What’s a small-government conservative to do in this day and age? How do we fight today’s battles and the battles to come? At the end of this rambling disaster, you’ll find that I have no idea. (See that? That’s called “foreshadowing”. Wait, I don’t think that’s foreshadowing. Whatever.)
Some of you heard about that restaurant in Tucson, Arizona that just got crushed under the heel of a liberal Birkenstock. The local eatery put up a pro-Trump, anti-ANTIFA Facebook post. The restaurant is now closed indefinitely because they received so many threats of violence.
Make no mistake about it, we are in an internal war for the future of this country. Your desire to live in peace and be left alone is not reciprocated by the left. And when one side decides to make war, the other can fight back or accept subjugation. There is no third option.
That so many realize we are in this war is one of the main reasons the GOP nominated Trump. But Trump’s name-calling, schoolyard brand of fighting back, while preferable to Ben Sasse’s “aw shucks, golly gee” routine, is not the solution. Don’t get me wrong, I think Trump is doing several good things for this country, but making fun of a Mika Brzezinski’s facelift is not morally right. Nor is it a long-term battle plan.
Maybe the future of conservatism looks like this: Bold and unafraid to challenge not what the media is pushing, but the very premise behind it. Willing to fight important battles that are unpopular because, (are you ready for this?), it’s the right thing to do. You don’t have to make death threats to the local commie hemp shop, but you don’t have to shop there either. You don’t have to answer intricate questions about bump stocks, you challenge the very notion that government has the right to regulate firearms.
I don’t know. Just because I’m an accomplished writer with many, many prestigious awards (4th place in my 3rd grade spelling bee), that doesn’t mean I have all the answers. But I know this battle is one we have to fight. We’ll all make mistakes while we do it, but fight we must.