Don’t Forgo ‘Frenchism’

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Friday, June 7, 2019


David French is destroying America as we know it.

At least that’s what some populists are accusing him of. The recent debate over French’s style of conservatism is being used as a comedic tool by his supporters and a disparaging hammer by his detractors. Everything from the sub-par Game of Thrones finale to the NYC subway running late is seemingly his fault. Why? Because National Review, French, and his politeness have apparently led to the failure of every socially conservative policy in the 21st century. Let us not forget that he’s a “squish” on his pro-life stance!

The entire debate began after a Sohrab Ahmari, an editor for the New York Post, sent a since-deleted tweet, and later authored an op-ed, stating that a drag pageant in Sacramento was the fault of French. To Ahmari, French’s unwillingness to consider politics a “war” has led to the right losing the fight on culture. But French is correct to say the left isn’t actually the enemy. They should be educated on the values and principles of conservatism rather than be treated as objective to destroy. Fight for your values, but don’t vilify those on the other side of the aisle. “Frenchism” ensures that we don’t get so embroiled in politics that we forget that the other side is also American.

Ahmari, while incorrect on French, still made a somewhat legitimate argument. Sometimes politeness isn’t the correct course of action and a “lib” needs to be “owned,” but this certainly isn’t the reality in most cases. Soon after French responded to Ahmari however, the debate escalated. After receiving criticism en mass, French retold his story of becoming one of the most important conservative activists in modern American history. His actions have given way to a new generation of college students who hardly bare the effects of the oppressive free speech codes or attacks on religious liberties on campuses of old. His history didn’t stop critics from attacking him for seemingly conceding his to appease the left in the name of “David Frenchian politeness.”

The most disgusting impugnment of French is the criticism of him being soft on pro-life issues after the death of a 17-year-old girl from the Netherlands. He appropriately drew the line at this comment and responded with a 10 tweet long thread detailing his extensive history of defending the lives of the unborn. David Marcus, a correspondent for The Federalist and the man who accused French of being a soft pro-lifer, could not have made a more outrageous mischaracterization of French. French has an extensive pro-life record, as well as has helped inspire a new generation of pro-life activists, myself included.

He has represented pro-life activist Lila Rose in court in a battle with Planned Parenthood. He worked with Alliance Defending Freedom and Students for Life, even going as far as to provide free legal counsel for students fighting for pro-life causes. French regularly informs his readership on how to win the fight for the unborn as well as co-hosts an unyieldingly pro-life podcast, Ordered Liberty, with fellow National Review staff writer Alexandra DeSanctis.

French, without even realizing it, is one of the guiding hands that has led me down my path. He was the source of inspiration for my legal aspirations. He is a large part of why I’m able to effectively argue my vehement pro-life stance. He is should be lauded as a champion of the unborn, not considered a “squish.”

In reality, none of the attacks leveled at French could be further from the truth. French and his principled stances have only courted more individuals to the conservative movement. Does that mean French is without his problems? Of course not. He allows his personal views get in the way of a logical opinion on Trump, but does that mean tweets calling for “Never Trumpers” like French to be removed from National Review reasonable? No, in actuality it’s a classic move taken directly from the leftist playbook.

Those who are calling for French to be fired and the demise of National Review are the same people who wail when conservatives are de-platformed from YouTube and social media. How is this contradiction lost on these so-called conservatives? The answer: they are so blinded by their vilification for “Frenchism” that they’re willing to toss away values in-order to destroy their political “enemy.”

Joseph Chalfant is the Lead Development Officer at Lone Conservative and an intern for NewsBusters. He is a political science major at Texas State University and plans to attend law school to study constitutional law after graduation. He is known for being the resident Game of Thrones expert for wherever he works.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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Joseph Chalfant is the Lead Development Officer at Lone Conservative and an intern for NewsBusters. He is a political science major at Texas State University and plans to attend law school to study constitutional law after graduation. He is known for being the resident Game of Thrones expert for wherever he works.

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