America has voted and Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States. As a #NeverTrumper (as well as a #NeverHillary), I want to sincerely congratulate President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence. They ran a hard race and prevailed against amazing odds.
During his acceptance speech, Trump extended a hand to those who opposed him. It was encouraging to see. So many were praying for him to do just that when he became the nominee. Instead, as with the Republican establishment, he told conservatives he didn’t want them nor did he need them. It caused an unfortunate rift.
But it is a new day. Now that Trump has been elected, as with every president-elect, he deserves a clean slate. He reached out and many #NeverTrumpers rightfully returned the gesture. Let’s not stop there.
Across the nation, millions of Hillary supports feel completely deflated. They believe their country has been hijacked. The president-elect is going to just burn the whole thing down. America, as they know it, is done. We’re reliving 2008 all over again with the roles reversed. But this time, conservatives have the chance to do things right.
With complete control of the House, Senate and White House in 2008, Democrats began their reign of radicalism immediately. They demeaned and degraded the newly organized conservative Tea Party Movement. The IRS, mainstream media and Democrat pundits targeted them, calling them racist, bigots, unpatriotic and dangerous. Obama supporters characterized Tea Partiers as more threatening than radical Muslims with a 2014 FBI Report agreeing. To add salt to the wound, the GOP establishment stood in the background and yawned.
Obama supporters praised him as he grabbed more and more power. They encouraged him to shove his agenda down America’s throat with executive orders. Liberals cheered Obama’s demand for stricter gun control. Democrats worshiped big government programs, wanting them to control their lives with free college, free health care, free food, free housing, and free living. Meanwhile, they cowered in their safe spaces to avoid offensive free speech.
Ironically, liberals are now hysterical, claiming Trump will take away their rights. With the shoe on the other foot, liberals are finding their position to be very, very uncomfortable. Panicking democrats fear a Trump drunk with power. And of course, Trump is Hitler.
The political pendulum is now at extremes. The Democrats swung it to the far left with President Barack Obama and then tore apart anyone who disagreed with him. They also completely ridiculed Middle America for rejecting Obama’s radical agenda. As a result of the overt suppression of the right, the pendulum swung far back to Donald Trump. Someone the left fears as much, if not more, than the right feared Obama or Hillary.
This is where #NeverTrumpers and other patriotic Americans have an opportunity to stop this divisive atmosphere we find ourselves in. #NeverTrumpers have the unique position to change the true course of America. Conservatives searched in vain for anyone on the left who would even hint that they understood the right’s concerns. But no one stood up. There was absolutely no Democratic opposition to Obama even though endless proof existed of his radicalism. No one wanted to listen. No one cared.
If the right responds in kind, they are no better than the left. It will also cause the left to look for someone even more radical than Obama or Hillary. The cycle will just continue, getting more and more extreme.
Republicans have an amazing opportunity in front of them. Instead of turning their backs on those petrified of Trump, just like the Democrats did to them, they can find some sort of common ground. And in doing so, conservatives could win some over to their cause.
#NeverTrumpers are in a position to do something Obama supporters never, ever would or could do: empathize. They are ready to support the president-elect and give him the benefit of the doubt. But they are not willing to blindly follow him as Democrats did with Obama. This unique circumstance can allow conservatives to open the door of communication to explain true Constitutional principles to people who have probably never considered listening before.
The Constitution purposely limited the power of the presidency. Presidents who pushed that limit eventually turned that new control over to the opposing party. Constitutionalists warned against Obama’s blatant power grab while liberals relished in it. Liberals did not look beyond an Obama, or Hillary, presidency to foresee a Republican president would reap those benefits too. Now, maybe they can acknowledge any power you don’t want your opponent to have, you shouldn’t give to your guy either. Returning to the Constitutional limitations of the power of the presidency could finally make sense to them.
Progressives in both parties have bloated all of government beyond functionality. If government is kept at a minimal, insignificant level, then it really doesn’t matter who gets into office. They won’t have the power to affect your lives. Democrats terrified of Trump could actually be demanding smaller government if Constitutional conservatives are willing to explain this right.
Men who experienced a dictatorial king wrote the Second Amendment to give the people a defense. They believed citizens must have the right to guard against a tyrannical government. Gun control advocates in politics, Hollywood and the media belittled the “bitter clingers” holding tightly to their guns and Bibles while gun sales hit record highs during the Obama Administration. Liberals mocked conservatives, saying our government would never turn into a dictatorship. Now those same people are scared to death Trump is a tyrannical dictator. They may not buy a gun, but they may be ready to honestly listen to the rational argument supporting the Second Amendment.
Eight years ago, Obama promised hope and delivered despair with the most divisive administration since the Reconstruction Era. Liberals told Republicans, “We won, you lost, get in the back of the bus.” Republicans cannot treat others the way we were treated. We must learn from history and not repeat our mistakes.
Americans will always have differences, but we must stop allowing progressives to force us to focus on them. It is our choice to build bridges or burn them. We must find common ground before we destroy everything America stands for.
Areas of unity can be found, not by abandoning principles but by sharing them.
We The People will Make America Great Again.
But that’s just my 2 cents.