Magazine article USA TODAY

The Battle Lines Have Been Drawn

Magazine article USA TODAY

The Battle Lines Have Been Drawn

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NOTED CONSERVATIVE commentator, New York Times bestselling author, and founder and CEO of Horowitz Freedom Center in Los Angeles, Calif., David Horowitz mentors many of Pres. Donald Trump's key advisers. With a unified GOP House and Senate and Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court, the President has an opportunity to shape the political landscape, strengthen national security, and "make America great again." according to Horowitz in his latest book. Big Agenda: President Trump's Plan to Save America.

Trump won the election but, to keep the conservative victory secure, he and the GOP must keep at bay the left and their radical, Progressive agenda purposed to "reduce America's power and greatness."

Although Republicans narrowly won the bitter presidential election (and maintained control of the House and Senate), half of the country voted to continue Barack Obama's policies: open borders, extension of LGBT rights and the prosecution of the male gender on campus, support of a "changeable" Constitution, and appointment of liberal Supreme Court justices. Horowitz identifies these left-thinking adversaries, their agenda, and a strategy for defeating the "Never-Trumpers" who remain persistent in their persecution of the new President.

Horowitz finds the divisions within the Republican Party alarming. Although enough Republicans "came home" to elect their candidate, defectors within the party attempted to sabotage their candidate. For example, Mitt Romney's calling Trump a "phony, a fraud" gave Democrats a great line for attack ads. George H.W. and George W. Bush made clear their "displeasure" with the candidate, and some staffers from George W. Bush's Administration announced they would vote for Hillary Clinton. These "Never-Trumpers" failed to understand the "destructive agendas" of the left: were they intimidated by overwhelming attacks on Trump's character, or did they lack the "will to win"?

Because the Constitution's Founders feared an "unscrupulous" president might become a monarch and. "like Obama," spurn powers of Congress, they gave the House two checks on presidential tyranny: power of the purse and impeachment. Republicans ignored these checks when Obama made unconstitutional changes in ObamaCare and granted amnesty to illegal immigrants. Such Republican "cowardice" allowed government to grow more "abusive and intrusive." Republicans feared Democrats and the media would term them "obstructionists, racists, or xenophobes," and Republicans did not have a political response to neutralize these attacks.

Leaders of the Democratic Party drive their Progressive movement with almost irredeemable "religious conviction." Trump used Clinton's irredeemable "basket of deplorables" to show Clinton had "hatred in her heart" for Republicans. Horowitz believes this hatred permeates the entire Democratic Party. When grass roots Democratic organizers move into a community, they live, dream, eat, breathe, and sleep with one thing in mind--to "build a massive power base against conservatives." When Democrats turn their political strategy on "personal destruction" or character assassination, Republicans must recognize Progressives have "hatred in their hearts" for conservatives and learn to "confound that hatred."

Democrats go forward like a regiment, in lockstep; instinctively they close ranks to "prevail in political battles." For example, Trump's "sex-talk video" brought universal Democratic outrage (ironic in terms of Hollywood Democrats' behavior), whereas Republican ranks splintered. When Clinton lied to Congress, the FBI, and the general public about her illegal server and the deaths of four American heroes in Benghazi, Democrats did not defect: they saw Clinton as "standard bearer" of the Democratic Party. Breaking ranks would have aided Republicans.

Democrats use deception to conceal their goals and believe moral principles and laws apply, not to themselves, but to others. …

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