The aftermath of Trump’s loss in the 2020 election has been evidence enough for many to believe the end of Trumpism within the Grand Old Party is near. As a result, some are abandoning the party altogether and are joining fringe movements. Many are simply flocking to their pre-Trump ways.
Everyone still holds the same core values, yet instead of a chief, they’re left with a career politician.
Following Trump’s 2016 election, Republicans held both the House and the Senate, led by Vice President Pence and Speaker Paul Ryan, for two years before the 2018 midterm elections. Our representatives had two full years of majority voting power, and used it for absolutely nothing.
Mitt Romney, Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn.
These three names have one thing in common: they’re all part of the GOP status quo. Greater than that, they spearhead it.
Prior to the Trump administration, the Republican party was all about free trade and economic policy. This is the GOP the left would be more than happy to meet at the ballot box—an inactive, reactionary, passive GOP which claims to hold the views of all whom they represent and yet they do nothing.
These politicians, men and women like Romney and Cornyn, do not fight for your values. Matter of fact, they don’t fight for anything, except, of course, to hold on to their bit of power.
The last four years have clearly shown that many GOP leaders aren’t actually leaders; they’re politicians. These men and women do whatever it takes, not to help you, your family, or your business, but instead their own position. This is their endgame.
Not all is lost, though. The status quo is not inevitable unless we refuse to stand up for our values. That means punishing Republicans who’ve not held up their end of the bargain.
Conservatives have to stop believing the blatant lie that politicians want what’s best for you. Conservatives have to stop believing in the idea that some day, if just enough votes come out red, our values will be defended, even promoted, by those we vote for.
It also means no longer remaining reactionary, whether that be in politics or anywhere else. Conservatives must retake the ground they’ve ceded for the past two decades, and, if the men and women I’ve talked about aren’t ready and willing to aid in that reclamation, we cannot allow them to hold onto their seats.
The worst part about the situation itself is the fact that Democrats have already figured it out.
Democrats had the same issue as the Republican party for years. This changed in the 2018 midterms, though, with the election of the likes of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and other radically progressive Democrats. These representatives had a substantial impact on the party itself, forever shifting it further left but, even more importantly, pushing its policies even more.
This is not a call to abandon the GOP, nor to pull the kill switch on the party altogether. Third parties simply don’t work in the United States, and abandoning the party doesn’t really accomplish much of anything.
It is beyond imperative that conservatives pull together and not just push against the onslaught of leftism, but also against the onslaught of fake values and false promises found even in the heart of the GOP.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.