“We’re different, but where we’re very similar is that he’s very dogged in making sure that every day, the promises that President Trump has made are the promises that we’re working on.”

Reince Priebus on his colleague, Steve Bannon.

American patriotism is fundamentally unifying and inclusive. America’s Founding Fathers recognized the importance of faith, belief, and ideology above the divisive wedge issues of their day. Men with often-disparate beliefs came together to craft the documents that laid the foundation for the United States. In doing so, they recognized that the God-given rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness superseded their own disagreements.

From these unifying roots emerged American patriotism, and this example must guide conservative discourse today. We have a Republican President, Republican majorities in both houses of Congress, and are on the verge of a regained conservative majority in the Supreme Court. In spite of all this, vicious infighting threatens to splinter us over relatively inconsequential differences.

CPAC to the rescue?

That is why the roster for CPAC 2017 has been so promising. Along with a sampling of traditional conservatives, the lineup includes names such as Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, and Nigel Farage. The presences of figures such as Bannon and Conway in particular is significant.  CPAC is sending a message with these picks that it is interested not only in reaching out to Trump’s administration, but to a wing of the conservative movement that, at times, seems to be undermined and delegitimized.

It is true that conservatives don’t have to agree on everything.  However, all the wings of the movement have legitimate concerns uniting them in an aggressively leftist world. It’s time to end the notion that the views that divide us are greater than those that unite us. After all, as CPAC organizers understand, there is room in the movement and on the stage for diverse conservative opinions.