Editor: As the mid-term elections approach, I have been reading op-eds and articles that tout the accomplishments of the current administration: a vibrant economy, robust job growth and low unemployment, appointments of capable judges, increased military funding, de-regulation, etc. My conservative political mind begins to feel some satisfaction with the ascendant GOP policies.
That feeling quickly dissipates under a gnawing political despair: these results have come at too high a price.
Though hard to imagine it has happened and so quickly, Republicans are now defined by and champion the political ideals of a playground bully.
Painting a dark picture of the American landscape, he preys upon our fears and takes advantage of our prejudices and biases. He dismisses the necessary art of compromise and rejects honest debate. He normalizes lying. He attacks the free press, an essential part of democracy (as Jefferson said, “when the speech condemns a free press, you are hearing the words of a tyrant”). He mocks those with different, honestly held opinions. He hates heroes and elevates himself at the expense of all others. He destroys alliances and friendships with important and trusted allies throughout the world, harming our ability to keep the nation safe and the capacity to be a force for good. His behavior forces us to make excuses for him to shield our impressionable children and teens. He embraces bigotry and white supremacy, things we have been trying to eradicate for hundreds of years at a high cost of blood and treasure. He deals in inhuman treatment of families of ethnicities he dislikes. He denigrates religions different from his own and thus gives lip service to religious tolerance and freedom.
If conservatives such as I remain silent, we become complicit in this political rape of democracy, and our children will see demagoguery as a respected and viable part of America’s political tapestry. This is unacceptable.
In four weeks we will be going to the polls, and there will be faced with a stark choice. Do we want conservative policies at all costs? Or, do we want to protect the country we love so dearly from a party gone haywire, and finds itself completely outside the boundaries of the imperfect yet beloved institution of American politics?
Barbara Comstock has for whatever reason not sensed the danger, and has failed to gather righteous indignation about her and denounce this president and the ruinous values he champions. Instead she has turned her back on our beloved conservative values and abdicated her role as defender and champion of the imperfect yet grand American experiment.
Link arms with me and other Loudoun Conservatives for Democrats and vote for Democrat Jennifer Wexton in November, so that the damage can be contained and, with great effort, reversed, by giving power to the party that has yet to fall under the spell of someone who threatens our political and democratic institutions. Then come 2020 conservatives will be in a better position to field a candidate for president who will be true to the political ideals we teach our children and upon which the American story so desperately depends.
Chris Stevenson, Purcellville