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Proof: Conservative Activism can Work, Even in California

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Proof: Conservative Activism can Work, Even in California

Activism” has become a word and a con­cept co-​opted by the left to rep­re­sent their var­i­ous mis­sions. Envi­ron­men­tal activists, LGBT activists, and pro-​choice activists feel that they are the true activists in Amer­ica while con­ser­v­a­tives are often given dif­fer­ent titles such as “Tea Party patri­ots” or “reli­gious free­dom defend­ers.” Yes­ter­day, true con­ser­v­a­tive activism won a vic­tory despite three major obsta­cles: time, momen­tum, and California.

Lib­eral politi­cians have attempted to push their sense of fair­ness onto reli­gious schools in Cal­i­for­nia in an effort to make them choose between betray­ing their beliefs or fac­ing finan­cial penal­ties. Sen­ate Bill 1146, the Equity in Higher Edu­ca­tion Act, had passed the state Sen­ate in May and would have exposed faith-​based schools to law­suits if they didn’t com­ply with the state’s anti-​discrimination laws. Hous­ing for same-​sex mar­ried cou­ples and trans­gen­der bath­room choices were the biggest anti-​faith require­ments made by the state.

To fight this, the Asso­ci­a­tion of Faith-​Based Insti­tu­tions was formed. They had very lit­tle time to act after form­ing in the mid­dle of last month. They were fight­ing against the nation­wide momen­tum of the LGBT com­mu­nity that is being pushed by the left and accepted by many on the right, includ­ing the GOP and Lib­er­tar­ian can­di­dates for Pres­i­dent. Most sur­pris­ingly, they were try­ing to do all of this in the lib­eral bas­tion of California.

With every­thing stacked against them, they won.

State Sen­a­tor Ricardo Lara retreated to a posi­tion that was accept­able to the activists and the schools they rep­re­sented. Essen­tially, SB1146 will require these schools to post their exemp­tion sta­tus from the anti-​discrimination laws and report on stu­dents who are expelled for vio­lat­ing the school’s moral code of con­duct. Both of these pro­vi­sions are accept­able; none of the schools are inter­ested in hid­ing their posi­tions from prospec­tive stu­dents. Still, the left will play this as a minor victory.

What’s impor­tant to under­stand from all of this is that con­ser­v­a­tive activism is alive and well. It’s what gives hope to those of us who see the expan­sion of left­ist ideas into the main­stream. It stands as a bea­con for those who are los­ing hope in a sys­tem that is lurch­ing to the left. It’s even encour­ag­ing to those of us who are wor­ried that the Repub­li­can Party is becom­ing more lib­eral for the sake of pop­ulism while con­ser­v­a­tive politi­cians are shafted. This is another exam­ple of the need for a new con­ser­v­a­tive party that works with por­tions of the GOP, but that stands alone as a tan­gi­ble entity in the same vein as the Tea Party with­out the lim­i­ta­tions of being strictly a movement.

All that it takes for con­ser­v­a­tive activism to suc­ceed is for enough peo­ple to sus­pend dis­be­lief. We’re being ham­mered all the time with left­ist pro­pa­ganda that tells us lean­ing fur­ther to the left is the only way to achieve vic­tory. That’s sim­ply not the case. We can defend the Con­sti­tu­tion and expand our reach with young peo­ple because our val­ues and ideas are right. If we stay true to those val­ues and ideas, noth­ing the left does can stop us.

A note from DaT­e­chGuy: I hope you enjoyed JD Rucker’s piece. Remem­ber we will be judg­ing the entries in Da Mag­nif­i­cent try­outs by hits both to their post and to DaTip­Jar. So if you like Mr. Rucker’s work, please con­sider shar­ing this post, and if you hit DaTip­jar because of it, don’t for­get to men­tion Mr. Rucker’s post is the rea­son you did so. If you missed his pre­vi­ous pieces they are: The one word to asso­ciate with Hillary that would doom her camapign and Trump is Exactly Where He Wants to Be Despite GOP ‘Chaos’

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“Activism” has become a word and a concept co-opted by the left to represent their various missions. Environmental activists, LGBT activists, and pro-choice activists feel that they are the true activists in America while conservatives are often given different titles such as “Tea Party patriots” or “religious freedom defenders.” Yesterday, true conservative activism won a victory despite three major obstacles: time, momentum, and California.

Liberal politicians have attempted to push their sense of fairness onto religious schools in California in an effort to make them choose between betraying their beliefs or facing financial penalties. Senate Bill 1146, the Equity in Higher Education Act, had passed the state Senate in May and would have exposed faith-based schools to lawsuits if they didn’t comply with the state’s anti-discrimination laws. Housing for same-sex married couples and transgender bathroom choices were the biggest anti-faith requirements made by the state.

To fight this, the Association of Faith-Based Institutions was formed. They had very little time to act after forming in the middle of last month. They were fighting against the nationwide momentum of the LGBT community that is being pushed by the left and accepted by many on the right, including the GOP and Libertarian candidates for President. Most surprisingly, they were trying to do all of this in the liberal bastion of California.

With everything stacked against them, they won.

State Senator Ricardo Lara retreated to a position that was acceptable to the activists and the schools they represented. Essentially, SB1146 will require these schools to post their exemption status from the anti-discrimination laws and report on students who are expelled for violating the school’s moral code of conduct. Both of these provisions are acceptable; none of the schools are interested in hiding their positions from prospective students. Still, the left will play this as a minor victory.

What’s important to understand from all of this is that conservative activism is alive and well. It’s what gives hope to those of us who see the expansion of leftist ideas into the mainstream. It stands as a beacon for those who are losing hope in a system that is lurching to the left. It’s even encouraging to those of us who are worried that the Republican Party is becoming more liberal for the sake of populism while conservative politicians are shafted. This is another example of the need for a new conservative party that works with portions of the GOP, but that stands alone as a tangible entity in the same vein as the Tea Party without the limitations of being strictly a movement.

All that it takes for conservative activism to succeed is for enough people to suspend disbelief. We’re being hammered all the time with leftist propaganda that tells us leaning further to the left is the only way to achieve victory. That’s simply not the case. We can defend the Constitution and expand our reach with young people because our values and ideas are right. If we stay true to those values and ideas, nothing the left does can stop us.

A note from DaTechGuy: I hope you enjoyed JD Rucker’s piece. Remember we will be judging the entries in Da Magnificent tryouts by hits both to their post and to DaTipJar. So if you like Mr. Rucker’s work, please consider sharing this post, and if you hit DaTipjar because of it, don’t forget to mention Mr. Rucker’s post is the reason you did so. If you missed his previous pieces they are: The one word to associate with Hillary that would doom her camapign and Trump is Exactly Where He Wants to Be Despite GOP ‘Chaos’

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