Plaudits for the American Conservative Movement -- AND an Important Caveat
We conservatives have kept going through many demoralizing times, never giving up. But we did lose much of the joy we felt when the Tea Party first burst onto the scene.
Along the way, we ceased to be the happy warriors who swept the elections in 2010. The sense of being the underdogs, always playing catch-up, remained with us through 2017. Even with Trump racking up historic actions, many of us still were afraid to believe the worst was over.
Today, I found an article at AmericanThinker.com that tells us that the Left is actually on the ropes, now, and gives the reasons why. It's The Left's 1942,by J.R. Dunn. Dunn gives us plenty of reasons to recapture the happy warrior mindset we remember from 2010. "For the first time in many decades," Dunn says, "we can turn our eyes toward the bright sunlit uplands, where liberty reigns, and where each may abide by his vine and fig tree and be not afraid." And he means it!
American Move Toward Political Aristocracy Thwarted Two of the most interesting points Dunn makes are that we, the conservative insurgency, have successfully destroyed both Clintonism and the "dynasty principle in American politics." He flat-out calls Clintonism a "criminal organization" that has been "by far the greatest threat to American democracy." (I would have said republicanism, rather than democracy. If conservatives start systematically correcting everyone, we can change this very dangerous habit).
Dunn also states flat out that, if the Kennedys or the Bushes had succeeded in establishing themselves as political dynasties (they almost DID!), the result would have been to revert the "US to a European aristocratic system with ensuing corruption and loss of liberties."
JEB's Book Touting Amnesty Spelled Out His Intentions I have to agree with him on that. I first understood the true threat of the Bushes when JEB's book, Immigration Wars, came out, well over a year before the 2016 presidential campaign, explaining how we simply must have open migration into the United States. Nothing else would be fair.
I found that book to be a frightening globalist statement. For me, it carried an ominous tone throughout, one that gave me a chill. It sounded to me as though the book was simply "notifying" us how things were going to be, in America, that it was already set into stone, a done deal, along with the election of JEB as our next president. There was zero sense that it was trying to inspire us, or ask us, to agree with its ideas. Also, notably, in my view, it was written for JEB by our own Arizona Supreme Court Justice, and former head of the conservative Goldwater Institute, ClintBolick. What does that tell you?
To Conservatives: Victory Absolutely Possible, if We Avoid Complacency But, I digress. Dunn also makes a glorious statement, and delivers what I see as a serious and wellfounded warning to conservatives: "Never have opportunities for restoring full representative government been so promising." Dunn says, adding that, "Nothing is guaranteed." And here's the warning: "Some of these victories may be turned around. Some may be fumbled by an inept GOP or a clumsy conservative base (as in the case of Roy Moore)."
Dunn is so right! Have we not seen it right here in Arizona? Just a few months ago, we saw prominent Arizona conservative activists clumsily sabotage a viable and well-organized effort to remove the RINO chairman of the Republican Party. (Full disclosure: I was a central figure in the removal initiative, so, had a ringside seat to what transpired). This act revealed to me an unexpected rift within the conservative movement in our state. In my view, truly activist Arizona conservatives need to figure out how to create a unified conservative activist front, and how to ensure that such sabotage will not short-circuit our next bold move.