Despite prognostications by #NeverTrumpers going into President Trump’s first year in office, he hasn’t been the liberal Democratic plant some expected him to be. I expected a couple of liberal programs and policies to hit this year, but so far they have all been pushed forward. 2017 has focused on Obamacare repeal, dismantling the regulatory state, improving border security, getting right-leaning judges on the bench, and our latest push for tax cuts.

This is good and bad news for conservatives. It’s good because we’ve been able to stay focused on the active components of the agenda and so far those active components have been aligned ideologically. I could go into great detail about the failings of the false attempts to repeal Obamacare (we were presented with “tweak and rebrand” efforts instead of “repeal and replace”) or the small degree we’ve been taking down the regulatory state (it should be a three-pronged attack with major cuts instead of the minor PR victories we’ve been seeing), but at least they’re sort of trying. It could have been worse.

Rich Lowry over at National Review went after those who continue to point to President Trump’s liberal actions when in reality, they haven’t been as liberal as many of us thought they’d be. I was on the verge of contacting him to explain what I’m about to write about here, but he finished the article by acknowledging what everyone needs to know.

The good conservative stuff was intentionally frontloaded into the administration’s agenda. Before the midterm elections, expect the White House and Congress to push the populist and liberal aspects of their agenda:

  • The trillion-dollar infrastructure plan that mirrors Chuck Schumer’s plan nicely will get a big push
  • Amnesty may be coming, regardless of what they call or it or how the President tries to justify it
  • “Fair trade” is still being pushed hard as the Establishment tries to convince conservatives in 1984 doublespeak style that we are opposed to free trade and have always been opposed to free trade
  • Budgets are going to be quietly engorged until the GOP is able to spend more money than we did in the Obama era
  • A continuation of silence on social issues; we’re still funding Planned Parenthood even today

It’s important for conservatives to be cognizant of all these things and anything else that screams of creeping liberalism coming from the GOP-controlled House, Senate, and White House. All of them, particularly the President himself, have demonstrated a willingness to be reasonable and even malleable when it comes to denouncing liberal ideas. We have to be loud. We have to be willing to oppose even when faux-conservative sheep announce their undying support for whatever their dear leader pushes. Be aggressive. Stay conservative.

There are actually two major problems today between liberals and their puppets in mainstream media. On one hand, we have leftists hiding behind the media as their journalistic shields. On the other hand, we have the media willfully covering up for leftists by spinning stories that expose the left, not reporting them at all, and/or highlighting every potential misstep by conservatives. They are not the same thing but must be addressed the same way.

I often read stories complaining about this phenomenon. They throw up statistics, count the number of minutes given to one story instead of another story on network news, and generally gripe about how unfair it is. There are certain things that need to be done if we’re going to fix this problem. I’ve broken them down into a three step process:

  1. Accept it. Mainstream media with very few exceptions leans left and will likely always lean left for the rest of our natural lives. It’s time to accept this as fact. Accepting it does not mean we shouldn’t speak out about it nor does it mean we need to give up. If we accept that the cards are stacked against us, we can quell the frustration that comes with every leftist-leaning headline. More importantly, we can plan accordingly.
  2. Spend time here. One of the reasons I love writing for Peter here at DaTechGuy Blog is because I can count on an audience that’s right-leaning. I’m a small-government federalist, a social conservative, and a constitutionalist. These three things mean I won’t make many liberals happy with anything I write. It’s important that we band together as an audience and support sites like this, RedState, Conservative Review, and my newest foray into conservative media, NOQ Report. It’s tempting for some to go to Google News, CNN, or even more moderate Fox News for the skinny on what’s happening in the world. I humbly request that you come to sites like this one first.
  3. Spread the word. We all have a louder voice than we did before the internet. With social media at our fingertips and word-of-mouth that we can use at work and other venues, we can get more people to read stories from sites like this before getting the leftist spin on mainstream media. The more we share, the easier it will be to keep sites like this one thriving. Just as some are boycotting the NFL or Hollywood, so too should we be boycotting the sites that actively promote the progressive agenda.

It bugs me when I see the same people complaining about how liberal mainstream media is go off and share mainstream media stories on social media. Those same stories without the liberal spin can be found on conservative sites. It takes a little more effort to find the stories sometimes, but it’s worth it rather than continuing to send people to the “big” sites.

