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Since November, and arguably well before that, the future of the Anti-Trump coalition has been muddled at best. There are a number of reasons for this malaise that’s gripped the movement.

First and foremost, there is genuine disagreement in the leadership about what to do. Some are committed to fight for the soul of the GOP. Others have decided there is no space for them in the current GOP. Others have opted for strategic independence. Even more are actively committed to working with the Democrats to vote out Trump enablers. There are even those who would like to begin the…

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It’s hard in the chaos and Bedlam of the Trump era, the chaos of 2020, to take stock of the enormous losses we’ve had as a people. Between the hundreds of thousands dead, millions unemployed, and the untold amounts of human suffering caused by a necessary yet terrible isolation, we might not recognize just how many towering figures of history and culture have been lost in the interim of this era of American politics.

In many ways those we’ve lost represent the end of an era of America, and the birth of a new one. That this has happened under…

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Republicans have prided themselves in being the party that viewed America as the “shining city upon a hill.” This pride was rightly deserved considering America’s unique and exceptional role in human history. That being said, the beauty of America is that we are a nation in constant refinement, looking to create a more perfect union. At some point, Republicans stopped caring about creating a more perfect union, content to look to yesterday for perfection, rather than boldly charting a course for our descendents. Any new party for conservatives must contribute to the market of ideas to create America’s future. …

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Extolling the litany of hypocrisies the Republican Party engaged in over the past years is a cottage industry, and something that everyone reading this should be familiar with. However, taking an honest look at the failure of American conservatives remains necessary so long as a majority of Republicans in power insist nothing is wrong or needs to change. The current state of the party is reflective of a political group that has lost its way, reaping the consequences of disconnecting from issues its voters cared about, and abandoning hope it can win over new voters. …

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One of the pivotal failures of the Republican Party was refusing to provide a positive, forward looking vision for America’s future. Conservatives by nature look to the past to chart a course for the future, but that reverence for our past cannot substitute for a clear understanding of America’s future. Any new center right party will not just have to be a home for conservatism, but work in concert or tension with progressives, liberals, libertarians, and the far right to responsibly govern. Moreover, every American has a unique vision for what America is and should be, and these visions will…

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America is an idea worth fighting for. Time and time again in our history as a nation, when we were at our most divided, despondent, and uncertain, we heard these words. America is an idea worth fighting for. The idea of the right to pursue life, liberty and happiness. That everyone, regardless of race, creed, sexuality, or nationality can pursue their lives free of persecution. That everyone has the right to self-determination. This notion is such an ambitious prospect that it deserves the devotion and work of all Americans in order to achieve our ideals. …

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To say that the Trump Era is a transformational moment for America is so common as to be cliche, but it is true nonetheless. With the passing of American Hero John Lewis, this truism has never been more apparent.

Over the course of the Trump presidency, I’ve sat and watched as American icons and heroes passed one by one. George Bush. John McCain. Elijah Cummings. John Lewis. Prince. Aretha Franklin. Toni Morrison. Stan Lee. Barbara Bush. Charles Krauthammer. C.T. Vivian. Billy Graham. Chris Cornell. Chester Bennington. Carrie Fisher. Adam West. George Romero. Bernice Sandler. These are men and women who…

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In the process of growing up, one of the most important skills a child learns is how to admit when they made a mistake and to learn from it. This same ability is held by countries and political apparatuses. Some of our most celebrated moments in American history come from admitting past faults and working to remedy them. The passage of Brown vs Board of Education and the ratification of the 19th Amendment both took that ability to reflect and admit past fault. This capability as a country is core to American Exceptionalism and our historical uniqueness. Very few countries…

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Recently, Heath Mayo put out a Twitter poll questioning where Never Trump voters would like to see their efforts: Influencing the Democrats, Reform the Republican Party, Join a Third Party, or Start a New Party. There are obvious merits and challenges facing all four possible options, and through this article we’ll examine them in order to help Never Trump and Principles First voters discern the best option moving forward.

Option 1: Join the Democrats as the new right wing of their coalition

This is the option that I believe is the least tempting for a Principles First voter. Many of us are currently in a political alliance with the Democrats because Trumpism is…

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Following the chaos of the Revolutionary War, the first priority of our country’s founders was to provide peace and stability. In a world that was used to monarchy and about to be plunged into revolution after revolution, the founding democracy of the modern era had to prove that it could govern and care for the people’s needs as effectively as any Old World power. America had just won its independence from the most powerful cultural and military force in the world; now it had to justify the existence of a new form of government to the citizens of the colonies.

Christian Thrailkill

Writer on the intersection of Art and Politics

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