benefit of the Republican/Democrat duopoly are so grave that if we continue to participate, we do so at our own peril. Quite simply, this means the days of binary voting for Republicans because “Democrats are worse” need to end . . . starting right now!
The Republican Party is filled with a bunch of sniveling, spineless cowards pretending to be conservatives. While they are quick to unfurl the banner of conservatism every two years during election season, they just as quickly fold it up and store it away once their campaign coffers are full and our votes secured.
In other words, being a conservative is a matter of convenience, not conviction, for the vast majority of Republicans. And in the end, conservatives no longer had a home within the GOP.
As a movement, conservatives have been all too willing to accept the crumbs falling from the GOP establishment’s table even as we convinced ourselves that having an “R” in office was better than having a “D.” Unfortunately, this binary approach to voting has done more harm than good to the conservative values. Party bosses, or perhaps thugs would be a more appropriate description, demand our capitulation to their self-interested agenda under the threat of retribution if we choose not to toe the party line.
Another consequence of refusing to change the game will be that Trumpism will live on long after Trump is gone.
Republicans have been self-destructing under the “leadership” of Mitch McConnell for a long time, so to believe that the party will “return” to conservatism after Trump is gone is to ignore how it was responsible for him becoming President in the first place.
Despite their promise to be a firewall against socialism, the Republican Party has adopted the far-left’s socialist ideology to create a rebranded conservative agenda known as Nationalism. And this rebranded conservatism will become the identity of the Republican Party of the future.
For example, Sen. Josh Hawley has become a leader in the party and is considered Presidential material by many. Hawley, as you may recall, was a speaker at last year’s National Conservatism Conference (NCC) where he gave a speech that could have easily been given by Bernie Sanders. In the name of this new conservatism, he attacked the “powerful upper class and their cosmopolitan priorities,” and called for “a new consensus” to address the “discontent of our time.”
Another speaker at the NCC event considered a possible presidential contender in 2024 is FOX News host Tucker Carlson. In his keynote address, Carlson — who loves Elizabeth Warren’s “Economic Patriotism” platform because it sounds like “Donald Trump at his best” — proclaimed that big government wasn’t as much a threat to liberty as the private sector (free market).
It’s important to remember that when we say the “far-left,” we aren’t only talking about Democrats. The far-left is how we describe everyone not considered a conservative. For example: Republican Mitch McConnell was no different that Democrat Harry Reid when it came to advancing Obama’s radical agenda.
Let’s say “adios” to the corrupt two-party system. Let’s refuse to play the duopoly’s game and decide here and now that we will CHANGE the game. This election was an abhorrent affair run by abhorrent people. But if we possess the will, we can change that in future elections.
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.