Thursday, May 5, 2016

What Now?

***David French has a good piece up over at National Review Online.

It’s not too early to start rebuilding from the ashes. The party of Lincoln is in ruins. A minority of its primary voters have torched its founders’ legacy by voting for a man who combines old-school Democratic ideology, a bizarre form of hyper-violent isolationism, fringe conspiracy theories, and serial lies with an enthusiastic flock of online racists to create perhaps the most toxic electoral coalition since George Wallace.
This is true. We have nominated moderates before - and by the way, we always lose when we do that, but at least I think they were good men. John McCain, Mitt Romney, while a little too middle of the road on some things in my opinion, I believe in their hearts wanted good  things for America and her people. I cannot say Donald Trump is a good man. I've seen nothing in his past or so far in his campaign to make me believe otherwise. Nominating him is almost as surreal to me as electing Barack Obama was. Very difficult to believe it happened, but there it is.

So, what now? If the conservative movement is to endure in the short term and prevail in the long term, it has to combine immediate short-term responses with a number of long-term strategic changes. This is a clarifying moment in American political history — a moment that gives conservatives the opportunity to act decisively, to start anew.
 
Read the piece for French's ideas. I think he's right. I'm rethinking my decision to vote for Trump. Even though I do think he would be marginally better than Hillary, I still think he would enact disastrous policies for this country. It's really a sickening feeling. And to the people who say we are the ones who will get Hillary elected, I say bunk. People who voted for an illegitimate Republican rather than one of the other real conservatives in the race are the ones who will be responsible for our loss in November. We absolutely have to at least hold the House. If that falls, I don't think the country will survive in any real way. We will rush down the road to socialism, and the grand experiment will be over. Sorry to be so negative, but there's only so far we can let the country slide and still come back. French seems to think it's possible, and I hope to God he's right.
 
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Isaiah 40:31 - But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.
 
 

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