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Response to OC Register Column on the Future of Conservatism

On January 17, the Register published this piece; the headline in the print edition was slightly different but I’ve already tossed my copy.

The column is by Tahmineh Dehbozorgi and here it is (I’ve bolded certain passages):

Donald Trump was elected to “drain the swamp,” put “America first” and flex America’s superiority over China. He fulfilled many of his promises, challenged norms and introduced a new presidential approach.

Trump is not the first president who has lost reelection and won’t be the last.

But the biggest question remains: Where is the Republican Party heading after the Trump-era?

I believe the Republican Party is turning to a hub for the demographics that have been failed by the Democrats’ empty promises and a platform for those who genuinely value our Constitution and core conservative principles.

Lisa McGirr, a history professor at Harvard University, argues “nativism, extreme polarization, truth-bashing, white nationalism and anti-democratic policies that we tend to identify with President Trump are likely to remain a hallmark of the Republican playbook into the future.”

Unfortunately, Trump-hating pundits, writers and media outlets continue their hasty generalizations and are not paying attention to what has been going on within the Republican Party in the past year.

Rep. Kat Cammack, the youngest Republican woman elected to Congress, pointed out that her colleagues won their voters’ hearts by addressing their issues without playing identity politics.

“We never once went out and said, ‘Vote for me because I’m a woman,’ or ‘Vote for me because I’m a millennial.’ It was always, ‘Vote for me because I’m the best person for the job and here’s why,’ and that is what is resonating with people. I think this narrative that if you are African American or if you are a minority or if you’re a woman you have to vote Democrat couldn’t be further from the truth and the results from this election prove that.”

Indeed, this last November, while much of the focus has been on Trump, Republican voters across the country elected women from diverse backgrounds who have proven to be true to conservative values precisely because of those values.

Rep. Stephanie Bice, the first Iranian American member of Congress, flipped the only Democratic-held seat in Oklahoma in the past election. As chair of Oklahoma’s Senate Finance Committee, she spearheaded efforts to control state spending and reformed Oklahoma’s liquor laws, creating approximately 5,000 new jobs in her state.

Republican voters in Southern California elected two of the first-ever Korean American women to serve in Congress. Rep. Michelle Steel flipped Orange County’s 48th Congressional District back to Republican. Steel has a long track record of standing up for taxpayer interests. While serving on the California State Board of Equalization, she fought to return nearly $400 million to Californians.

Rep. Young Kim, previously the first Korean American to represent Southern California’s 65th Assembly District, regained the 39th Congressional District for the Republicans in the past election. As an immigrant, she has worked to achieve the American dream and believes  politicians in D.C. have failed their constituents. As a small business owner herself, she promised to defend their interests and with her message was able to win voters from both parties.

The 2020 elections affirmed that core conservative values built upon the principles of liberty have strong appeal across the country, including increasingly more diverse communities. In contrast, increasingly socialistic platform of the Democratic Party is driving more and more people away.

Lisa McGirr and those who share her stance tend to forget that Republican voters have supported those who pledged to defend liberty and stand for the Constitution, even if it went against the preference of their elected president, proving that as influential as the president is, Republican voters are more discerning than they’re given credit for.

Last March, President Trump called the libertarian-minded Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie “a disaster for America” and a “third-rate grandstander” after he stood against the rushed $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill and moved to request a roll-call vote.

The president went as far as tweeting, “Throw Massie out of Republican Party!” to encourage the voters to support a primary challenger over Massie. Trump, who won the district Massie represents in 2016, failed to deter the Republican voters from re-electing Massie in 2020.


  1. Tim C Tim C January 31, 2021

    Pubs say they don’t play to identity politics, but they play to false victimhood politics. Their approach is based on the assumption that America is made by and for white people, and any suggestion to open opportunities other than the “deserving” is cause for grievance.

  2. Some Dude, Safer At Home Some Dude, Safer At Home February 1, 2021

    Although the lack of balance is bad enough, the bigger problem with the Sunday Register Opinion section is its quality, which along with the rest of the paper has accelerated its decline since the hedge fund took over a few years ago. The columnist who wrote this fits right in with the regular roster of talk radio hosts and multiple HJTA reps who get inordinate space on the opinion pages.

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