I’m finding it a bit contradictory that many of my “conservative” friends have glossed over eyes for Donald Trump, have vehement rage for Mitch McConnell, and yet shift their blame to many conservatives for Trump’s agenda being stifled. Yet praise be that these conservatives are overjoyed at Roy Moore’s win in Alabama?
The issue is two-fold.
First, President Trump is, unfortunately, placing blame on Republicans who do not vote with the majority. While some establishment Republicans may vote against Trump because, well, he’s Trump, there are some conservatives that vote against these establishment-backed bills because they’re more of a smoke-and-mirror legislation than a sound solution.
Second, conservatives are voting in more conservatives, yet are blaming them when they don’t vote for these establishment-backed bills. Remember, it’s not just what the title of the legislation says, it’s the actual meat of the bill that reveals principled solutions or bureaucratic garbage.
We can either vote in establishment Republicans, in which case you’ll get a half-assed attempt of fulfilling Trump’s agenda, or apply pressure to the establishment Republicans to propose more conservative legislation, and praise our conservative caucuses for standing up for the reasons we put them there. The latter puts us on a path to truly fixing the ails of our nation, while the former means we throw out the entire Tea Party cause to drink more of Mitch’s do-nothing Kool-Aid.
And Mr. President, your enemy is McConnell’s establishment majority, not the conservative minority. Don’t fall for backing the establishment’s candidates because Mitch thinks it’ll make his life easier. He wants you to drink the Kool-Aid of imaginary fixes. If you want to fulfill the voice of the People, then please look to Alabama for validation.