The battle for the future of America can only be fought with two weapons: faith and knowledge. Pray for the nation. Then, help spread the word about sites like this one so we can get more Americans reading the truth rather than the leftist-filtered mainstream media garbage most people read.

The left is getting lefter. There’s no doubt the Democratic Party is pushing towards socialism and communism with “independent” Bernie Sanders leading the charge. I hear a lot of conservative commentaries welcoming this lurch. We need to be careful what we wish because, as we all know, voters can be swayed quickly with limited information and a good sales pitch.

They’re talking about Medicare-for-all. We know this is a horrific idea. Even Sanders himself admitted as much 30-years-ago. That hasn’t stopped the push. We need to be cognizant of it and be prepared to counter it with full force. Don’t take for granted that people can be easily shown how it would bankrupt the country. There are plenty of people who hear about $20 trillion debts, debt ceilings, busted budgets, and the federal reserve and think, “If I get free healthcare, who cares what the number crunchers in DC have to do to get me there?”

Remember how many people were shocked that Obamacare wasn’t free? Well, this IS “free” so millions will call for it regardless of the consequences. The Democrats are learning this. Their research is telling them they may have a winner if they nurture it. Many are willing to set aside logic and fiscal responsibility if it means taking back the House and the Senate. Don’t disregard this as impossible.

The hot topic lately has been about guns for obvious reasons. This is an area where there’s a little less complacency from the right, but it’s still almost impossible to imagine an America that completely disregards or repeals the 2nd Amendment. Folks, it really could happen and not as far in the future as most believe. Gun control pushes today are the first domino in a string that leads to full-blown gun-grabbing.

Lastly, there’s socialism itself. We are a capitalist nation. That’s (probably) not going to change any time soon. What we need to worry about is the false notion that they can’t push for socialism without tearing down capitalism first. In an ideal world for socialists, they don’t need to tear down capitalism at all. In fact, they would want capitalism to fund the socialism they desire.

One can read Atlas Shrugged and see the systematic deconstruction of capitalism happening with the rise of socialism. It’s fiction. It’s also not entirely impossible to happen even in America. We’re a nation of plenty that is fueled by those who do not have plenty in their opinions. They aren’t comparing their situations to the billions in the world who are starving and/or who do not enjoy basic levels of freedom. They’re comparing themselves to the guy down the block with the Ferrari. Socialists can paint a picture of income equality that is appealing on the surface. They won’t tell the people that income equality means everyone will be equally poor. They’re selling it as pushing things slightly better for the average American by taking from the rich. If you don’t think that can be sold as appealing to people, you’re still stuck in the 80s when such notions were unthinkable.

The Democrats aren’t committing the political suicide many on the right believe they are with their push to the far left. They’ve tested their messages, polled the people, and have come to the conclusion that this is a winning play for them. We cannot assume that common sense and facts will be enough to stop them from succeeding. It’s imperative that we fight the good fight to keep the impossible from becoming our reality.

There’s an old saying that makes its rounds at law schools across the country. The most talented law students become lawyers and eventually judges. Those who can’t make it as lawyers become professors. While this is meant as a derogatory statement students make about their law professors, there’s a bit of truth in it. No, I’m not suggesting that law professors are or were bad lawyers, but it’s no surprise that even in the relatively-conservative profession of the law, a majority of educators tend to lean left.

It’s much worse in other professions. I don’t have to convince you that higher education is a infested with leftist educators and administrators. Any debate about that reality has been thoroughly quashed in the last few years. Instead, it’s important for us to come up with a plan to address this issue going forward.

Here’s the biggest problem. They’re embedded. It would be nearly impossible for a conservative revolution to happen in college leadership or among professors because they already own the entire market. They run the schools. They run the departments. They hire and promote the professors they want and the vast majority of them are leftists. This is a problem that we won’t be able to solve from the top, so we have to address it from the bottom up.

We have to start with the students.

This is often framed as a challenge for America’s future, but that’s only half the story. As adults, we often view college students as relatively impotent. Perhaps in the past they were, though one can argue that most major movements in our history have started with passionate students operating within their collegiate environments. Today, they’re even more empowered because of social media. The always-on aspect of American society gives the professors and students a much louder megaphone. Instead of having to contest with bad television coverage from protests, we are now faced with a generation that has more reach than ever before. They can reach each other and they can reach the rest of the world.

To fight this, we have to do three things.

