As an oath, NeverTrump (NT) was honorable. As a movement, it is long past its prime. There was a time it was needed. There had to be some anchor in the wave of populism. It wasn't misguided and it wasn't wrong. It appeared to be an anchor of sanity, and in many ways it was. Trump was repulsive and definitely not conservative.
This tidal wave of populism was unrelenting and unforgiving. After the election, a faction (not all) of NT wandered around looking for something to do. They were lost in the wilderness. They had become emotionally entrenched in the desire to defeat Trump and could not accept reality. So a new movement was born that wasn't concentrated in Conservativism. It was instead the emergence of a repressed leftism. After piddling around in self pity for a few months, they chased the tails of a depressed and angry leftist base teetering on the edge of sanity.
Perhaps it would be easier to stomach if this branch of NT held only anti-Trump positions. We get it, you hate Trump. Noted. Annoying, but not as bad as adopting Democrat policy and pushing people to vote for the Democrat ticket across all elections. Making government bigger while Trump is in charge seems incredibly risky for the movement claiming he is a reckless stooge or evil mastermind. Now that the Democrats have decided to advertise and embrace the socialist movement as their ‘new’ fad, this is hardly a time to hand over power to them. Should the Democrats win, they will claim a majority, not as resistance to Trump, but as a mandate. No Democrat will stop and consider that you're a conservative merely proving a point against Trump. They do not care.
The NT Democrat cheerleaders have confused principle with snobbery and moral preening. If only there were a way to oppose Trump from a conservative standpoint. But then, that's unlikely to garner much attention. Easier and more lucrative to chum the waters by reciting leftist talking points (something I call “McMullining”). It is illogical to surrender your principles for the sake of principle, but then again, I'm not the expert.
As much as the era of Trumpism is distasteful, the Democratic party would destroy conservatism. There is no doubting that. The drive behind the party and ideology right now is a radical one. To reward the hysterics or the two-year-long temper tantrum would be devastating. Let the democrat moderates clean up that mess. It's their party. There's no reward in it for conservatives. We have our own problems to fix. We shouldn't be in the business of loaning ourselves out. God knows they weren't (and aren’t) doing us any favors.
If they want to beat Trump, they can do the work on their end. Let them find their sanity and seek out America. Let them put in some effort. Let them learn something for once, because apparently losing everything taught them nothing. I am unconvinced they hate Trump as much they hate not being in power. This is why this call to oust all the Republicans at all levels in order to punish them for Trump is perplexing. It places a vindictive and unrelenting political foe in a place of power. It's an unnecessary and dangerous gamble, and will not yield the desired result.
And on the other end I won't suggest trying to win over Democrat moderates. They have to figure themselves out. Mostly because I'm not interested in any influx of pro-abortion voters or confused socialist-lite seed planters during a time when the right lacks a firm footing on what its values are (it's true). There is a tribalism in response to the left, and that tribalism has risks and rewards. The degree of risk the right is willing to accept is unclear. Besides that, I would never wish the GOP on anyone. It is its own monster that most people aren't equipped to handle. We don't even like each other over here. But we aren't leftists, so we've got that going for us.
Just a gaggle of people from all over who have similar interests and loud opinions mixed with a dose of humor. We met on Twitter.