In case you’ve missed it, a lot of folks on the liberal left have taken to calling themselves “the resistance,” basically saying that President Trump is illegitimate and they will do whatever is necessary to see the man impeached.
They even have a snazzy web site where they have an outlined platform that looks like nothing but typical liberal boilerplate.
In fact, resistance has become the media buzzword for a lot of political activities on the left, as if opposing a president from another party is suddenly chic and counter-culture:
— Telegram & Gazette (@telegramdotcom) June 5, 2017
SNL has been leading the resistance for generations. That’s unlike Trump who is led on a leash by Putin.
— (((CHRIS SUPRUN))) (@TheChrisSuprun) June 5, 2017
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) June 4, 2017
…and that’s just a sampling of “resistance” themed tweets from the past 24 hours. Whether or not this is a silly attempt to brand basic political opposition as some sort of cool underground fight against the man, the language has definitely taken root.
Meanwhile, amongst Trump diehards, another term has taken root. They’ve taken to calling themselves the “persistence,” a mocking jab at the leftist line. Herman Cain even called it “a movement” of its own. Alright then.
What if I don’t want to be part of either one of these groups? What if I want to call out President Trump when he does something wrong, like delaying moving our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, but also praise him when he does something right, like the recent decision to stay out of the disastrous Paris climate accords?
What if I want to maintain my identity as a conservative, a real one with values and principles, and not simply don a jersey for one side of this fight?
I guess you’ll have to say I’m a part of The Consistence, where my values don’t change because of the man sitting in the White House.
I’m not suddenly against free trade, or in support of massive unwieldy infrastructure funding bills, or opposed to reforming social security because Donald Trump was elected president. I am a consistent conservative.
Some on our side would prefer we just fall in line with “the persistence” and back Trump to the hilt regardless of what’s happening. I’ll admit I was caught off guard by a Dennis Prager editorial in National Review a few days ago, which effectively told conservatives who didn’t support Trump (myself included) to fall in line, or you’re handing over the country.
Here’s his main accusation about conservatives like me:
I have concluded that there are a few reasons that explain conservatives who were Never-Trumpers during the election, and who remain anti-Trump today.
The first and, by far, the greatest reason is this: They do not believe that America is engaged in a civil war, with the survival of America as we know it at stake.
While they strongly differ with the Left, they do not regard the left–right battle as an existential battle for preserving our nation. On the other hand, I, and other conservative Trump supporters, do.
This is absurd. The reason why many conservative Trump critics remain opposed is because the left-right battle happening in this country is so consequential, and we shouldn’t be yielding any ground to the left with “our man” in the White House.
Do you know what makes it easier for liberal ideas to take hold? When both major parties are pushing said ideas, as we’ve seen with crony capitalism, expansion of the entitlement state, and over-regulation.
Prager finishes with a call to action for people like me:
They can join the fight. They can accept an imperfect reality and acknowledge that we are in a civil war, and that Trump, with all his flaws, is our general. If this general is going to win, he needs the best fighters. But too many of them, some of the best minds of the conservative movement, are AWOL.
I beg them: Please report for duty.
Here’s the problem. Men aren’t worth fighting for. Individuals aren’t worth turning into a cause. Imperfect humans are often worthy of defense but not worthy of a war in their name.
Ideas, on the other hand, can be closer to perfect. They can be more impactful than a single human being ever can. I choose to ignore Prager’s call and defend conservative ideas. That means taking “our general” to task when he’s wrong, and lifting him up when he’s right.
I don’t want to be thrown onto some “team” because Donald Trump became President of the United States. I want to be a conservative. I want to be part of The Consistence.