The Lincoln Project and the Fight for a Sane Conservative Movement

Here are 2020 videos of Lincoln Project co-founders Ron Steslow, Rick Wilson, and Jennifer Horn at the historic Cooper Union in NYC. The Lincoln Project is a group of conservative Republicans who oppose Donald Trump and are fighting for a conservative movement without the racism, anti-immigrant prejudice and religious intolerance of the Alt Right and the extreme Right.

Many people ask me why a liberal like myself keeps posting Facebook posts about anti-Trump conservatives. I think part of the reason is that I think progressives tend to preach to the choir.

The second reason is that I am a liberal who has had conservative friends over the course of 4 decades. Just as there are different kinds of progressives, there are also different varieties of conservatives. I personally know conservatives who are not racist or homophobic or antisemitic or Islamophobic. Those conservatives are just as horrified of Trump as I am.

Our democratic republic can only function when people of differing views can have a healthy debate of ideas and be willing to find common ground when a debate reaches an impasse. Progressives, moderates and conservatives are all right some of the time and we’re all wrong some of the time. The great danger of Donald Trump and the Cult of Personality that is now the Republican Party is that they have become so extreme that they have almost no common ground with moderates or progressives.

It’s in the interests of both moderates and progressives that sane conservatives like those in the Lincoln Project fight to regain control of the conservative movement. I don’t know how successful they will be in the short term, but at least they are speaking out. I disagree with their conservative politics, but I admire the Lincoln Project for taking a lonely stand for their principles.

About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He did a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippine News Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 and 2018 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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