By definition, a conservative is someone who holds strong perspectives on ethics and morality. Someone who believes there is such thing as a right and wrong.

In modern college environments, characters like Milo Yiannopolous and Tomi Lahren are being hailed as “outspoken conservative leaders.” None of which, mind you, are true. These individuals are neither leaders nor conservatives. Their false flags are degrading the very movement we are tasked to represent.

Milo is not a conservative. He was removed from CPAC by the American Conservative Union (ACU) and resigned from Breitbart for his unacceptable and vulgar statements about sexual exploitation. He sent Ben Shapiro a profane tweet on the day Shapiro’s child was born.

Tomi Lahren is also not a conservative. She’s called people like myself who are pro-life, hypocritical for protecting the lives of our most vulnerable.

With the 2016 election, America became divided. Many conservatives found themselves politically isolated in a fog of hate and division. We believe the future of America is stronger when common sense ideas and moral truths are translated into policy. We have certain values and ethical perspectives that separate us from the status quo. Those values make us the “square pegs in the round holes.”

Conservatives are true renegades. Individuals who refuse to concede values, but who act with love for the greater success of America. We hold our bibles close to our hearts, but lead with dignity and a respect for others. Our vision for America is one where each and every American can look to Washington with honor, even if they disagree with some of the perspectives of those in office.

In 2017, we’ve seen the degradation of the conservative side. With political polarity, and people who do not identify as conservatives mislabeled as such. The greater right-wing perspective has expanded to include fringe elements. With this, we see the dehumanization of political dialogue as populism is hijacking conservatism. It was not that long ago, that a person on the left could have a rational policy discussion with someone on the right. The could both leave with a greater respect for one another. With the rise of Antifa and the alt-right, this uniquely American phenomenon is disappearing.

Instead of having political division, we have nationwide division. Instead of having dignified leadership, we have vulgarity. Instead of statesmen, we have political hacks. When Donald Trump claims to drain the swamp, he fails to recognize that the swamp has become worse with his rise to power.

As a conservative myself, I find myself called defamatory and vile words for standing up for my ethics. In recent days I’ve found support from individuals who were previously my political opposite. The moderate conservative right and moderate left find themselves uniquely placed in a war of words.

“The largest cultural menace in America is the conformity of the intellectual cliques which, in education as well as the arts, are out to impose upon the nation their modish fads and fallacies, and have nearly succeeded in doing so. In this cultural issue, we are, without reservations, on the side of excellence (rather than “newness”) and of honest intellectual combat (rather than conformity).”

― William F. Buckley Jr.