When a man like Trump seems to spit in the eye of the people we fear, we rally behind him thinking we’re fighting back. We’re not. We’re following our fear right down the rabbit hole.
You want to win back your country? Here’s how. Fear nothing. Hate no one. Stick to principles. Unchecked borders are dangerous not because Mexicans are evil but because evil thrives when good men don’t stand guard. Poverty programs are misguided, not because the poor are undeserving criminals, but because dependency on government breeds dysfunction and more poverty. Guns save lives and protect liberty. Property rights guarantee liberty. Religious rights are essential to liberty. Without liberty we are equal only in misery.
These things are true. They’re true for white people and black people, male people and female people, straight people and gay people. We should support the smartest, most proven, most statesmanlike candidate who best represents those principles. And we should do it out of — dare I say the word? — love. Love for our neighbors, our fellow citizens, white and black, male and female, straight and gay.
This is what I’ve been looking for.
Update (a few hours later): … man, now I don’t know. The pushback has been impressive in both the Instapundit post and the Klavan post. Those pushing back have a lot of valid arguments.
It seems as if Klavan’s principled approach, while emotionally appealing for those who’ve already drunk the kool-aid, is, in point of fact, an appeal to people’s better angels. Unfortunately, for an awful lot of people, as far as I can tell, people’s better angels have found other things in which to believe and follow. And none of these things conform to conservative beliefs. Moreover, trying to convince these same people that they’re are wrong is going to go nowhere; they didn’t acquire their beliefs by rational introspection. This (too) is old hat having been observed some 300 years ago by Jonathan Swift:
Reasoning will never make a man correct an ill opinion, which by reasoning he never acquired…
Or as is usually stated nowadays
You can’t reason a person out of a position they didn’t reason themselves into.
In short, Klavan (et al)’s approach is probably too little, too late, and probably not relevant anymore in our present society. While I agree that Trump is not the guy, his effect indicates that something else is needed.