We’ve forgotten what being “the resistance” means. Today, the left screams it is #TheResistance from their soapboxes on social media. We hear about their professed oppression on a daily basis and at every turn. If you argue you haven’t oppressed anyone, well, that’s just your privilege showing.
Today, #TheResistance has the full force of Hollywood, the media and the entire Democratic Party behind it. They have professionally made signs and billionaires donating to their cause. They also have lawyers and organizations like the A.C.L.U. lining up to defend them for any infraction.
There’s also the resistance on the right. The conservatives who didn’t vote for Donald Trump and still voice concerns, but are willing to see what he does and judge him on his actions. Not to mention the ones who are still fighting President Trump at every turn, to the point of it seeming like an automatic reflex at this point.
Being the resistance means you actually have something to fear. That you could face real oppression and violence against yourself or loved ones. The resistance doesn’t get to shout loudly on the street corner without fear of arrest. The resistance doesn’t announce itself. Why? Because they have real fears that they’ve experienced or seen borne out.
According to the local CBS station, KPIX 5, the real resistance is a group of conservatives in the San Francisco Bay Area who meet in secret because they fear being known as conservatives in their workplaces, schools and neighborhoods.
The violence they see from the left in nearby Berkeley has them more concerned than ever.
“If you witness what happened in Berkeley, actually they are so violent on top of it. I mean being a conservative in the Bay Area is like being a heretic,” says [Robert] Ward. “You lead a double life. You can never tell your friends and co-workers.”
Anecdotally, I know this to be true. I was born in the Bay Area and my grandfather still lives in the East Bay. Of all the people I know and am friends with on social media from the area, my grandfather is the only one I know who isn’t a dyed in the wool (radical) leftist or at least a Democrat on paper. He was even the lone Republican in his own house before my grandmother passed away, a committed feminist and union Democrat.
The East Bay conservatives, just one of reportedly many similar private conservative groups, invited KPIX5 to attend a meeting. Robert Ward, one of the few who has come out as a conservative commented on the makeup of the group.
“They seem to pride themselves on being diverse, and they are diverse about everything but their ideology,” says Ward. “I hope that in the future when people see Trump isn’t as scary as they think he is and a lot of the good things that happen and the prosperity comes back and the jobs come back, every one calms down a little bit.”
The East Bay conservatives aren’t the only secret conservative groups in the leftist bastion of California. The most well known, Friends of Abe, which was made up of Hollywood conservatives who feared for their careers, disbanded in 2016 amid the rise of Donald Trump as the Republican candidate.
These types of groups are the real resistance. Not the rioters jumping on cars and smashing storefronts, shouting down those calling for cool heads and beating anyone who dares not agree with them. This resistance is enabled and glad-handed for its behavior.
We ought to remember that there are countless conservatives in cities like San Francisco and Seattle, who actually can’t say what they think or voice their opinion without fear of possible retribution. The real resistance doesn’t get to shout who they are.