Early on November 8th, millions of rural and urban conservative voters entered the polling booths to vote in an election they believed they had already lost. Hillary Clinton was up at least 2 points in the national polls and all statistics websites had a Trump victory as a marginally popular chance. While some remained slightly optimistic of a high Trump turnout, almost no one predicted that the race would end so decisively in Trump’s favor.
Many conservatives, whether they voted for Trump or not, were overjoyed and exulted in this historic victory. However, with the reigns of power firmly in the hands of the Republican party, there is little excuse for Republican inaction. We must hold our elected officials to conservative standards and we must begin now. We have a long road ahead of us to repeal Obamacare, cut corruption, lower taxes, and improve our country. To achieve this, there are several things to keep in mind:
- We Cannot Start a Party Civil War. Talk show hosts like Sean Hannity and others that share his thinking have suggested, or demanded, that Republican leaders and thinkers who did not wholeheartedly support Donald Trump be ousted from the party. This includes Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, entertainer and political pundit Glenn Beck, talk show host Ben Shapiro, and possibly senator Ted Cruz,(despite his late endorsement of Trump), among others. A civil war will only increase internal hostility, lowering the chance of Obamacare repeal, tax reform, and more. The Republican party already has a tendency to splinter its votes. There is no need to increase that chance.
- We Cannot give Donald Trump a Break. Despite whatever we may feel, he does not deserve any leniency for defeating Hillary Clinton. Principle is key here, if Barak Obama wouldn’t have gotten away with leftist policy, nether can Trump. If Trump wants to replace Obamacare with any form of socialized medicine, (as he has suggested), he must be opposed as rigorously as Barack Obama was. He does not get a free pass in medicine, or forced paid maternity leave, or ‘common sense’ gun control because he is a republican, because he defeated Hillary Clinton, or because he is going to keep out illegal immigrants. Our principles must remain the same no matter who is in office.
- Donald Trump Does Not Deserve our Early Criticism. This is not a walk back from my previous statement. We must still call him out when he does something bad, but until he does, he deserves our support or silence. Disparaging Trump as a horrible president before he actually is the president is just as unprincipled as praising him as a wonderful human being when he is not a wonderful human being (I’m looking at my fellow Never-Trumpers here). We, all conservatives, need to hold to our integrity.
- Congress Must be Held Accountable. Work should begin as soon as possible to repeal damaging leftist legislation. Republican congressmen who supported Donald Trump do not get a free pass. Newt Gingrich and Mitch McConnell are very moderate politicians, and if strides want to be made to abolish said damaging leftist policy, they, like everyone else, must be held accountable to the Constitution and not let alone because they aided in Trump’s victory.
- The Left Must be Rebutted at Every Turn. This means in argument and in action. The Left will continue to call Republicans violent radicals, sexists, bigots, homophobes, etc. and will seek to capitalize on any example that we give of this behavior. We cannot give them a legitimate chance to label us as any one of these things, and we must politely and civilly rebut them at every chance. We have won. No gloating.
- Racism Cannot be Allowed in the Party. While racists that support Trump were and are certainly a minority, we cannot be complacent to their existence in the party. We cannot allow ourselves to think of racism as an ally and white republicans shouldn’t tolerate its existence. Racism is a horrible thing, and is everything the Republican party was founded against. The media is calling Trump’s election a White-Lash, (it wasn’t: fewer whites voted for Trump than Romney), and we cannot allow ourselves to justify any acceptance of this label.
Conservatives have won a great victory, if not in the election of Donald Trump, then certainly in the defeat of Hillary Clinton. We must maintain our virtues and hold to our principles, even when they are painful or difficult to keep. We have a chance to un-work the damage done to our country, our constitution, and our people. We live in the United States of America, and we are lucky to be here! Let’s act like it.
Oh, and hug your local Hillary supporter. They’ve been through a lot.