Prepare our Children

As a parent of a college student and another about to enter, I have been spending a great deal of time preparing them for the attempt at indoctrination they’re bound to experience. The only surefire way around it is to not send them to college (and yes, that’s a valid option in today’s economic construct). If you’re unwilling to do that, then it’s imperative that you get them prepared.

How it’s done is up to you. I was blessed with children who are quite discerning for their age. They both came to the conclusion that they were conservatives without me bombarding them with propaganda or putting posters of Ronald Reagan on their walls as children. When they had questions, I answered them. We’ve shown them the correctness of fiscal and social conservatism, but it must be taken a step further.

As good as conservative philosophies are to those who will listen, it’s still challenging to overcome the onslaught of leftist thoughts that they’ll experience in college. There’s no real way around it, so it’s important to do two things: prepare them before they go and be open to questions once they’re in the belly of the beast. So far I haven’t had to explain away any liberal ideas that started creeping into their mindset, but I’m prepared to do so at any point.

Call out Hypocrisy

The other bastion of liberal ideologies is the mainstream media. With few exceptions, they are also populated with a majority on the left. This makes for a great tag-team effort between schools and the media. The leftists at colleges make a fuss and the leftists in the media paint their fuss in a positive light.

It’s up to bloggers, video producers, and social media users to call them both out when they’re hypocrisy is apparent to us. Because of the nature of our situation, we can’t expect them to do it themselves. We’re the voice of dissent against leftist hypocrisy in higher education. The media will not do it for us.

Engage in Discourse

We’ve seen conservative speakers shunned by colleges across the country. This is no reason to stop trying. In fact, we need to do it more.

It’s not just up to public speakers who attempt to speak at colleges. We also need to be active on college forums. We should be replying and being the voice of reason on college publications. We should address them directly on social media. The best friend of leftist indoctrination is a silent right.

Can we convince a leftist professor that free markets yield better results than heavy regulations and obtuse tariffs? No. However, when we engage publicly with them, it’s the audience watching the exchange that has the opportunity to see the right way.

It’s not going to be easy to take on the leftist juggernaut of higher education in America, but it must be done. Conservatives can only win through legislation as long as we have enough voters putting conservatives in office. This will trend away from us if we let the left have carte blanche on the biggest future (and current) voting block.

I can be critical of Donald Trump because I’m fair. When he does well (and in a short time, he’s done more to help America than Barack Obama did in eight years), I praise his actions. When he messes up, I’ll call him out. As a Federalist, the ability to assess appropriately is important. The same cannot be said about a vast majority in leadership or media roles on the left. Trump has them completely unhinged and their arguments are starting to betray the reality that they don’t think about subjects beyond the surface emotional response.

Attacks against Trump’s so-called “Muslim ban” have been a mixed bag. There are some valid complaints coming mostly from the right; the countries banned have had zero immigrants commit fatal acts of terrorism on U.S. soil while countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Afghanistan are conspicuously left off the list. However, the majority of complaints have been extremely hypocritical. Let’s look at some.

“The ban puts Americans abroad at greater risk”

To be fair, this is actually a potentially true statement. Why would I call it hypocritical? Because it goes against their standard “religion of peace” narrative. In many ways, it makes the case for Trump’s ban. If Americans are in danger because radical Islamists will be more likely to attack them now that the ban is in place, why would we argue for bringing them into the United States? The left’s argument is basically saying that radical Islamists are a danger to Americans if we keep them out of the country, but if we let them in they’ll be less likely to commit the terrorist acts they are currently committing abroad.

If that sounds ludicrous, you’ve gone beyond the surface emotional reaction and started thinking about the situation thoroughly. Congratulations. You’re probably not a liberal.

“President Obama wouldn’t have done such a thing”

Except he did.

Folks, this is the real world. There are circumstances that demand actions that won’t be popular with everyone. Part of being a sovereign nation and continuing to exist involves making those tough decisions. President Trump isn’t the first to make such a decision and won’t be the last.

“The American people don’t want this”

Except they do.

This isn’t something that Trump pulled out of his hat to shock everyone. He’s been talking about this in different forms for over a year. If anything, this is more aligned with the Cruz/Paul recommendations when they were on the campaign trail instead of Trump’s initial policy proposal of a total temporary Muslim ban.

Americans knew Trump intended to do this and they voted him into the White House anyway. Did they think he was bluffing? Were the convinced that he was just a standard politician who makes promises on the campaign trail only to backtrack once he’s in office? On that last point, time will tell, but in these early days he’s been doing exactly what he said he was going to do.

