All I ask for is a truce, not a capitulation. This is directed at the persons who call themselves Reagan Republicans and who continue to be anti-Trump. 2019 is a consequential year. Pelosi and Schumer are preparing the battleground for 2020. Pelosi will wield the power of investigation far more aggressively and strategically than Paul Ryan did. Ryan was a somewhat closet anti-Trumper, as are far too many (R) politicians. Now is the time to rally to Trump whether he makes it easy to do so or not.
Michael Anton, who authored “The Flight 93 Election” is back with a post at American Greatness entitled “What We Still Have to Lose”:
These are dangerous times. The Left has made them so and insists on increasing the danger. Leftists hold virtually every commanding height in our society—financial, intellectual, educational, cultural, administrative—and yet they affect the posture of an oppressed and besieged “resistance.”
Nonsense. The real resistance is led by President Trump. It is resistance to the Left’s all-consuming drive for absolute power, its hostility to all American and Western norms—constitutional, moral, prudential—and its boundless destructive enmity. If I have been persuaded by any criticism of “The Flight 93 Election,” it is that I was ungenerous to Trump. The president stands clearly and firmly against these virulent attacks on America and firmly for the protection of life and liberty, and the promotion of the good life for the American people. Those are the core responsibilities of any American president. May President Trump continue to fulfill them until the end of his constitutionally won second term.
What the Kavanaugh affair has made clearer to me than ever is that the Left will not stop until all opposition is totally destroyed. The harm they do to people, institutions, mores and traditions is, in their view, not regrettable though unavoidable collateral damage; it is rather an essential element of the project.
Recall the headwinds that Republicans faced in filling federal appointments and getting cooperation from federal agencies. If there is no Deep State, it would be great if agency employees stopped acting as if there were. Everyone needs to act with fidelity to their oaths and not aid abet those that do not. A Fifth Column is not hyperbole: it is manifest just as Anton has described. And conservatives need to hold their fire on Trump and not pile on to the efforts to destroy him over the next two years. If you think someone better than Pence should hold down the “insurance policy” slot for conservatism, put your efforts in that person being on the 2020 ticket, not on primary-ing Trump.