Healing the Wounds of the Conservative Civil War

The acceleration of the Republican presidential primary race and Donald Trump’s entry into that contest has exposed rifts within the conservative movement that have since deepened. Wounds within the movement that have their origins in the earliest years of the tea party ascendancy — wounds that lingered and festered — have grown putrescent. They can no longer be ignored. Conservatism is in the midst of a civil war and, like all wars — even the figurative variety — the differences over which they are fought will not be resolved until one side emerges unambiguously victorious. Only when there a clear victor and an admitted loser emerges can there be reconciliation. It is wise, however, to expect reunion, not bifurcation, will be the result of this contest of ideas. After all, the Grand Old Party has survived greater schisms than that which is currently roiling its ranks. It is wise to prepare for the moment when conservatives meet at their Appomattox Court House and forge a new path forward.

  • Justin St.Denis

    Donald’s recent attack on Carly Fiorina via ugly comments about her face may sound the beginning of Trump’s downward fall out of favour. Fiorina is among the most popular candidates for the Republican leadership and the only female candidate. Attacks such as the one Donald launched yesterday are genuinely unnecessary, sexist, low and JUST WRONG.

    I have supported Trump thus far, but am now stepping back and holding my tongue. Donald needs to develop a filter or two between his brain and his mouth.

    • bargogx1

      Yeah, he really needs to stop that shit. He’s got some great ideas, but he just really needs to stop that kind of shit.

      • Xavier

        A babbling buffoon, T. Rump has no substantial ideas other than parroting whatever he perceives the right wants. He’s a lifelong democrat who cheated and bankrupted hard working people to make his billions. This is NOT a person to admire.