Moreover, this politically incorrect perspective on immigration is one that allows for a vocal opposition, but it’s very likely a popular concept. While there’s no way to test the theory, I would say it’s a likelihood that deep down a majority of Americans want some variation of dramatically improved vetting to occur to prevent potential terrorists from entering the country.

“It’s illegal and/or unconstitutional”

On social media, everyone’s a lawyer. With access to Wikipedia, everyone is able to pass legal judgments.

Fortunately, the law doesn’t operate through social media and judges don’t refer to Wikipedia. We will, in the coming weeks, find out just how legal and constitutional Trump’s executive order really is. I won’t be shocked if it’s struck down entirely nor would I be shocked if it’s vindicated in court. That’s the unfortunate nature of our federal legal system. Activist judges are everywhere, so the legality and/or constitutionality of the executive order will be determined more by who hears the case rather than whether or not it’s valid.

This brings me to a minor conspiracy theory. I’d like to believe that the administration is generally competent. With that said, this roll out has been exceedingly sloppy:

To call it amateur would be giving it too much credit. They announced on Holocaust Remembrance Day, an event notorious for the last time people were killed after being denied as refugees by America. Staff at airports were confused and often misinformed. Known positive contributors from interpreters helping U.S. armed services to scientists invited for medical research were turned away. The administration’s legal department embarrassed itself by being unprepared. The optics were the worst to come from the White House since Benghazi.

Conspiracy theory: What if Trump wants this executive order to be shot down in the courts or restricted by Congress so he can rally his base and begin the process of consolidating power to the executive branch? Okay, so it’s much more likely that they simply rushed it all through and made mistakes along the way, but to dismiss Trump’s ability to control situations and spin them to his favor would be a huge mistake. All I’m saying is that it’s possible this is an immaculately designed ploy. We’ll leave it at that.

“World leaders are against it”

Of all the silly liberal arguments against the executive order, this is my favorite. It’s even better when they invoke that the U.N. is against it. To those who make this argument, I have one word for you: “Good.”

We’ve done enough interfering in the rest of the world and we’ve received plenty of interference as a result. If there’s one aspect of Trump’s ideology that I embrace, it’s that the globalist mentality must be addressed appropriately. We are a sovereign nation. How we defend our borders and protect our citizens is our business.

That’s not to say that the world’s opinion is irrelevant. We are the centerpiece of the world economy which means that we need free trade just as badly as they need us to freely trade with them. However, this is a security issue. It should be very tightly handled between us, the nations on the list, and nations that are directly affected by our actions.

“Other nations don’t ban based upon nation of origin”

Except they do.

The United States isn’t banned by other countries because they need our money. That’s it. Do you think that if we weren’t an important part of their economies that they wouldn’t ban us? To answer that question, we simply need to look at Israel.

There are 16 nations that ban entry from anyone with an Israeli passport. Let’s be clear: Israeli terrorists do not go around the world committing acts of terrorism like radical Islamic terrorists often do. It’s just not part of their standard operating procedure. It should be noted that of the seven countries on Trump’s list, Somalia is the only one that doesn’t ban Israelis.

Trump’s executive order has problems, but not the ones you’re hearing from mainstream media or liberal politicians. The echo chamber of leftist anti-Trump dissent is falling further into hypocrisy. It’s getting to the point that their messages are being drowned out by the laughter of those hearing them.

Democrats generally hate Donald Trump. That’s to be expected; November was the most stinging and unexpected defeat their party has suffered in over a generation. How they’ve handled it since then has been a complete embarrassment for both the party and the nation. It’s almost all bad as they do their best to taint the President before he actually takes office.

Almost all bad.”

There’s good news. I was talking to one of my children, a high school senior, when she pointed out something that I’d speculated about recently. Some in her school were planning a walkout to protest the inauguration. It was canceled essentially over shame. The kids who were going to do the walkout got sick of hearing about giving Trump a chance. They grew sick of being called conspiracy theorists over Russia’s influence in the election. Most importantly, they couldn’t get enough students together who were willing to label themselves as victims.

That’s really what we’re seeing: self-proclaimed victims of a system that didn’t give them what they thought they deserved. By being so opposed to the concept of a Trump Presidency before it’s even a reality, they’re throwing their own credibility out the window. Perhaps they perceive a future when Trump fails and they can come back and say, “I told you so.” Unfortunately for them, if he doesn’t fulfill their vision of a political apocalypse descending on the nation, even their mild criticisms in the future won’t be able to hold water. Why? Because they’ve overplayed their dissent in the weeks preceding his inauguration.

