In politics, dumb things happen. Over Christmas, perhaps the a new record for idiocy was set.
Reince Priebus, the outgoing Chairman of the Republican National Committee issued a Christmas statement. Part of that statement said:
“Merry Christmas to all! Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind. Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King.”
Liberals went crazy over this statement, claiming Priebus, the new incoming Trump White House Chief of Staff, was calling Trump a king. Liberals wrote blog posts and lit up social media with this claim.
Anyone with three functioning brain cells could figure out that Priebus was talking about Christ the King, not Donald Trump. Of course, the requirement for three functioning brain cells excludes most liberals. Unfortunately, some of my friends in the “Never Trump” movement picked up on this and started spreading this around as well.
Many people in the Never Trump movement were a part of it for the same reason I was. We believed that if he were elected, Trump would immediately move hard left. But a funny thing happened on the way to the Inauguration. Donald Trump became President Elect and did not move hard left.
In fact, he went far more conservative than a lot of people believed he would. His nominee, Tom Price, for Health and Human Services wants to completely repeal Obamacare and rework Medicare and Medicaid to operate in a free market environment. Rick Perry wants to abolish the Department of Energy. He nominated an administrator of the EPA who spent the last few years suing that agency on almost everything it did.
Donald Trump is not a perfect man nor will he be a perfect President.
That isn’t the point.
The point is, we conservatives must advance a conservative agenda. We must roll back the ever growing and oppressive bureaucracy. We must roll back the administrative state. We must destroy Obamacare. We must abolish the IRS.
How are we going to do this?
Conservatives must work with and in the Trump administration. That does not mean falling down and worshipping the President. Nor does it mean giving him a blank check to do anything he wants.
What it does mean is that we have an opportunity we have not had since Ronald Reagan sat in the Oval Office. We have a President Elect who is making his first policy decisions with an eye towards shrinking government, not growing it. We conservatives now have the chance to do something we have not done in thirty years.
We have a chance to win.
For the Never Trump folks who are off screaming about stupid things, like the RNC Christmas statement, it is time to grow up. Donald Trump will be the President for the next four to eight years. We have a chance to defeat the left and bring America back to its small government roots.