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.