It’s one thing to oppose bad policy. The Federalist Party, which (for full disclosure) I’m helping to build, is ready to oppose bad policies regardless of which party or politician proposes them. We have nothing against Donald Trump, the Republican Party, or any other party for that matter. In fact, a good chunk of what the GOP and Trump have proposed ahead of his inauguration fall right in line with the small-government, pro-freedom philosophies we espouse.

What many Democrats are doing is attacking the person rather than waiting for him to do something tangible that they oppose. We saw this to some extent before when Barack Obama won the election in 2008, but pre-inauguration opposition from Republicans was nowhere near the opposition we’ve seen from the Democrats towards Trump. This is very bad for them. It makes them seem less like ideologues and more like blind dissenters flailing around in search of a pillow to beat up. They’re making themselves look like victims before Trump even has an opportunity to prove their point.

This is driven by the media. It’s hard to tell who is more infantile between left-wing journalists and pampered Hollywood crybabies. Both are bad, but the media is the one that still holds some sway over the populace. Thankfully, most people, even Democrats, are ignoring or laughing at the celebrities who are throwing tantrums. The press, however, is getting Democrats juiced up. They’ve pounded several ideas into the heads of easily influenced liberals. It was Comey. It was WikiLeaks. It was the Russians. It was Podesta. It was Weiner. It was… it was…

Lest we start fist-pumping in celebration, we have to remember that this is a silver lining, not a win. Sadly, the left knows how to play the victim card adeptly and they’re reaching people. These protests, obstructions, and disruptions have a negative effect on the psyches of millions of Americans. Moreover, it puts Trump in a poor position on the international stage as propaganda around the world will paint America as a nation that doesn’t believe in its own leaders. Now more than ever, we need Trump and the GOP Congress to come out of the gates with clear victories and stunningly positive results to silence the critics as best they can. The ones that won’t be silenced can be made to look like fools for continuing to oppose prosperity. There were a lot of careers ruined in the early 80s when Ronald Reagan’s achievements made his opposition look like fools. We need that to happen again.

If the GOP can get some policy wins that positively affect the nation, the liberals playing the victim card can be neutered. It won’t be easy. There’s opposition coming from every angle. However, this is a grand opportunity to do further damage to the Democratic Party by showing voters (and the world) that their loss was everyone else’s gain.

America is in disarray… if you listen to mainstream media. They say Donald Trump’s transition team is floundering. They see no near end of protests by tender snowflakes on college campuses. They switch back and forth between covering and covering up the violence on the streets perpetrated by protesters angry that Trump is going to be the next President.

The natural reaction for conservatives is a combination of sadness and humor. The “truth” is only as true as the media will allow millions of Americans to believe, so while Trump’s transition is unorthodox, it doesn’t deserve reports that everything’s falling apart because it isn’t. The tender snowflakes among both students and professors make us want to weep for the future and chuckle at their antics, but it’s still there and it can become a threat. As for the protesters on the streets… why haven’t they stopped, yet?

Now is not the time to panic, but it’s also foolhardy for conservatives to not have concerns. The left is angry and hurt. They’re like a wounded beast – defensive, unpredictable, and capable of taking actions they normally wouldn’t take. We’re seeing them making plans to go after us harder in the press, on social media, and on the cultural battlefronts. It’s a less-focused, more violent response than the actions that formed the Tea Party in 2009, which is to say that it’s forming into something that could make an impact. If the Tea Party was the anger-driven intellectual response to Obama’s administration, then whatever the left is forming will be the anger-driven emotional response to Trump.

That shouldn’t be dismissed. The ebb and flow of political passions can be turned into actions. The Tea Party helped sweep in a strong majority in the House in 2010 and a good majority in the Senate in 2014. If the left can get organized behind their emotional responses, we could see the opposite result in 2018. That should terrify us all.

Now is not the time for complacence, celebration, or gloating. The GOP has control. What they do with it over the next two years might not be enough if we don’t combat the left’s passionate rise. Everything can go as planned and the GOP could still lose the House, Senate, and strides made at the states if we aren’t aggressively putting down the leftist propaganda machine. This is a time for diligence. The opposition is rising.