In many public platforms, Evan McMullin seems to be proposing a new paradigm: “Help and Reform.” He supports law and order, while arguing for the reduction of the size of tax payers’ burdens; in these principles, he agrees with true conservatives. However, he is adamant to not allow individuals in trouble to continue suffering or become casualties of reform. He believes that it is our humanitarian duty to find effective means of helping them while putting conservative reforms in place.
In a Townhall on African American Values in Atlanta, October 17, Evan McMullin made the following assertions, among others:
Overturn Roe vs. Wade?
– He stated that we should do everything we can now to decrease the number of abortions since abolishing abortion as such would take a very long time. He proposed spending more to ensure that pregnant mothers in poverty and their babies will be cared for. This would make them less likely to seek abortions in desperation. He said adoptions should also be made less difficult to pursue.
Black Lives Matter?
We need to go after deeper causes of black youth in trouble with the law and of police who “profile.” For police, he recommended more training and community policing. For the youth, he said improving education and reducing incarceration of individuals who are not guilty of violent crimes—some of whom are the fathers of youths from poor neighborhoods—will improve the conditions that now lead the young men into trouble.
Affordable Care Act?
He proposed replacing it with a more competitive market-based solution—but still helping those with pre-existing conditions by making sure they would continue to be able to get insurance.
Borders and immigration?
There should be a process of earned legalization for the illegal immigrants who are already here. There is simply no efficient way to deport 11 million individuals; doing so would break apart families and likely cost $100 billion. Furthermore, legalization is not amnesty. . . . Deporting 11 million illegal immigrants is simply not practical. It would likely cost more than $100 billion and force the federal government to act in an intrusive manner that would violate the privacy of both citizens and legal residents. Deportation would also break up families, hurting children who are not responsible for their parents’ actions. Criminals, however, would still be subject to deportation.
McMullin proposes help along with reform. In this case, the US should take in refugees from oppression when they are fully vetted, but the US should, with allies, intervene to end the rule of Assad without whom there would not be the need to help Syrian refugees, and without whom ISIS would be weakened.
By his assertions and demonstrated beliefs, Evan McMullin shows us that compassion and conservative principles should not be considered separately. We should help others while we reform.