Peck has had enough of Republican trimming and refuses to be scared into submitting to GOP leadership. But if you replace "liberal" with "conservative" in the following paragraph, then his advice is just as good for the "left" as it is for the "right."
[I]t is not acceptable to support a candidate simply because they are considerably better than the liberal. If we continue to compromise and settle for less than what we know to be right and believe to be necessary, then the political powers that be will rightly assess that they can continue to force on us whatever candidate they choose and we will continue to accept that candidate so long as there is a liberal to fear who we are told “Must Be Beat.”
Peck describes the "fear factor" as "a trap used to ensnare us." He writes: "Once we yield to fear, we instantly become vulnerable and can be easily manipulated, even to the point of becoming willing to compromise our standards when told it is necessary in order to overcome the source of our fear - - - the dreaded liberal." While I certainly can't agree with Peck's account of fear as a tool of Satan, I have to say in this case that if his superstition gets him to an objectively desirable result, I can't knock it. Again, replace "liberals" with "conservatives" and Peck's advice below is just as good for the other side.
I ask you to consider, in any given election, which candidate would you advocate, acknowledge as the righteous choice, support and give the precious empowering virtue of your vote to if you had no fear, or if there were no liberals to fear. If we are voting in any other manner, then we have already succumbed to fear, allowed it to influence us to adjust our values according to its dictates and have yielded our virtue to it.
If anything, Peck could be more forceful on two points. Learning not to fear the liberal, in his case, should mean admitting (if not necessarily embracing) the likelihood of liberal victory during the time it takes to build a genuinely principled conservative movement. In other words, conservatives have to be willing to let the liberals win if that's the price of breaking the Republican party's stranglehold on conservative loyalty. Vice versa, of course, is equally true for liberals, progressives or others on the "left." In order to break the Democrats' paralyzing stranglehold on liberal loyalty, they have to be willing to let the conservatives win as the temporary price of their principled uprising. Neither conservatives nor progressives should assume that they can win in their first great effort, and they should realize that, conditions being what they are, their efforts will most likely mean the triumph of an apparently opposite ideology unless two great uprisings occur simultaneously. That's a prospect that might require conservatives and progressives (or libertarians or socialists) to really swallow their fears, because they really ought to collaborate and encourage each other to fight against their respective pillars of the Bipolarchy. That sort of collaboration may require a further step in the abandonment of fear than Peck has taken. He urges conservatives not to vote on the basis of fear, but he never explicitly denies that liberalism in general is something to fear. The same concession regarding conservatism (however defined) will be equally difficult for liberals or progressives to make. But it's a necessary concession across the board. How many people can truly vote according to their consciences as long as they believe that one party's victory means the end of the world or the fall of the republic, and can be stopped only by voting for one other party? This sort of advice may seem paradoxical for independents or third-party activists whose complaint against the Bipolarchy is usually that "their" party is insufficiently opposed to the ideological enemy. But the truth in the paradox should be self-evident. Principled conservatives will never get more than the Republicans' half-assed conservatism until they learn not to fear liberals. Principled progressives will never get more than the Democrats' half-assed progress (at best) until they learn not to fear conservatives. And who knows what principled compromise or principled collaboration might be possible once all sides abandon the politics of fear?