Yes, you! You are corrupting and destroying conservatism, and need to go!
It seems the one thing conservatives can agree on is that we need purge the conservative movement of the other side. Trump supporters and opponents want to eliminate the opposing side for betraying conservative principles. Social Cons don’t trust the libertarians / squishy urban fiscal cons, while they see the social cons as backward theocrats. Race issues have one side calling the other either neo-Confederate racists or delusional egalitarians living in denial of reality. There are also conservatives who believe all Muslims are evil – these conservatives believe their opponents are dhimmis taken in by deception and, in turn, people condemn them as bigots willing to toss every Muslim in the same box as ISIS. Pro-police or anti-police? Immigration skeptic or proponent? Neocon or paleocon?
Even worse, you can be a moderate on an issue. Then both sides want to purge you – you must choose a side! Almost as bad as being a moderator, and thus be only worthy of being stuffed into a nuclear reactor.
So, obviously, this means someone wants you to be purged for the good of the conservative movement. And the only way for everyone to get their way is for everyone to be purged. No one is spared. If we eliminate the conservative movement, then we can be sure that all of those useless disgraces to the conservative movement are gone. And isn’t that the important thing?
If we don’t want to eliminate the conservative movement, the only way to survive is to resist the purging impulse. Obviously, there have to be rules (there is no conservative case for a Communist dictatorship or an Islamic theocracy, I don’t care how many think-pieces you write) but we have to keep somewhat of a broad tent in order to get our ideas turned into policy. Parties can be stricter — if you vote straight-ticket Democrat, you are not a Republican — but the movement as a whole is not an exclusive club, and it is not as valuable to try to set the boundaries.
The Left uses this against us — when people tried to kick out the alt-right, lefties and some purge-happy folks started calling everyone they did not like alt-right. We have actually benefited by the Left purging the insufficiently woke. There are numerous people driven out of the Left that have moved rightward, including much of the so-called Intellectual Dark Web. Playing the Left’s game here only helps their cause.
So, the next time you consider making those other supposed conservatives walk the plank, keep in mind that you might have to follow them, and you are feeding them to the Left, not sharks.Published in