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The Conservative Path Forward in the Biden-Harris Era

Josh Hammer

By Josh Hammer

Published Jan. 25, 2021

The Conservative Path Forward in the Biden-Harris Era
The presidency of Joseph R. Biden Jr., a thoroughly mediocre and gaffe-prone career politician in the throes of debilitating senescence, has commenced.

It has done so with disingenuous paeans to unity, thinly veiled swipes at his "deplorable" political foes and an immediate executive action-driven assault on his predecessor's legacy — from the environment to immigration to religious liberty — that is simply breathtaking in its scope. Worse, the Biden-Harris regime has taken power as America's myriad corporate bastions, led by Big Tech, dutifully promise to punish dissenters to the regime's enforced monolithic orthodoxy.

For conservatives, it could get ugly out there as we spend our near-term future in political exile. And this is before even considering the possibility that the U.S. Senate, now under de facto Democratic leadership, may well ditch the legislative filibuster, opening up a Pandora's box of power-grab possibilities that could irrevocably transform the republic — chiefly, "packing" the Supreme Court and lower courts, and statehood for Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

At first blush, it is difficult to sugarcoat such a would-be dystopia. There is, it seems, no limit to what a Democratic controlled House-Senate-White House trifecta might be able to accomplish. But the reality, once we step back and soberly assess our predicament, is more nuanced; there is a path forward for a conservative revival by the time of either the 2022 midterm elections or the 2024 presidential election.

In terms of the federal government, conservatives still nominally control the Supreme Court and, post-Trump, the majority of the crucial circuit courts of appeals. Democrats may try to "pack" these courts if they nuke the filibuster, but unless and until they do so, the judiciary — however unreliable Republican-nominated judges often are — will still often redound to conservatives' interests and forestall much of the Biden administration's worst impulses. It is thus incumbent upon well-positioned bastions of conservative legal clout, centered around Texas's Office of the Solicitor General, to aggressively litigate and seek recourse in the courts.

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In terms of state governments, Republicans still retain a majority (30) of unified state legislatures. Indeed, nearly half of all states (23) have both a Republican governor and a unified Republican state legislature. These red states can and ought to serve as hubs for conservatives' own quasi-"resistance" over the next four years. While the supremacy clause of Article 6 of the Constitution clearly precludes states from directly contravening the federal government's lawful actions, there are endless possibilities for constitutional pushback — "correspondence" and "plans of resistance," James Madison called it in The Federalist No. 46 — against federal overreach. It is easy to envision such showdowns if, for example, the Biden administration tries to jam the Marxist, gobbledygook of "critical race theory" educational pedagogy down the throat of every protesting state.

Next, conservatives must do the hard work of actually building up the digital and corporate infrastructure to push back in earnest against Big Tech, "woke" capital and the broader "cancel culture" threat to the American way of life. The recent collusive efforts by Amazon, Apple and Google to systematically black out Parler, the pro-free speech Twitter alternative, reveal the short-sightedness of those liberals and libertarians who, for years, merely told conservatives concerned about online censorship to "build your own Google."


But while we must use any remaining levers of state power to rein in unaccountable Silicon Valley oligarchs, conservative programmers and coders ought to begin laying the foundation for an entirely new, rivalrous digital domain — a rival internet dedicated to viewpoint nondiscrimination, soup to nuts. Similarly, conservative financiers and entrepreneurs must begin the long, slow process of funding and building out rival institutions affecting every area of life — banks, medical practices, universities and so forth. It is profoundly sad that we have gotten to this point, but there is no virtue in failing to confront reality.

Finally, exiled conservatives must continue to build a constructive, substantive conservative agenda that is politically appealing and can actually win at the ballot box. We know the path forward: an unabashed defense of traditional American bourgeois values; opposition to the excesses of neo-Marxist "woke"-ism; a political economics that is unafraid to use government to channel productive market activity and support those in true need; unapologetic moral prioritization of the rule of law; temperance in foreign policy; and sobriety about the limits of immigration assimilation. That is a winning political platform.

There is plenty to lament right now. But conservatives' time and energy would be better spent thinking ahead and plotting a future — one that, in all likelihood, can still be salvaged.

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Previously:
01/15/20 Trump's Parting Shot To China Should Be Full U.S. Recognition of Taiwan
12/31/20 It Can't Get Any Worse Than 2020. Here's a 2021 Political Wish List
12/18/20 Immigration Politics Went Away During COVID-19. It's Coming Back
12/11/20 Hunter Biden Saga Personifies Ruling Class Power and Conceit
12/04/20 There's No Stopping America's Political Realignment
11/13/20 Biden's Student Loan Forgiveness Plan Is Idiotic and Immoral
11/06/20 The Election Battle Is Just Beginning
10/30/20 The Closing Argument for the American Regime
10/23/20 How to Prepare for a Contested Election
10/16/20 Will Conservatives Finally Awaken to the Big Tech Threat?
10/09/20 Biden-Harris Would Deal a Huge Blow to Religious Liberty
10/02/20 The Do-or-Die Moment for the Trump Presidency
09/25/20 Republicans, Confirm a Supreme Court Justice Immediately
09/18/20 Where Does Never Trump Now Stand?
09/11/20 Where Is Joe Biden's Supreme Court List?
09/04/20 The Dems Hold the Nation Hostage
08/31/20 Trump and Netanyahu Debunk the Failed Consensus
08/21/20 Trump and Netanyahu debunk the failed consensus
08/06/20 High stakes of Americanists v. civilizational arsonists
07/31/20 The Crisis of the Conservative Legal Movement
07/24/20 The Ruling Class Has Sold Out the American People on Communist China
07/17/20 Intersectionality Vs. America
07/10/20 President Trump Emerges as Defender of the American Regime
07/03/20 How to Salvage a Pandemic Independence Day
06/26/20 This time the 'regime change' is BY Americans AGAINST America
06/12/20 How to Fall in Love With America Again
06/12/20 A Tale of Two Americas
06/05/20 Evil enforcers
05/28/20 Trump Is on the Ballot -- Not His Twitter Feed
05/22/20 Confronting the Chinese Communist Party Is America's Generational Challenge
05/15/20 The Case for Israeli Annexation
05/08/20 Will Trump stand with the voters who elected him, or will he shill for the elites who heap scorn upon him every day?
05/01/20 Bill de Blasio Highlights the Far Left's Jewish Problem
04/24/20 Will There Be Another Great Awakening?
04/17/20 Stop the Insane Coronavirus Jailbreaks
04/13/20 The American Media Hits Rock Bottom
04/03/20 The Moral Incoherence of Andrew Cuomo
03/27/20 Coronavirus Is Communist China's Chernobyl
03/20/20 How to Save a Presidency

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