Establishing a direction for the conservative movement

It is time for us to be honest with ourselves: The conservative movement has no direction. We are mired in culture wars, current events and being anti-Leftist. We need to reclaim our direction. Much of this lack of direction is because Donald Trump is not an ideological conservative. His policies have been good, but Trump himself is not motivated by conservative philosophy.

Donald Trump has been a bulwark against the radical Left. Millions of conservatives voted for Trump to be that bulwark, and they will vote for him again as Joe Biden represents the same agenda as Hillary Clinton – but perhaps even more radical as the Democrats have embraced even more big government and “woke” identity politics. But we need something more than a bulwark.

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Looking back at the Hiroshima bombing

Last Thursday was the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bomb. Europe and Asia were devastated by World War II, but the reason the Hiroshima bomb stands out is because so much devastation was caused by a single mob as opposed to thousands of bombs dropped on a city.

Historical context is critical here. Japan was brutal and ruthless in the war, and the Rape of Nanking stands as one of the worst atrocities in human history. The city was destroyed, over 200,000 people were massacred (the death toll may have been as high as 300,000) and tens of thousands of women and girls were brutally raped by sadistic Japanese soldiers. That atrocity was only one example of Japan’s evil.

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Crossing the line into cynicism

Discernment is a good thing. Christians, especially, should be cultivating their discernment. We need to understand when people can have bad motives, and warn against what they are doing. We need to understand when something that seems harmless now can be exploited and abused later. The Apostle Paul did this in Scripture, writing against the false teachers of his day.

But we should avoid the temptation to be cynical. A friend once told me that cynicism is discernment without love. We must be aware of the temptation to be cynical, and understand when we are “discerning” without love. To be sure, we will often be falsely accused of cynicism when we are practicing righteous discernment, but the fact that we were discerning yesterday does not mean we are not cynical today.

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Wear a mask, but do not enforce it with guns

It astonishes me that at a time where we are discussing over-policing and even allocating resources away from police to other anti-crime initiatives we are actually directing the police to enforce a public mask mandate and threatening six months in jail for not wearing a mask in public.

Two weeks ago, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb proposed a statewide mandate that people wear masks in public places. Holcomb’s original proposal was to make not wearing a mask a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail. Holcomb tried to ease worries about the excessive punishment by saying “mask police will not be patrolling Hoosier streets,” but any time you implement a draconian penalty like that there is a likelihood that it will be used. Surely Holcomb knows this.

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Republicans must destroy the cult of personality

One of the reasons I did not vote for Donald Trump in 2016 was the cult mentality surrounding him. It remains frustrating, but that frustration has also expanded to the small minority of anti-Trump Republicans. Liz Cheney has been one of the few to resist that trend. From National Review:

(Cheney) rightly refuses to play by the dumb rule insisted on by MAGA and Never-Trump Republicans from their respective parts of the spectrum, that the only two options are to submit to the president totally or to oppose him totally, with no honorable space in between.

It is bad for the Republican Party and bad for the country when Republican voters, pundits and elected officials process everything through the filter of personal loyalty to Donald Trump. No matter how loyal you have been in the past, and no matter how much you have supported and defended Trump and his agenda up until now, one act of dissent means you are a bad person.

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A life taken far too soon

I was shocked to learn of the death of Mike Adams, one of my favorite columnists. Adams was a relentless defender of free speech and due process, and won big victories in court when faced with unlawful discrimination. Naturally he was hated by radical Leftists. When it was revealed that he had died, degenerate perverts immediately started virtually dancing on his grave on social media.

But we should not be self-righteous as conservatives. I have seen many on the Right express similar sentiments about Leftists. There are plenty of nasty, hateful trolls on both sides. This is not to excuse either side, but to provide some much needed perspective.

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Tearing down statues and Romans 3:10-12

The Bible makes it clear that we are all hopeless before God. No matter how many “good works” we do in our lives, we are damned before the Creator. We have sinned, and we are more deeply stained with sin than we realize. This eternal truth from Scripture has special relevance today as we debate tearing down statues, including of our founding fathers and other great men in history.

Of course our founding fathers were sinful men. Every single person born since Adam consumed the Forbidden Fruit has been stained by sin. Not just lying and stealing, but the most horrifyingly evil things imaginable… and many evils that some of us cannot even imagine. The question is not whether these men were flawed, because they obviously were. The question is whether they accomplished great things and whether those we should have memorials to those great things.

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Shifting the Overton Window on foreign policy

Probably the most important thing that Donald Trump has done for the Republican Party is shift the Overton Window on foreign policy and military intervention within the GOP. Many of his positions – tax cuts, deregulation, pro-life policy, religious liberty – are boilerplate Republican policy and have been for decades. Many of us in the Republican base were very surprised that he followed through on that.

Non-interventionism is new – or at least newly popular. Sure, there have been non-interventionist Republicans before (such as Pat Buchanan) but Trump popularized non-interventionism within the GOP in a way that would have been unthinkable fifteen years ago. Imagine in 2005 if a Republican in Congress argued the Iraq war was a mistake and that we need to pull back. They were relegated to the fringes. Ron Paul gained some traction in 2008, but nowhere near close to winning the nomination.

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