Divisions Over Trump Reveal Integrity Within the Conservative Movement
With our current national nightmare concluding in just a few days, many are holding their breath in worried anticipation that an even worse nightmare is about to begin. Sadly, the late hours of November 8 may very well find me in agreement that a new national nightmare is imminent. Unlike many, if not most, however, I believe that whatever nightmare is looming, it will be short-lived and may very well give way to a new and improved conservative movement. Strangely, my optimism is a product of Donald Trump.
At the onset, let me be very clear—by no stretch of the imagination am I looking forward to either a Hillary presidency or a Trump presidency. And I remain staunchly #NeverTrump. Regardless of who emerges from the slough of electoral despair, I foresee being tempted to keep my eyes covered during the next four years. If I do, I promise to occasionally peek out from between my fingers to see what the more courageous of my conservative brothers and sisters are up to. I'm counting on them to lay the necessary groundwork for the coming resurgence of conservative principles and recommitment to the Constitution.
The seeds for that resurgence have always been there, lying dormant under the GOP surface. Unwittingly, Donald Trump has churned up so much Republican soil that those conservative seeds are already beginning to sprout. Only time will tell if they bear fruit, but I believe that the odds look fairly good.
Reaching back deep into the GOP primary, many believe that this election season has revealed a fracture in the Republican Party. For months now, Trump supporters and those in the #NeverTrump crowd have hurled vitriol and invectives back and forth. It's easy to see why some are predicting the demise of the Grand Old Party. For me, the intervarsity squabble reveals a desire to protect the integrity of the conservative movement.
Things would be so much easier for everyone involved if conservatives would all just fall in line and conform to the company's talking points. Thankfully, conservatives desire to stand true on principles, which has helped to create the climate of division that characterizes the 2016 presidential election.
Further, and possibly more importantly, many of the Republicans who are planning on voting for Donald Trump next week are planning to do so with their noses firmly plugged and with a deep sense of regret about what might have been. Many who disagree with my #NeverTrump position agree with my assessment of Trump's lack of competency and virtue. Outside of the shrill voices of the alt-right, very few conservatives who are planning on voting for Trump are attempting to put lipstick on their pig. And that's the way they see it—Donald Trump is most definitely a pig, but he's their pig and they'd rather have their pig in power than the other side's pig.