I don’t agree with much that Damon Linker says, but I agree with him about this:
“If you’re feeling defeated and demoralized, weak and vulnerable, you probably want a president who will serve as your protector. That’s what I suspect a fair number of evangelical Trump supporters believe they’ve found in the Republican nominee.”
A strong horse beats a weak horse, or no horse. A chance beats no chance. Many decent people think this and will give Trump a shot.
But unlike a great many of my friends and colleagues, I no longer see the next election as the most important political question. The most important political question affecting the future of this country is whether we can build an effective political movement to protect gay-marriage dissenters and abortion dissenters from the Left’s efforts to use government to punish, marginalize, and exclude us; to take away, via legal and economic pressure, our basic rights to organize, to speak, and to form associations that are seen as legitimate actors in the public square.
If we cannot, then the Left is going to proceed to make Christianity the legal and cultural equivalent of racism in law and society. And it is hard to imagine a conservative movement that matters at that point.
Want to know what I found in Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin’s Facebook posts? Read the rest of my piece at National Review.
Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at American Principles Project.